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Nov 24, 2015

Almost all donated organs unused in China: report

Almost all human organs donated for transplant in China go unused, state-run media said, after years of controversy about the use of body parts from executed prisoners. Authorities expected to have more than 2,500 organ donors this year, the Beijing Youth Daily said, citing ...

Nov 20, 2015

Fake pesticides endanger crops and human health in India

Millions of unsuspecting Indian farmers are spraying fake pesticides onto their fields, contaminating soil, cutting crop yields and putting both food security and human health at risk in the country of 1.25 billion people. The use of spurious pesticides has exacerbated losses in the ...

Oct 29, 2015

Rains clear smog in Southeast Asia

Rain and favorable winds have brought clear skies to vast areas of Southeast Asia stricken for weeks by hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials expressing hope Thursday that the crisis could end soon. Parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore enjoyed the cleanest air ...

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Oct 22, 2015

'Worst haze in a decade' blankets southern Thailand

Dense haze produced by Indonesian forest fires has caused some of the worst pollution levels in southern Thailand in a decade, officials said Thursday, resulting in delayed flights in an area popular with tourists. For nearly two months, thousands of fires caused by slash-and-burn ...