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10 Gadgets for Surviving a Noisy Flight

Getting comfortable on a long flight can be difficult for many reasons. The cabin is too cold or warm, the infant sitting three rows behind you is …

Consumer Tech

The Human Race Actually Started Much Earlier Than Believed

According to the textbooks, all humans living today descended from a population that lived in east Africa around 200,000 years ago. This is based on …

Mud Erased a Village in Peru, a Sign of Larger Perils in South America

BARBA BLANCA, Peru — A sheet of mud covers the village. Lampposts are bent sideways. Rooftops sit blocks from their homes. The nave of the village church is filled with sludge.<p>A catastrophic mudslide essentially erased Barba Blanca from the map last month. Yet somehow all 150 people who lived here …

South America

Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change

Talk of climate change probably evokes images of rising sea levels or hotter temperatures, but what about algae blooms? Scientists have made a direct …

Biofuel

Scientists have finally figured out what caused the largest volcanic eruption in human history

Now, scientists may have worked out what triggers them to blow in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.<p>The Toba eruption was the largest volcanic eruption witnessed in history, which covered 2,800 cubic kilometers of the surrounding area in volcanic ash, causing enormous amounts …

Geology

'Doomsday Clock' Moves 30 Seconds Closer To Midnight

Humankind is now just 2 and a half minutes from doomsday.<p>That’s the somber conclusion of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists who maintain the “Doomsday Clock,” a symbolic representation of humanity’s proximity to apocalyptic destruction. On Thursday, they moved the clock’s …

Climate Change

Snow in the Sahara – in pictures

Red dunes turn white as record snowfall blankets desert near town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria

Snowfall

Pope Francis warns against populism, citing Hitler

Pope Francis on Saturday warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of "saviours" like Adolf Hitler.<p>In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, conducted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and …

Europe

Human error in a nuclear facility nearly destroyed Arkansas

The new documentary, Command and Control, digs into the forgotten near-miss and premieres January 10th on PBS<p>Here in the US, we like to think that our nuclear weapons exist to prevent our enemies from detonating a nuclear explosion on US soil — that is, when we think about them at all. The thing …

Military

Arctic ice disappearing at an alarming rate

Chaos Theory, the Butterfly Effect, El Nino, Hottest Year on Record. These are all now well-known and oft-used phrases and all allude to the interconnectivity of the Earth's weather system.<p>A change in any one place will have an effect elsewhere.<p>We saw this very obviously in the 2015/16 El Nino …

Global Warming

Obama leaves Europe with little certitude

<b>Berlin (CNN) —</b> When Barack Obama introduced himself to the world in 2008, he stood in the sprawling Tiergarten here, packed with Berliners waving American flags, and declared that walls — metaphoric divides of ethnicity, gender, religion, and race — were crumbling.<p>Thursday, as he stood on the …

Europe

U.S. megadroughts are likely to become more common, study concludes

Already dealing with parched conditions, the American Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed.<p>Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, …

Climate Change

Arctic Sea Ice Melts to Its Second Smallest Area on Record

Arctic sea ice cover reached the second-lowest point on record this month, tying a level last reached in 2007, according to a report from scientists …

Global Warming

Mexico's 'Hot Land' is teeming with gangs, and violence there may be about to get worse

On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen reportedly shot down a Mexican government helicopter in the restive southwest state of Michoacan.<p>The downing came amid a series of gun battles between Mexican security forces and members of one of the many gangs operating in the region.<p>The possibility that these …

Mexico

There is a possible link between car exhausts and Alzheimer's

Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders. Now, for the first time, we have identified the abundant presence of these highly reactive particles in human brains.<p>Previous studies have …

Neuroscience

Homicides in Mexico have reached a grisly milestone

Violence in Mexico has been on the rise in recent months as fragmented criminal organizations clash around the country, competing with Mexican authorities and one another for control of illegal enterprises.<p>Data released by the Mexican government reveals that homicides, perhaps the most visible …

Mexico
Climate Change
Latin America

Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Because of Global Warming Threat

The village of Shishmaref in Alaska voted on Tuesday to relocate to the state’s mainland because global warming and rising sea levels.<p>Most of the …

Global Warming

We've Already Used Up Earth's Resources For 2016 -- And It's Only August

We’ve failed again.<p>It’s less than eight months into 2016 and the ominous day is already nearly upon us: Earth Overshoot Day, previously known as Ecological Debt Day, is a reminder of the enormous toll we take on the Earth.<p>The day marks the juncture when humanity’s demand for ecological resources …

Swathes Of The Great Barrier Reef Suffer 'Complete Ecosystem Collapse'

It’s been a wretched year for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure and one of the most complex natural ecosystems on Earth.<p>The area suffered the worst bleaching event ever, one that impacted over 90 percent of the reef and killed more than a third of its corals. Earlier this …

Global Warming

Antarctic sea ice is actually growing — and scientists may have figured out why

Even as sea ice was disappearing globally at an average rate of 13,500 square miles, or about an area the size of Maryland, every year, Antarctic sea ice went on a record streak beginning in 2012, expanding annually until reaching a new record high extent of 7.78 million square miles in fall of …

Global Warming

Germany pledges support for developing countries at Petersberg climate meeting

Germany says developing countries need more help to meet the climate change targets agreed to in Paris. The government is presenting a new support …

Climate Change

Scientists call for urgent action to save the world's coral reefs

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.<p>The letter was sent Saturday to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull imploring his …

It will take years of wet weather before California recovers from drought, study finds

When forecasters last year warned of a massive El Niño, some Californians held out hope that a single extremely wet year could bust the state's severe drought.<p>But a study published Tuesday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, offered support for the argument …

Portland hits 100 degrees: Weekend heatwave broke records like a broken record

Soaring temperatures set new record highs throughout the weekend in Portland.<p>The city topped out at 100 degrees on Sunday, breaking the old record of …

India's Crippling Heat Wave Continues With Temperatures Over 116°F

Despite the onset of the monsoon in several parts of the country, India continues to reel under a brutal heat wave that has now lasted more than two …

India

Paris floods: Seine set to peak as more rain forecast

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1246000/1246382_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522233043_c4c83b5ab5acd3027718c25f2b993324<p><b>Floodwaters in Paris continue to rise with the River Seine due to hit a peak of up to 6.5m (21ft) later on Friday.</b><p>The world-famous Louvre and Orsay …

Weather

A war between Mexico's most powerful cartels may be spreading

Numerous reports over the last few months have indicated that the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels have started to clash in Tijuana, a city in northern Baja California, just over the border from San Diego.<p>Now a report from Mexican newspaper El Universal, based on insight from experts and …

Mexico