California has come under the grip of wildfires which has affected over 175,000 acres of land. Powered by the desert-heated Santa Ana winds, the fire has claimed at least one life so far, and is expected to grow in the coming days. Authorities have so far deployed over 8,500 fire fighters,...
 by Bram Ebus, Mongabay Venezuela today is gripped by a catastrophic economic crisis, born out of corruption on a vast scale, government mismanagement and a failed petro-economy. In 2016, President Nicolás Maduro announced the opening of the Orinoco Mining Arc, a vast region in the southern part of the...
Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News That bag of frozen cauliflower sitting inside your freezer likely sprang to life in a vast field north of Salinas, Calif. A crew of men and women here use a machine to drop seedlings into the black soil. Another group follows behind, stooped over,...
via shutterstock.com Spyros Sofos, Lund University and Vittorio Felci, Lund University Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and start preparations for the US to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city, has the potential to further inflame tensions across the Middle East. Although this...
Joanne Chor, a plant scientist, won US$3 million 2018 Breakthrough Prize last week for her discoveries on ways to grow heartier plants. The American scientist now works on developing a plant that could fight climate change and contribute to global food security. She hopes to engineer a drought and flood-resistant...
by Nina Martin, ProPublica, and Renee Montagne, NPR On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say...
The Time magazine has declared "the Silence Breakers,", who behind the #MeToo movement on social media, as its Person of the Year for 2017. It recognised all those, mostly women, who have come forward about sexual harassment and assault, bringing into attention a pervasive behaviour that has long gone ignored or...
Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News It may not be rocket science, but a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine have devised a strategy to curb the nation’s opioid epidemic — starting at their own hospital. Their findings appeared online Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery. Opioid addiction has...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade The siren-like call of a species of toad introduced into Brazil from the Antilles islands may result in a “sharp drop” in house prices in a São Paulo neighbourhood, according to a study on invasive species. The tiny toad — about 3 centimetres long and...
The US government has considerably reduced the sizes of two wilderness national monuments in Utah, drawing criticism from environmentalists and applause from those who support grazing, mining, industrial and other business development in these areas. President Donald Trump passed the order under the centuries-old Antiquities Act, a law meant to...

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