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Updated 2018-12-18 14:22
What a Justice Kavanaugh could mean for climate change
Kavanaugh believes climate change is a threat, but takes a narrow interpretation of the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The US is using an expanded fingerprint database to review the citizenship of thousands of Americans
Revoking someone’s US citizenship is rare. But the Trump administration is making it a priority to investigate thousands of records of naturalized citizens in order to find fraudulent cases.
The story behind why Paraguay followed the US and moved its embassy to Jerusalem
Jews who fled Europe after WWII are still influencing Paraguay and the country's relationship with Israel today.
In Mexico City, if you want cheese in your quesadilla, you have to ask
What do you mean, a quesadilla doesn’t always come with cheese? What else is a quesadilla if not a tortilla plus cheese?
This mother and daughter have been reunited, but there is still much of their life they need to put back together
Sandy González-García and her mother Angélica were separated for 55 days. Back together now, they still have a lot to work out about their new lives in the US.
All 12 boys and their coach have been rescued from a Thai cave on the third day of the operation
All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flood Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world.
How balloons gave a blind South Korean artist his life back
South Korean artist Goh Hong-seok is legally blind and by his own estimate has lost around 90 percent of his vision over the years. For Goh, balloons are not only a means to creatively express himself, but it was through this medium that he found purpose.
The feast-or-famine life of lobstering in Maine
The lobster industry has always been an up-and-down business, but a new book looks into how global warming is adding to that already uncertain rollercoaster.
As demand for organics grows, the US relies more on imported products
Organic foods are becoming more popular every year in the US. But when it comes to basic commodity grains like corn and soy, American farmers have been slow to go organic, so imports are meeting the demand.
A scientist's response to Antarctic ice loss: 'We can act.'
When it came to figuring how much ice loss was taking place over the last five years in Antarctica, they knew it was a bad situation — but they did not realize it was this bad.
Retracing paths that people first traversed while migrating to the Americas
When it comes to the first people arriving in the Americas during the Ice Age from Asia, Craig Childs says it is a "blank space" in the collective memory of most Americans. His newest book fills up that space with firsthand adventures and exploration.
This Afropop band's founders are both refugees from Africa, but they met on a Vermont soccer field
The name of the Afropop band A2VT stands for Africa to Vermont. Based in Burlington, Vermont, the band's founders were originally refugees from Africa.
A protest against Yemeni refugees reveals how South Korea has been 'educated to think about foreigners'
In recent months, hundreds of people fleeing the war in Yemen have arrived at a tourist destination off the coast of South Korea. But neither the government in Seoul, or the South Korean public, seems to want them to stay.
Chronic insomnia plagues young migrants long after they reach their destination
A recent performance of a play in London highlighted the struggles that young migrants face after they reach the UK. Many of them toss and turn, unable to sleep.
In New York, volunteers engage in a quiet form of advocacy for immigrants facing deportation
The New Sanctuary Coalition has been training people to accompany immigrants to check-ins and court dates for 11 years. Since Trump took office, they’re volunteer base is growing.
It's ironic that we play the '1812 Overture' at Fourth of July celebrations
The "1812 Overture" isn't even about America's War of 1812. So how did music celebrating Russia's pushback against a foreign power become associated with America's Fourth of July?
Once the go-to place for surrogacy, India tightens control over its baby industry
A new bill seeks to limit surrogacy to altruistic surrogates only, killing a business that injects $400 billion into the Indian economy every year.
Changes to French public university admissions leaves more than 150,000 without a spot this fall
In France, the dropout rate at public universities is high — only 40 percent make it past the first year. That's one reason the French government is overhauling its rules on higher education, but some say the changes "break the way universities work."
Poland forces Supreme Court judges into early retirement
Poland enacted a controversial new reform to its Supreme Court forcing nearly 40 percent of its judges into early retirement in what observers say is the latest in a string of attempts by the nationalist government to control the country’s judiciary system.
'For people like you, there is no law'
A bill could allow transgender people to change their sex on their identification, but Guatemala remains a dangerous country for those who identify as trans.
In France, #MeToo protests force a rock star who killed his girlfriend to give up tour
Rocker Bertrand Cantat killed his girlfriend in 2003. He was convicted and went to prison. Now, he's facing protests as he tries to rebuild a career.
Chinese political cartoonist Rebel Pepper finds more artistic freedom in the US
Rebel Pepper fled China for Japan and then Washington, DC, to escape charges of subversion because of his cartoons.
EPA weakens oversight of toxic chemicals
Under its new interpretation of the Toxic Substances Control Act, EPA has decided to focus its investigations into chemical safety solely on the risks of direct exposure, which will exclude risk analysis based on exposure through air, water and soil.
'Deadly day' at Maryland newspaper mirrors dangers for journalists around the world
Five people were killed Thursday in an attack on a community paper in Annapolis, Maryland. But local journalists around the world are vulnerable to attacks, says the head of the Committee to Protect Journalists. And violence against them is on the rise in the United States.
Former EPA chief Gina McCarthy launches Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard
Focusing on climate change's public health impacts can make the world a healthier place, protect our children's lives, build a stronger economy and help to create a more sustainable and just future, McCarthy believes.
Nuclear energy gets a 'green' boost in New Jersey
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law subsidies for two aging nuclear power plants. Some say the deal will help New Jersey meet its climate protection goals, but others have criticized the measure.
The 'Syrian Erdogan' running in Turkey's parliamentary elections
Muhammed Erdogan is such a fan of Turkey's incumbent president that he adopted the president's last name. But many Turks don't think he's a legitimate political candidate.
Why the Trump administration is asking the courts to remove safeguards for detaining migrant children
The court ruling in question says if migrant children are detained, it should be short and in facilities that are more like childcare facilities than prisons.
‘They didn’t explore the world,’ says physician who cared for toddlers separated from their parents at the border
Three toddlers’ foster mothers brought the children to the emergency department. Dr. Tara Neubrand, who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine, says their trauma was obvious.
Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ turns 30
How Public Enemy brought the noise and revolutionized hip-hop.
From ‘Join, or Die’ to ‘Resist’: Bonnie Siegler on protest art
How revolutionary art went from woodcuts to memes.
‘Nancy’ goes back to the drawing board
The 85-year-old newspaper comic strip character is getting a reboot — and her first female cartoonist.
How do we process doom-and-gloom climate news? How should we?
“Climate change has all the hallmarks of an issue which is difficult for people to engage with psychologically,” says an environmental psychologist.
Trump’s new order on families at the border raises even more questions about what happens next for child migrants
We’re answering some of your most pressing questions about what happens next.
The UK’s move away from coal means they’re burning wood from the US
Europe and the US say wood pellets are a carbon neutral alternative to coal. Many experts say otherwise.
For a child migrant, days feel like a lifetime when you’re imprisoned and alone
Beth Lew-Williams’ grandfather was 9 when he was separated from family and placed in immigration detention. And he held the pain of the experience for 72 years.
In Yemen, the battle for Hodeidah moves closer to city center
Inside the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemenis hear explosions — large ones from Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and smaller booms from local fighters' rocket-propelled grenades. As the battle moves closer to the city, we hear from residents, humanitarian organizations and the UAE ambassador to the US.
Family separation under ‘zero-tolerance’ policy could leave lasting trauma in children, pediatric doctor says
It has become a hot-button topic in American politics. But beyond the numbers of children being separated from their parents at the border are very real, long-term effects from toxic stress, one expert says.
Inside one of the busiest immigration courts in the country
If you are an immigrant in the US fighting deportation, what happens inside this building is all-important.
Two South Dakota cattle ranchers, two opinions on NAFTA
US beef exports to Canada and Mexico are way up since NAFTA came into effect in 1994. But so are imports to the US.
How soccer became multilingual
Professional soccer used to export its English-language terminology, giving other languages words like "penalty" and "goal." But now, the roles are reversed. English-speakers use expressions loaned from other languages to describe skill moves: "rabona," "panenka," "gegenpress."
Study shows hair care products targeted to black community contain harmful chemicals
The quest for straighter and smoother hair may be causing significant health issues, according to a new study.
Can an algorithm keep kids safe?
There are four million referrals to child welfare services in America every year. How should cities and states decide which ones to respond to?
Britain built an empire out of coal. Now it’s giving it up. Why can’t the US?
The UK will stop burning coal for electricity by 2025. The US, meanwhile, is trying to end the “war on coal.”
A Dutch brothel where women work for themselves
My Red Light in Amsterdam is almost entirely run by former or current sex workers. And it's designed to ensure that those who rent rooms there aren't being trafficked or exploited. But some maintain that the work itself is inherently exploitative.
Chinese music is the antidote to my homesickness
Living far from home for the past few years gave this student a new appreciation for her country's traditional music.
Between Sochi and the World Cup, Putin built up a resistance to Western criticism over human rights
As Russia hosts the 2018 World Cup, it's being condemned for many of the same human rights abuses it was criticized for in the lead-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Now, President Vladimir Putin seems much more resistant to Western criticism.
In a remote corner of Florida, an apocalypse blooms
The Florida ecosphere that inspired Jeff VanderMeer’s apocalyptic novel, “Annihilation.”
Are you there, Florida? It’s me, Margaret.
Take a tour through Judy Blume’s childhood stomping grounds in Miami Beach.
Carl Hiaasen’s sunshine noir
Carl Hiaasen has called Florida “the poster child of nationwide dysfunction,” but his campaign to tarnish the sunshine-state mystique has never quite worked.