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Americans' Upside-Down View Of Medicare's Problems

Medicare is big. And as America gets grayer, the health insurance program for seniors and the disabled is going to get a lot bigger — and more expensive.<p>About 51 million Americans were covered by Medicare in 2012, at a cost of around $574 billion, or about 3.6 percent of the nation's gross domestic …

Childhood obesity: How schools encourage healthy eating

The government announced on Tuesday plans to provide a free hot meal to every infant pupil in England but schools are also using other methods to encourage healthy eating.<p>The idea is to tackle Britain's childhood obesity problem, which is one of the worst in Europe.<p>Jenny Hill reports.

Childhood Obesity

Indonesia evacuates 6,000 people after volcano erupts in North Sumatra

Second eruption since 2010 of Mount Sinabung sends clouds of ash into the sky and pelts nearby villages with rocks<p>Nearly 6,000 people were evacuated from their villages following the eruption of Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia, an official said on Monday.<p>The 2,600-metre (8,530ft) volcano in …

Mexico floods cause worst storm damage in decades - in pictures

Mexico has suffered some of the worst storm damage in decades after it was hit by both tropical storm 'Manuel', and the hurricane 'Ingrid', and more than 50 people have been killed across the country

No respite for Mexico flood victims

A tropical storm which has been battering the south-west of Mexico has been upgraded to a category one hurricane by US meteorologists.<p>Hurricane Manuel is now approaching north-western Mexico and threatens more destruction, the US National Hurricane Centre says.<p>Tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid left …

Tropical Storms

UK has fastest growing population in Europe

Britain's population is growing faster than any other country's in Europe fuelled by the biggest surge in births for 40 years, official figures have disclosed.<p>A decade of mass immigration and the impact of major advances in life expectancy combined with a soaring birth rate added almost 420,000 …

Does Population Matter? - Danny Dorling

Africa's population to 'double' by 2050

Africa's population will more than double to 2.4 billion within 40 years, thanks in large part to better healthcare, according to a major …

The complexities of famine

By Scott Tong<p>November 15, 2011 | 12:00 AM<p>Listen to this story<p>DownloadEmbed<p>Embed Code<iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Listen To The …


Spilled and spoiled: Exploring two worlds of food waste

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Meteorology and geography collide in Colorado flooding

Deadly flooding in Boulder, Colo., was due to the chance collision of meteorology, geography and urban development, according to weather and climate experts.<p>As a fleet of U.S. military helicopters conducted search and rescue efforts Monday, more than 1,200 people remained unaccounted for following …