Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is a lucrative business largely driven by criminal networks that threaten and attack government officials, forest defenders and indigenous people who try to stop them, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.
Amazon deforestation is driven by criminal networks, report finds
When the sun comes up in Beijing on Oct. 1, the Chinese government will aim to celebrate its 70th birthday under a brilliant blue sky — and factory bosses hope they can get through it without blanket closures.
Beijing eyes smog-free sky for National Day
Nature documentaries could be “actively misleading audiences” by showing nature as something pristine that is not being damaged by humans, researchers warn.
Nature documentaries ‘actively mislead audiences’ into thinking wildlife is doing fine, scientists warn
Achieving an adequate, healthy diet in most low- and middle-income countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions and water use due to food production, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
To address hunger, many countries may have to increase carbon footprint
One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters.
Mental health concerns grow in Bahamas as Dorian shock wears off
Gang members in Wales are enrolling in universities and masquerading as students in order to sell drugs in new cities, an academic warned.
Drug dealers in UK 'pretend to be university students'
The collapse in peace negotiations between the US and Taliban has removed a potential barrier to holding Afghanistan's presidential election as scheduled on September 28. But the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispels any expectation that the election will lead to peace and stability for people who rate their lives more poorly than any other worldwide.
Nearly nine in 10 Afghans are suffering
The world must diversify its food production and consumption, or face damaging supply disruptions that could lead to suffering and social unrest, scientists warned Monday.
Scientists warn world must transform food production or face possible unrest
Re-seeding permanent pasture initially contributes to climate change and doesn’t increase yields beyond the first year, according to new research.
Clover in the mix is key to reducing carbon footprint
Volkswagen said on Monday it had agreed to pay up to A$127 million ($87.3 million) to settle lawsuits brought on behalf of thousands of Australian customers caught up in its global diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Volkswagen agrees to Australian settlement over diesel cheating

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