Caribbean nations have announced a plan to make the region the world’s first climate-smart zone, by the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator. A coalition of the 26 countries and over 40 private and public sector partners announced the plan launched the initiative to implement climate solutions for resilience, renewable...
A bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy has been rejected by Argentina’s senate, despite opinion polls showing that the bill had strong public support. The bill, already passed by the lower house, was defeated by 38 against to 31 in favour. Pressure from the Catholic church...
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News and Ana B. Ibarra, Kaiser Health News Debbie Dobrosky noticed a peculiar hue in the sky on Monday — “a very ugly yellow casting” — as she peeked outside. A large cloud of smoke had begun to cover the sun. By Tuesday, the smoke was so...
One in seven children whose mothers had infected with Zika virus during pregnancy developed health problems associated within a year, shows a new study. Conducted by analysing 4,800 pregnancies that were affected by Zika, the study showed that 14% of the babies had defectes such as eye abnormalities, brain anomalies...
California is witnessing the largest fire outbreak in the history, which has so far destroyed 443 sq miles of forest and rural land, even while 14,000 firefighters are trying to tackle it and the federal government has declared a “major disaster” in the state. As the hot and windy conditions...
Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Blue tarps still dot rooftops, homes lack electricity needed to refrigerate medicines, and clinics chip away at debts incurred from running generators. Yet despite the residual effects from last year’s devastating hurricanes, Puerto...
Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio Alarms go off so frequently in emergency rooms, doctors barely notice. And then a colleague is wheeled in on a gurney, clinging to life, and that alarm becomes a deafening wake-up call. For Dr. Kip Wenger, that colleague, a 33-year-old physician, was also his friend. Wenger is...
Shutterstock Isobel Anderson, University of Stirling and Regina Serpa, University of Stirling As one of the few remaining societies with a state-led Communist economy, Cuba’s housing has taken a distinctive social and economic path since the 1959 revolution. However, in July, the National Assembly of Cuba approved a new draft constitution...
Last month, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion in compensation for environmental damage. The ruling comes almost 25 years after 30,000 people sued Chevron over the company’s impact on water sources and territories in Lago Agrio in Ecuador’s Amazonian province of Sucumbíos. The...
A group of human rights experts have criticised Brazil for its economic austerity measures that have put people living in poverty and other marginalized groups under disproportionate levels of suffering. The South American nation is witnessing a rise in child mortality rates for the first time in 26 years. Experts...

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