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An anthrax outbreak in Russia came from a 75-year-old caribou carcass thawing out. It’s a warning sign of worse to come<p>Earlier this month, an outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia caused the death of a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother and put 90 people in the hospital. These deadly spores – …

Global Warming

Portugal's Antonio Guterres leads race to be next UN secretary-general

Antonio Guterres has come out tops in a second straw poll of UN diplomats, with the former Portuguese prime minister tipped to take over as UN …

Is Georgia Becoming A Battleground State?

Hillary Clinton is riding high in the polls. How high? A poll released by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday found Clinton leading Trump in …

Still green but still suffering: Brazil's Amazon rainforest takes the stage at Rio opening ceremony

<i>In this Sept. 15, 2009 photo, a deforested area is seen near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. The Brazilian Amazon is arguably the world's biggest natural defense against global warming, acting as a "sink," or absorber, of carbon dioxide. But it is also a great contributor to</i> …

Rio Olympics opens with a powerful message about climate change

An estimated 3 billion people worldwide got an introductory lesson about climate change by watching the Brazil Olympics opening ceremony.<p>Things in …

Afghan father sells 6-yo daughter into marriage for a goat, bag of rice

A father from Afghanistan, barely making ends meet, sold his own daughter to a 55-year-old cleric for a goat and some food. Footage doing the rounds …

What It’s Like Being a Cop in the Most Remote, Lonely Part of North America

Officers describe long hours, no backup, and chronic underfunding in Canada's far north First Nations.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>When bullets came flying at Cory Robert, a constable for Canada's largest First Nation police service, he says it took six hours to fly in backup to the …

Why The Rio Olympics And Leonardo DiCaprio Get Your Attention On Climate Change

If you watched the Opening Ceremony of the Rio Olympics Friday evening, social media was buzzing about the bold inclusion of a segment on climate change. The segment highlighted the perils of sea level rise on vulnerable nations and cities and also showed Ed Hawkins’ compelling visual spiral …

Climate Change

Meet the Olympic swimmer, and Syrian refugee, who saved 20 refugees from drowning

Yusra Mardini swam for her life, and now she's swimming for gold.<p>The 18-year-old athlete saved 20 people when the boat they were traveling in while …

Olympic Swimming

The Brutal Truth About Being a Woman on Wall Street

<i>Maureen Sherry is a former managing director at Bear Stearns and author of Opening Belle.</i><p>I recently watched an old news clip of Gretchen Carlson, …

Sleeping Giant of Climate Change (Hint: It's Before Your Eyes)

One-third or more of all the global food produced never makes it from the farm to our fork. In fact, if measured as a country, food waste would be the third largest for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which revised upward its estimated carbon …

These 5 Facts Explain Trump's Very Un-Republican Foreign Policy

Donald Trump is far more interested in winning over crowds than adhering to any kind of Republican foreign policy orthodoxy. These five facts detail …

The Developed World Is Missing the Point About Modern Slavery

Earlier this month, the Walk Free Foundation — an Australian NGO — released the first ever “modern slavery index,” which hoped to highlight the …

Donald Trump wants to build a wall – to save his golf course from global warming

Donald Trump has consistently expressed his conspiratorial and misinformed beliefs that global warming is a hoax.<p>Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)Ice storm rolls from Texas to Tennessee - I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!December 6, …

Donald Trump

Noam Chomsky: America is an empire in decline

The celebrated political scientist talks neoliberalism, Western triumphalism and more. Part 1 of a 2-part excerpt<p>[<i>This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted</i> <i>from Noam Chomsky’s new book,</i> Who Rules the World? <i>(Metro</i><i>politan Books)</i>]<p>When we ask “Who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard …

EU refugee crisis: closed-door countries could be asked to help cover costs

European countries that refuse to give shelter to refugees could be forced to pay into the coffers of states that do, under plans to be unveiled by the European commission on Wednesday.<p>The idea is part of a long-awaited proposal to reform the EU’s asylum rules, which were stretched to breaking …

European Parliament

Germany unveils integration law for refugees

Germany has announced new legal measures requiring migrants and refugees to integrate into society in return for being allowed to live and work in the country.<p>Under the coalition government’s measures, announced on Thursday morning, asylum seekers face cuts to support if they reject mandatory …

Angela Merkel

What’s Next for Europe’s Refugee Rules?

The European Commission has proposed either modifying an existing rule on distributing asylum-seekers or scrapping it altogether.<p>Asylum-seekers to the European Union have for years sought refuge in the country in which they first arrive, under the so-called “Dublin rules” that govern refugee policy …

Asylum Seekers

Shootings by border guards, illegal deportations and desperate conditions are all the result of the EU forcing Turkey to take so many fleeing Syrians<p>It was beyond sad to read in the Times this week that Turkish border guards have allegedly shot dead Syrians trying to reach safety in Turkey. Sixteen …

Middle East