China to more than double air monitoring network

China will more than double the number of cities covered by air quality monitoring, a top environment official said Friday, as part of efforts to tackle heavy smog that has sparked huge public anger.

Facing disaster while averting tragedy

Nobody can foresee disaster, but changing climate conditions are prompting smart communities increasingly to prepare for them with solid emergency response plans and protocols. Images as recent as those from the 2011 wildfire ...

'Bolsa Familia' boosts families in Brazil

Can Brazil's local governments run a federal income-supplement program without political interference? Yes, they can, says Natasha Borges Sugiyama, a UWM assistant professor of political science, who has been studying the ...

Judge clears BP's $7.8 bn settlement in US oil spill

British oil giant BP won approval Friday from a US federal judge of a $7.8 billion settlement with people and businesses who lost money and property due to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Philippines puts 158 caves under protection

The Philippine government has put 158 caves under the protection of the environment department to safeguard them from treasure-hunters, vandals and looters, it was announced on Saturday.

Mexican hackers attack political, official sites

(AP)—Mexican hackers have taken over more than a dozen websites belonging to political parties and local governments and posted a message criticizing the government on the nation's Independence Day.

What are the effects of the Great Recession on local governments?

A new issue of State and Local Government Review (SLGR) documents the crisis affecting city and county governments following the Great Recession. Published this month, the issue examines the severity and potentially lasting ...

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