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Venezuela (Sputnik) – The death toll from this week’s anti-government protests in Venezuela has reached four people, media report. A 36-year-old man and a 14-year-old teenager were killed as a result of Tuesday demonstrations against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the city of Barquisimeto in northwestern Venezuela,…
A new study published Monday shows that the ongoing decrease in bee populations and other pollinators worldwide will also drastically decrease the number of jobs in agriculture.
“World food supplies and jobs are at risk unless urgent action is taken to stop global declines of pollinators,” according to a statement from the University of Reading, whose researchers took part in the global review.
Animal pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, beetles, wasps, bats, and even lizards are essential for crops. But what’s more, they provide the labor market with work.
Chemical accidents have killed nearly 200 people in China so far this year, environmental group Greenpeace said Wednesday, calling on Beijing to overhaul the “appallingly under-regulated” industry.
Industrial accidents are common in China, where work safety regulations are often flouted.
In the first eight months of the year, China saw 232 chemical accidents which killed 199 people and injured 400, Greenpeace said in a statement.
“China’s chemicals industry is the largest in the world, but it is appallingly under-regulated,” said Cheng Qian, its East Asia toxics assistant manager.
“Tragic accidents occur on an almost daily basis.”
Newly released United States government records summarizing investigations of the deaths of 18 migrants in the custody of US immigration authorities support a conclusion that subpar care contributed to at least seven of the deaths, Human Rights Watch said today.
The death reviews, from mid-2012 to mid-2015, reveal substandard medical care and violations of applicable detention standards. Two independent medical experts consulted by Human Rights Watch concluded that these failures probably contributed to the deaths of 7 of the 18 detainees, while potentially putting many other detainees in danger as well. The records also show evidence of the misuse of isolation for people with mental disabilities, inadequate mental health evaluation and treatment, and broader medical care failures.
“In 2009, the Obama administration promised major immigration detention reforms, including more centralized oversight and improved health care,” said Clara Long, US researcher at Human Rights Watch. “But these death reviews show that system-wide problems remain, including a failure to prevent or fix substandard medical care that literally kills people.”