Category archives for: Environment

CBC Investigation: Cell Phones Violate Government Radiation Limits

An independently commissioned investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) found that when cell phones were radiation tested in the ways devices are commonly used—such as in the pocket, bra or lap—the radiation detected inside the user’s body surpassed the government allowable maximum level. In this week’s CBC award-winning Marketplace program entitled “The secret inside […]

Rising Sea Levels Threatening Ghana’s Coastal Villages

Fuvemeh, one of Ghana’s coastal villages, is vanishing because of coastal erosion. Waves have taken whole parts of the village with them into the sea. What was once a thriving fishing community was three miles from the coast a few years back. Now the waves are just a few feet away. “This used to be […]

DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa

By Paul Rincon Hints of an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans. People outside Africa overwhelmingly trace their descent to a group that left the continent 60,000 years ago. Now, analysis of nearly 500 human genomes appears to have turned up the weak signal of an earlier […]

Your brain has a ‘physics engine,’ and scientists have located it

Bahar Gholipour The brain knows instinctively how to predict when accidents are about to happen If you’ve never been particularly good at physics in school, it might make you feel better to know that at the very least, your brain comes with a built-in “physics engine.” In a new study published Monday in Proceedings of […]


Akwaaba! In Ghana, the word akwaaba is widely used as a welcoming greeting. Welcome to Ghana, and a look at the state of healthcare in this developing nation. In this series, I will be describing different facets of today’s healthcare system in Ghana, from the small rural village clinic to the most prestigious teaching hospital […]

Protecting Virunga National Park from oil companies

Africa’s oldest national park is under threat – 60 NGOs sign call for action. Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet. For the past three years Global Witness has been driving a major international campaign to stop oil companies drilling in […]

Zika virus found in saliva and urine

February 6, 2016 IN a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials have warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. UN officials also called on many Catholic-majority […]

Ghanaian turtles on the brink of extinction

Conservationists in Ghana are warning of possible extinction of sea turtles if more care isn’t taken to protect them. Only one out of a thousand turtles survive to adult life. Strong lagoon waves hit the shoreline where Anane Afagying is mending his fishing nets. He and his family live in Akosua village, a coastal community […]

The world’s most popular banana could go extinct

by Roberto A. Ferdman In the mid 1900s, the most popular banana in the world—a sweet, creamy variety called Gros Michel grown in Latin America—all but disappeared from the planet. At the time, it was the only banana in the world that could be exported. But a fungus, known as Panama Disease, which first appeared […]

As Big Food Feels Threat Of Climate Change, Companies Speak Up

by Dan Charles Chances are, you’ve picked up some chatter about the new global talks on climate change. If you can’t quite see how it matters to you, personally, you might want to take a peek inside your pantry. Or your candy jar. Because it might just affect your access to everything from cheese to […]