As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.
Roughly 100 million fewer children are having to work or are trapped in slavery or sexual trafficking, according to a progress report. But serious concerns remain about a slowdown in the rate at which children are being extracted from dangerous work conditions.
The national poverty rate declined to 12.7 percent in 2016. Increases of minimum wages at the state and local levels have had a direct effect on poverty rates across the United States.
After half a century of conservation efforts, scientists are seeing long-term growth in some populations of the globe’s seven species of sea turtles.
As a result of bipartisan, "teams effort" across a number of US cities the numbers of homeless veterans declined 50 percent over the past decade, the sharpest fall among homeless populations.
Legislative advances for women in Tunisia and Jordan may soon be followed by measures in Lebanon and Iraq. A quiet revolution has drawn on women’s increased participation in politics and the improved flow of ideas across borders.
Harsh prison sentences for juveniles are a legacy of the get-tough-on-crime laws of the 1990s. New York's move to take 16- and 17-year-olds out of the adult system leaves North Carolina as the only state that considers 16-year-old offenders adults by default.
Largely overshadowed by the emotional protests demanding police reforms, a wave of legislation and executive orders has been enacted at the state level in the past two years.
Between 2010 and 2015, an average of 0.08 percent of the world’s forests was lost each year, down from 0.18 percent each year in the 1990s, according to a report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Forest Resources Assessment.
The latest data suggests more American high school students are graduating than ever before. Some experts say new federal requirements are behind the improvement.
The number of people living in extreme poverty will dip below 10 percent of the global population before the year is over, according to the World Bank, and if the world continues on its fast track of economic progress, extreme poverty will be eradicated in 15 years.
Thanks to a combination of regulatory pressures and a tightening job market, major retailers including Gap and Victoria’s Secret are making schedules for their hourly workers more predictable.
By partnering beat cops with mental health clinicians, the Los Angeles Police Department has reduced incidences of force used on individuals with mental illness and has connected thousands of individuals with counseling and support.
New actions at the supply and demand ends of the ivory trade could help save elephants.
Previous years of CO2 'flatlining' came with economic contraction, but that wasn't the case last year. That kind of carbon-stable expansion of wealth hasn’t happened in four decades, says the International Energy Agency.
Only 19 women currently serve as heads of state or government, but there are signs of progress. March 8 is International Women's Day.
The most destructive category of warfare – namely, war between two big rich countries – hasn’t had a new entrant since the Korean War came to an end in 1953.
In a recent study by the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies, a majority of 1,600 residents surveyed in the capital city of Mogadishu said they witness less conflict between clans and fewer attacks by rebel groups.
2 million of the world’s 1.5 billion farmers are now producing organically, with nearly 80 percent based in developing countries. India boasts the most certified organic producers, followed by Uganda and Mexico.
The amount of newly infected individuals worldwide is down 38 percent since 2001 and investment in prevention and better access to care are credited.
More than 300 mayors have vowed to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. New Orleans celebrated the new year by becoming the first city to do so.
A record amount of girls are in school in Afghanistan and the Constitution guarantees equality before the law. Can a decade-plus of success withstand Western withdrawal?
Intensified regulatory oversight and newly heightened emphasis on safety over production have helped make 2014 the safest year for coal mine workers on record.
More than 15 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas around the globe are now under protection. The United Nations established a target of 17 percent by 2020.
Eleven percent of the world's children – about 168 million – are currently subjected to child labor, but between 2000 and 2012, the number of children involved was cut by one-third.
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