Environment

Congress weighs Harvey aid that Trump calls historic

Congress weighs Harvey aid that Trump calls historic

Published 30/08/2017

The U.S. Congress started to come to grips on Tuesday with crafting a multibillion-dollar Hurricane Harvey emergency aid package that President Donald Trump suggested could be historically large, without providing specifics. [more…]

Storm Harvey could financially hurt already strained Houston hospitals

Storm Harvey could financially hurt already strained Houston hospitals

Published 29/08/2017

Structural improvements over the last decade to Houston hospitals have helped them so far to avoid devastation like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, but the pounding it is receiving from Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to financially hobble many already strained Texas medical centers. [more…]

Hurricane Harvey forces Coldplay to postpone Houston show

Hurricane Harvey forces Coldplay to postpone Houston show

Published 25/08/2017

British rock band Coldplay was forced to postpone a concert in Houston scheduled for Friday night as the most powerful hurricane in a dozen years bore down on Texas, the band said on Friday. [more…]

Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday`s once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday`s once-in-a-lifetime eclipse

Published 20/08/2017

Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. [more…]

U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

Published 20/08/2017

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. [more…]

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

Published 13/08/2017

The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. [more…]

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind`s remote past

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind`s remote past

Published 10/08/2017

The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like. [more…]

Reign of sewage in biblical valley may be coming to an end

Reign of sewage in biblical valley may be coming to an end

Published 07/08/2017

There is a foul smell coming from the biblical Kidron Valley. [more…]

Weakening Typhoon Noru makes landfall, batters central Japan with rain

Weakening Typhoon Noru makes landfall, batters central Japan with rain

Published 07/08/2017

A weakening Typhoon Noru made landfall in central Japan on Monday, pounding some regions with more than a month's worth of rain, but while it appeared likely to brush close to Tokyo it was losing much of its strength. [more…]

No monkeying around, Indonesia task force vows

No monkeying around, Indonesia task force vows

Published 04/08/2017

Indonesia has deployed armed police and soldiers to help villagers on the island of Java fight back against marauding monkeys that have been terrorizing their area, stealing food and even attacking vulnerable elderly residents and a child. [more…]