Facts & Trends

India’s Dangerous Smog Problem

Toxic air pollution in the Indian capital of Delhi has given some 2.2 million children irreversible lung damage, according to a 2010 study from the Kolkata-based Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute that surfaced this month. The report has raised fresh concerns ...
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SANITATION

Human waste from the roughly 700 climbers who scale Mount Everest every year poses a serious health issue on the slopes, the head of Nepal’s mountaineering association warned on March 3. He urged the government to push climbers to dispose ...
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Us vs. Them

Percentage of Americans and Chinese, respectively, who believe their government is “on the side of average citizens”: 12, 80 Who believe their government is “on the side of corporations”: 73, 17 ...
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AIR TRAVEL

THE PROBLEM Flight delays, a large share of which are caused by weather, cost the U.S. economy $31 billion annually. Regulators have been slow to approve technology that could provide pilots access to weather data. THE INNOVATION Mobile technology can ...
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Girls Outperform Boys

Percentage of countries worldwide in which girls outperform boys in academic   achievement: 70 ...
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Not the valedictorian

Danielle Shea, 22, was charged with trying to cancel Quinnipiac University’s graduation ceremony by calling in a bomb threat.  Shea, police said, didn’t want her parents to find out she had dropped out and was pocketing their tuition money ...
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WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT

Women accounted for a record 22% of legislators worldwide last year, according to the Interparliamentary Union ...
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Airlines And The Arctic

Minimum percentage of Arctic warming that has been caused by commercial airline emissions: 10 ...
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High School Dropouts

Portion of high-school dropouts who say they left school to work: 1/4 Portion of those dropouts who earn less than $10,000 per year: 3/5 ...
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Defying your parents

12-year-old Jaxxyn Wood of Kentucky stayed up to 3 a.m. playing computer games and smelled an electrical fire in the kitchen.  He woke his family and got all nine people to evacuate, thus saving their lives ...
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