Harvard, MIT, Penn presidents defend actions in combatting antisemitism on campus
The presidents of Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they are taking steps to combat antisemitism — and Islamophobia — on campus since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.
Open Society Foundations commit $50M to women and youth groups' work on democracy
The major philanthropy, Open Society Foundations, said Tuesday it will commit $50 million to increase civic engagement among women and youth over the next three years as part of its strategy to support democracy in the U.S. Alex Soros, chair of the Open Society Foundations and son of its founder billionaire investor George Soros, said in a statement that the advocacy of women and young people is essential to stopping the advancement of authoritarianism.
UN agency cites worrying warming trend as COP28 summit grapples with curbing climate change
The U.N. weather agency is reporting that glaciers shrank more than ever from 2011 and 2020 and the Antarctic ice sheet lost 75 percent more compared to the previous ten years, as it released its latest stark report about the fallout on the planet from climate change.
Takeaways from Friday's events at UN climate conference known as COP28
Friday was a day for speechmaking at the United Nations annual climate conference known as COP28, as heads of state each gave short speeches to deliver their views on the planet’s climate crisis, what their nation is doing and what they think others should do.
On 1st day, UN climate conference sets up fund for countries hit by disasters like flood and drought
Nearly all the world’s nations finalized the creation of a fund to help compensate countries struggling to cope with loss and damage caused by climate change, seen as a major first-day breakthrough at this year’s U.N. climate conference as early cash started going into it.
UN weather agency says 2023 is the hottest year on record, warns of further climate extremes ahead
The U.N. weather agency says 2023 is all but certain to be the hottest year on record, and warning of worrying trends that suggest increasing floods, wildfires, glacier melt, and heat waves in the future.
Total GivingTuesday donations were flat this year, but 10% fewer people participated in the day
The nonprofit organization GivingTuesday estimates that donors gave $3.1 billion this year on what has become one of the most important fundraising dates for U.S. nonprofits, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Climate contradictions key at UN talks. Less future warming projected, yet there's more current pain
Experts say the world is heading for considerably less warming than projected a decade ago, but that good news is overwhelmed by much more pain from current climate change than scientists anticipated.
Israel unveils what it claims is a major Hamas militant hideout beneath Gaza City's Shifa Hospital
Israeli military officials have shown a group of international journalists a small living quarters they found in a tunnel underneath Shifa Hospital, claiming that the space had been used by Hamas militants.
Solar panels will cut water loss from canals in Gila River Indian Community
In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on their land south of Phoenix.
Marlo Thomas celebrates Thanks and Giving's 20th year and $1 billion raised for St. Jude hospital
Actress and activist Marlo Thomas is proud that this year St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Thanks and Giving campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary and passes the fundraising milestone of $1 billion to support the hospital’s efforts to provide free medical care to children with cancer.
Ex-Bear David Montgomery scores late touchdown in revenge game to seal Detroit Lions comeback victory
Running back David Montgomery shined while seeking revenge against his former team down the stretch of the game as he helped his Detroit Lions stun the Chicago Bears 31-26 to improve to 8-2 on the season.
How researchers, farmers and brewers want to safeguard beer against climate change
In the face of human-caused climate change impacting water access and weather patterns in the Willamette Valley — a region known for hops growing — farmers are using all the new strategies they can get to stay afloat and provide for large and small breweries alike.
Investigators are being sent to US research base on Antarctica to look into sexual violence concerns
The watchdog office overseeing the National Science Foundation is sending investigators to Antarctica’s McMurdo Station after hearing concerns about the prevalence of sexual violence at the U.S. research base.
In early 2029, Earth will likely lock into breaching key warming threshold, scientists calculate
A new study says that in a little more than five years the world will likely be unable to stay below the internationally agreed temperature limit for global warming if it continues to burn fossil fuels at its current rate.
In the Amazon, communities next to the world's most voluminous river are queuing for water
As the Amazon drought rages on, public authorities in Brazil are scrambling to deliver food and water to thousands of isolated communities throughout a vast and roadless territory, where boats are the only means of transportation.
The 2023 Soros Arts Fellows plan to fight climate change and other global issues with public art
Palestinian artist Nida Sinnokrot, one of 18 artists receiving the 2023 Soros Arts Fellowships from the Open Society Foundations on Tuesday, says that art provides hope and resilience, even in the midst of war.
Republican Tim Scott shifts presidential campaign staff from New Hampshire to go 'all in on Iowa'
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s presidential campaign says the Republican is shifting staff and money from New Hampshire to Iowa in an effort to boost his standing in the leadoff caucus state with less than three months until the first votes of the 2024 election are cast.