US weather ‘preferable’ for most thanks to climate change; but there’s a catch

Research discovers most Americans have find a pleasant mix of warmer wintertimes and tolerable summers since 1974, but the situation is set for a revolutionary reversal A large majority of Americans have enjoyed more pleasant weather due to global warming over the past 40 years, research has observed, but there is set to be an…

‘Global gag rule’ could have dire impact in Latin american states, activists warn

Reinstatement of policy by Donald Trump could have chilling impact in region that already has high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality Donald Trumps reversal of abortion-related aid policy will have a chilling impact on Latin american states, say family-planning campaigners in a region that already has some of the worlds highest rates of…

Amnesty chief calls Latin America’s abortion laws violence against females

Salil Shetty, Amnesty Internationals secretary general, advises Argentina to reform harsh legislation and says human rights have degenerated across region Latin America’s draconian abortion policies have resulted in the needless deaths of thousands of women, said Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, as he called for a decisive push for legalization of the procedure across…

Misfortunes bookended Brazil’s year in the spotlight

Rio de Janeiro( CNN) It was January, 2016. I nuzzled 3-month-old Luiz Felipe in my lap. Chubby, squeezable and defenseless, he felt like my children when they were babies. But Luiz Felipe was bear with an unusually small head and underdeveloped brain. We were in Recife, in northeast Brazil, to report on a Zika virus…

Ashamed Brazilian buffoon to leave Congress in disgust at colleagues

Tiririca lambasts fellow congressmen and women for widespread graft and laziness in speech aiming seven-year political career A clown who has twice been elected to Brazil’s Congress for the purposes of the motto” It can’t get any worse” has said he is too embarrassed by his fellowpoliticians to operate again. Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, known…

Zika ‘hysteria’ is way ahead of research into virus, says expert

Leslie Lobel says its unclear whether birth defects in Brazil are linked to Zika, and theres no proof virus causes microcephaly One of the worlds leading virologists has warned against public hysteria surrounding the Zika virus, saying global health authorities need to focus more broadly on prevention of infectious diseases rather than procuring a cure…

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the biologically spectacular Revillagigedo archipelago Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. The measures will help ensure the conservation of marine beings including whales, giant rays and turtles. The protection zone spans 57,000…

Fort McMurray wildfire ‘may be turning a corner, ‘ official tells

( CNN) The massive wildfire that forced the evacuation of virtually 90,000 people in Alberta demonstrates signs of slowing down, thanks to the hard work of firefighters and a turn in the weather. A cold front did not bring expected showers Sunday night, but the area did consider lower temperatures and more humidity. JUST WATCHED…