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92% of the world’s population exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution

A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Some 3 million …

Most of the world breathes polluted air, WHO says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Almost everyone on Earth now breathes polluted air, according to an air quality map released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.<p>The interactive map, based on global air pollution data, confirms that 92% of the world's population lives in places where outdoor air quality fails to meet …

Pollution

Is C-51 necessary? Prove it.

Reacting to the Government of Canada’s national security green paper, “Our Security, Our Rights”, Wesley Wark wrote in <i>The Globe and Mail</i> on September …

Privacy

Kiev's revolution

Project info<p>Anti-government protesters clashed with police near the Independence square in central Kiev on 20 February 2014 , despite an earlier truce agreed between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders . Kiev suffered its bloodiest day with a gun battle in city's center. Both sides …

Striking NASA Selfies Show the Earth Is Changing

We’ve all heard the line that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So to bring home what’s happening to our planet, we rounded up a series of …

State of wonder: where to find Oregon's best landscapes

Oregon is a natural stunner. The state's glorious coastline alternates between rugged cliffs accented with stone sentinels just offshore to miles-long sandy beaches perfect for a relaxing stroll. Inland, landscapes vary from craggy gorges to coniferous forests to salty playas. Then there are the …

National Parks

5 beautiful islands you should visit to escape tourists

There’s nothing travellers hate more than tourists. Hell is other people, after all. So if you’re the kind of traveller that likes a bit of …

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CRTC warned half of local TV stations could be forced off air by 2020

Nearly half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air by 2020 without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming, the national broadcast regulator has been told as it prepares to open public hearings into the viability of local TV.<p>The warning comes in a study submitted to the …

Toronto council supports CRTC ruling on Internet access

BCE Inc.'s appeal to the federal cabinet over a regulatory ruling on small competitors gaining access to high-speed Internet services was the focus of debate at Toronto City Council on Thursday.<p>The company filed a petition to the Governor in Council in October, challenging part of a July decision …

‘Inherited’ deficit forcing Liberals to rethink spending plans

The Liberal government will have to reassess the size of its proposed deficits after a deteriorating economy turned a surplus into a shortfall even before Justin Trudeau and his ministers start meeting billions of dollars in campaign commitments.<p>In his first fiscal update since being appointed …

CRTC chair urges Ottawa to resolve appeal over Internet access ruling

Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of Canada's telecom and broadcast regulator, is calling on the federal government to take quick action to resolve an outstanding appeal over small competitors' access to the highest-speed Internet services.<p>BCE Inc. filed a petition to the Governor in Council in October, …

Syrian rebel army's homemade weapons - Telegraph

This Is Why You Should Not Aim At A Happy Life Anymore

Happiness is different things to different people. Philosophers believe happiness is about living a good life and flourishing, not simply defining …

How to do Scandinavia on a budget

Stories of coffee costing more than your car are common in conversations about Scandinavia. But while vacationing here will never be as cheap as a Bulgarian backpacking jaunt, there are ways to keep your costs down – even in Oslo.<p>Norway-based travel blogger Andy Higgs has several budget-stretching …

15 Maps Every Geography Nerd Will Love

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Adam Smith’s Underappreciated Wisdom on Benevolence, Happiness, and Kindness

“Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of love.”<p><i>“Spiritual health and material well-being are not enemies: they are natural allies,”</i> wrote E.F. Schumacher in his timeless clarion call for “Buddhist economics,” …

Cost-benefit Analysis

Income inequality hurts economy, study suggests

Policies that favour the wealthy in the hope that money will trickle down through the economy do not produce greater growth while boosting incomes of …

Income Inequality

The rising toll of South Korea's MERS outbreak

The MERS virus has killed at least 19, and is sparking fear and anger about the government’s initially slow response<p>On an average day, Chungdam bon …

Canada Doesn't Impress On This Quality Of Life Index (But Estonia Does)

Canadians are used to topping the rankings when it comes to “best places to live” surveys, but a new one from moving company Movehub finds Canada …

Canadian First Nations becoming less prosperous, report says

Three years after an economic development board set a decade-long goal of closing the prosperity gap between aboriginal people and the rest of Canada, its new report says key indicators are moving in the wrong direction.<p>The Aboriginal Progress Report, a sequel to a benchmark study completed in 2012 …

Ottawa Man Builds Shipping-Container Home To Help People 'Get Out Of Pocket Of Big Banks'

If the prospect of buying a house for $450,000 — the new average price for a home in Canada — doesn’t appeal to you, an Ottawa area man has a deal …

We're a nation desperately in need of a Magna Carta moment

On June 15, 1215, King John sealed the document known as the Magna Carta at Runnymede. He didn’t really have much of a choice; the alternative would …

Magna Carta

Donald Trump jumps in: The Donald's latest White House run is officially on

<i>Donald Trump will appear on "State of the Union with Jake Tapper" this Sunday at 9 a.m. EDT.</i><p><b>New York (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump finally took the plunge.<p>The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea …

Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin's Indian fusion tracks

Two Led Zeppelin songs recorded with Bollywood session musicians in the early seventies are being released for the first time.<p>Guitarist Jimmy Page had visited India before, filming images of Mumbai life, but later he returned to explore the country's music.<p>The songs, Friends and Four Hands, have …

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq | Seumas Milne

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place<p>The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin …

Multiculturalism

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

Iranian President: We will stick to our promises on nuclear deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran's President on Friday hailed the proposed international deal on his country's nuclear program, vowing that Iran will stick to its promises and -- assuming other countries live up to their end of the bargain -- become a more active, engaged player in world affairs.<p>"Some think that we …

South Asia