The 35-day partial shutdown of the US government cost the economy about $11bn and reduced the country's growth forecasts by 0.2%, according to official estimates. The longest such shutdown in history, triggered by a stand-off between the president and the Congress over funding for a border wall, affected nearly 800,000...
The collapse of three dams operated by an iron mining company in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais led to the death of at least 50 people and feared to have caused widespread contamination by the red mining waste that was released. About 200 people have gone missing following the collapse...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade Brazil’s new government, led by President Jair Bolsonaro, has quickly taken steps to loosen environmental law enforcement. Now a review paper shows that the deforestation that could result may have terrible consequences for the Amazon rainforest, including dramatic biodiversity loss, intensified dry seasons, droughts,...
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News SEATTLE — It’s the last class period of the day. The students lean back on couches and take turns describing the most important day of their lives: the day they became sober. For Marques Martinez, that date was Nov. 15, 2016. Until then, he had used...
Canada has published a new food guide that emphasises on the importance of consuming more on plant-based proteins. The new guide, which was released on January 22, 2019, has three food groups — vegetables and fruits, whole grains and plant-based proteins (nuts, tofu, pulses and legumes) instead of the traditional...
A new study revealed a record level of concern among Americans on the impact of climate change. According to the Yale program on climate change communication, 72% of polled Americans -- the highest since the poll began in 2008 -- said global warming was personally important to them. People who accept...
The number o himicided in Mexico rose by 15% from the previous year in 2018 to 28,816, driven mainly by the ongoing drug war and criminal group activities. According to official figures some of ther relatively peaceful regions saw the rates shooting up. For instance, in Quintana Roo state, a...
Victoria Knight Researchers sketched a vivid line Friday linking the dollars spent by drugmakers to woo doctors around the country to a vast opioid epidemic that has led to tens of thousands of deaths. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, looked at county-specific federal data and found that the more...
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Antoinette Martinez was relieved when she heard she would receive her food stamps for February about two weeks early. Her cabinet was nearly empty after the holidays, and now she could stock up on groceries to feed her family. But Martinez also feared she wouldn’t be...
Latin America recorded the highest level of extreme poverty in nine years in 2017, the UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has said in a report. According to the report, extreme poverty -- the share of people who cannot afford basic foodstuffs -- increased from 9.9 per...

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