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 SMOG IN INDIA, CHINA IS CHANGING WEATHER PATTERNS IN US, FINDS STUDY


Man-made air pollution in Asia is exacerbating climate change and linked to extreme storm conditions across the PacificMan-made air pollution kills millions of people every year, but a new study suggests that poor air quality in India and China could be contributing to extreme weather patterns in th...

 Amid construction boom, Myanmar starts to build disaster resilience


YANGON, Myanmar: The Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon is famous for its role in Myanmar’s turbulent recent history. With its golden pagoda rising at one end, it has always served as a popular gathering point for street protests.These days the road is drawing attention as the location of some of t...

 EPA scores big win to limit mercury in power plants


The Environmental Protection Agency took home a sweeping victory Tuesday when an appeals court upheld the agency’s pollution limits for mercury and air toxics from power plants.The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld EPA’s rule, known as MATS, denying challenge...

 Asian Pollution Boosts Pacific Storm Power


Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter storms over the northwest Pacific Ocean and changing North America's weather, a new study finds.Northwest Pacific winter storms are now 10 percent stronger than they were 30 years ago, before Asian countries began their industrial...

 Why are more Americans being diagnosed with allergies?


Every year it seems people grumble “this is the worst allergy season ever.” But the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America said it’s hard to determine year to year the severity of allergy season.However, there are some explanations for why more Americans are being diagnosed with allergies.Climate ...

 Indonesian volcanic eruptions may cause southern China drought, expert says


Climate scientist says recent volcanic activity caused recent dry spell in Malaysia, SingaporeRecent unusually dry weather in Malaysia and Singapore is probably the result of recent volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, says a Hong Kong earth scientist. And the same volcanic activity may cause a severe d...

 China working on uranium-free nuclear plants in attempt to combat smog


Beijing brings forward deadline for world's first thorium-fuelled facility in attempt to break reliance on fossil fuelsChina is developing a new design of nuclear power plant in an attempt to reduce its reliance on coal and to cut air pollution.In an effort to reduce the number of coal-fired plants,...

 Amid showdown with energy-rich Russia, calls rise in Europe to start fracking


FERNHURST, England: Europe’s newest weapon in the battle of wills with Russian President Vladimir Putin lies buried deep beneath the ancient oaks and rolling green pastures of this quintessentially English village.There, wedged in the bedrock, lie vast quantities of oil and natural gas — enough, whe...

 100,000 E-Cars In Two Years


There will be 100,000 electric cars on Sri Lankan roads in two years, says Anuruddha Lihinikaduwa, CEO of E-Lanka Automotive.At present there are only about 60 such eco-friendly vehicles but the momentum is catching up and very soon people will be moving into this new concept, which will not only cr...

 U.S. Tries To Stop India's Solar Policy While Pushing Fight Against Climate Change


WASHINGTON: The Obama administration talks a lot about the need to develop renewable energy around the world to curb climate change. But right now, it's trying to kill India's effort to boost its domestic solar industry.The U.S. wants India to back off a policy that would require local sourcing for ...

 Missing Malaysia flight MH370: Search will be affected by climate change, say scientists


The effects of climate change will have hampered efforts to find Mayalsian Airlines flight MH370, which, along with its 239 passengers and crew, has been missing since 8 March, according to climate change scientists. Data modelers, who have been tasked with mapping regional air and water currents to...

 Afghanistan Elections: The Irreversible Journey of Afghan Women


Afghans turned out in strong numbers for the presidential and provincial council elections on April 5, with an estimated seven million people casting their votes for the candidates of their choice. The presidential election is Afghanistan's first ever democratic transition of power, with current Pre...

 Pakistan says to work with new Afghan gov't to boost ties


ISLAMABAD: As tensions heightened between Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent weeks over cross-border shelling, Islamabad said on Thursday it will work with the new Afghan government to improve relationship. Vote counting is underway in Afghanistan after the April 5 landmark presidential and provinci...

 Citizen Monitoring Comes to Light, Officials Promise to Honor Vote


New evidence has come to light indicating that across the country average citizens took it upon themselves to help prevent electoral fraud during last weekend's vote. Meanwhile, at a press conference on Wednesday, election officials openly conceded that there was a significant amount of irregulariti...

 Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World's Largest Vote


AMY GOODMAN: Voting has begun in India in the largest election the world has ever seen. About 815 million Indians are eligible to vote over the next five weeks. The number of voters in India is more than two-and-a-half times the entire population of the United States. The election will take place in...

  Experts: Afghan turnout boosted by social media


Activists and experts say that social media campaigns were among the factors behind an unprecedented high turnout in the Afghan elections. An estimated seven million Afghans went to the polls, despite Taliban threats. The Taliban launched a series of attacks, focused mainly on the capital Kabul, jus...

 NATO forces in southern Afghanistan ‘often made conflict worse’


A Territorial British Army captain has said that the NATO forces “often made the conflict worse” in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The British Army captain, Mike Martin studied Helmand for six years and completed an Army-funded PhD at King’s College in London. He is due to publish a book ...

 Ghani Says Election Showed Afghanistan's Transformation


Vote Sent Out Positive Images of Country KABUL: Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, a former Afghan finance minister, has seen a transformation in the April 5 elections. The former technocrat is now a formidable politician able to muster large crowds at campaign rallies around the country. Mr. Ghan...

 Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Satisfied With Election


Says He is Confident of a Strong ShowingKABUL: Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who came second after President Hamid Karzai in 2009 elections, said he is very satisfied with his showing in Saturday's presidential vote. A former anti-Taliban Northern Allianc...

 Afghanistan's voters needed patience more than protection


When polling day finally dawned in Afghanistan, it was mostly peaceful – even a flawed election is better than noneI woke early on election morning with a grim sense of foreboding. I had set my alarm clock not to catch the first voters, but in readiness for the first suicide bombers, who Afghan and ...


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