The Obama administration has announced a package of more than $200m (£120m) in drought aid to California, to help farmers and others affected by the state’s driest spell since records began. Some scientists fear that the so-called mega-drought in this corner of the US South-west could last as long as 200 years.
Which countries have laws preventing violence? Which legislate for gender equality? And which countries allow abortion? Using World Bank and UN data we offer a snapshot of women's rights across the globe
Regulars of the Jianba hairdressers in the southern city of Zhuzhou, China, recently found it closed and shuttered, with a curious note taped to the door: "Dear customers, I got a call from my daughter yesterday.
A United Nations University report on climate change-related loss and damage reveals how households are struggling to adapt to and manage climatic stressors on livelihoods, food security, economy and culture.
From California to the Middle East, huge areas of the world are drying up and a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. US intelligence is warning of the dangers of shrinking resources and experts say the world is 'standing on a precipice'