Author: Ashika Manu

‘Earth Overshoot Date’ Continues To Move Up Year After Year

Only seven months into the year, August 1 has already marked ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ for the planet – the earliest date since 1969, when human consumption of the Earth’s natural resources first outstripped the planet’s ability to create those resources in a single year – drawing attention to how we

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Moving One Step Closer To Decriminalizing Homosexuality In India

India has moved one step closer to decriminalizing homosexuality after the Supreme Court began a hearing challenging the colonial-era law that, among others things, prohibits consensual sexual relations between men, and following on the heels of an August 2017 ruling that declared all people have a “constitutional right to privacy”

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U.S. Threatens Other Nations And Attempts To Block Parts Of Breastfeeding Health Resolution To Promote Corporate Interests Over Public Health

A New York Times report recently revealed that at a United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly, convened in May to pass a resolution encouraging mothers to breastfeed and limiting baby formula misinformation and inaccuracies, was blocked by the U.S. and almost did not pass. This followed after they threatened Ecuador (who

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Trump Administration Cuts Asylum To Gang And Domestic Violence Victims

The United States recently announced their decision to henceforth reject asylum applications asking for refuge from domestic violence and gang violence, reversing a 2014 Obama-era policy that could potentially endanger tens of thousands and which only further cements the U.S.’s hardline stance on immigration, reinforced in recent weeks by the

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The Disappeared: The Forgotten Victims Of Mexico’s Drug War

In almost 12 years, Mexico’s drug war has claimed the lives of thousands and changed the lives of millions more people, in a conflict that currently has no end in sight. While primarily a fight between the country’s drug cartels and the federal government, violent conflicts between rival groups, as

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South Sudan Returns To The Brink Of Famine Amidst Ongoing Civil War

Amidst the beginning of the fifth year of the country’s civil war, millions of people in South Sudan continue to suffer the effects of a “Never-Ending Hunger Season” that has caused widespread malnutrition and brought the nation to the brink of famine once again, spurring a humanitarian crisis, needing to

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The Decline Of Global Air Quality

A new report published by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) has claimed that global air quality has declined exponentially in the past three decades, to the point where today, an estimated 95% of the global population is currently breathing unhealthy air (according to the World Health Organization’s acceptable air quality

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The Growing Impact Of The Syrian Civil War On Children

In the seven years since the Syrian Civil War began, countless lives have been lost, people have been injured, and families have been torn apart. Nowhere is this toll more evident or devastating than in the permanently changed lives of millions of Syrian children, who have suffered immensely in the

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Rohingya Refugee Camps Brace For Monsoon Rains

Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are bracing for the upcoming monsoon season that is due to bring heavy rains, flash floods, landslides, and cyclones to the vulnerable refugee community who have already struggled with ethnic violence in Myanmar that forced them to flee to the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. The

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