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‘Stay With Me’: Afghan Government Begs Citizens Not to Flee

Afghanistan has contributed the second-largest group to Europe’s migrant influx, and its leaders fear no one will be left to rebuild the country.<p>“Don’t go. Stay with me. There might be no return!”<p>That’s the message Kabul is sending to Afghans thinking of abandoning their home country for a new life …

Afghanistan

The South China Sea Is Ours Because It’s Got ‘China’ in the Name, Chinese Admiral Says

What’s in a name? An entire sea, says Chinese Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai. On Sept. 14, at a defense conference in London, Yuan said that “the South …

China

Satellite images suggest China 'building third airstrip' in South China Sea

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> China appears to building a third airstrip in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to new satellite images analyzed by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).<p>The images, taken September 8, come after China pledged to bring land …

China

Religion | HuffPost

Afghanistan Exodus: Tens of Thousands Flee Taliban, ISIS Violence

KABUL, Afghanistan - Business has never been better for Mohammad Nassir, a manager in the Afghan capital’s main bus station. And it fills him with grief.<p>“The young generation is leaving the country,” said Nassir, who works for Tolo Bus Services. “I see families saying goodbye to their loved ones …

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

When Maps Lie

Tips from a geographer on how to avoid being fooled.<p>Maps are big these days. Blogs and news sites (including this one) frequently post maps and those maps often go viral—40 maps that explain the world, the favorite TV shows of each U.S. state, and so on. They’re all over Facebook, Twitter, and …

Maps

Japan’s rural schools run out of students

Photograph: Ko Sasaki /Washington Post<p>Students exercising in the gym at Aone elementary school, with only six students, there aren’t enough players to form a football …

Japan

Hundreds of migrants rescued off Libyan coast

The Italian coastguard has rescued 228 migrants off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea.<p>Reports said 38 women and one child were rescued in Friday's recovery effort. Those rescued were transferred to a navy boat that was patrolling in the area.<p>Separately, 80 people were rescued by Tunisian …

How Costa Rica Went 75 Days Using Only Clean Electricity

While governments from countries around the world this week have outlined how they plan to curb their carbon emissions, Costa Rica may seem like it’s …

Renewable Energy

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From Texan Cattle Yards Are Now Airborne, Study Finds

Getty Images (4)<p>Getty Images (5); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images; Tara Johnson for TIME<p>Getty Images (1); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images …

Nutrition

Supreme Court disallows political maps that pack blacks

WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Supreme Court dealt a blow Wednesday to a Republican redistricting plan in Alabama that packed black voters into urban districts to dilute their impact elsewhere.<p>By a 5-4 vote and over the vigorous objection of its lone black member, the justices upheld the objections …

Black Voters

Russia controls this vital strategic exclave in the heart of NATO-allied eastern Europe

The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad is a political and geographic anomaly. Separated from Russia and situated on the Baltic Sea, the region is surrounded by NATO-member states Poland and Lithuania. It's closer to Berlin and Prague than it is to Moscow and St Petersburg.<p>Until 1945, Kaliningrad was …

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

"A visual statement"<p>"This installation is definitely more symbolic," Gromadzki says. "But it is still significant because the merchant spaces on the first floor do consume energy, and being able to offset that consumption is something people can really assimilate and understand."<p>The curved, …

Renewable Energy

The Eiffel Tower now generates its own energy with wind turbines

The Eiffel Tower has gone <i>vert</i>.<p>After going nearly 30 years without a major upgrade, the iconic French tower has undergone a modern-day makeover, …

MPs call for reform of EU's 'flawed' rules on GM crops

<b>Europe's approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops is "fundamentally flawed", say MPs.</b><p>The process assumes GM plants pose greater risks than conventional plants, which is not backed by scientific evidence, the parliamentary Science and Technology Committee report says.<p>It calls for GM crops …

5 Things Chinese New Year Reveals About The World's Most Vibrant Economy

It’s traditional for most people in China to go home to their families on Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 19 this year. China experiences a massive movement of people and gifts around the holiday, with an estimated 3.65 billion trips made during a 40-day period. What’s interesting about all of …

China

World's Largest Migration Tracked by Chinese Search Engine Baidu

BEIJING — The largest human migration in history — equivalent to almost every American travelling 10 times over — is being captured graphically for the first time, according to China's leading search engine.<p>The country’s transport network expected to record more than 2.8 billion trips over a 40-day …

China

Tiny Quakes Linked to Fracking Raise Risks, Geophysicist Says

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates.<p>This once-stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially …

Geophysics

Risk of American 'megadroughts' for decades, NASA warns

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is no precedent in contemporary weather records for the kinds of droughts the country's West will face, if greenhouse gas emissions stay on course, a NASA study said.<p>No precedent even in the past 1,000 years.<p>The feared droughts would cover most of the western half of the United States …

Climate Change

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

National Academy of Sciences

Internally displaced Ukrainians seek sanctuary in Kyiv

As the conflict in Eastern Ukraine intensifies people continue to flee the fighting.<p>For those arriving in Kyiv a number of temporary evacuation centres have been set up to cater for the needs of the internally displaced.<p>The centres are run entirely by volunteers.<p>One young boy describes how his …

Anti-fracking march scheduled in Oakland

Thousands are expected to take part in an anti-fracking demonstration in Oakland on Saturday, demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown end the controversial method of mining for gas and oil.<p>The so-called March for Real Climate Leadership is scheduled to begin shortly after noon at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant …

Think the U.S Has a Measles Problem? Just Look at Europe

The case count for the measles outbreak linked to Disneyland is steadily ticking upwards. Health officials in more than a dozen states are tracking down thousands of people to try to make sure they don’t spread the virus any further.<p>It sounds bad, but European health officials say they’re looking …

Public Health

Non-EU migrants cross Hungary's 'wide open' border

<b>They come in dribs and drabs, in small groups and large, at all hours of the day and night, but especially at dawn and dusk.</b><p>They are among the growing number of illegal migrants crossing from Serbia into Hungary.<p>Hungarian police registered 10,000 people illegally going over the border in January …

MacArthur Award Validates Climate Strategy

A $1 million award from the MacArthur Foundation confirms a highly effective, sustainable, and groundbreaking climate change strategy.<p>Nine organizations around the world are to receive 2015's MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, including Forest Trends, a D.C.-based nonprofit …

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

Iranian president says nuclear deal with the west is getting closer

Mehr news agency quotes Hassan Rouhani saying sides have ‘narrowed the gaps’ as second report emerges of uranium enrichment deal with US<p>President Hassan Rouhani has said that a nuclear deal with the west is getting closer, as a report emerged of a possible compromise between American and Iranian …

U.S. Shale Boom May Come To Abrupt End

U.S tight oil production from shale plays will fall more quickly than most assume.<p>Why? High decline rates from shale reservoirs is given. The more …

Oil & Gas Industry