World Topics

Mar 29, 2015

Mexico sets 25% pollution cut goal by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include “black carbon,” essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, ...

Ebola crisis 'exposed failures of aid system'

Mar 28, 2015

Ebola crisis 'exposed failures of aid system'

by Eric Randolph

Aid agency Doctors Without Borders marked the first anniversary of Africa’s Ebola outbreak on March 23 with a report slamming the international community’s slow response and detailing the “indescribable horror” faced by its staff. More than 10,000 people have been killed and nearly 25,000 ...

Fungi glow to attract creatures

Mar 28, 2015

Fungi glow to attract creatures

If you think you see a glowing mushroom, you might not be having a psychedelic hallucination. Some mushrooms indeed are bioluminescent, including one that sprouts among decaying leaves at the base of young palm trees in Brazilian coconut forests. Scientists have long wondered what ...

Mar 28, 2015

Europe hoists two navigation satellites after 2014 mislaunch

Europe launched two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America’s GPS system, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year. Galileo’s seventh and eighth satellites were hoisted from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at ...

Mar 27, 2015

Frenchman fights for Gabon gorilla haven

by Celia Lebur

Hearing the dreaded sound of human footsteps, three enormous gorillas jump down from the branches of central Gabon’s lush rain forests and rush off into the distance. To photographer and wildlife lover Max Hurdebourcq, who spends half his year living alone in the heart ...

Mar 27, 2015

White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to ...