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The countries that love and hate America the most


JUN. 24, 2015, 3:27 PM 

The Pew Research Center recently released a study on how people in 39 different countries around the world view the United States. One of the questions they asked was whether or not respondents had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the US.

The results varied pretty widely. The US is very popular in sub-Saharan Africa: Five of the six countries with the highest net favorable views of the US were in that region. 

The US maintains positive approval ratings in most other regions as well, including Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

The Middle East is more of a mixed bag. While 39% of Lebanese respondents had a favorable view of the US, a full 60% had an unfavorable view. Residents of Jordan had the absolute lowest net approval of the US among the 39 countries in the study, with 83% unfavorable compared to just 14% favorable.

As tensions build over economic sanctions and the simmering conflict in the Ukraine, Russians strongly disapprove of the United States…

The countries most likely to survive climate change in one infographic


JUN. 25, 2015, 11:02 AM

Climate change is real, and it's coming.

A new report from the British medical journal The Lancet finds that the effects of climate change will be more severe than we thought: Compared with 1990s levels, as many as four times as many people will be exposed to extreme rains and the number of people who experience drought will most likely triple, the New York Times says of the report's findings.

Of course, all of us will be affected in different ways. How will your country fare?

The folks at Eco Experts put together a great infographic based on data from the Notre Dame Global Adaptation (ND-Gain) Index, an annual ranking of which countries are best poised to adapt to a warming world.

While the maps provide a great zoomed-out perspective of what will happen globally as the earth warms, there are a few caveats to keep in mind when checking it out:

The map is based on rankings, not comprehensive evaluations of each country. In other …

The dark net might be changing drug smuggling routes

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AP Photo/Mark LennihanA firearm and 154 pounds of heroin worth at least $50 million are displayed at a Drug Enforcement Administration news conference, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in New York.

The constant changes in opiate smuggling routes from Afghanistan and the fact that Afghan heroin may be reaching new markets point to a new obstacle for law enforcement: the dark net, according to the World Drug Report.

This place on the internet, which allows buyers to access drugs easily and anonymously is proving to be a new driving force in drug trafficking.

Alongside changes in different drug trafficking routes, such as the one used to to smuggle opiates from Afghanistan through Pakistan into South Asia and through Iran into Europe, the World Drug report also found evidence that criminal groups are diversifying the kinds of drugs they are focusing on. 

The interest in cannabis resin and methamphetamine has been gr…