3 Reasons Human Rights Defenders Should Feel Optimistic Right Now

It’s worth reflecting for a moment on three major events that took place last week. General Ratko Mladić, known as “the Butcher of Bosnia,” was finally convicted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes…

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Trump Reverses Obama-Era Ban Against Hunters Importing Elephant Remains

The Trump administration on Thursday said it reversed a ban on hunters importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The FWS said the move, which reverses a prohibition enacted by the Obama administration in 2014, follows a revaluation based on new information about the elephant…

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There’s a New Way to Wipe Out Mosquitoes In the U.S.

Mosquitoes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world, carrying diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya. In response, the U.S. government has given the green light to a unique strategy for ridding people’s yards of the disease-bearing pests. In early November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted commercial approval for the company MosquitoMate…

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A Radioactive Cloud from Russia Swept Over Europe — and No One Knows Why

A mysterious radioactive cloud that swept through much of Europe this fall has officials baffled. The cloud was harmless and has dissipated, France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety wrote in a statement Thursday, but between Sept. 27 and Oct. 13, the radioactive nuclide Ruthenium 106 was detected in “the majority of European countries.” More:

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FEMA Chief for Katrina Response Says Same Problems Are Happening in Puerto Rico

Michael Brown, the former FEMA head who was widely blamed for the Bush administration’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina, sees some familiar patterns in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The same breakdown in coordination between different levels of government that exacerbated the disaster of Katrina also contributed to struggles to respond adequately..

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Waymo teams with MADD, the NSC and more on self-driving education.

Waymo is working with a number of organizations on a new self-driving education campaign to help answer questions the public has about autonomous vehicles and technology. The program is designed to provide easily accessible info that offers answers to questions including “are self-driving cars safe?” and “how do they know what to do?”

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