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US birth rate down two percent in 2018
Birth rates in the United States continued to decline in 2018, particularly for younger mothers, an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed.
China orders northern cities to cut winter PM2.5 levels by four percent
China’s northern cities will be required to cut emissions of dangerous PM2.5 particles by an average of four percent this winter, according to a document issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Wednesday outlining its annual anti-pollution plan for winter.
80 percent of heart attacks, strokes can be prevented in South Africa
In South Africa, 225 people are killed by heart diseases every single day. A sobering number indeed but on the positive side, up to 80 percent of heart diseases and strokes can be prevented, said Bianca Tromp, dietitian at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa.
Reuters poll: China Q1 GDP growth seen cooling to 6.3 percent, but March may suggest rebound
China’s first-quarter economy growth likely cooled to the weakest pace in at least 27 years, a Reuters poll showed, but a flurry of measures to boost domestic demand may have put a floor under slowing activity in March.
Study: Chemical in Roundup may increase cancer risk by 40 percent
Glyphosate, a chemical in the popular weedkiller Roundup, may elevate cancer risk in people, according to a new study.
6 percent of vulnerable migrants released from UK detention: Report
A new report has shown that British government authorities have been insisting on detaining asylum seekers who have been designated as “vulnerable and at risk” despite warnings that such policy could increase self-harm and suicide among the migrants.
Seabirds on British island decline by 80 percent
A population crash in a massive seabird colony on Ascension Island has been attributed to a poor diet after their normal food sources dried up.
Australia's central bank holds cash rate at record low of 1.5 percent
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) opted to keep the nation's interest rate on hold at 1.5 percent for a record 28th consecutive month on Tuesday.
Cooling therapy for vulnerable newborns achieves 88 percent survival rate
Almost 90 percent of newborns who received a pioneering therapy aimed at preventing brain damage due to oxygen starvation during birth survived.
IVF success rate has been increased to 85 percent
Thousands of women undergoing IVF could save the agony of miscarriages and stillbirths through artificial intelligence.
Government: Over 28 percent of Japanese population officially old
More than 28 percent of Japan's population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age.
Global tree cover has increased seven percent since 1982
Amid growing urbanization, deforestation and agricultural expansion, it’s long been thought the number of trees across the planet is being reduced.
30 percent of the UK's natural gas could be replaced by hydrogen
Almost a third of the natural gas fueling UK homes and businesses could be replaced by hydrogen, a carbon free fuel, without requiring any changes to the nation's boilers and ovens, a pioneering study by Swansea University in the UK, researchers have shown.
Air contamination drops by 30 percent in China
Beijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organization (WHO) global database.
China's carbon intensity falls 4%
China’s carbon intensity — the level of carbon emissions per unit of economic growth — fell about four percent in the first three quarters of 2017, putting the country on track to meet its five-year targets, a senior official said.

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