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In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

A young woman, wearing a traditional full-length Amish dress and white bonnet, stepped away from a farmer’s market, opened her palm and revealed a smartphone. She began to scroll through screens, seemingly oblivious to the activity around her.<p>Not far away, a man in his late 60s with a silvery …

‘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 …

How Much Are Trees Worth to Megacities?

Leafy infrastructure saves bustling metropolises about $505 million each year, according to new research.<p>In a metropolis teeming with shuffling crowds, cranes and high-rises shouldn’t be the only things reaching skywards. Megacities—those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people—would …

Getting to grips with longevity - The new old

Special report<p>The new oldGetting to grips with longevity<p>“NO AGE JOKES tonight, all right?” quipped Sir Mick Jagger, the 73-year-old front man of the …

Trotsky explains Donald Trump to you: Our idiot president is a “substitute” who represents America’s mass ignorance and bottomless narcissism

How Trump’s ludicrous rise mirrors the process that brought Stalin to power — and, mercifully, how it doesn’t<p>There’s a useful concept in understanding how societies deteriorate into dictatorship that was most famously developed by Leon Trotsky, although it reaches a lot further back in history. …

New Jersey Town Used Zoning to Discriminate Against Islam

This is the chronicle of how a founding principle of this country, the freedom to worship, crashed into a public bureaucracy in the venerable and prosperous New Jersey suburb of Bernards Township.<p>There, a brittle layer of shifting regulations sat atop a lava field of private contempt for Muslims on …

Punishing Immigrants for Sprawl

The costs of living in a car-centric culture can be particularly hard on undocumented immigrants.<p>In America, everyone pays a hefty fee for sprawl. But the country’s car-centric culture is particularly burdensome for immigrants—especially those without papers. For them, to drive or not to drive can …

Reviving manufacturing would help all of us—not just white men

It may also be why Trump won.<p>Manufacturing, once nearly a third of U.S. gross domestic product, has dwindled to around 12 percent, a punch to the gut for the American working class. Indeed, the sufferings of that sector’s former workers—and of those who live in once-thriving factory towns—may be …

Equality

Famines in the 21st century? It’s not for lack of food

What explains this rapid rise in the number of people who need emergency food assistance? Hint: it’s not a shortage<p>Famine killed nearly 75 million people in the 20th century, but had virtually disappeared in recent decades. Now, suddenly, it is back. In late February a famine was declared in South …

From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases

The world is in a hyperinfectious era. And that means there are a lot of words being tossed around that you might not be familiar with. Or maybe you have a general idea of what they mean but wish you knew more.<p>Here are some key terms and definitions. And yes, there will be a quiz (coming in March …

Public Health

Obsession with ending poverty is where development is going wrong

Almost all development projects focus on alleviating poverty rather than creating prosperity. This is a fundamental flaw<p>How can we alleviate extreme poverty? It’s the question that underpins the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), and almost all development projects.<p>Because poverty almost …

The Fight Against Food Waste Is Becoming Big Business

Imagine if you can save the world by saving your time and saving your money. While reducing your carbon footprint while helping the food value chain to optimize itself - and even create new green growth. Too good to be true? Well, the fight against food waste nails it. And it's becoming big …

2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame

• Final data confirms record-breaking temperatures for third year in a row<p>• Earth has not been this warm for 115,000 years<p>2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change.<p>The …

Does Urbanization Drive Southeast Asia's Development?

How the creative class is affecting economic growth in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.<p>For those of us who live in the United States or in the advanced nations of Europe or Asia, urbanization has gone hand in hand with greater economic development, …

Connecting people: A world map of undersea cables

© www.viewsoftheworld.netDespite satellite technology, global communication heavily relies on undersea cables to keep people connected. “A submarine …

Telecoms

Migrants sent half a trillion dollars home last year. These maps show where the money went

There are now 244 million people living in a country other than the one they were born in, according to migration figures from the United …

Will Humans Run Out of Fertilizer?

It helped people spread and multiply. Now critics worry it's destroying the planet. An Object Lesson.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article originally failed to disclose that the author is an analyst and spokesperson for Fueling U.S. Forward, an organization that advocates for the use of domestic oil and</i> …

Farming

Life Expectancy in the US Falls for the First Time in Decades

In 2015, 86,212 more Americans died than the year before. That means life expectancy in the United States is heading in the wrong direction—something …

Golden Years, Iron Bars: Japan Sees Rise In Crime By The Elderly

Japan has the dubious title of the oldest society in the world, with one in four of its citizens past the age of 65. And while the image of the …

Sociology

Humans Are Close To Killing Off Two-Thirds Of All Wildlife In Just 50 Years

"At some point the earth is going to say 'enough.'"<p>A damning new report from the World Wildlife Fund has found a precipitous decline in the world’s animal populations as thousands of species scramble to survive against a sole enemy: humans.<p>The 2016 version of WWF’s biennial Living Planet Report, …

Rwanda’s tech initiatives prove African governments can catalyze innovation

The government of Rwanda, in partnership with California-based startup Zipline, recently started the world’s first national drone delivery program.<p>As an audience of local techies and international press looked on, President Paul Kagame sent the inaugural flight from a tablet-controlled launcher at …

At COP-22, leaders try to put Paris Climate Agreement into action

Climate negotiators began working Monday to transform the landmark Paris Climate Agreement into an action plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions and …

Venezuela on the brink: a journey through a country in crisis

The oil-rich South American nation should be prospering. Instead it stands on the edge of an economic and humanitarian abyss<p>The proud face of the revolutionary hero Simón Bolívar gazes from a stack of banknotes dumped in a grubby box on the floor of a supermarket that doubles as a foreign exchange …

Venice 'on the verge of collapse' as locals battle to save the soul of the city

When you think about it, it’s bound to be explosive: a town of 55,000-odd inhabitants – living along narrow, twisting alleyways; going about their business in transport severely limited by the geography of the place – besieged each day by an influx of 70,000 or more visitors, well over half of whom …

Building a better ‘burb: The race to design a sustainable suburbia is also making the suburbs kind of cool

Ecological concerns have led to a long overdue look at the design of suburbs. The results could be revolutionary<p>Suburbia is an easy target. But its problems run deeper than disillusioned housewives waking up from their American dreams in cookie-cutter colonials. Suburban living is not …

Why we should have fewer children: to save the planet

The Earth’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases without violently disrupting the climate is finite, and each additional person contributes to the total amount<p>Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having …

Is This Sustainable Village The Future Of Retirement?

Serenbe, a planned sustainable community, is a new village designed to help its residents gracefully age in place.<p>Fifteen years into an unplanned second career as a real-estate developer, Steve Nygren has timed his latest project perfectly. Nygren is the cofounder and developer of Serenbe, a …

Urban Design
Machine Learning

Why Vienna Does So Well on Quality-of-Life Rankings

A strong focus on green space plays a major role.<p><b>VIENNA, Austria —</b> When the human resources consultancy Mercer publishes its annual quality-of-life rankings for cities around the world, Vienna’s place at the top is practically automatic.<p>The Austrian capital has ranked first on the list for seven …

Think the world is overcrowded? These 10 maps show why you’re wrong

<b>Italy</b><p>Based on data from NASA/SEDAC, this map shows how Italy’s population is distributed – half lives in the densely-packed purple areas (8% of the …

Deserts