Manjiri Diwanji

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Urban rivers cleanest for 20 years, Cardiff University says

<b>Britain's urban rivers are the cleanest they have been for more than two decades, a study has found.</b><p>More than 2,300 river sites in England and Wales were analysed between 1991 and 2011 by Cardiff University.<p>They examined the presence and spread of 78 organisms - including insects, snails and others …

Pollution

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Oregon State University

How Australia's Perth is battling a water crisis

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1081000/1081145_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524121256_c51a7436009be071a45c5532a79797ba<p><b>On the south-western coast of the world's driest inhabited continent sits a green, vibrant city that is defying a chronic lack of rain and warming</b> …

Western Australia

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

Geography

Meet The Humble Container That Moves The Global Economy

NPR's Planet Money team is manufacturing its own T-shirt. After the women's shirt was assembled in Colombia, they voyaged by container ship to Miami. The container, a big standardized box that moves easily from truck to ship to train, is the unsung hero of the global economy. It was invented in the …

Online volunteers map Philippines after typhoon Haiyan

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team coordinates mapping effort after enormous storm devastated country<p>More than 700 volunteers have collaborated to provide rescue workers with high quality maps of areas in the Philippines hit by typhoon Haiyan.<p>Working on OpenStreetMap, a collaboratively created map of …

11 Forgotten McDonald's Menu Items

The Big Mac, the Quarter Pounder and the Double Cheeseburger are the Olympic champions of the McDonald's menu.<p>But dozens of McFlops have lined the …

China to loosen one-child policy and abolish labour camps

Ruling Communist party announces that couples can have two children if one parent is an only child<p>China has pledged to loosen its one-child policy and end a controversial "re-education through labour" programme, state media reported on Friday, days after the conclusion of a meeting of top Communist …

Global deforestation: 10 hot spots on Google Earth – in pictures

Earth has lost more than half a million square miles of forest between 2000 and 2012. Analysis of 650,000 satellite images, published in the journal Science, reveal the extent of loss and recovery – Brazil’s success in the Amazon is offset by deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay, Bolivia, …

'Signature' achievement on forests at UN climate talks

<b>Nations meeting in Warsaw at UN talks have agreed a significant step forward towards curbing emissions from deforestation.</b><p>A package of measures has been agreed here that will give "results-based" payments to developing nations that cut carbon by leaving trees standing.<p>One observer told the BBC that …

Climate

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …