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Photos show Hurricane Maria damage in Dominica

Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica late Monday, causing “widespread devestation” to the 74,00-resident island as it slowly moved towards Puerto …

Weather

World citizenship is more popular than you might think

Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the world’s people?<p>It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful force in recent years. …

Democracy

Biologists just discovered an underwater octopus city — they call it Octlantis

Researchers were thrilled to discover the aquatic architecture, which is reminiscent of human cities. But in a city filled with cannibal cephalopods, …

Octopuses

People Who Trip on Psychedelics Are More Likely to Be Environmentally Conscious

A common refrain of people emerging from hallucinatory highs, whether LSD, mescaline or peyote, is that consciousness-altering psychedelic drugs can …

Psychedelia

How Factory Farming Is Driving the Sixth Mass Extinction

According to University of Texas at Austin professor Raj Patel, an expert in ecology and food systems, our demand for meat is driving the sixth mass …

Ecology

Sitting Too Long Can Kill You, and Exercise Won't Help

In 1960, approximately 50 percent of U.S. jobs required heavy to moderate physical activity. Today, that number stands at just 20 percent, meaning …

Wellness

As Scale of Irma Damage Overwhelms, Calls Grow for Caribbean 'Marshall Plan'

As the Caribbean begins a "grim" and arduous recovery process after Hurricane Irma tore through the region—leaving many dead and entire islands …

British Virgin Islands

One Major Lesson From the Disastrous Floods Around the World: We've Been Building Cities All Wrong

When the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlán in 1325, they built it on a large island on Lake Texcoco. Its eventual 200,000-plus inhabitants relied on …

Climate Change

Drinking coffee might make you live 64% longer than those who don’t: study

If you are someone who starts out their day with a fresh cup of coffee – or two, or three, or four cups, for that matter – you may be more likely to …

Coffee

Refugee Crisis in India for Muslim Myanmar Migrants

The photo-op provided by India’s prime minister, strongman Narendra Modi, with the svelte Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has more than its share of …

Rights & Freedoms

'Cars flew over our heads': Hurricane Irma survivors recount the havoc - video

Residents of Barbuda describe the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. A two-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm. Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least 10 people dead. It is …

Hurricane Irma

Devastating floods in Africa killed 25 times more people than Hurricane Harvey

Last month’s rain initially brought relief to drought-stricken parts of Africa but didn’t stop as it inundated villages with flood water, which led …

Hurricane Harvey

WATCH: Terrifying footage shows Hurricane Irma destroying a beach in St. Martin

WATCH: Terrifying footage shows Hurricane Irma destroying a beach in St. Martin<p>06 Sep 2017 at 11:06 ET<p>As Hurricane Irma barrels toward the United …

Hurricane Irma

Terrifying video shows Irma’s devastation of Caribbean islands: ‘They had a house right there — it’s gone’

Hurricane Irma pounded a string of islands in the northeast Caribbean Sea, lashing them with heavy rain and winds up to 180 mph.<p>At least nine people …

Caribbean

Early Reports from Barbuda Survivors of Hurricane Irma Describe Living 'Horror Movie'

The early reports following Hurricane Irma's passage over Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, describe a horrifying night of natural …

Hurricane Irma

Greenland Is Burning: Wildfires and Floods Surge Worldwide

A firefighter climbs a burning hillside after having fallen into a hole while fighting the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017, near Burbank, …

Climate Change

Global Banks Sabotage Uruguay’s Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

It's hard to do business without banks.

Cannabis

European Cardiologists Find Drinking More Coffee and Eating Dark Chocolate Are Linked to Longer Lives

Drinking four cups of coffee a day will help prolong one’s life and snacking on dark chocolate made from extra virgin olive oil will cut down on …

Nutrition

Harvey: Fierce Climate Change at Work

Photo by The National Guard | CC BY 2.0Is Harvey a force of nature or something more?Clearly, Harvey is a natural disaster of monstrous proportions. …

Climate Change

Over 20 hectares of Roman ruins discovered submerged off Tunisian coast

On July 21, 365 AD the pearl-city of Alexandria, Egypt was devastated by a massive tsunami which was triggered by an earthquake off the coast of …

Archaeology

Donald Trump Is One of the Biggest Threats Facing Humankind: 50 Nobel Laureates on What Keeps Them Up At Night

In a survey that solicited the views of almost one-fourth of all living Nobel Prize winners, Times Higher Education discovered that many felt …

Donald Trump

Future Hurricanes Will Be Worse Than Harvey

How powerful would Hurricane Harvey have been in 1880? How much stronger might it be in 2100?<p>A single Hurricane Harvey has been more than anyone can …

Climate Change

Are Trump's Generals on the Verge of Committing the Biggest Blunder of His Presidency?

Click here for reuse options! James Mattis is considering arming Ukraine—a strategy that's sure to backfire.Arming Ukraine has always been a bad …

Russia

Hurricane Harvey Is Just a Hint of the Wreckage to Come in Major American Cities

There will be more storms like Harvey, and there will be more flooded cities.<p>For several days Hurricane Harvey battered the Houston area, flooding …

Hurricane Harvey

Houston is experiencing its third ‘500-year’ flood in 3 years. How is that possible?

Hurricane Harvey has brought “500-year” rainfall and flood conditions to the Houston area, according to officials at the Harris County Flood Control District.<p>By the time the storm finally leaves the Houston area the true magnitude may be even greater than that, surpassing 1,000-year thresholds -- …

Climate Change

Storm Harvey’s rainfall likely linked to climate change: UN

The volume of rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey is probably linked to climate change associated with global warming that increases the amount of …

Climate Change

Fox News removed from UK airwaves

RIP Fox News Britain. The end has come to the conservative network in Great Britain after failing to garner viewers. CNN reported Tuesday that Rupert …

21st Century Fox

How supernatural thinking empowered the Nazis and helped build the Third Reich

<b>What inspired you to write</b> <b>Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich</b><b>?</b><p><i>Eric Kurlander:</i> Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in the …

European History

UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries

UK accused of double standards as thousands of tonnes of pesticide not authorised for use in EU are produced in Britain for export to developing world<p>A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory.<p>Paraquat, a pesticide so …

Geography