In a poor region of northern India, a novel way of growing rice and other crops has quadrupled some yields while using less seed, water and fertilizer. The approach promises to be an important hedge against climate pressures, but some scientists doubt the reported gains are real.
At California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, inmates can be held in isolation for years for involvement with violent prison gangs. Some have been confined under a policy that allows tattoos, drawings and books as evidence of an affiliation.
When it opened in 2010, the VA clinic at City College of San Francisco was touted as a model for the future – the first health care offered by the agency on a college campus. But three years later, the initiative remains in the pilot stage. At nearly all schools with the largest veteran populations, the VA is providing no health services.
Synthetic fertilizers have helped fuel a food boom over the last century, but they also contribute mightily to climate change. So now there’s a growing push for a return to the ancient practice of using human waste as fertilizer, but with modern sanitary safeguards. The idea is starting to catch on in India.
Local officials are pushing forward with a federally funded project to link surveillance cameras, license-plate readers, gunshot detectors, Twitter feeds, alarm notifications and other data into a unified “situational awareness” tool for law enforcement.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled gathered at the state Capitol to demand that Gov. Jerry Brown focus his attention on the 1,500 men and women living in California’s troubled board-and-care facilities, described by one resident as “hellholes.”
A new U.N. report has found that crimes against humanity are occurring in North Korea and calls for an international tribunal to investigate. Survivors describe what life is like in North Korea’s hidden prison camps. (via Human Rights Watch)