Manjiri Diwanji

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Latin America revels in its World Cup moment

Copacabana beach is in the midst of a Latin American invasion, not seen by Brazil even during its last major regional wars in the 19th century.<p>Some come sporting green sombreros from Mexico, the yellow shirts of Colombia or the masks of Uruguay's president, José Mujica, and Argentinian Pope …

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 …

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 …

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__=1537496234_323d9dfa50d63fad34b13d2d829bc902<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> …

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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 …

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

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 the world – like Wikipedia, but for cartographers – the volunteers have made over 1.5m changes, …

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

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 party leaders in Beijing.<p>Under the new policy, couples in which one member is an only child will …

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, …

Jamaica's decades of debt are damaging its future

Many people in Jamaica would have trembled as they read the financial press last week, telling them that their country is, again, due to be "rescued" by a loan package put together by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).<p>Over 40 years, Jamaica has been "rescued" on countless occasions. In the …

'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 …

Walled world: How walls are springing up to divide populations everywhere

Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images<p>A Palestinian schoolgirl walks past a hole in a wall in a damaged …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …