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New U.S. Ozone Rules Likely to Be Felt Nationwide

More cities may need to crack down on smog caused by power plants, factories and cars.<p><b>More U.S. communities might be required to crack down on ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma and heart disease, as part of a controversial federal proposal announced Wednesday.</b><p>After years of delay, …

In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India

U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions ramps up pressure on New Delhi to get more aggressive in moving away from coal.<p>India's new prime minister, a Hindu nationalist and former tea seller, recently urged his country's schoolchildren to help save the planet by relishing the delight of a full moon.<p>"On a …

Infographic Visualizes Which Countries are the World's Happiest

Which country is the happiest in the world? To find the answer, you simply need to look at this infographic published by MoveHub.com, a resource for people who want to live abroad. They visualized the data of Happy Planet Index (HPI), which shows to what extent 151 countries across the globe …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

50 Years of Conservation in India

Changing Planet<p>The modern resurgent India, now the 10th largest economy in the world, is justly proud of its ancient culture and art. Yet we must not forget that India possesses an even more ancient treasure – its wild lands and wildlife. It is one of the most biodiversity-rich nations on …

Haiti still in ruins four years after quake

Four years after Haiti was hit by a violent earthquake, the dragging pace of reconstruction is nowhere more apparent than the capital, where its landmark presidential palace and cathedral remain in ruins.<p>Devastation caused by the January 12, 2010 disaster, which killed more than 250,000 people, is …

WHO Report: Indoor Air Pollution Is Greatest Environmental Health Risk

Worldwide, one in eight deaths is attributed to pollution—frequently from fuel burned indoors for cooking.<p>Seven million people die each year because of exposure to air pollution. That's one in eight deaths across the globe, making air pollution the single greatest environmental health risk on …

Associated Press News

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty, according to a special report by the Census Bureau Thursday. It provides an alternative look at the worst off people in the nation than the official numbers that come out in September.<p>Government programs such as food stamps do help some people, especially …

When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

Chris Hillbruner has a little-known job with an extraordinary responsibility: to determine how close a given country has come to famine.<p>In his six years at the U.S. government's Famine Early Warning Systems Network, or FEWS NET, he's only officially declared famine once before, in Somalia in …

The Bank of Japan totally rocked global markets this morning

It’s alive.<p>The US Federal Reserve just finished creating “money” out of thin air and using it to buy financial assets. But the practice—known as quantitative easing—continues to drive global markets. The only difference is the sole source of the freshly created money isn’t the Eccles Building.<p>Case …

Economy

Bank of Japan opens the floodgates | Financial Times

Amid all the obituary notices for quantitative easing that were published when the Federal Reserve stopped buying bonds last Wednesday, it was …

Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs

Changing Planet<p><b>Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo</b> <b>© WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong)</b><p>By <i>William F. Laurance</i><p><i>Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance</i><p>In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? …

Why Asia is probably poorer than we think | Jayati Ghosh

Millennium development goals,Food security,Global development,Asia Pacific,South and Central Asia,Natural disasters and extreme weather,World news,Poverty,Society<p>Asia’s ‘success’ in reducing poverty uses a flawed system for measuring income and ignores food insecurity<p>The first target of the first …

Obesity: Africa’s new crisis

Photograph: Benedicte Desrus<p>‘My belly gives me so much’: Ugandan dancer Moses Kawooya, 59, weighs 243lb and performs for visiting presidents with his ‘magic belly’. His dad and grandfather had the same physique, and it earns him a …

India air pollution 'cutting crop yields by almost half'

Air pollution in India has become so severe that yields of crops are being cut by almost half, scientists have found.<p>Researchers analysed yields for wheat and rice alongside pollution data, and concluded significant decreases in yield could be attributed to two air pollutants, black carbon and …

The Australian Approach to Water Crisis: Work With Farmers

Human Journey<p>The Murray River near Renmark, Australia. (Photograph by Brian Richter)<p>With water crises erupting in California, Texas, and the Colorado River Basin, state water managers throughout the western U.S. and our federal government could take some valuable lessons from the impressive …

Opinion: Want to Make a Dent in World Hunger? Build Better Roads

Roads help farmers get their crops to market and their children to school, says Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn.<p>When I was a 26-year-old, brand-new American foreign service officer, my vision of a diplomatic career was of chandeliered ballrooms in London or Paris.<p>Instead, I was assigned as a district …

A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.<p><b>Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.</b><p>In a paper published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude …

Britain's first floating solar panel project installed

117 Million Lakes Found in Latest World Count

Changing Planet<p>An example of a NASA Advanced Land Imager (ALI) satellite photo showing small lakes in a coastal setting. Photo courtesy of T. Kutser.<p>Using satellite photos and computerized mapping technologies, an international research team counted all of the lakes on Earth. They found about 117 …

Greenhouse Gases Hit Record High Amid Fears of CO2 Saturation Point

Data suggest natural "carbon sinks" may be nearing exhaustion, say some scientists, although others disagree.<p>The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide, the World Meteorological Organization reported Tuesday, …

Where the World's Young People Live

Mapping which countries have the most and least youthful populations<p>It's World Population Day—a UN holiday, like International Day of Friendship and World Toilet Day, that pretty much all of us can get behind. To mark the occasion, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has developed an infographic that …

Mugabe calls for an end to white farmers in Zimbabwe

The president ratchets up his anti-white rhetoric after discovering some of his ministers were leasing back land to farmers that had been revoked in 2000<p>Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, has warned that in future “no white person will be allowed to own land” as he unveiled a new farming …

Ebola’s Deadly Spread in Africa Driven by Public Health Failures, Cultural Beliefs

A late response, the disease's spread to urban areas, and superstition have allowed the virus get out of hand.<p>As the largest Ebola outbreak in history continues unabated, health authorities from 11 West African countries and international agencies began a two-day crisis meeting today in Accra, …

Beijing residents will have to wait at least another 16 years to breathe healthy air

Over the past six years, Beijing has seen at least 1,812 days of “unhealthy” air quality, and that trend isn’t going to get better any time soon. Pan Tao, head of the Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection, estimates that air pollution in the capital won’t be reach safe …

Pollution

Q&A: What's Behind Worst-Ever Ebola Outbreak in West Africa?

The disease has killed hundreds, prompting an emergency meeting of nations next week.<p>The deadliest-ever outbreak of Ebola is spreading rapidly through West Africa and has now infected 635 people, killing more than 60 percent of them so far.<p><b>The World Health Organization warned Thursday of the need</b> …

Watch: NASA Says U.S. Air Pollution Has Plummeted

Striking new images released by NASA this week show significant reductions in air pollution levels across the United States. In particular, at least …

Pollution