Tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes yesterday as wildfires again swept across swathes of California, and others have been warned to “be ready to go” at any moment,

North Korea’s Red Cross Society is working double duty responding to both coronavirus concerns and to recent rains and flooding that have submerged whole rice fields, threatening crops and food supplies in the isolated nation.    

75 years ago, on August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan—killing tens of thousands of people, leveling the city, and unleashing a nuclear arms race that still threatens humanity.

COVID-19 is a precedent-shattering monster of a pandemic. There’s never been anything quite like it. Historians of public health have struggled mightily to find apt comparisons to our current pandemic. They’ve landed most often on the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918. On…

Too many governments are “headed in the wrong direction” in their response to the pandemic, the WHO warned yesterday as the world’s cases hit a record daily high of 230,000. Nearly 80% of the latest cases are in 10 countries; half of those cases are in the US and…

Storms don’t care that there’s a pandemic. Between hurricanes lashing the coastal south and eastern seaboard and wildfires blazing uncontrollably in the west, natural disaster season is coming for the US. Experts are trying to figure out how to keep people safe in the midst…

The novel coronavirus could become endemic like HIV, the WHO warned yesterday. It will take a “massive effort” to counter it even with a vaccine—a prospect WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan called a “massive moonshot”, according to Reuters.

Venezuela’s ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis is increasingly dangerous for the country’s over-65 population. The country has never had strong policies for elder care because it traditionally fell to younger generations. But since 2012, 15% of Venezuelans have fled…

Big data is taking center stage at the Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm this week.   Attendees will seek ways to reduce road fatalities and injuries—now the top killer of 5-29-year-olds—by half by 2030, WHO reported.  

As Syrian government-led forces close their grip on Idlib—the last rebel-held enclave—they are pushing hundreds of thousands of Syrians into cold, overcrowded camps, Al Jazeera reports