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APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence’s floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.<p>Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn’t believe the breach at …

Floods

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill for Carbon-Free Power by 2045

California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that would require all of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2045, …

Jerry Brown

Scientists calculated a 'point of no return' for dealing with climate change — and time is running out

• <b>The goal of the Paris Agreement was to ensure global temperatures didn't rise more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.</b>• <b><br>If temperatures hit that point, we'll be more likely to see the worst projected effects of climate change, including rising seas, severe storms, extreme heat,</b> …

Research

Climate change will make hundreds of millions more people nutrient deficient

Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people, research has revealed, with those living in some of the world’s poorest regions likely to be hardest hit.<p>Previous research has shown that many food crops become less nutritious …

Holistic Medicine

This is the day that the climate change fight was obviously lost

A particular challenge of the fight over climate change, if not a unique one, is that the shifts accrue subtly. The climate has changed stunningly quickly in global terms but slowly in human terms, allowing us to rationalize, wave away and downplay.<p>It’s that slowness, the ability to adjust to …

The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict

The past four years have been the four warmest ever recorded — and now, according to a new scientific forecast, the next five will also probably be “anomalously warm,” even beyond what the steady increase in global warming would produce on its own.<p>That could include another record warmest year, …

Global Warming

Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial

<b>Chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.</b><p>In a landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous and failed to warn consumers.<p>It's …

Trash piles up in US as China closes door to recycling

For months, a major recycling facility for the greater Baltimore-Washington area has been facing a big problem: it has to pay to get rid of huge …

Why Monsanto Could Soon Get Hit With a Flood of Cancer-Related Lawsuits

The Monsanto brand may disappear soon, but claims that its most famous weed killer causes cancer will live on for years in court.<p>A federal judge …

Monsanto 'bullied scientists' and hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court

Monsanto has long worked to “bully scientists” and suppress evidence of the cancer risks of its popular weedkiller, a lawyer argued on Monday in a landmark lawsuit against the global chemical corporation.<p>“Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent …

San Francisco

Sources: EPA blocks warnings on cancer-causing chemical

Burying the formaldehyde study is part of an effort by Pruitt and aides to undermine EPA's research program, current and former officials tell POLITICO.<p>The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale enough formaldehyde vapor …

Public Health

E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals

<i>Want the latest climate and environment news in your inbox? Sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of President Trump’s aggressive effort to rewrite the government’s rule book on …

Scott Pruitt

New tech could soon let you test whether your lettuce carries E. coli

But is at-home food testing actually beneficial?<p>For months this past spring, the public was exposed to frightening news and a potentially deadly pathogen due to an outbreak of <i>E. coli</i> in romaine lettuce. The epidemic was the largest in over a decade, affecting nearly 200 people in 35 states, and …

How to build your own power grid

Power grids all over the planet suffer the same vulnerability: Centralization.<p>One station down means millions lose power. But the answer to this …

Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017

In Brazil, forest fires set by farmers and ranchers to clear land for agriculture raged out of control last year, wiping out more than 3 million acres of trees as a severe drought gripped the region. Those losses undermined Brazil’s recent efforts to protect its rain forests.<p>In Colombia, a landmark …

James Hansen wishes he wasn't so right about global warming

NEW YORK (AP) — James Hansen wishes he was wrong. He wasn't.<p>NASA's top climate scientist in 1988, Hansen warned the world on a record hot June day 30 years ago that global warming was here and worsening. In a scientific study that came out a couple months later, he even forecast how warm it would …

Scientific Research

Apple introduces the AI phone

At Apple’s WWDC 2018 — an event some said would be boring this year with its software-only focus and lack of new MacBooks and iPads — the company announced what may be its most important operating system update to date with the introduction of iOS 12. Through a series of Siri enhancements and …

Apps

New Research Reveals What People Regret Most of All: 5 Ways to Make Sure You Never Do

We all have regrets. But one type of regret discourages people the most and lasts the longest. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen to you.<p>Look forward and the path seems uncertain, the future impossible to predict. Look back, though, and all your dots seem to connect...except, of course, …

NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there's a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device.<p>Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) …

Earth Shatters Climate Record, Sending Planet Toward 'Worst Case Scenario'

April was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures.”<p>April 2018 was the 400th “consecutive month with above-average temperatures” …

NASA Tests New Nuclear Reactor For Future Space Travelers

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy say they have successfully tested a new type of nuclear reactor that could one day provide juice to colonies on other worlds. The reactor can power several homes and appears able to operate in harsh environments.<p>Getting electricity in space is always a …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

10 Stocks That Could Make You Money While Helping the Environment

Source: Getty Images<p>Continue<br>Reading<p>1 of 12<p>The top stocks for environmental stewardship<p>Big things usually have small beginnings. That's certainly the …

Apple says all of its worldwide facilities are now 100 percent powered by clean energy

• <b>Apple announced on Monday that its facilities around the world were now entirely powered by renewable energy.</b>• <b><br>Apple's facilities include data centers, offices and stores in 43 different countries.</b>• <b><br>Apple's vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives said the company wasn't spending</b> …

Renewable Energy

E.P.A. Officials Sidelined After Questioning Scott Pruitt

WASHINGTON — At least five officials at the Environmental Protection Agency, four of them high-ranking, were reassigned or demoted, or requested new jobs in the past year after they raised concerns about the spending and management of the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt.<p>The concerns included …

Pesticides

Trump EPA officials to roll back Obama emissions standards for cars

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt has announced a plan to scrap pollution-preventing standards set in 2012. At the same time, a …

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told

HOUSTON (AP) — A toxic onslaught from the nation’s petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property.<p>More than a half-year after floodwaters swamped America’s fourth-largest city, the …

Hurricane Harvey

How a silent retreat changed my life forever

I don’t often evangelize, especially when it comes to spiritual or wellness practices. This is due to the fact that despite being a person who writes …

Atari reveals its console's new name; preorder date announced in April

Following earlier confirmation that the company was working on the project, Atari revealed the first images of its Ataribox console in July last …

The judge in a federal climate change lawsuit wants a science tutorial

Here are answers to eight questions the judge wants to address during his climate crash course.<p>Nine cities across the United States, including New York and San Francisco, have taken the bold step of filing lawsuits against oil companies for damages stemming from climate change, arguing they are …

Carbon Dioxide

Northern white rhino: Last male Sudan dies in Kenya

<b>The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of poor health, his carers say.</b><p>Sudan, who was 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.<p>His death leaves only two females - his …