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Will 'climate services' be allowed to profit from climate crisis?

As the climate crisis deepens, more and more companies offering "climate services" are springing up. This raises an important question - How do we avoid a future where the best data for saving lives is only available to those who can afford it?

IMF's Lagarde warns economic risks have materialized, growth slowing

Washington - After sounding the alarm in recent years about threats to the global economy, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said risks had begun to materialize and were slowing growth.

Buried coastal Internet infrastructure at risk from rising seas

Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study.

Prescription drug shortages — A problem affecting many countries

In both Canada and the United States, common drugs needed for patient care are becoming increasingly hard to find — being either discontinued or back-ordered, creating a public health crisis.

US-led strikes steer clear of Russian military

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration has made clear it sees Moscow as complicit in the latest suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, but Pentagon planners are taking pains to avoid hitting Russian military assets.

Tick paralysis in three-year-old highlights the risks from ticks

An Oregon family is breathing easier after having quite a scare last week when their three-year-old daughter, Evelyn, became cranky and appeared to be having trouble standing upright. After an ER visit, the couple found out a dog tick was the culprit.

De-extinction — A look at the potential impacts and risks

The issue of bringing back extinct or near-extinct animal and plant species has gained acceptance in many scientific circles, but what about the impacts and potential risks to resurrecting a species?

Deadly batteries: Accidents with button batteries increase Special

Battery incidents are leading to serious injury and death, and are increasing in many parts of the world. In the U.S., information from the National Battery Ingestion Hotline charts a rising number of button battery injuries caused by flameless candles.

Why do the same people take risks when driving?

Road traffic accidents are serious enough and when someone has had an accident they are normally more cautious next time. Not, however, it seems drunk drivers who are more inclined to repeat the offense. Psychologists explain why.

Global warming threatens jewels of nature, civilisation

Paris - From the glimmering coral of the Great Barrier Reef to Mount Fuji and the canal-crossed city of Venice, global warming may spell the final ruin of some of the most precious jewels of nature and civilisation.

Rough ride ahead for Iran nuclear deal

Vienna - Getting the Iran nuclear deal unveiled Tuesday was hard enough. Now it must be approved, implemented and then stuck to for years. Get set for a bumpy ride, experts warn."This agreement is as fragile as the forces against it are formidable.

President Obama vetoed controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project

Washington D.c. - On February 24, U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline project. GOP lawmakers are unable to reverse his decision after a long battle with power struggles, interruptions, public protests, and legal challenges.

Cholesterol management drug niacin 'carries risks'

New studies show that cholesterol management drug niacin produces more side effects than previously known. On that basis, some doctors now caution against taking it.

Can coffee cut cancer risk?

New evidence suggests that daily coffee consumption may cut a person’s risk of developing a form of liver cancer. Coffee also prevents diabetes, a known risk factor for liver cancer.

Drugmakers ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding cancer risks

Japan's biggest pharmaceutical company has been hit with a $6 billion penalty for concealing cancer risks associated with its Actos diabetes drug while Eli Lilly and Co, Takeda's co-defendant in the case, was ordered to pay $3 billion in punitive damages.

Study: Texting interferes with other motor skills

Everyone knows the dangers of texting while driving, but a new study out of Australia's University of Queensland looks at texting and walking. But the findings should come as no surprise.

Does caffeine pose a risk during pregnancy?

Caffeine during pregnancy could be bad for pregnant women. Scientists found the stimulant altered the brain cells of newborns whose moms had consumed caffeine during and after pregnancy.

Op-Ed: Are economic opportunities created by fracking worth the risks?

Hydraulic fracturing, probably better known as "fracking", is a controversial issue in the U.S. and across the pond. Proponents of this practice often cite economic opportunities as the primary benefits.

Results of first animal feeding trial on GM maize & Roundup

This is the first study of its kind, it is peer-reviewed, and will be published in the American journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology. The results are not reassuring.

US Pediatricians say circumcision benefits outweigh the risks

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now saying the health benefits of circumcision outweigh any risks from the procedure and even suggested it be covered by insurance.

Risks of Global Warming Have Been Underestimated

An international team of researchers has reinvestigated the five “reasons for concern” described first in the Third Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001.

Is the Toilet Seat Controversy Finally Over?

The debate is over about whether a guy should leave the toilet seat up or put it down after finishing personal business. So much of the Western world can relax now that the facts are in.

Op-Ed: Risks, feeling safe, and how to understand government policy by riding a bicycle

The theory of risk is that you take risks you think you’ll probably survive. The theory of policy making is that to solve problems you take risks you think other people might approve, based mainly on intuition.

Bigfoot risks extinction, says Canadian MP

Bigfoot, the legendary hairy man-like beast said to roam the wildernesses of North America, is not shy, merely so rare it risks extinction and should be protected as an endangered species.

Insomnia increases risk of accidents

According to recent 2007 "Sleep in America" poll, 70 per cent of American women are not getting enough sleep

The risks of online dating

A 42-year-old man was arrested for assaulting a women he met over the internet after he showed up at her house and found her in another man's company.

Middle Eastern bloggers risk jail to be heard

"Wael Abbas hasn't been arrested by Egyptian police, but the blogger fears it could happen any day"
 

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