A Modern Medieval Nightmare

Streets that lack asphalt, houses without water and electricity and whole communities wanting in proper access to schooling and healthcare— while this might sound like a description of a medieval town this is the reality for hundred millions of people in India. The Indian slums are known as prime examples of the economic theory of the poverty traps. What this theory states is that a certain set of factors such as low level of savings, poor education and/or poor healthcare can cause a self-perpet...
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World Health Organization declares Zika virus global health emergency

In May of last year, an outbreak of the Zika virus was discovered in Brazil.  Less than a year later, the virus has spread to over twenty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, prompting the World Health Organization to declare it an international public health emergency in early February. An increasing body of evidence links the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, to microcephaly, a condition which causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and, consequently, inco...
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Polluted Pig Carcasses Pulled from Shanghai Waterways

Shanghai Pigs 39 percent of the water in China’s main rivers is toxic to the point that human contact of any kind is strongly discouraged. And that was before authorities began pulling pig carcasses out of Shanghai’s Huang Pu River. The discovery of these dead pigs began on Saturday March 9th as waves of pig carcasses began washing up along the sides of Shanghai’s main waterway. The number discovered a day has been continuously decreasing but the total number has already surpassed 6000. The sour...
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