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Are Mexico's two September earthquakes connected?

<b>Mexico had barely begun to deal with the aftermath of one big quake before another rocked the country. People will naturally ask: are they related? Did one cause the other?</b><p>Seismologists will spend a good deal of time in the coming months debating this issue, but on the face of it they look to be …

Natural Disasters

Hurricanes: A perfect storm of chance and climate change?

<b>The succession of intense and deadly tropical cyclones that have barrelled across the Atlantic in recent weeks have left many people wondering if a threshold of some sort has been crossed. Is this chain of hurricanes evidence of some significant new frontier in our changing climate?</b><p>The answer is …

Climate Change

Hurricane Harvey: Four key effects of Houston floods

<b>Record amounts of rain have fallen in Texas since Hurricane Harvey hit on Friday. The immediate impacts may be obvious - people having to leave home, states of emergency, burst dams, streets underwater and more than 20 deaths connected to the storm - but further down the line this will continue to</b> …

Extreme Weather

‘Uncontacted’ Amazon Tribe Members Reported Killed in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — They were members of an uncontacted tribe gathering eggs along the river in a remote part of the Amazon. Then, it appears, they had the bad luck of running into gold miners.<p>Now, federal prosecutors in Brazil have opened an investigation into the reported massacre of about 10 …

Hurricane Irma: Pope Francis condemns climate change sceptics

<b>Pope Francis has warned history will judge world leaders who do not act as he blasted climate change sceptics in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.</b><p>The pontiff said the recent storms meant the effects of climate change could be seen "with your own eyes".<p>There have been four major Atlantic …

Pope Francis

How do you lay a 170-km cable on the bottom of the sea? Slowly and carefully

Installation of Maritime Link subsea cable between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia has begun<p>The giant spools and the two sections of Maritime Link …

HOW LOW FARES TOOK FLIGHT

Smaller kitchens in China and Photoshopped appliances: How Ikea adapts its catalogues to suit different cultures around the world

• <b>Ikea released 203million copies of its 324-page catalogue at the end of July</b>• <b><br>To appeal to varying cultures, there are 72 different region-specific</b> …

Melting glaciers in Swiss Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses

Frozen bodies of couple who vanished 75 years ago among those uncovered recently as global warming forces ice to retreat<p>Swiss police say hundreds of bodies of mountaineers who have gone missing in the Alps in the past century could emerge in coming years as global warming forces the country’s …

Why is Bulgaria's population falling off a cliff?

<b>Bulgaria is projected to have the fastest-shrinking population in the world. It's already lost a fifth of its population since the 1990s. But what does this mean for those who remain?</b><p>Deep in the Bulgarian countryside, in the western province of Pernik, I make a rare discovery.<p>It's not Stoyan …

Loneliness

Cod and haddock go north due to warming UK seas, as foreign fish arrive

Our seafood diet must adapt, say scientists, as climate change forces some favourites to colder waters and threatens others<p>Britain must prepare itself for invasions of growing numbers of foreign sea creatures attracted by our warming waters, a new report has warned. Some newcomers could have …

Asia's glaciers to shrink by a third by 2100, threatening water supply of millions

High mountains of Asia hold biggest store of frozen water outside the poles and feed many of the world’s great rivers, including the Ganges<p>Asia’s mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by the century’s end, with dire consequences for millions of people who …

Age of Internet Empires: One Map With Each Country's Favorite Website

Facebook, Google, and—a newspaper?<p>Two researchers, Mark Graham and Stefano De Stabbata, at the Oxford Internet Institute have depicted the world’s “Internet empires” in a map, below. The map shows each nation’s most popular website, with the size of nations altered to reflect the number of Internet …

Every Hurricane from the Past 170 Years, Mapped

Should you pilot a small, rickety craft across international waters this summer, it would be wise to consult this unusual map of foul ocean weather.<p>This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Where New Yorkers Run Up the Biggest Power Bills<br>• On Coming Back to the U.S. After a Month Without a …

UK population: how will it change over the next few decades?

The UK's population is set to increase to over 70 million by 2028. Find out how much of that is to do with new births and how much of it is to do with migration<p>Get the data<p>The UK's overall population is set to reach 73m people by 2037 with the number of people aged 80 and over set to double, …

Inside Story - World Wide Web: Global force for good?

How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity?

In 2009, the total global electricity consumption was 20,279,640 GWh. The sun creates more energy than that in one hour. The tricky part is …

The Brics have a chance to succeed where the World Bank has failed

The new Brics bank is an opportunity to learn lessons and ensure every infrastructure project protects human rights<p>The emerging Brics economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – struck an agreement this month to establish a development bank with an initial capital of $100bn.<p>The …

Whatever happened to the Brics economies?

<b>Remember the Brics - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the nations that were set to reshape the world economy?</b><p>Two of them, China and Russia have the potential to cause some serious and rather unwelcome reshaping in the near future.<p>In China's case it's the risk that an economic slowdown …

Economic Development

Is China's economy really the largest in the world?

<b>For the first time in more than 140 years, the US has lost the title of the world's largest economy - it has been stolen by China, according to the IMF. But how reliable are the statistics underpinning this claim? The BBC's economics editor, Robert Peston, explains lower down why China matters to</b> …

Li Keqiang

UK gains £20bn from European migrants, UCL economists reveal

• Tax payments by European migrants far outweigh welfare • Arrivals are better educated than British workforce<p>European migrants to the UK are not a drain on Britain’s finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits, a new study has revealed.<p>The research by two leading …

5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?

Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, left 220,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and rubble nearly everywhere.<p>The catastrophe also unleashed an unprecedented flood of humanitarian aid — $13.5 billion in donations and pledges, about three-quarters from donor nations and a quarter from …

Ban Ki-moon

Costa Rica goes 75 days powering itself using only renewable energy

Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 per cent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.<p>The feat was achieved thanks to …

World fails to reach millennium education targets

<b>The promise that all children globally would have primary education by 2015 - pledged by world leaders in the millennium year - has officially not been achieved.</b><p>Unesco says there are 58 million children without access to primary school and 100 million who do not complete a primary education.<p>Only a …

Education

Demographic Destiny: What Will the World Be Like in 2050? - WSJ.com

Demographics

​Sweden to Become One of World's First Fossil Fuel-Free Nation​s

Sweden is setting out to prove that the world doesn't need fossil fuels. In a recent announcement, the Swedish government said it will invest 4.5 …

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

North Africa

Slower Swiss rail service for seniors

'In an uncertain and unsafe world, we all need geography more than ever'

How quickly things change. Twenty years ago, we were marvelling at the dismantling of the Eastern Bloc, and digesting the globalising implications of …

In pictures: Chernobyl's eerie exclusion zone 30 years on

<b>Thirty years after its fourth reactor exploded on 26 April 1986, an exclusion zone is still in place around the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine.</b><b>Photographer Jerzy Wierzbicki visited the zone, accompanied by two guides - former employees of the nuclear plant.</b><p>A fire raged at the plant for 10 days …

Environmental Health