Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer

Good news: animals won’t shrink as the climate gets warmer

By Joan Meiners Do animals get bigger as the climate they live in gets colder? According to a rule established in 1847, they do – which has had biologists concerned over what climate change might do to animal body size. But now an analysis of the weights and geographical locations of nearly 274,000 individuals from […]

Brazilian Right-Wing Fell Hard for a Fake News Story About Venezuela, Provoking Diplomatic Incident

Brazilian Right-Wing Fell Hard for a Fake News Story About Venezuela, Provoking Diplomatic Incident

A 31-year-old Brazilian man living in Los Angeles leaves his comfortable life behind to pursue a humanitarian mission in Venezuela. Jonatan Diniz, founder of a non-governmental organization called Time to Change the Earth, posts photos of malnourished Venezuelan children and asks for donations on social media. The goal: raise funds for the NGO so it […]

First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plans to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in the Name of Stopping “Fake News”

First France, Now Brazil Unveils Plans to Empower the Government to Censor the Internet in the Name of Stopping “Fake News”

Yesterday afternoon, the official Twitter account of Brazil’s Federal Police (its FBI equivalent) posted an extraordinary announcement. The bureaucratically nonchalant tone it used belied its significance. The tweet, at its core, purports to vest in the federal police and the federal government that oversees it the power to regulate, control and outright censor political content on the […]

Good news: Demand for coal is plummeting towards a record low

Good news: Demand for coal is plummeting towards a record low

iStock/Getty Images Plus By Andy Coghlan Coal is in the pits, despite US President Donald Trump’s promise to rekindle the world’s dirtiest energy source. A new report on global coal demand from the International Energy Agency reveals that global demand for coal slumped by 4.2 per cent over the past two years. That nearly equals […]

By Excluding Palestinian Voices From Jerusalem Debate, Cable News Avoided Addressing Israeli Rights Abuses

By Excluding Palestinian Voices From Jerusalem Debate, Cable News Avoided Addressing Israeli Rights Abuses

Palestinian voices were largely absent from American cable news’ coverage of President Donald Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. By turning to their stable of regular political commentators to weigh in on the unprecedented move, the three major news networks – CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News – excluded those […]

Good News: Young Americans Want a New Political Party

Good News: Young Americans Want a New Political Party

By Ron Paul ​Do we need a third major political party? I often joke that I’d be happy if we actually had a second party, as when it comes to the big issues – war, monetary policy, civil liberties – the Republicans and Democrats are more alike than different. Perhaps that’s why a recent NBC […]

Bad news: Carbon emissions have suddenly started rising again

Bad news: Carbon emissions have suddenly started rising again

What’s the price?Qilai Shen/Panos Pictures By Michael Le Page If the world does not do more to limit greenhouse gas emissions soon, the final slender hope of preventing global temperature rise being much above 2°C will slip away. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry are set to rise sharply this year, after remaining […]

Proposed changes to frequent-flyer programmes may be bad news for budget travellers

Proposed changes to frequent-flyer programmes may be bad news for budget travellers

ALONGSIDE Eurocrats, straight bananas and anyone who opposes Brexit, Britain’s tabloid press has found something new to hate this year: British Airways (BA). Britain’s flag carrier has been criticised for cutting legroom in economy, axeing free food and drink on short-haul flights and—horror of horror—the amuse bouche that used to be served before dinner in […]