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No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.<p>One of the morbidly fascinating aspects of climate change is how much cognitive dissonance it generates, in individuals and nations alike.<p>The more you understand the brutal logic of climate change — what it could mean, the effort necessary …

The dark side of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was an unpleasant man who wrote macabre books – and yet children around the world adore them. Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise us, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>Once upon a time a small orphan was packed off to live with his aunts. They were a sadistic pair, these sisters, and rather than …

Books

There is a third pole on earth, and it's melting quickly

When we think of the world’s polar regions, only two usually spring to mind – the North and South. However, there is a region to the south of China …

Why is Singapore's household recycling rate stagnant?

SINGAPORE: For two years, Hougang resident Padmarani Srivatsan has been collecting raw food scraps - like vegetable and fruit peel - that she throws …

Much scope for Singapore to grow its soft power further

When the argument is made about global power shifting from West to East, it is primarily based on Asia's remarkable economic rise, although China's …

Asia

Suicide bombings in and around Iraqi capital kill 31 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two suicide attacks in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, officials said.<p>The …

This Dutch Town Will Grow Its Own Food, Live Off-Grid, And Handle Its Own Waste

Meet the "Tesla of eco-villages".<p>It's no secret that today's aggressive agricultural techniques can take a heavy toll on the environment, both on the …

Understanding Poverty from the Inside: Defining Poverty.

<i>This is the second installment in a series: "Understanding Poverty from the Inside."</i><p>When I think of poverty, images from my own life flood my mind before a word even comes through. Even today as I write, I struggle to commit the words to print. I am trying to distinguish whether it is the …

Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 humans with robots in China

The first wave of robots taking over human jobs is upon us.<p>Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.30% supplier Foxconn Technology Co. 2354, +0.65% has replaced 60,000 …

The Future

Americans are fatter than ever, CDC finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging -- more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years -- the gains were overshadowed by rising …

ExxonMobil CEO: ending oil production 'not acceptable for humanity'

Shareholders win vote that could support board candidates concerned about climate as Rex Tillerson faces turbulent annual meeting<p>Rex Tillerson, the boss of oil giant ExxonMobil, said cutting oil production was “not acceptable for humanity” as he fought off shareholders’ and activists’ attempts to …

Japanese engineers say their flying cars will be in the air by the Tokyo Olympics

A team of young Japanese engineers is developing a flying car with the goal of launching it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.<p>The futuristic vehicle – dubbed Skydrive – is fitted with three wheels, a motor and four rotors, enabling it to take off and land vertically from public roads without the …

Italian navy saves 550 refugees as smugglers' trawler capsizes in Med

Praise for sailors’ swift action as dramatic photographs show overloaded boat turning over as naval vessel approaches<p>More than 500 people narrowly escaped drowning on Wednesday after their smugglers’ boat capsized in the southern Mediterranean, a series of dramatic photographs have revealed.<p>As …

Singapore falls in World Press Freedom Index for fourth consecutive year

<i>Photo: Reuters</i><p>Singapore has once again performed dismally in a global benchmark of press freedom, finishing 154th in the World Press Freedom Index.<p>It …

Singlish enriches the English language, says Oxford dictionary editor

<i>Oxford Dictionary consultant editor Dr Danica Salazar (Photo: Nurul Azliah/Yahoo Newsroom)</i><p>Contrary to popular belief, Singlish does not destroy the …

Singapore to splurge $2.82 billion on tech infrastructure, IT security in 2016

Project tenders will be rolled out throughout the year.<p>The Singapore government will be calling for a projected $2.82 billion of ICT tenders across …

When housing mixes rich and poor, it’s not instant harmony

To make cities inclusive for everyone, individual neighborhoods need to welcome people of many incomes. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy …

Housing

Why the Global 1% and the Asian Middle Class Have Gained the Most from Globalization

It is by now well-known that the period from the mid-1980s to today has been the period of the greatest reshuffle of personal incomes since the Industrial Revolution. It’s also the first time that global inequality has declined in the past two hundred years. The “winners” were the middle and upper …

China vows to help 12 million people out of poverty through tourism development - Business

BEIJING -- China has vowed to help 12 million people out of poverty in the next five years through tourism development and strengthening …

Global Deindustrialization Threatens the Development of Poor Countries

The global economy is facing a major, game-changing problem: an exceptionally rapid decline in manufacturing employment as a result of automation, with no immediately obvious new sector of job growth to mitigate the loss.<p>For the past 15 years, the manufacturing sector's share of global GDP has been …

For Allah, China and Marx: theological mix for young imams

Emblazoned in gold etching on a white marble slab at the main entrance -- and repeated all over campus -- is the slogan: "Love the nation, love religion".<p>The contrast is even more striking than the hierarchy: in China patriotism is synonymous with supporting the ruling Communist Party, which is …

China

Rise of K-pop, K-drama, and now K-lit

SEOUL • South Korean literature has been enjoying sporadic success overseas, which may have culminated in novelist Han Kang's Man Booker …

Ending Poverty Means Closing the Gaps Between Women and Men

<i>A woman in a Niger village cooks for her family. Photo © Stephan Gladieu/World Bank</i><p><i>For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the Sustainable Development</i> …

Worsening economies threaten to undo gains against poverty – ILO

UN agency urges west to focus on helping developing world create more sustainable and better paid jobs, rather than just on aid<p>Worsening economic conditions in Asia, Latin America and the Arab world threaten to undo decades of progress in reducing global poverty, according to a report by the …

The world's largest floating wind farm will be operational next year

Norwegian company Statoil is building the world’s largest offshore floating wind farm near Scotland – and it’s set to start producing energy as early …

Where are food supplies most at risk from climate change?

Climate change is set to have a major impact on global food security, as weather patterns and average temperatures change.<p>Studies have highlighted …

400 million meals are wasted every year in the UK alone

According to the charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), 400 million meals are wasted every year in the UK. Out of 270,000 metric tons …