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Cruel Joke: What Will Your Mother's Day Flowers Cost?
This Mother's Day, Americans will buy over $2 billion worth of cut flowers for their doubtless worthy mothers. Alas, many will have been produced by other worthy mothers - often in Colombia 's Bogotá Savanna - who have long endured injuries, pesticides, birth defects and wages as low as $333 a...
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Industrial Agriculture: Too Big to Succeed
TORONTO - An estimated one billion small farmers scratching out a living growing diverse crops and raising animals in developing countries represent the key to maintaining food production in the face of hotter temperatures and drought, especially in the tropical regions, says Sarah Elton, author of...
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President Vladimir Putin replies to journalists’ questions at a press conference with President of Switzerland and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter on May 7, 2014. (Russian government photo) Views
Putin’s Subtle Message to Obama: Let's Talk
Russian President Putin sought to cool the rhetoric over Ukraine with an appeal for a postponed referendum in the east and an order to pull back Russian troops, but another message was to President Obama – over the State Department’s head – that it’s time to talk
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A NOAA satellite captured this view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. (Credit: NASA) Views
This Planet Comes with Limits
When I was in my 20s, a girlfriend surprised me by saying that we didn't have to worry about overpopulation because technology would make sure we always had what everyone needed. Of course, economists have been saying this for decades. And of course, billions of people today don't have what they...
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'Even if Tony Blair uses his 'eel-like' powers to avoid prosecution while alive, he will not escape the history books.' (Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) Views
Tony Blair Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes – Not Just Judged by History
Blair is 'eel-like' – but if the Chilcot inquiry is published soon, he might not wriggle off the hook
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Insurance Industry: It's Time to Start Calculating Cost of Climate 'Catastrophe'
Out to protect their bottom-line, Lloyd's of London urges insurers to account for future global warming disaster
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War and Disease: The Case of Polio
Sixty years ago smallpox was endemic across much of the world, killing two million people each year. In 1959 an international programme to eliminate the virus was started, not least because it was a disease amenable to large-scale vaccination. In 1977, the last case was diagnosed and recorded. It...
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Great Barrier Reef Be Damned, Australia's Biggest Coal Mine Project Moves Forward
In the wake of warnings over the industry's threats to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian state of Queensland on Thursday gave the OK to one of the world's biggest coal mines. The slated project is the Adani Enterprises-owned Carmichael Mine in the state's Galilee Basin, and it is expected to...
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'We Will Vote': Eastern Ukrainians Defy Kiev and Putin
Announcement met by condemnation from West, vows from Kiev to continue military operations in southeastern Ukraine
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In Ukraine, a war looms that few understand. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) Views
The Wars to End All War
“Peace, as we have seen, is not an order natural to mankind: it is artificial, intricate and highly volatile. All kinds of preconditions are necessary.” — Michael Howard, The Invention of Peace And here comes World War I, wrapped in World War II, wrapped in the Cold War: tremors on one of Planet...
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