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October 02, 2015

The US education secretary plans to step down early.

  Arne Duncan, who has directed US education policy since the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, is reportedly resigning in December. John B. King, Jr., the current deputy secretary of education, will replace Duncan for Obama’s last year in office.
October 02, 2015

Most of Europe opts to stay free of genetically-modified crops.

  Fifteen of the European Union’s 28 member states have now opted out of cultivating them in their territories, including Denmark, France, and Germany. Around two-thirds of Europe’s arable land will be GM-free as a result.
October 02, 2015

India announces a renewable energy pledge.

  At least 40% of the country’s energy will be generated by renewable sources by 2030, while its emissions intensity—the amount of CO2 emissions per unit of GDP—will fall by 35%, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said. India, the world’s third-largest polluter, is the last major economy to submit a climate-change plan to the UN before a summit in December.
October 02, 2015

Seven nations demand an end to Russian airstrikes in Syria.

  The US, UK, France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey condemned the aerial bombardment for not targeting ISIL fighters and for causing civilian casualties. A statement published in Ankara claimed that such measures would “only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”
October 02, 2015
Chart of the Moment

There has been at least one mass shooting in the US for every day in 2015.

October 02, 2015

T-Mobile US customers are exposed in a hack.

  Up to 15 million customers of the mobile network have had their personal information stolen by a breach of security at Experian, a credit checking agency. Hackers took customer names, addresses, and identification numbers like social security and passport numbers.
October 02, 2015

Gut bacteria can predict asthma in children.

  A study found that those who had smaller amounts of four types of bacteria—Lachnospira, Veillonella, Faecalibacterium, and Rothia—at three months old went on to show early signs of asthma, such as wheezing and skin allergies, by the age of one.

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