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Former coal lobbyist confirmed as No. 2 official at EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed a former coal industry lobbyist as the second-highest official at the Environmental Protection …

Clean Technology

New study finds glacier in Alaska melting at unprecedented rate

Global Warming

NRA, In New Document, Acknowledges More Than 20 Russian-Linked Contributors

The National Rifle Association has accepted contributions from about 23 Russians, or Americans living in Russia, since 2015, the gun rights group acknowledged to Congress.<p>The NRA said in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled on Wednesday, that the sum it received from those people was just …

Guns

Heat waves over the ocean have ballooned and are wreaking havoc on marine life

Heat waves over the world’s oceans are becoming longer and more frequent, damaging coral reefs and creating chaos for aquatic species. A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications found a 54 percent increase in the number of days in which heat waves have cooked the oceans since …

Global Warming

Parkland Teacher Left His Loaded Handgun in Public Bathroom

A teacher at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High—who said he’d be willing to arm himself at school to protect students—has been accused …

The U.S. Has Accepted Only 11 Syrian Refugees This Year

<b>Updated at 5:38 p.m. on Monday</b><p>The Trump administration retaliated Saturday against Syria's suspected chemical weapons attack, launching missiles with France and the U.K. targeting Syrian regime facilities.<p>"This is about humanity, and it cannot be allowed to happen," President Trump said earlier …

Trump Administration

Supply chains at risk as pollinators die out

Intensive modern agriculture still relies on wild birds, bees and beasts for pollination. But these species — and whole industrial supply chains that …

Death by Plastic: 64 Pounds of Trash in Whale's Digestive System

A sperm whale found dead in southern Spain was killed after ingesting 64 pounds of mostly plastic garbage, a necropsy of the marine mammal recently …

Bad news! Extreme ocean heat waves are a thing, and they're getting worse

Things got really strange in the waters off of Southern California in 2015.<p>Pacific Ocean temperatures jumped as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit above …

Climate Change

As Antarctic Melting Accelerates, Worst-Case Scenarios May Come True

(Photo: NASA HQ Photo)<p>Some of the world's most profound melting of glaciers is happening in the Antarctic; and is invisible from above.<p>According to a …

Seagate To Double HDD Speed With Multi-Actuator Technology

Seagate has announced that it plans to double the performance of its future HDDs with its multi-actuator technology.

Seagate Technology

New Research Confirms 'Catastrophic' Climate Threat: Global Sea Levels Could Rise 174 Feet From Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet

By Tim Radford<p>New research has confirmed one of the worst nightmares of climate science: the instability of the East Antarctic ice sheet.<p>This vast …

Sleeping Volcanoes in Iceland Could Awaken From The Kiss of Melting Glaciers

Iceland's volcanoes coated in glaciers could start erupting more often in the distant future—thanks to climate change, according to a study published …

U.S. approves 60-million ton expansion of Montana coal mine

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials have approved a 60-million ton expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine that serves one of the largest power …

Mining

Hundreds dead and dozens missing as storm rips through Philippines

Philippines

Accidentally killing migratory birds not a crime, Trump administration says

(Reuters) - Energy companies and other businesses that accidentally kill migratory birds will no longer be criminally prosecuted, the Trump administration said Friday in a decision hailed by industry but denounced by environmental groups.<p>The decision, in a legal memo from the U.S. Department of …

Donald Trump

Top general tells Marines to be prepared for a big fight

The Marine Corps commandant told about 300 Marines in Norway this week that they should be prepared for a “bigass fight” to come, remarks his spokesman later said were not in reference to any specific adversary but rather intended to inspire the troops.<p>“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” …

Military

Videos showing violent arrest of a black motorist renew concern about Pasadena police tactics

It should have been the most minor of traffic stops.<p>But an encounter between two Pasadena police officers and a black motorist last month has reignited the nation's heated debate over how police use force and sparked outrage in a city with long-simmering complaints about how law enforcement treats …

Law Enforcement

Humidity will make some parts of the world unlivable in 50 years

Some say the world will end in fire, others say ice — but it’s the humidity that’ll do us in, according to a new study.<p>As the earth warms, temperatures and seas aren’t all that will rise. Very humid days will occur at about double the rate of high-temperature days alone, according to researchers at …

Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It’s making NATO nervous.

BRUSSELS — Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up ­activity around undersea data ­cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.<p>The apparent Russian focus on the cables, …

Military

Trump Suppressing Biggest National Security Threat

While the Trump administration censors the term 'climate change' for government institutions, the Pentagon highlights the urgency of the crisis

Climate

The very real climate crisis at the North Pole

A viral video of a skeletal polar bear crawling across the barren tundra of northern Canada, by wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen, has now been …

Thomas Fire becomes largest blaze in California history, during state's worst fire year

California's Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties has eclipsed the 2003 Cedar Fire as the largest wildfire in Golden State history, at a …

China and Russia oppose UN resolution on Rohingya

The UN general assembly has urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.<p>A resolution put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was adopted by a …

Asia

Cities, volunteers clash over feeding homeless in public

ATLANTA (AP) — When Adele MacLean joined others in an Atlanta park to feed the hungry the Sunday before Thanksgiving, she left with a citation and a …

Homelessness

Kremlin Sees ‘Unbearable’ Risk to U.S. Ties in New Sanctions

The Kremlin is “concerned” about the possibility the U.S. might further expand sanctions on Russia, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.<p>“We …

Syrian, Iranian backed forces advance in border area near northern Israel

Israel has been lobbying both big powers to deny Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other Shi‘ite militias any permanent bases in Syria, and to keep them …

Mexico records most violent year in decades

Most of the more than 23,000 murders in the first 11 months of the year have been blamed on the country's brutal drug cartels. Violence has worsened …

Mexico

Vietnam braces for typhoon as Philippine toll rises to 230 dead

HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people.<p>Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into …

Natural Disasters

Earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near Cahuilla, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon four miles from Cahuilla, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:45 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was 19 miles from Hemet, Calif., and 98 miles …

Natural Disasters