The world is at the brink of eradicating polio. A surprise polio outbreak in Israel in 2013 led researchers to look closely for the poliovirus in sewage to detect virus shed in the feces of non-paralyzed people infected with polio, what epidemiologists call the "silent circulation" of polio.
Bills? Groceries? School fees? Many Somalis have gone cashless, opting to use their mobile phones to send and receive money instead. But one study shows that the system lacks regulations and accountability.
A combination of plate tectonics in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for reinforcements in a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island, as the official death toll rose above 1,200 on Tuesday.
What is it like to face climate change where you live? The World spoke to people from all over the globe at the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to learn how climate change was impacting them, and what they were doing about it.
In an attempt to secure their market, conventional taxis enforce “red zones” — areas where online taxi drivers are barred from picking up passengers. This makes it difficult of people with disabilities to access transportation options