Despite progress that's been made in Brazil, deforestation is increasing in the other 40 percent of the rainforest. The problem is particularly serious in Bolivia, where a swath of trees two-thirds the size of Delaware is cleared each year.
The new plan to bolster the troubled euro currency was announced Thursday at a meeting in Frankfurt. ECB president Mario Draghi is under immense pressure to prevent the collapse of the 16-nation eurozone. The bank did not lower interest rates, as some investors hoped, but did unveil steps to ease the zone's debt crisis.
As climate change brings more drought and flooding, food prices are expected to keep spiking. Such spikes affect the poor the most, but especially the poor in Africa and the Middle East, says a new Oxfam report.
In just the past 24 hours he has mused about why group sex might be better than "one-on-one" and has been video taped flying a motorized hang glider in an attempt to lead some cranes on their migration south.
Investors around the world will be watching nervously to see what the head of the bank says about interest rates. Mario Draghi was recently quoted as saying he would do whatever it takes to keep Europe's debt crisis from growing. And that could mean using central bank resources to help lower the cost of borrowing from some of Europe's weaker economies.
President Santos told his countrymen this week that Colombia has an opportunity like no other to end a war that began in 1964. That's when the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, took up arms to fight for agrarian reform. Colombia has tried and failed to negotiate with the Marxist rebel group three other times since the 1980s.
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