The United States witnessed a record number of gun violence in schools in 2018, with research by the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) counting 94 school shooting incidents in the year, marking a 60% increase from the previous high, 59. The research covers any incident in schools in which a...
For the first time, the people of Cuba will be able to access the internet on their smartphones. The state-run mobile service provider announced that people can sign up for 3G internet services on their phones, which was so far only limited to government officials and foreign business people. Hoy martes...
 by Claire Asher, Mongabay Scientists and the media have documented deepening drought in the Amazon basin. But a new study finds that flood events are significantly intensifying too, becoming five times more common over the last century. The effect is caused by a combination of factors, including an increase...
By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News UN climate talks this fortnight could determine whether a post-Trump US president would rejoin the Paris Agreement, according to two former top Obama officials. At discussions in Katowice, Poland, almost 200 countries will try to agree the Paris Agreement ‘rulebook’. That should lay out how...
After a two-year-long journey, US space agency's robotic explorer Osiris-Rex successfully arrived at the ancient asteroid Bennu on Monday. Currently positioned within 12 miles (19 kilometres) of the diamond-shaped space rock, with an estimated diameter of just over 500 meters, the NASA spacecraft will enter the asteroid's orbit on December...
Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The federal government announced plans Friday to crack down on nursing homes with abnormally low weekend staffing by requiring more surprise inspections be done on Saturdays and Sundays. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will identify nursing homes for which payroll records...
A new study in the US has found that the millennials -- the generations that are reaching adulthood in the 21st century -- are poorer than the previous generations. The study by the US Federal Reserve said that when compared with members of earlier generations when they were the same...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade Proposed changes to legislation that protects areas of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil may be exploited to deforest up to 15 million hectares of land, a study has found. The Forest Code, a regulation approved half a century ago, says that owners of land in the...
Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017, according to a Georgetown University report released Thursday. While not a big jump statistically — the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017 from 4.7...
New research published in the journal Nature Sustainability this month attempts to establish the monetary value of the ecosystem services provided by the world’s largest tropical forest, the Amazon. Researchers estimated that, in total, the Amazon contributes as much as $8.2 billion to Brazil’s economy on an annual...

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