Millions in Haiti face hunger in 2020

(CNN)In a single week, eight of Rob Freishtat’s tiny patients died of hunger. Freishtat is the chief of emergency medicine at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, and he has volunteered his pediatric skills in Haiti every year for the past decade, ever since a devastating earthquake hit the Caribbean nation on January 12, 2010. Now, just days ahead of the 10-year anniversary of that disaster, Haiti’s population appears little prepared to face the next major shock, with millions threatened by hunger in 2020 due to a spiraling economic and political crisis. Official mortality statistics for 2019 have not yet been made public, but doctors and medical staff working across the country tell CNN that unusually high levels of malnourishment …

Earth’s magnetic north pole is heading for Russia and scientists are puzzled

(CNN)Unlike its geographical poles, Earth’s magnetic poles that serve as the foundation of our navigation are actively moving. In a new study, researchers discovered that the last field reversal took 22,000 years to complete — much longer than anticipated or expected, the researchers said. Although some believe reversals could happen over the course of a human life, the findings don’t support that theory. Researchers were able to study the reversal by analyzing a global survey of ocean sediments, Antarctic ice cores and lava flows. The details within those samples revealed how Earth’s magnetic field has weakened, shifted partially, stabilized and reversed over a million years. “Reversals are generated in the deepest parts of the Earth’s interior, but the effects manifest …

Meet the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year

(CNN)It’s something that girls and young women in western countries can’t imagine: missing school, even dropping out, because of their periods. Yet as many as half the girls in rural parts of Ethiopia miss school for reasons related to their periods — and that can have a devastating effect on their education and the rest of their lives. Mebrahtu — who is from Ethiopia and studied chemical engineering in the US — designed and patented a reusable menstrual pad in 2005. She and her team produce 750,000 reusable pads a year at her factory in Ethiopia. Nearly 800,000 girls and women have benefited from her work. More than 80% of the pads she manufactures are sold to non-governmental organizations that …

Star student on a mission to clean up the world’s water

(CNN)Our connection to water is elemental; it courses through our bodies, winds through our cities and countryside, covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. Deepika Kurup, 21, had a comfortable upbringing in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her father was a civil engineering professor who encouraged her interest in science and allowed her to set up a laboratory in the garage. Her India-born parents took her to visit the country every year, and it didn’t take long for the young girl to realize how different it was from the United States. Find out more about Call to Earth and the extraordinary people working for a more sustainable future One day, at 14 years old, she noticed children around her age using plastic …

It’s not only humans who are right-handed. Dolphins also have a dominant side

(CNN)It’s not just humans that are left or right-handed. Animals also show a clear preference for what scientists call “lateralized behavior.” “I didn’t notice at first but after observing them for a while I saw it too. I thought it would be a great topic to research,” said Kaplan, who works with the Dolphin Communication Project. “What surprised me most was that it was such a strong bias — more than 99%.” Rare dolphin birth caught on camera Around 90% of humans are right-handed, while in animals the ratio is usually around 80/20, Kaplan said. The researchers captured more than 10 hours of video footage between 2012 and 2018 as the dolphins swam near the seabed and scanned for eels …

Washing your clothes is causing plastic pollution, but a simple filter could help

(CNN)Tiny plastic particles are polluting our oceans, where they can stay for centuries, harming sea life and making their way into the human food chain. That may not sound like much, but when you multiply it by every household wash, it adds up. It is estimated that around half a million metric tonnes of microfibers enters our oceans this way every year. Although microplastics can be dangerous to some marine life, the health risk to humans is still relatively unknown. Wastewater treatment plants catch some of these fibers, trapping them among a semi-solid gunk known as sewage sludge. But in many countries this sludge is spread on fields as a fertilizer. From here, the fibers may run off into streams, …

The Orionid meteor shower will peak early this week

(CNN)The Orionid meteor shower will peak on Monday and Tuesday, sprinkling remnants of Halley’s Comet in Earth’s atmosphere to create a dazzling display. The best time to see this meteor shower, which could produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the peak window, is when the moon isn’t dominating the night sky. That’s because these meteors are more faint than the Perseid meteor shower. While the meteor shower will peak in the overnight hours of early morning on October 21 and 22, the best view will be during a brief window between the setting of the moon and the beginning of morning twilight. Allow yourself an hour or two to observe. You can check timeanddate.com to see when the …

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding back tears: ‘Not many people have asked if I’m OK’

(CNN)Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave a rare glimpse into her personal life when she admitted that she has struggled to deal with the repercussions of being a new mother in the spotlight. Holding back tears, Meghan thanks Bradby for asking about the impact the pressure has had on her mental and physical health. “Thank you for asking. Not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” she said. When the reporter asked Meghan if that meant she wasn’t OK, and that it “really” has been a struggle, the former actress simply says ‘Yes.’ Following the release of the touching interview, the hashtag #WeLoveYouMeghan trended on Twitter, with hundreds …

He’s doing the ‘dirty work’ to keep plastic out of the ocean

(CNN)Afroz Shah, a lawyer in Mumbai, hasn’t had a weekend off in four years. But he hasn’t spent this time writing briefs or preparing for court. The unsightly mess Shah had stumbled upon is part of a global environmental crisis. More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year — the equivalent of a garbage truck dumped every minute. It’s predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The results are devastating. More than 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish die from plastic pollution each year. “The marine species have no choice at all,” Shah said. “We are attacking their habitats, their food. Plastic in …

A viral challenge is sending the internet on a garbage hunt

(CNN)Instead of encouraging social media users to do something potentially dangerous, like choking down a spoonful of cinnamon or sticking a shot glass on your lips to copy Kylie Jenner, an altogether more wholesome viral challenge is spreading across the web. Have you participated in the #TrashTag Challenge? Odds are, if you're in the BSA, this is just another weekend for you!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the weekend, this post started going viral for all the right reasons. It's all about helping your community, something all our members are familiar with.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's what you need to do to participate:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Find an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Take a before photo⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Take action and do it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. …

Start your Monday smart: G7, opioid case, Dem debates, GDP, VMAs, Earnhardt Jr., VMAs

(CNN)Here’s what you need to know toStart Your Week Smart. TODAY Greta Thunberg sails across Atlantic in zero-emissions yacht • The Burning Man gathering begins in the Nevada desert. It’s been called the world’s “biggest and most bizarre party,” with clothing sometimes optional.  Gov. Bullock describes losing nephew to gun violence • ‘They were all impressed with your Halston dress.’ Ride the rise and fall of America’s first superstar fashion designer. “Halston,” executive produced by CNN Films, premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Why are opioids so addictive? • The US Open begins. North America’s Grand Slam kicks off, serving up two weeks of tennis thrills at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Watch this week on ESPN channels and the …

SpaceX’s triumph, exoplanets and mysterious killer whales: This week in space and science

(CNN)This week saw the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight, thanks to the launch and return of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, the first commercially operated spacecraft designed to carry astronauts. It’s not shuttling humans just yet, but it did have some interesting cargo. A big win for SpaceX, Ripley and Little Earth The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule launched March 2 and completed its historic mission Friday. The capsule docked at the International Space Station to deliver supplies, spent the week attached to the station and then splashed back down on Earth. It’s been designed to carry astronauts to the space station as early as June or July, but no humans were on board for this historic test flight. …

Start your Monday smart: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, first Manafort sentencing, South by Southwest

(CNN)Ready to feel protected? You’re in luck. Today starts National Consumer Protection Week, which wants to help youunderstand your consumer rights and make better decisions about your money. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up here.) Neil Bush on his father’s legacy MONDAY • Another partisan gerrymandering case goes to court. Ohio is the latest battleground in the fight over whether state lawmakers violated the US Constitution by drawing voting districts to benefit a political party. A federal trial is set to …