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Farming: There's an App for That

Future of Food<p>More farmers are going high tech, maximizing yields of crops by tapping GPS, data analytics, and apps—tools known as precision agriculture.<p>As agriculture becomes more high tech, a growing number of farmers are using GPS-equipped machinery supported by platforms that collect data on …

Children as young as seven mining cobalt used in smartphones, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says it has traced cobalt used in batteries for household brands to mines in DRC, where children work in life-threatening conditions<p>Children as young as seven are working in perilous conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to mine cobalt that ends up in smartphones, …

Amnesty International

Brussels attacks: were they revenge for Abdeslam's arrest?

The causes of the attacks are still unfolding but previous outrages show that terrorists often strike close to home<p>Revenge strike? Evidence of a tragic combination of a new cell and incompetent security services? A last effort by the battered network of Salah Abdeslam, the logistician for last …

French named best baby-makers in all of Europe

At 2.01 births per woman, France's fertility rate is followed by Ireland on 1.94, Sweden on 1.88 and and Britain on 1.81, the EU's Eurostat data …

Brussels bombings: what we know so far

Belgian PM says ‘many dead, many injured’ following explosions at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station<p>There have been reports of multiple casualties with at least 34 dead after explosions at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels. Here’s what we know so far:<p>Following …

Nature-infused urban development will bring lush greenery to Shanghai

Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners and Hong Kong-based studio Lead 8 have won a design competition for TODTOWN, a new …

Seven dead after tornadoes, powerful storms hit the U.S. East Coast, South

<b>(CNN) —</b> A storm system that rocked the United States' East Coast on Wednesday cost people their lives and families their homes, but many said they were grateful that they survived the ordeal.<p>More than a dozen tornadoes touched down. Hail the size of golf balls rained from the sky. And near-100 mph …

The world’s richest 62 people now have more wealth than the poorest 3.6 billion combined

So much wealth has accumulated among the world’s richest that the 62 wealthiest people on the planet now own more than the poorest 3.6 billion people, or half the planet, according to research published by Oxfam, an anti-poverty charity.<p>That ratio has become a good deal more skewed recently. In …

The city in love with cars even though its air is toxic

<b>Delhi is a city that adds 1,400 cars to its roads every day - and the minute the local government announced an emergency car rationing plan, the complaints and legal battles began.</b><p>Delhi-ites don't like rules. Across north India, there is an utter disdain for traffic regulations.<p>The experiment - to …

India

Will the Paris Climate Deal Save the World?

It will probably be 10 years before anyone can say whether the Paris climate deal, which was agreed to with much hoopla on December 12th, was a …

The Complicated Relationship Between Cities and Obesity

In a city like Lausanne, Switzerland, urban planning could be both a cause of and solution to obesity.<p>Recent scientific evidence points to many causes of obesity. In fact, so many exist—poverty, social and emotional factors, lack of sleep, genetics—that it becomes difficult to sift through them all.<p>…

Biomedicine

Is climate change ruining skiing in the Alps?

Alpine ski resorts had their worst Christmas for decades. A lack of snow in the run up to, and during, the December left skiers facing thin, icy …

Delhi embraces car restrictions on key working day

<b>New restrictions on private cars, which are being enforced to tackle hazardous pollution levels in Delhi, faced their first serious test on Monday as residents headed back to work following the New Year weekend.</b><p>The scheme was launched on Friday and authorities in the Indian capital said that most …

India

E-learning for Africa held back by power shortage

<b>Is a lack of power holding back educational technology in Africa?</b><p>There are well-documented problems about access to education. The Africa Learning Barometer at the US-based Center for Universal Education at Brookings says of the continent's nearly 128 million school-aged children, 17 million will …

eLearning

People love how pointless this map is and you probably will too

<b>Sometimes the best maps don't mean anything at all.</b> Don't believe us? Just look at upside-down Europe - captivating but ultimately pointless.<p><i>"Rotated</i> …

Oil prices volatile after Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran

Oil prices went on a roller-coaster ride Monday after Saudi Arabia and some of its allies severed diplomatic ties with Iran.<p>The rising tension in the Middle East sent crude prices spiking by nearly 3% in early trade before they dropped back to below $37 a barrel.<p>Saudi Arabia and Iranhave long been …

India earthquake: north-east Manipur state hit by 6.7 magnitude tremor

Five people dead in India, and three in Bangladesh, plus at least 100 injured, after strong quake on India-Myanmar border before dawn on Monday<p>A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India’s remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least eight people, injuring 100 others and causing damage …

Natural Disasters

How a Tarp Is Helping to Save Skiing in Chamonix

A record heat wave that swept across Europe this past summer had some harsh consequences in Chamonix. With temperatures soaring into the mid-90s …

Ethiopia's dam: a source of conflict or cooperation? | Politics

When it's finished, it will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant and will help solve a national energy crisis in Ethiopia.<p>But other countries in the region are concerned about the project. And how it will affect their water security.<p>The dam is being built on the Blue Nile, 40 kilometres …

Should we solar panel the Sahara desert?

<b>Could one solution to climate change be to harvest the power of sunlight where it shines brightest on the planet? Should we solar panel the Sahara desert?</b><p>Four experts discuss the radical proposal with the BBC World Service Inquiry programme.<p>Gerhard Knies: Scientifically sound and economically viable<p>…

Renewable Energy

Born lucky? World Bank reveals life expectancy rates for today's infants

Children born in the UK can expect to live to 81, an average of 38 years more than those born in Sierra Leone<p>Every January much attention is given to the first UK-born babies of the year. Britons who become parents in 2016 can be reassured that, statistically speaking, their newborns’ prospects are …

World Bank

Delhi begins car restriction plan to tackle pollution

New Delhi has kicked off a drastic new plan aimed at reducing its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks.<p>Starting from January 1, the Indian capital will test a plan where private cars will be allowed on the roads only on alternate days, depending on …

Syrian refugees in Scotland: cold weather but warm welcome

Amer Masri recalls the overwhelming relief of one Syrian refugee who arrived in Scotland a few weeks ago.<p>“He was so grateful. He kept repeating ‘Thank you Scotland! Thank you Nicola Sturgeon!’ after every phrase I translated for him.”<p>Masri is himself a refugee, who fled the Assad regime in 2011 and …

Norwegian Biotech Company Flags Evidence for Efficacy of ‘Kick and Kill’ HIV Treatment

Bionor Pharma says its technique reduced size of latent HIV reservoir by average of 40% across 17 patients<p>A small Norwegian biotechnology firm said Monday it had the first evidence of real promise in a new approach widely considered to be a potential cure for HIV, prompting both cautious optimism …

Immunotherapy

Boko Haram violence keeping a million children out of school, says Unicef

More than 2,000 schools are closed across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger while hundreds of others have been attacked by the militant Islamist group<p>The Boko Haram insurgency has kept more than one million children out of school, according to the UN children’s agency, highlighting fears that a …

Singapore's solar-powered Sky Terrace residential towers combine all the best of green living

Located next to WOHA's 960-unit Skyville in Singapore's Dawson development, the Sky Terrace comprises five residential towers connected with a common …

Design

Uganda Court Ruling on Maternal Deaths Having Wider Impact

In Uganda, a court case involving two women who died in childbirth at government hospitals could have widespread legal implications. A Supreme Court …

2016 set to be hottest year on record globally

Climate change,Environment,World news,El Niño southern oscillation,Weather,UK news,COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Greenhouse gas emissions<p>UK Met Office estimates 2016 will be at least as hot as 2015, which would mean the three hottest years ever had occurred in a row

India's 'dark holes' where millions of girls disappear | Asia

<b>Kolkata, India -</b> A walk down the narrow, labyrinthine lanes of Kalighat reveals a new kind of graffiti splashed across its walls. Life-size silhouettes of young girls pop up at every turn of this bustling Kolkata neighbourhood, better known for its Kali temple and the city's oldest red-light …