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How rivers became the plastic highway into the oceans
26 June 2019 - Millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans every year, polluting our seas, littering our beaches, and endangering wildlife. Plastic can take centuries to break down, and instead of quietly disappearing beneath the waves, it has a way of coming back to haunt us. ... A 2017 study found that around 90 percent of all the plastic in the world's oceans flows there through just 10 rivers. Eight of those rivers were in Asia, and two in Africa. They all run through highly populated areas, which also lack effective waste collection, meaning trash often ends up in the river. (more)

Death toll from acute encephalitis in east Indian town rises to 129 children
25 June 2019 - At least 129 children have now died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the town of Muzaffarpur in the eastern Indian state of Bihar since an outbreak earlier this month, a medical official said on Sunday [23 June]. The death toll from AES, a fever that affects the central nervous system, has risen from 97 reported last Monday and medical and government officials are facing mounting criticism for struggling to contain the crisis in the town of nearly 350,000 people. (more)

Restaurants could be 1st to get genetically modified salmon
23 June 2019 - Inside an Indiana aquafarming complex, thousands of salmon eggs genetically modified to grow faster than normal are hatching into tiny fish. After growing to roughly 10 pounds in indoor tanks, they could be served in restaurants by late next year. (more)

After years of war and drought, Iraq's bumper crop is burning
20 June 2019 - Since the harvest began in April, crop fires have raged across Diyala, Kirkuk, Nineveh, and Salahuddin provinces while the government, battered by years of war and corruption, has few resources to counter a new hit-and-run insurgency. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for burning hundreds of hectares of farmland in Diyala, Kirkuk, and Salahuddin provinces as well as Syria. (more)

Colombian armed groups recruiting desperate Venezuelans, army says
20 June 2019 - Venezuela's crisis is spilling across the border into Colombia as Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries recruit migrants to strengthen their ranks, according to five Colombian military commanders. (more)

Groundwater pumping has significantly reduced US stream flows
19 June 2019 - Groundwater pumping in the last century has contributed as much as 50 percent to stream flow declines in some U.S. rivers, according to new research led by a University of Arizona hydrologist. ... Using a computer model, [ first author Laura Condon, a University of Arizona assistant professor of hydrology and atmospheric sciences] and her co-author, Reed Maxwell of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, determined what U.S. surface waters would have been like without significant consumptive uses and compared that with surface water changes since large-scale groundwater pumping began in the 1950s. ... Groundwater is often the slowest component of the terrestrial hydrologic system to recover from losses, Condon said. (more)

Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: study
19 June 2019 - Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast since the start of this century, underscoring the threat the climate crisis poses to water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across Asia, according to a study published on Wednesday [19 June]. Scientists have long been trying to establish how quickly rising global temperatures caused by the burning of coal, oil, and gas are eating away at the region's icebound landscapes, sometimes referred to as Earth's third pole. (more)

Hotels, firms cut back on water use as taps run dry in India's Chennai
19 June 2019 - Hotels in India's southern city of Chennai are rationing water for guests amid searing heat while companies limit showers as the city of 4.6 million faces its worst shortage in years. (more)

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Decreased Crime Rate chart

When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

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Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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