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Brazil recession: 'I've never seen anything like this'

When Barbara Araujo and Allan Alves got married three years ago, they had big plans: open a business, buy a house and start a family.<p>But with Brazil plunging into its worst recession in over two decades -- hopes for a brighter future are fading. The Brazilian economy shrank 3.8% in 2015, according …

Climate Change

'If the world ends in 2100, we’re probably OK'

There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.<p>“Everyone is focused on what happens by 2100. But that’s only 2 generations from today. It’s like: If the world ends in 2100 we’re probably OK!” says Professor Richard Zeebe of the University of Hawai’i. “But It’s very clear that over a longer …

Climate Change

Independent Greenland 'could not afford' to sign up to Paris climate deal

Fossil fuel exploitation that would trigger a rise in carbon emissions is necessary to support the country financially in its break from Denmark, leaders say, despite it being one of the most climate-affected places in the world<p>One of the parts of the world being hit the hardest by climate change …


See the True Cost of Burmese Jade

Freelance miners search for jade on a pile of earth-waste which is dumped by a mining company, Hpakant, Kachin State, Bu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Minzayar Oo<p>1 of …


In China, a cremation order has driven some elderly to desperate acts

The so-called funeral reform policy first surfaced in a swirl of rumors and, later, through a terse bulletin posted outside the local government office.<p>Wu Qisi, 94, heard about it from his barber. In response, he decided to die.<p>Wu, a rice farmer, was one of at least seven elderly Anqing residents …

Malaysia to be first to develop e-waste management system in region, says minister

Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the system which was expected to be completed in three years was crucial as Malaysia was estimated to generate 53 …


Coffee High on the List of Goods Produced through Child Labor

ILAB infographic reflecting “The List”<p>I have been writing on issues related to farm labor consistently since the beginning of last year, and talking …

Child Labor
Political Activism

Republican debate: Winners and losers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The third Republican presidential debate is in the books after the top 10 leading GOP candidates debated for more than two hours.<p>2016 election candidates<p>With fewer than 100 days until the first ballots are cast, the CNBC-hosted event was a critical test for many of the campaigns …


Poll: Trump, Carson dominate GOP field as Fiorina falters

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Ben Carson now stand alone at the top of the Republican field, as Carly Fiorina's brief foray into the top tier of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president appears to have ended, a new CNN/ORC poll finds.<p>Fiorina has lost 11 points in the last month, …

Death Row

CNN/Facebook Democratic debate winners and losers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The field of Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in their first debate, hosted by CNN and Facebook, on Tuesday night.<p>For more than two hours, the candidates tried to make their best impressions before a national audience discovering many of them for the first time.<p>Here's …


The U.S. Has a Moral Obligation to Help Syrian Refugees

Moral clarity is important because moral decisions are often difficult. The easy choices that pose no risk—one should contribute to charity, help old …

North Africa

Czech police marking refugees directly on their skin

Officials in the Czech Republic are facing an outcry from human rights activists over their police writing on refugees’ arms.<p>The refugees were travelling by train from Austria and Hungary when stopped by officers in the town of Breclav. They wrote the names and train numbers on 214 people, mostly …