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Greta Thunberg: the world's youthful climate conscience

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 21:22

Swedish climate activist and global star Greta Thunberg understood climate change at an early age and has rallied youths around the world and parents to her cause, sparking criticism along the way. In less than a year the now 16-year-old's humble "climate strike" has become a global movement and set her up as a potential 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Thunberg's climate struggle began quietly in August 2018 when she skipped school for the first three weeks, and then on Fridays to spend the day outside Sweden's parliament with a sign labelled "School strike for climate".

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for NYC

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 20:21

The 16-year-old Swede, whose school strikes have inspired children across the world to protest against global warming, refuses to fly because of the carbon emissions caused by planes. The 60-foot (18-metre) boat is skippered by Pierre Casiraghi, vice president of the Monaco Yacht Club and a member of the principality's ruling family, and German round-the-world sailor Boris Herrmann.

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The black hole at the center of our galaxy just lit up twice as bright as ever. Who knows why

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 20:04

Astronomers observing the black hole at the center of our galaxy watched it light up with "unprecedented brightness." And they aren't sure why.

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Kremlin says spies watching Russian scientists '24/7'

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 18:17

Foreign spies keen to get their hands on Russian research are monitoring Russian scientists around the clock, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after experts denounced a new security decree as a Soviet throwback. The Kremlin's comments came after scientists criticised a ministry directive calling on researchers not to meet foreign colleagues one-on-one and requesting filed reports after every encounter -- even a cup of coffee. "Of course we must be somewhat vigilant, because foreign special services are on alert," said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov when questioned on the decree from the science and education ministry.

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Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: study

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:59

Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fuelling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday. From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to "natural" causes got 50 percent more ink than an equal number of top scientists, according to a study in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal. In reality, there has long been overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that global warming -- caused mainly by burning fossil fuels -- poses a major threat to civilisation and much of life on Earth.

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Is a global food crisis avoidable?

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:36

A dire United Nations report warns that humanity may not be able to create enough food in the future. What steps can mankind take to avoid a global food crisis?

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California, other states sue Trump administration over replacement of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:31

As part of a 22-state coalition, California is taking action against Trump's coal-protecting policy.

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Farmers turn to tech as key river in US West faces distress

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:49

A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. This U.S. Department of Agriculture station outside Greeley and other sites across the Southwest are experimenting with drones, specialized cameras and other technology to squeeze the most out of every drop of water in the Colorado River — a vital but beleaguered waterway that serves an estimated 40 million people. Cellphone apps collect data from agricultural weather stations and calculate how much water different crops are consuming.

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Cramped and basic: Greta Thunberg's voyage to New York

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:33

Facing two weeks at sea, eating freeze-dried food and using a bucket as a toilet, Greta Thunberg admits a racing yacht is not the most comfortable way to cross the Atlantic. Pierre Casiraghi, a member of the Monaco royal family, has offered the yacht's services for free for the 3,000 nautical miles to New York and will skipper it with German sailor Boris Herrmann. A monohull racing yacht with foils that help it lift out of the water, Malizia II was built in 2015 but has since been fitted with state-of-the-art solar panels and underwater turbines.

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Greta Thunberg says the climate debate is slowly shifting

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:07

A year after starting a school strike that made her a figurehead for the fight against global warming, Greta Thunberg believes her uncompromising message is getting through -- even if action remains thin on the ground. The 16-year-old Swede, who sets sail for New York on Wednesday to deliver her demand for climate action to North America, has been a target of abuse but sees that as proof she is having an effect. Since she made headlines by skipping school to protest outside the Swedish parliament in August last year, Thunberg has met political and business leaders across Europe.

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Conservationists urge 'tighter wildlife laws' after Trump move

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:56

Countries should be strengthening their laws protecting endangered species, not weakening them, international conservationists said Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump's administration announced plans to alter the country's Endangered Species Act. Amid growing global alarm over the accelerating pace of species extinction, leading figures from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) called for stronger protections of animals and plants under threat. "Parties are all encouraged to strengthen their wildlife laws.

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Mallinckrodt Enrolls First Patient in Liver Disease Study

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:53

Mallinckrodt (MNK) recruits the first patient in a mid-stage study on MNK-6106 for the treatment of hepatic cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy.

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Regeneron Ebola Treatment Shows Promise, Study Stopped Early

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:50

Regeneron's (REGN) study on four investigational therapies for Ebola virus infection is stopped early as its therapy, REGN-EB3, was superior to Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.'s ZMapp in preventing death.

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EU slaps anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:13

The European Union has imposed duties on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia in order to level the playing field for EU producers, officials said Tuesday. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, imposed temporary duties ranging from eight percent to 18 percent but warned it could impose permanent measures by the end of the year. A Commission investigation "found that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from grants, tax benefits and access to raw materials below market prices," it said.

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'The saddest dive of my life': A diver's before-and-after photos reveal the death of a coral reef

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:02

As our planet and its oceans warm, coral reefs worldwide are experiencing bleaching — when the corals expel their food source and turn ghostly white.

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A Leap Forward in Kidney Disease Research: Scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Develop Breakthrough In Vitro Model

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:57

Kidneys work to constantly filter blood and remove toxins from the body. Conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD) are characterized by a reduced ability to perform this essential function. CKD incidence is growing and more than 1.4 million individuals depend on dialysis or kidney transplant for survival.

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A 52-year-old man is swimming through the Pacific Garbage Patch. He's caught disgusting trash, including a toothbrush and a toilet seat.

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:48

Ben Lecomte swam across the Atlantic from Massachusetts to France in 1998. This summer, he's swimming through a vortex of trash in the Pacific.

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These species went extinct in 2018. More may be doomed to follow in 2019

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:06

They'd been on our planet for millions of years, but 2018 was the year several species officially vanished forever.

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Indonesia ships back tonnes of Australian waste

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 05:52

Indonesia has shipped tonnes of Australian garbage out of the country, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash. Eight containers of trash -- weighing some 210 tonnes -- left Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya on Monday aboard a cargo ship bound for Singapore, the local customs agency said. The move comes less than a week after Australia pledged to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.

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US Air Force Gives Vector Launch Its First Mission

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 05:17

But is it too little, too late?

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