Farmers' Use of Groundwater for Irrigation Called Unsustainable
Farmers around the world are using an unsustainable amount of well water to irrigate their crops, which could lead to an uptick in food prices as that water runs low, international researchers warned Wednesday.
Farmers are increasing their use of groundwater to grow staple crops such as rice, wheat and cotton, the scientists said. But much of that water use is unsustainable, as water is being pumped out faster than it can be naturally replenished.
"Groundwater depletion is... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:17:04 -0400
Face of Anti-Kremlin Protests Is Son of Putin Ally
Russian high school student Roman Shingarkin had some explaining to do when he got home after becoming one of the faces of anti-Kremlin protests at the weekend. His father is a former member of parliament who supports President Vladimir Putin.
At the height of a protest in Moscow on Sunday against what organizers said was official corruption, 17-year-old Shingarkin and another young man climbed onto the top of a lamp-post in the city's Pushkin Square.
Hundreds of protesters in the... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:53:37 -0400
PDVSA Manager Arrested in Venezuela Fuel Corruption Probe
Venezuela has arrested a senior manager of state oil company PDVSA on suspicion of “irregularities” in contracts to supply fuel to the domestic market, authorities said on Wednesday.
The detention of international commerce manager Marco Malave, 47, followed a shakeup of personnel at PDVSA's trade department since January and amid gasoline shortages around the South American OPEC nation last week.
“PDVSA representatives denounced a series of irregularities in the protocol for... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:25:51 -0400
Study Finds Correlation Between Good Health, Economic Prospects
A study by U.S. economic experts and a major health insurance company says a healthy population is a key ingredient in a healthy and growing economy.
Blue Cross and Moody's Analytics used data from millions of insurance customers to draw a statistical relationship between health and prosperity in the United States.
In counties throughout the 50 states where the population had top health scores, per capita incomes were nearly $4,000 a year higher than in counties where people had... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:15:07 -0400
Counterterror Efforts High on Agenda in Tillerson's Meetings with Turkey, NATO
The United States is examining its next steps in the campaign to defeat Islamic State militants and stabilize the refugee crisis with regional allies, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks on trips to Turkey and NATO headquarters this week. The top U.S. diplomat will press NATO allies to demonstrate a clear path to increase defense spending, in his first meeting with counterparts from this security bloc.
U.S.-led forces are increasing their campaign to retake the Syrian city of... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:00:44 -0400
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