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Alcohol abuse kills 3 million a year, most of them men: WHO
21 September 2018 - More than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (21 September). And despite evidence of the health risks it carries, global consumption of alcohol is predicted to rise in the next 10 years. (more)

Survey of 104 countries says 1.3 billion live in poverty
21 September 2018 - A survey of 104 countries comprising 5.5 billion people that looked at health, education and living standards has found that some 1.3 billion people are living in poverty -- including 662 million children. The Multidimensional Poverty Index released Thursday by the U.N. Development Program and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative says 46 percent of the 1.3 billion are considered to be severely impoverished. (more)

'Catastrophic' floods rising on Amazon River, say scientists
19 September 2018 - Researchers linked the increase in flooding to warmer temperatures over the Atlantic Ocean and cooler temperatures over the Pacific. Severe flooding on the Amazon has increased amid changing weather patterns, and is harming the health and incomes of people living along the world's biggest river, scientists said. Analyzing more than 100 years of records measuring Amazon River levels in the port of Manaus in Brazil, they found extreme floods that occurred roughly once every 20 years in the first part of last century are now happening about every four years. ... The paper also noted that deforestation and construction of hydro-power plants could play a role in water-level changes. (more)

'Five million' Yemeni children face famine
19 September 2018 - A further one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, Save the Children has warned. Rising food prices and the falling value of the Yemeni currency as a result of the conflict are putting more families at risk of food insecurity. But another threat comes from fighting around the key port city of Hudaydah, which is the entry point for most aid to the country's rebel-held areas. The charity says a total of 5.2 million children in Yemen now face famine. (more)

In Greenland, a glacier's collapse shows climate impact
19 September 2018 - Perched on a cliff above Greenland's Helheim glacier, I [Reuters reporter Lucas Jackson] tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the arctic silence. More explosions followed. ... The popping sounds morphed into a low rumble. Over the next half hour, the ice broke apart and a four-mile wide chunk tumbled into the sea in a process called calving -- one rarely witnessed on this scale. . . . It was a poignant end to a months-long project examining climate change in Greenland. (more)

Warmer-than-normal temperatures to continue in Europe
19 September 2018 - Above average temperatures are set to continue in almost all of Europe during the October to December period, forecasts by The Weather Company showed on Wednesday, 19 September. 'The extreme warmth and dryness observed across much of Europe over the past 5 months has been extraordinary, and there is no clear evidence for any significant pattern change towards below-normal temperatures anytime soon,' said Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company. (more)

Almost one in 11 U.S. tweens and teens vape cannabis
17 September 2018 - Roughly one in 11 American middle and high school students have used cannabis in e-cigarettes, a study suggests. Nearly one in three young e-cigarette users said they had tried cannabis with e-cigarettes at least once, survey results showed. Overall, almost 9 percent of students had vaped marijuana, including 4.5 percent of students in middle school and 12.4 percent of students in high school. (more)

Super typhoon slams into China after pummeling Philippines
16 September 2018 - A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday (16 September), the country's most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines. Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) at its peak, tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year. (more)

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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.

   
   
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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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