GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s environment program is warning about the overuse of sand resources, saying a three-fold increase in demand over the last 20 years amid increasing population, urbanization...
China’s building boom churns up dinosaur fossils
Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched
BANGALORE, India (AP) — India's Silicon Valley is bracing for yet another thirsty summer.
Faucets are running dry and the lakes that once nurtured the southern city of Bangalore and its nearly 10 million residents are either parched or fetid with industrial waste and toxic effluents.
Today’s houseplants do more than look pretty
Houseplants have been a mainstay of indoor decor item for generations, but their selection and use has changed over time, particularly with urbanization.
People no longer are wedded to placing a few potted African violets on sunny window sills to add color and texture to small spaces. Instead, they're choosing less demanding houseplants, like succulents and cacti, or those offering utility, like herbs and strawberries.
Peru’s abundant ruins feel the squeeze of urbanization
LIMA, Peru (AP) — From her small home near two golf courses and three slums, Gianina Rojas gazes up at a crumbling adobe pyramid, remnants of the vast Inca empire that flourished more than six centuries ago.
Like many people in modern-day Peru, Rojas was born and raised among Incan sites that were built before the Spanish colonized South America.
Now 26, she recalls treasure hunting as a child — hiding away pieces of ceramic pots, textile scraps and even human bones.
Old Buffalo train station makes global group’s ‘watch list’
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A long-defunct western New York train station being considered for redevelopment has made an international group's list of cultural treasures that need to be preserved.
The Manhattan-based World Monuments Fund on Monday released its 2018 watch list of cultural heritage sites that are threatened by warfare, natural disaster, climate change or urbanization.
Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system.
The number of admitted patients represents a 42-percent increase over the same period last year along with seven more deaths, the Ministry of Health said Friday. A total of 90,626 people have been infected, of whom 76,848 have been hospitalized and 24 have died.
US show of Saudi art aims to share ideas, test perceptions
DETROIT (AP) — A U.S. exhibition featuring the works of roughly 40 Saudi Arabian artists aims to share their expressions, foster conversations and challenge conceptions of life in the conservative Islamic nation.
UN report: People around the world are eating more fish
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — People around the world are eating more fish and global per capita fish consumption topped 20 kilograms (44 pounds) a year for the first time in 2014, according to preliminary estimates in a U.N. report released Thursday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization report said the record consumption, which appears to have continued in 2015, is the result of increased supplies from fish farming, growing demand linked to population growth, reduced wastage,...
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