Chinese officials ‘interfered’ with air pollution data
Oct26

Chinese officials ‘interfered’ with air pollution data

Police have arrested officials in charge of environmental protection in central China after they were accused of tampering with air quality monitoring data, local media said Tuesday. “Staff members interfered with the monitoring station a number of times, blocking the equipment with a cotton thread, which disrupted the collection of data,” the Huashang Bao newspaper said. The “abnormal” readings, collected in...

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India Launches Phone App to Monitor New Delhi’s Pollution
Oct25

India Launches Phone App to Monitor New Delhi’s Pollution

India’s capital, laboring under the label of being the world’s most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air. A smartphone application that allows residents to report the presence of construction dust or the burning of leaves and garbage in New Delhi’s public parks to authorities was launched Oct. 21. The “Hawa Badlo,” or “Change the Air,” app has two versions. One allows people to...

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Hunting gastronomic gold in Italy’s truffle country
Oct24

Hunting gastronomic gold in Italy’s truffle country

“It is not a job. It’s a passion, a real sickness!” It is the early hours of the morning and Giovanni Sacchetto is explaining why chilly autumn nights find him trailing by moonlight through the woods around Alba in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. Sacchetto, 64, and his beloved companion Dora, a sprightly Lagotto Romagnolo gundog, are on the hunt for white truffles, the hard-to-find fungi famed amongst foodies for their earthy...

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It’s Time for the Fur Trade to Pay Reparations
Oct23

It’s Time for the Fur Trade to Pay Reparations

Reporting last month for National Geographic magazine, I came away with a contrarian approach to the fur trade: Animal rights activists have always wanted to ban fur farming, “but banning doesn’t stop people from wearing fur,” I wrote. “It just moves production to areas where no rules apply,” notably China. A more logical approach would be to keep fur farming legal, particularly in North America and Europe, under regulatory and...

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After the hurricane, cholera hits Haiti’s suffering survivors
Oct22

After the hurricane, cholera hits Haiti’s suffering survivors

The rains inundating their ruined homes are no longer the biggest concern of the long-suffering people of Randelle: cholera is tearing through the isolated Haitian mountain village at devastating speed. “Cholera is eating us alive: my neighbor was the first to fall ill, then it came to our house, infecting my husband and daughter,” said Andrise Lubin as she stood before her badly damaged home. The road that allowed...

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