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Brazil rancher sentenced for ordering killing of U.S.-born nun

SAO PAULO -- A Brazilian rancher has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for ordering the killing of U.S.-born nun and Amazon environmental activist Dorothy Stang in 2005.<p>It was the fourth time that Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura was tried in Brazil's often slow-moving legal system, and his lawyers …

U.S. Nun Killed In Brazil

An American nun who spent decades fighting efforts by loggers and large landowners to expropriate lands and clear large areas of the Amazon …

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China

Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

New animations show centuries of expansion in three global cities.<p>Two centuries ago, Paris, a city with a population of half a million, barely extended beyond its medieval footprint. São Paulo was still largely a small trading outpost for gold and exploration expeditions. And Los Angeles was just a …

Obama: Migrant youths without claims will be sent home

<b>President Barack Obama has told Central American leaders that migrant children flooding into the US without legitimate legal claims will be sent home.</b><p>The presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador met Mr Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss the crisis at the US southern border.<p>More …

Immigration

What's the secret to Japan's slender population? Serious 'eating education'

Since McDonald's inaugural golden arches were erected in Tokyo more than 40 years ago, fast food franchises have flourished, but Japanese waistlines …

Japan

Japan is rapidly losing population—and half the world is about to join it

Japan is shrinking at a record pace. The country lost 244,000 people in 2013 as births plunged and deaths soared. It faces the prospect of losing a third of its population in the next 50 years, raising fears about its economic prospects and labor market.<p>But while Japan may be grabbing headlines, …

Geography

Population Density, Mapped As Dripping Ooze

Data can be beautiful. It can also be pretty gross.<p>In <i>The Matrix</i>, Hugo Weaving’s sinuous and serpentine Agent Smith makes an argument that human beings aren’t actually mammals. They are a virus.<p>I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify …

Geography

Population Density in New York City

In some recent posts I've been looking at the issue of population density. I did this for London in December and for the continental United States …

Can money really buy you happiness?

Does money buy you happiness?<p>Does having money mean your happiness comes with a new car? Or does it mean the experiences it would bring to pay for a …

Malvinas Islands Hold Highest GDP Per Capita in the World

According to recently published data, the Malvinas Islands hold the world's highest gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.<p>A report issued by the …

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French Polynesia Islands - Where to Go in Tahiti

Tahiti is a True Bucket-List Destination<p>Tahiti, also known as French Polynesia, is a Top Ten luxury travel destination. It is a legend in upscale …

French Polynesia

Prefab Igloo Survives Sub Zero Temperatures

We have so many prefab companies making regular old square based insta-buildings, but what if we need a cozy dome in which to survive arctic winters? …

Prefab Homes

These Images Show Just How Much Some Neighborhoods Were Changed By Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago, shocking photos showed the huge extent of the destruction caused by the storm. Only days after the storm struck, before and after satellite images from Google revealed the widespread damage to coastal areas of New York and New Jersey. Last year, before …

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.<p>The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been …

Geology

Life expectancy in the USA hits a record high

Good news, America: We're living longer!<p>Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years – a record high.<p>That was an increase of 0.1 year from 2011 when it was 78.7 years, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center …

40 maps that explain the world

Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to …

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Shocking NASA pics show Aral Sea basin now completely dry

Once the fourth-biggest lake in the world, the eastern basin of the Aral Sea in central Asia is now completely dry. It is the result of a Soviet-era …