The most welcoming countries of 2017

Modern and legacy political and military relationships, business investment, and other factors weigh on the power of one’s passport, making the list of least and most welcoming countries globally highly dependent on your citizenship. For example, a German passport holder gains access to more countries than travelers on Chinese or Senegalese passports. However, that same German passport holder cannot visit Equatorial Guinea without a visa while a Chinese passport holder may enter.

UK’s Autumn of Discontent

March of Brexit opponents held in central London on 9 September gathered several tens of thousands of people. The protesters oppose the UK's withdrawal from the EU. This march was one of a series of protests against Brexit, scheduled for this fall. This campaign has already received the name "Autumn of Discontent".

United States: Time Use Survey

Every day we have just 24 hours to accomplish it all. Every day we make hundreds of decisions to parse out those 24 hours. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics in its American Time Use Survey examines just how Americans divvy up their time with input gathered from over 180,000 interviewees aged 15 and older. The survey yields unique insight into "how, where, and with whom Americans spend their time”.

North America Under Siege: Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Forest Fires

North America’s vulnerability to a variety of natural disasters has dominated media coverage in recent weeks. While Hurricane Harvey continued its path across Texas and Louisiana, Mexico was struck by a mega 8.1 magnitude earthquake, which was then swept out of the headlines as Hurricane Irma barreled through the Caribbean and southeastern United States with the recorded history with maximum sustained winds of 132 mph. Meanwhile, a single region of Canada has faced upwards of 900 wildfires this summer with many still burning and the US Glacier National Park is on fire.

Clean Air, Healthy Lungs

Air pollution occurs when chemical, physical or biological substances alter the natural characteristics of the atmosphere, potentially leading to respiratory and other diseases that can be lethal. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at the World Health Organization classifies particulate matter, the main component of air pollution, as carcinogenic and published a study in 2013 definitively linking air pollution and lung cancer.