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Africa's worst drought tied to West's pollution - Science

Sulfate-laden aerosols coming out of a U.S. smokestack in 1942.<p><i>By Becky Oskin<br>LiveScience</i><p>The biggest drought to hit the planet in the 20th century, the Sahel drought, sucked Central Africa dry from the 1970s to the 1990s. The severe famines that resulted killed hundreds of thousands of people during …

Chinese Pollution Blows Back to California

Global interdependence now means not only sharing the same warming atmosphere - but also breathing the same air.<p>A recent groundbreaking study led by Chinese and American scientists, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAC), documents how pollution from US- outsourced …

Pollution

Air pollution killing over two million annually, study says

More than two million people are dying every year from the effects of outdoor air pollution, according to a new study.<p>An estimated 2.1 million deaths are caused by anthropogenic increases of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) while a further 470,000 are killed annually as a result of human-caused …

China Threatens Death Penalty for Serious Polluters

The Chinese government just issued a new judicial interpretation that will allow courts to issue harsher punishments for environmental crimes, …

China

Brazil's shellfishing communities blighted by industrial pollution

Activists say pollution from Suape industrial complex in Pernambuco state is decimating the local shellfish harvest<p>Edinilda de Ponto dos Carvalhos, who is in her early fifties, has been a <i>marisqueira</i>, or shellfish fisherwoman, in Suape since she was young. Recently, she says, her work has become …

Surviving Beijing's pollution while pregnant: 'I feel like a lab-rat'

Living in Beijing’s ‘airpocalypse’, expectant mother Xiaoxia Liu swears by her respirator – and is keeping her windows shut<p>“It’s like taking a deep breath in the mountains,” says Xiaoxia Liu in her 15th floor apartment on the north side of the Beijing, “I was surprised to discover air could feel so …

Massachusetts Might Force a Woman to Share Parental Rights with the Rapist Who Impregnated Her

In Massachusetts, it is perfectly legal for a man to seek custody of a child he fathered by raping a woman. As strange as this sounds, a woman is currently fighting to prevent this scenario from becoming her reality.<p><i>Image via Flickr user CMCarterSS</i><p>In Massachusetts, it is perfectly legal for a man …

The resistance of child slaves themselves will force the end of slavery

A new anti-slavery coalition is campaigning for the right of every child to be free of exploitation and secured in education<p>Ratni was 14 years old when she was sold into slavery, handed over to a family friend who had promised her a better life. Forced into bonded labour as an unpaid domestic …

Yemen Child Marriage Law: Human Rights Minister Wants To Set Minimum Age At 18

Following reports that an 8-year-old girl in Yemen was killed after having intercourse with her 40-year-old husband, the nation's human rights minister is looking to pass a law banning child marriage.<p>Hooria Mashhoor asked Yemen's parliament to pass a law outlawing the practice, BBC reported. She …

China mother, fined $54,200 for flouting one-child policy, sues for basic rights

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese warehouse worker Liu Fei was fined 330,000 yuan ($54,200), or 14 times her yearly wage, for having a second child and her failure to pay means the boy has no access to basic rights like schooling and healthcare.<p>Liu’s desperation prompted a fruitless attempt to sell her …

Do Women Deserve Rights?

Women's rights? What are those? Do women even deserve rights because, I mean, they always just need a man to decide, right? Ha! But with the recent wave of laws being suggested that would limit tons of women's contraceptive rights, it seems that there are a lot of white men who feel this way. So I …

Rights & Freedoms

War on Women Affects Us All

<i>This is an edited speech given by congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster at the New Hampshire Women Unite rally on Saturday April 28.</i><p>Standing up for women right now could not be more important.<p>The Republicans here in Concord and down in Washington D.C. would have us believe that the War on Women …

New Hampshire

Have Saudi Women Traded Civil Rights for Driving Rights?

Saudi women have ramped up their struggle to end their country’s ban on female drivers recently. This battle is decades old, but what’s surprising is …

Atheism and Agnosticism

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