Australia is rejecting the latest Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change report, insisting coal remains critical to energy security and lowering household power bills. The IPCC paper says that a rise of two degrees would wipe out the Great Barrier Reef and destroy some of Australia's Pacific Island neighbors. From Sydney, Phil Mercer reports.
In less than a month, American voters will go to the polls in midterm elections. The battle to win the House of Representatives will depend on who wins the many swing districts across the country, where surveys show women voters - especially better educated white women - may hold the key to victory. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti went to a suburban New Jersey swing district where she spoke with women voters.
Close to 400-thousand people have been killed in the civil war in South Sudan, half through violence – making the conflict among the worst the world has seen in recent years, according to a new analysis by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The researchers hope the new analysis, which far surpasses earlier death toll estimates, will reveal the terrible human cost of the war and give a renewed impetus to peace talks and humanitarian funding. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Companies race to make self driving automobiles, but there's another race going on to create robots that can roam through neighborhoods, to deliver food and other purchases. Michelle Quinn reports on one robotic fleet in Berkeley, California.
No one knows why some babies are born prematurely, but some of the smallest premature babies weigh under 1,500 grams.These tiny babies -- micro preemies -- cannot afford to lose any weight. At Children's National Medical Center in Washington, a team of specialists has come up with a plan to give these babies the best chance to thrive. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Teams from both Korean militaries have begun clearing mines at a key battle site in preparation for North-South excavation efforts inside the Joint Security Area within the Demilitarized Zone, as the two nations continue efforts to ease tensions. VOA’s Steve Miller reports from Seoul.
A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world is heating up faster than predicted.If the pace of global warming is not scaled back drastically, the panel says climate-related risks to human well-being, ecosystems and sustainable development will escalate to dangerous, unreversable levels.Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.
Italy has said it will not allow planes carrying migrants from European Union member states to land in the country. The new Italian government has made clear the EU needs to share the burden of migrants. Sabina Castelfranco has more from Rome.
An observatory in Barrow, Alaska -- the most northerly astronomical outpost in the US, has become a key scientific instrument in studying climate change. Natasha Mozgovaya traveled to Barrow Alaska, now officially called Utqiagvik its original Inupiaq name,to see what life is like in one of the coldest and snowiest places in the world.
World leaders from across the international community are meeting this week at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.On this week’s Plugged In, VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren speaks with policy makers about the top global topics on the agenda.VOA’s Elizabeth Cherneff has more.
Four days after a bloody attack on a military parade in Iran's mostly Arab "Ahvaz" region, also known as Khuzistan, and conflicting claims of responsibility, questions remain over who was actually behind the attack, as Edward Yeranian reports for VOA from Cairo.
Pope Francis sent a letter to the Chinese faithful Wednesday urging them to overcome past divisions and “initiate an unprecedented process that we hope will help to heal the wounds of the past."Sabina Castelfranco has more from Rome.