The world’s most active tropical cyclone basin has already seen 32 tropical storms this year, making it the second most active season in recent years. Half of those storms have developed into typhoons or super typhoons. [This] graphic tracks the last decade of typhoons in the Northwest Pacific.
Via Mathijs Booden
“ In Nigeria, where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is sowing terror, an imam and a pastor team up to preach religious tolerance. The two men are former leaders of militias that once battled each other.”
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"Widely considered the toughest immigration law in the U.S. when it took effect in 2011, the measure known as HB 56 was challenged soon after it was approved. Its opponents included the U.S. Justice Department, a coalition of civil rights groups, and religious groups."
"If it seems like your kids are constantly plugged in, tapping away on their iPhones, obsessively gaming and SnapChatting way more than they're actually ... chat-chatting -- well, that's because they are. It's estimated that children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of seven hours a day behind screens; teens send an average of 3,417 text messages each month; and 97 percent of adolescents have at least one electronic device in their bedrooms."
Via Beth Dichter, Nancy Jones, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
“Re-usable water bottles are great for the environment, but are they so awesome for your taste buds? When you're out and about you're usually left filling them up from sketchy-looking drinking fountains or other questionable sources.”
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Brian McNoldy, a a senior research associate at the University of Miami, told Climate Central that, “While Haiyan was absolutely amazing, it's not alone. It's in an elite company of a handful of other tropical cyclones scattered across the decades and across the world.” McNoldy downplayed global warming’s role in helping to fuel Super Typhoon Haiyan, saying, “We don't get to pick and choose which storms are enhanced by a warmer climate and which ones aren't, so this was just as subject to this year's climate as the numerous others that weren't so impressive. Extremely intense tropical cyclones are rare, but have always been a part of nature — we don't need to find an excuse for them.”
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People of every society have their own distinct lifestyles and eating habits. Its a well known facts that people from western world consume 2 to 3 times more food per capita than people from eastern countries. This can be attributed to different cultures, income levels and difference in prosperity of the countries. Peter Menzel came up with an amazing idea of capturing a week of groceries in different countries all over the world. He traveled around the globe and observed people’s one week grocery. Here is the collection of his work below. Enjoy the gallery and leave your comments in the comment section! Read more at http://realitypod.com/2013/05/a-week-of-groceries-in-different-countries-pictures/#5jHuUPqGwRewOO6p.99
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“ Teen birth rates by state, 2008, USA Related: Teenage Pregnancy Rates (per 1,000), By State, in 2008 Teen Birth Rate in the U.S. (Teen birth rates by state, 2008, USA Related:Teenage Pregnancy...”
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“ The possible realignment of college football conferences raises a host of interesting questions about fan loyalty.” As the regular season ends, SEC country (the Deep South) feels vindicated while the Midwest feels underappreciated. Why is college sports more regionalized in fan bases? How is realignment reshaping these geographies?
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Ranging from an e-waste site in Ghana, to an artisanal gold mining region in Indonesia, to a cluster of tanneries in Bangladesh, these “Top Ten Toxic Threats” highlight a global struggle with toxic pollution. The sites were chosen from a growing list of more than 3,000 toxic sites worldwide identified by the Blacksmith Institute. They were selected on the basis of the toxicity of pollutants present, pathways to exposure, and the number of people at risk.Toxic pollution can cause serious damage to human health. It’s a known cause of cancer, cognitive impairment, organ damage, and respiratory problems. Globally, toxic pollution is estimated to threaten the health of 200 million people.“Pollution has a health toll comparable to HIV, malaria or tuberculosis,” says Dr. Stephan Robinson, unit manager for Water and Legacy at Green Cross Switzerland. “But while… there are global programs with billions of US dollars to roll [these threats] back, there are not yet similar initiatives to fight pollution.”“Informal battery smelting is by far the biggest issue in our database [of 3,000 toxic sites],” says Bret Ericson, senior program director at the Blacksmith Institute. And artisanal gold mining is the second biggest issue worldwide.Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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