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A truck drives through a flooded interstate in Louisiana, a state where researchers warn of flooding and rising sea levels in coming years. (Chuck Coker/Flickr)

Unmitigated climate change will make much of the United States poorer and generally exacerbate rising wealth inequalities, according to a new study. For every one degree Celsius rise in global temperatures, the study projects that the country will lose about 1.2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product. The economic impact of climate change will not be uniform, say the researchers in this week’s Science magazine, with a few regions possibly experiencing gains.


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Reversing U.S. policy on Cuba will not improve human rights, experts say

Human rights experts are warning about negative impacts from U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to revive some of the trade and travel restrictions with Cuba that former President Barack Obama had relaxed in an effort to improve relations between the two countries. Many had said the sanctions against Cuba had accomplished little, other than to undermine the economic opportunities of Cubans.

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Ethiopia running out of food aid money, magnifying regional threat

Food aid for millions of Ethiopians will run out by the end of June, according to the United Nations. The Ethiopian government appears to be playing down the crisis, for various reasons. But the UN says if nothing is done, the country’s food crisis could expand and destabilize a region with two neighboring countries already facing famine.

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Social norms continue to undermine women’s role in workforce

The share of women in the labour market globally is not increasing even though most females want paid work, according to a major report on employment trends. Social norms of what a woman’s role should be, as well as practical obstacles such as a lack of childcare and transport to get to work are holding women back, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said.

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News in the Humanosphere: Polio outbreaks reported in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said. Confirmation of the outbreaks in Congo’s Haut-Lomami and Maniema provinces came less than a week after the WHO said polio had resurfaced in Syria, in an area partly controlled by Islamic State. (Reuters)

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Tillerson’s ‘less is more’ strategy for foreign aid meets bipartisan skepticism in Senate

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spent the past two days in Washington defending proposed massive cuts to the foreign affairs budget, using the ‘less is more’ approach. Critics on both sides of the aisle characterized his proposal to cut the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by about 30 percent as “reckless” and “divorced from reality.”

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