Poseidon Water project manager Peter MacLaggen stands next to some reverse osmosis filters as work continues on the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, April 14, 2015. Desalination has emerged as a newly promising technology in California in the face of a record dry spell that has forced tough new conservation measures, depleted reservoirs and raised the costs of importing fresh water from elsewhere. The biggest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, a $1 billion project under construction since 2012 on a coastal lagoon in the California city of Carlsbad, is nearly completed and due to open in November, delivering up to 50 million gallons of water a day to San Diego County. To match Feature USA-DESALINATION/CALIFORNIA REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTR4XD0D

San Diego turns Pacific Ocean into safe drinking water


Despite criticism from environmental groups, San Diego County will open the largest seawater desalination plant in the western hemisphere this year in an attempt to combat California’s four-year drought. Continue reading

A family takes a "selfie" next to a boy in front of a giant basket of flowers on display at Tiananmen Square for the upcoming 65th National Day celebrations on Wednesday, in Beijing, September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR483MH

China shifts from a one-child policy to two: Will families?


DOWNLOAD VIDEO After more than 30 years, China’s government has abandoned its one-child policy. China introduced the one-child policy in 1979 as a way to…read more


Energy boom spurs more diversity in rural American West


In the Western U.S., the energy boom has increased the diversity of some of the country’s historically whitest states.
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Dalai Lama’s doctor preaches compassion in medicine


Californian Dr. Barry Kerzin traveled to India nearly 30 years ago after he heard the Dalai Lama wanted a Western physician to help train traditional Tibetan doctors. Continue reading

U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTS1TKA

Republican outsiders maintain lead in presidential race


In the Republican presidential primary race, poll numbers in the states with the earliest primaries now appear to show candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson running neck-and-neck. Continue reading

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