17 Jun, 2019

Court to Big Fracking Company: Trespassing Still Exists — Even For You

Seven years ago this month, Beth Crowder and David Wentz told natural gas giant EQT Corp. that it did not have permission to come onto their West Virginia farm to drill for the natural gas beneath neighboring properties. …

13 Jun, 2019

Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting

Well-designed suburban parks could be an antidote to helicopter parenting. As well as giving kids much-needed time outdoors being active, suburban parks offer kids opportunities to decide what activities they do, new research shows. It’s an ideal opportunity for parents to let go of their task-focused daily agendas, even if just for a little while. …

10 Jun, 2019

Q&A: ‘There is a silent rejection’ of large health interventions

A community organisation in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is challenging how health organisations typically go about their work in poor parts of the world. “The dominant paradigm has been that we need to develop these solutions [in] elite environments and then transport them into the communities,” says Vishwajeet Kumar, founder of the Community Empowerment Lab. “I have a very different take.” …

06 Jun, 2019

Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.

By late 2016, many of the nation’s 25,000 chicken farmers said they had grown bitterly frustrated by the administration of President Barack Obama. Under Obama, top officials had promised to help farmers by tightening regulations on meat processing companies, which for decades had been growing bigger and more powerful. The industry consolidation extended to beef, dairy and pork as well as poultry, but the Obama administration was particularly concerned about the effects on farmers who raise chickens on contract for giants such as Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride. …

03 Jun, 2019

Friday essay: virgin mothers and miracle babies

At the centre of the annual Christian festival of Christmas, particularly among those of the Catholic faith, is the sacred narrative of the Virgin Birth. In the New Testament Gospels of Matthew (1:18-25) and Luke (1:26-38), Mary, The Mother of God, is described as a virgin who miraculously conceived her son by the Holy Spirit. …

30 May, 2019

Yemen’s forests another casualty of war amid fuel crisis

The four-year conflict in Yemen which has pushed huge swathes of the population close to famine has also left the country with a severe fuel crisis. Now environment officials are warning that millions of trees are likely being lost as a result of excessive firewood gathering by communities facing an acute shortage of natural gas. …

27 May, 2019

Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing

WESTPORT, Conn. — A dirt field overgrown with weeds is the incongruous entrance to one of America’s wealthiest towns, a short walk to a Rodeo Drive-like stretch replete with upscale stores such as Tiffany & Co. …

23 May, 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now

Fashion shouldn’t cost lives and it shouldn’t cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalization, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm for cheap, easy and abundant fashion consumption. And there are few signs of it slowing down: clothing production has nearly doubled in the last 15 years. …

20 May, 2019

Four steps for effective science communication

Science can provide the best evidence on many questions: how likely is a disease to spread? How likely is a new seed to produce greater yields? How likely is a training programme to produce better jobs? …

16 May, 2019

At Chicago’s City Council, Committees Are Used to Reward Political Favors and Fund Patronage

The Chicago City Council’s Transportation Committee has an annual budget of more than $467,000 to cover expenses related to its work on legislation and government oversight. But little of that work was on display during the committee’s March 6 meeting. …

13 May, 2019

Duke Ellington’s melodies carried his message of social justice

At a moment when there is a longstanding heated debate over how artists and pop culture figures should engage in social activism, the life and career of musical legend Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington offers a model of how to do it right. Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. His tight-knit black middle-class family nurtured his racial pride and shielded him from many of the difficulties of segregation in the nation’s capital. Washington was home to a sizable black middle class, despite prevalent racism. …

09 May, 2019

Biodiversity loss mars SDG success, report finds

An “unprecedented” loss of global biodiversity threatens the progress of more than 80 per cent of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and puts 1 million animal and plant species at risk of extinction, a landmark scientific report has warned. …

06 May, 2019

Pediatrician Who Treated Immigrant Children Describes Pattern of Lapses in Medical Care in Shelters

Inside a weathered green group home in southern New Jersey, Yosary grew weaker and weaker. She felt tired all the time, and when she got out of bed in the morning, she sometimes became so dizzy she needed to lie back down. Bruises started appearing all over her body. She craved ice, chewing cups of it whenever she could. …

02 May, 2019

How the world’s largest democracy casts its ballots

About 600 million Indian citizens are expected to cast their votes over a period of 39 days ending May 19, in the ongoing election for their country’s parliament. There are roughly 900 million eligible voters, and the country has typically seen about two-thirds of them turn out to polling places. …

29 Apr, 2019

Climate change ‘could slash Brazil’s maize yields’

Changes in temperature and rainfall could drastically reduce maize yields by the end of the century in northeast Brazil, one of the country's poorest and most vulnerable regions, environmental experts warn.
A study to be published in May in the journal Agricultural Water Management simulated the potential impact of climate change on maize yields in northeast Brazil in two possible climatic scenarios developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). …

24 Apr, 2019

In a Time of Cheap Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power Companies Are Seeking – and Getting – Big Subsidies

The energy company PSEG had a simple message for the New Jersey Legislature as it weighed the fate of three nuclear plants in the state. “What’s good for New Jersey is what’s good for PSEG,” Ralph Izzo, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, told the Legislature at a December 2017 hearing in Trenton. “What’s bad for New Jersey is bad for PSEG.” …

22 Apr, 2019

Notre-Dame de Paris: From searing emotion to the future rebirth of a World Heritage Site

On the night of April 15, 2019, in Paris, the emotions were raw. “Notre Dame is burning, the whole of France is crying, the whole world is crying,” said Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris. “It’s terrible, frightening, painful, a tragedy, a nightmare.” “This place leaves no one untouched. When you enter this cathedral, it inhabits you,” said Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, in front of the burning monument. …

18 Apr, 2019

Q&A: ‘Universities would rather highlight work of men’

Amira Shaheen is an assistant professor of epidemiology in the faculty ‎of medicine and health sciences at An-Najah National University in the West Bank, where she focuses on population health and medical advances, especially for women and children. …

15 Apr, 2019

Criminal Justice Legislation Will Force New York Prosecutors to Disclose More Evidence, Sooner

The New York state legislature has passed a reform package aimed at increasing fairness in the criminal justice system. The new law requires prosecutors to share evidence against criminal defendants within 15 days of arraignment, a major shift for a state that previously had no such deadlines and maintained a notably restrictive approach toward disclosure. …

11 Apr, 2019

Socrates in love: how the ideas of this woman are at the root of Western philosophy

Where did Socrates, the foundational figure of Western philosophy, get the inspiration for his original ideas about truth, love, justice, courage and knowledge? New research I’ve conducted reveals that as a young man in 5th-century BC Athens, he came into contact with a fiercely intelligent woman, Aspasia of Miletus. I argue that her ideas about love and transcendence inspired him to formulate key aspects of his thought (as transmitted by Plato). …
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