Weekly News Roundup - January 13th-19th

Climate Change

Among the world’s 124 coffee species, 60 percent are at risk of extinction in the wild. Climate change and deforestation are to blame
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2018 was the hottest year ever recorded for the planet's oceans

Buried deep under the Greenland ice sheet is a unique archive of life on Earth 40,000 years ago. Scientists are using this information to try to predict future changes to the planet. See the pictures here

A new study has study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, ships and planes – from now on are replaced by zero-carbon alternatives at the end of their useful lives, there is a 64% chance of staying under 1.5C warming

The New York Times summarizes 4 key issues regarding climate change's impact on the economy


More than 30,000 Los Angeles public-school teachers have been on strike since Monday, demanding higher pay, smaller classes, and more support staff in schools

Don’t try to turn teachers into data analysts; try, instead, to help them be better teachers

Human Rights

A gay purge in Chechnya has left 2 dead and 40 detained

LGBT refugees in Kenya are accusing the United Nations of failing to provide adequate shelter and protection after they were forced to flee attacks at a refugee camp

As momentum builds for another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the harsh reality of North Korean human rights issues threatens to undermine any potential peace or denuclearization agreements

This week marks the 17th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay. The prison is a stain on the human rights record of the US and the scene of ongoing human rights violations

A new UN report declares that human trafficking has reached horrific new heights

Mental Illness

Regularly using the new, high-potency cannabis may be a risk for young people who are related to someone with a psychotic condition

New evidence is showing that a significant percentage of individuals with schizophrenia also have social anxiety disorder

A new study found that participants who were bullied or sexually abused were up to four times more likely to take antidepressants, with survivors of sexual abuse the most likely to take them


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