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Scientists find that impacts of population growth on the planet’s biodiversity aren’t generally as bad as has been feared -- but are intensifying rapidly in species-rich areas.Scientists find that impacts of population growth on the planet’s biodiversity aren’t generally as bad as has been feared—but are intensifying rapidly in species-rich areas.

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On Thursday, a day after the Ebola virus claimed the first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked another recent and ongoing health crisis while fundraising in Washington, D.C.

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The world's leading medical organizations are sounding the alarm over an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has now spread to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the 3,500 confirmed cases, 1,500 people have died.

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