August 8, 2019

Texas couple drowns in Turks and Caicos, teen daughter survives

mikolajn/iStock(HOUSTON) -- A Texas couple drowned in Turks and Caicos while on vacation with their teen daughter, family and friends said. Loved ones identified Irma Barrera, 33, and Roy Perez, 38, as two of the three people who died Monday in the waters of Bambarra Beach. “Yes...they were victims,” Victor Mendieta, a former classmate of Perez's, told ABC News on Thursday. Family members confirmed to ABC Houston station KTRK that Barrera and Perez died in the drowning incident. Their 15-ye..
August 8, 2019

UN: 25% of Earth’s ice-free land subject to ‘human-induced degradation’

krungchingpixs/iStock(NEW YORK) -- About one-quarter of all non-ice land on the planet has been subjected to "human-induced degradation," with soil eroding up to 100 times faster than it forms and many natural resources being exploited at rates never before seen, according to the United Nations. "Climate change exacerbates land degradation, particularly in low-lying coastal areas, river deltas, drylands and in permafrost areas," according to a summary of a report released Thursday by the Intern..
August 8, 2019

Seventeen countries facing water crises, organization says

LisaValder/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Seventeen countries -- home to 25% of the global population -- are facing "extremely high" water stress, according to the The World Resources Institute, a research non-profit. Several drought-stricken places around the world have experienced water crises in recent years, with populated cities like Cape Town, Sao Paolo and Chennai inching toward "Day Zero," the day when taps run dry and water is no longer available. In the 17 countries facing water risk, from India..
August 8, 2019

Russian couple threatened with losing their son after bringing him to opposition protest

republica/iStock(MOSCOW) -- Russian prosecutors are seeking to take an infant child away from his parents after they brought him to an opposition protest in Moscow, a move condemned by human rights campaigners who called it part of a broader attempt by authorities to intimidate anti-Kremlin demonstrators. As protesters have gathered in Moscow for three weekends in a row to demand fair elections, authorities have used harsh tactics to try to quash the protests, and more than 2000 people have bee..