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In a vote which should rattle the Trump administration for multiple reasons, on December 13 the U.S. Senate voted to end U.S. military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its savage war on Yemen.
A new durable and high-efficiency heating patch technology could just be what it takes to warm up without having to raise your thermostat.
Concentration in the housing industry is resulting in less construction, fewer choices for buyers, and serious overall damage to the U.S. economy, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Following a motion from the London City Assembly, on December 11 London’s Mayor declared a Climate Emergency and pledged an aggressive plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.
As proof grows that the U.S. is being probed for cyberattacks on its utility systems, a just-released government study shows precisely how unprepared the country is for what might happen even the case of a natural disaster.
According to multiple sources, China will soon be introducing extremely low maximum residue limits (MRLs) for glyphosate on many imported raw food materials and all final food products, but it will likely remain the world's largest exporter of the highly toxic chemical.
After a public plea by the UN Secretary General at the COP24 climate change talks in Poland on December 12, the European Union and a group of developing countries signed on to do something far more serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Republicans are taking aim at native Tule Elk in a Senate subcommittee hearing on December 12, which will decide whether to approve legislation to allow them to be shot or removed from their only home, Point Reyes National Seashore in California, so that more cows can be fattened on public land.
A House hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai yesterday proved an artful dodge of deeper questions the company should have been answering.
A massive case of procurement fraud involving two leaders of the New York legislature, a deputy of the current Governor, and the former President of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute reached a final close on December 11.
On December 11, a U.S. Circuit Court in Richmond, Virginia heard what could have been an important case about Islamic influence and its growth in U.S. schools.
With 164 countries having finally agreed on a much-needed common set of policies for dealing with global migration, why is there such unease about this pact’s final form?
A new report shows how the Trump administration and the U.S. Congress worked together to de-regulate the insane practice of mountaintop coal mining while simultaneously canceling an inexpensive health study which would have proven how deadly the practice is.
Talc, a mineral used in many consumer products and linked to causes of cancer, is soon to be regulated and its use restricted in Canada, after a recent review by both Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
A new law passed in Australia’s parliament on December 6 allows the Australian government to force both local and international technology companies to turn over encrypted communications on demand.
Even as health experts warn about the potentially catastrophic risk of overuse of antibiotics in everything from livestock production to plastics in toys, the Trump administration just approved the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline for use on citrus fruits.
On December 6, a coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump administration for its failure under the Endangered Species Act to protect Africa's rapidly diminishing giraffe herds.
A new research study shows how polar bears, an animal at the top of the Arctic food chain, have become a victim of 'biomagnification' of pollutants ingested by fish and other marine species all the way up that food chain.
During the regular meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on December 5, members reached a tentative agreement to cut oil production as a means of stabilizing prices.
A U.S. District Court in Texas has blocked the state of Texas attempts to remove protections for Native American children as guaranteed under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Digital Entertainment Company BroadbandTV (BBTV) of Vancouver, British Columbia, and the National Basketball Association announced a new YouTube Channel, NBA Playmakers, which features original shows co-starring NBA players and digital influencers.
The acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a former coal lobbyist, is proposing a 35.7% increase in the allowable carbon dioxide emissions for new coal plants.