Harsh winter takes a huge toll in the Peruvian Andes

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This year’s winter in Peru has been particularly harsh. At least 105 people have died and thousands of children have suffered respiratory illness across the southern region of the country, according to the government. The bitter cold has also killed an estimated 50,000 alpacas, putting a…

U.N. sanctions on North Korea hurts aid efforts

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North Korea is among the 37 countries the Food and Agriculture Organization said is in need of outside food assistance because of problems caused by El Niño. The authoritarian regime rejects help from most countries, making it difficult to support the 18 million North Koreans who do…

Climate change may be good for one thing – killing mosquitoes

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Climate change is bad news for the planet, including the mosquitoes living in West Africa. Reduced rainfall will make it hard for mosquitoes to thrive and lead to lower rates of malaria in parts of the region, shows new research. It overturns earlier assumptions that malaria…

Researchers use city pigeons to study air pollution

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Air pollution is one of the greatest threats to humans, caused by humans, today. The public is increasingly aware of the health and economic costs of air pollution, which has a disproportionate impact on the world’s poor. But efforts to combat the pollution problem have yet to…

Bolivia reaches goal of reducing land used to grow coca

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In the latest evidence of the country’s success, a recent report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that the area of land dedicated to coca leaf cultivation in Bolivia dropped from 20,400 to 20,200 hectares – 1 percent – from 2014…