Do warmer average temperatures stimulate more crime?
From spitfires to cold shoulders, the link between temperature and human emotion is deeply embedded in our vocabulary. Arguments heat up, tempers boil over and hotheads must be calmed by cooler voices. Down to their etymological roots, the words "temperature" and "temperament" share a common ancestor: the Latin temperare, meaning "to mix in correct proportion." But does heat really correlate with anger and aggression? On a physiological level, the answer seems to be yes.
Ecuador sharpens its campaign for aid to keep oil in the ground
Ecuador is eyeing the international Green Climate Fund as a way to help pay for its plan to trade oil for forests, a top government representative said. Heading the campaign, former Ecuadorean ambassador to the United States Ivonne A-Baki said on a swing through Washington last week that she was frustrated with the U.S. government's indifference to the cause of Yasuní National Park. She hopes to raise the profile of the lush rainforest in the run-up to this summer's U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.