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Crisis looms for chocolate due to mysterious blight

  About 70 percent of the world’s production of cocoa—chocolate’s main ingredient—comes from just six small countries of West Africa, where a …

Report estimates Pennsylvania oil and gas methane emissions nearly five times higher than state’s figures

(Feb. 15, 2018) – Methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies report to the …

On ‘Day Zero,’ will Cape Town shut off its water?

If Cape Town gets to “Day Zero,” it will be the first major city in the world forced to cut off the vast majority of its taps. In 2015, however, a serious …

Record temperature surge from 2014 to 2016

  Global surface temperatures surged by a record amount from 2014 to 2016, researchers report. The surge boosted the total amount of warming since the …

Marijuana farms are poisoning spotted owls

Northern spotted owls and other wildlife are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, and illegal marijuana farms are the most …

U.S. lags behind peers in fighting child mortality

  The United States has been slowest among 20 economically similar nations to improve childhood mortality rates, according to new research. “The …

Peru: Pardon of former President Fujimori a ‘slap in the face’ for victims

Condemning the pardoning of former President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts have said that the move …

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen surpass one million

22 December 2017 – The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported …

Antibiotic resistance is ‘crisis we cannot ignore,’ UN warns, calling for responsible use of these medicines

13 November 2017 – As World Antibiotic Awareness Week began on Monday, the United Nations, through its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World …

Post-9/11 U.S. war costs will soon top $5.6 trillion

 By the end of fiscal year 2018, the cost to the United States of all post-9/11 wars will exceed $5.6 trillion, a new report finds. The average American …