The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has urged the Latin American and Caribbean countries to continue improving their standards to protect refugees on the move. “I encourage those States who have not yet done so, to accede to the refugee and statelessness instruments, and to move forward with extending pragmatic...
by Saul Elbein, Mongabay Henry Red Cloud, like so many Oglalla Sioux young men, left the reservation to work in construction. When he returned home in 2002, he needed a job, and also wanted to make a difference. He attended a solar energy workshop and saw the future. Today,...
People in the U.S. and the Caribbean share vulnerability to climate change-related disasters, but only in the Caribbean is the public truly worried. Why? US Navy, CC BY-SA Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University and Claire Q. Evans, Vanderbilt University During the 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season, six major storms – all of...
Synthetic “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) found in household cleaners, paints and perfumes are a major source of urban air pollution, reveals a new study. Published in the journal Science, the study by US scientists found that VOCs in the roadside air in Los Angeles came out as much from industrial...
Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Norm Thurston is a “free-market guy” — a conservative health economist in Republican-run Utah who rarely sees the government’s involvement in anything as beneficial. But in a twist, the state lawmaker is now pushing for Utah to flex its muscle to spur federal action on ever-climbing...
Brazil has decided to declare a "state of social emergency" and double the number of border security personnel in the northern state of Roraima, reeling under the massive influx of refugees fleeing hunger and a failing economy in Venezuela. Over 40,000 Venezuelans have reached Boa Vista, the capital of Roraima...
by Yvette Sierra Praeli, Mongabay A new analysis of satellite imagery and data finds 143,425 hectares of forest were lost in the Peruvian Amazon in 2017, down 13 percent from 2016. The analysis identified newly deforestation hotspots in the San Martín and Amazonas regions. The main causes of the...
John McQuaid The technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, recognize faces and target advertising could help doctors combat one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals, causing...
Even partial doses of Yellow fever vaccine are effective in preventing the disease, says a new study. The study, done at the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2016 when a shortage of vaccine made the World Health Organisation recommend administering only one-fifth of a dose per person, showed that...
Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal flirts with combating high prescription drug prices, but industry watchers say the tweaks to Medicare and Medicaid do little more than dance around the edges of lowering the actual prices of drugs. The White House’s proposal, which comes...

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