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Report casts light on US drone programme | US & Canada

When a US drone attack killed members of a wedding party outside the city of Rad'a, Yemen, in December, it appeared to directly contradict US President Barack Obama's earlier promise that such attacks would only be undertaken when a "near-certainty" could be reached that no civilians would be …

Canning Colonialism: New Zealand to Vote On Scrapping Its Flag

World<p>New Zealand's political leaders confirmed this week that they will give voters the opportunity to scrap their national flag and come up with a new design.<p>The current flag features the United Kingdom's Union Jack in the top left corner, and ditching it would be a symbolic moment in the Pacific …

Man Smuggles 40,000 Piranhas

New York man pleads guilty to illegally importing the sharp-toothed fish.<p>Talk about taking a bite out of the Big Apple.<p>On Wednesday a New York City man pleaded guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into the city illegally.<p>Joel Rakower, 66, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn for …

Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

When celebrities get drawn into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wittingly or not, controversy is sure to follow.<p>American actress Scarlett Johansson is the latest to discover this ironclad law of Middle East politics. And the issue is soda.<p>Johansson has for the past eight years been the celebrity …

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For Major Cities, Offshore Wind Farms Could Provide Both Electricity And Hurricane Protection

<i>From Climate Central's Bobby Magill:</i><p>SAN FRANCISCO — Giant offshore wind farms could do more than provide electricity for major cities. They could suck the life and the power out of hurricanes barreling toward those cities, too, according to Stanford University research presented Monday at the …

Manmade global warming: a stormy meeting between sceptics and believers

It was a summit of sorts, but certainly not a meeting of minds: at 10am on 19 November, six of Britain's most eminent climate change scientists entered a wood-panelled committee room in the House of Lords to face the country's most prominent climate change sceptic, Lord Lawson.<p>The scientists had …

That Panel Where Republicans And Democrats Agreed That Climate Change Needs Comprehensive Attention

Small-town Republican mayors, EPA officials, and former Colorado governor Bill Ritter came together Thursday in Washington, D.C. for a discussion …

Why climate change threatens Peru's poverty reduction mission

The Peruvian Amazon became a net emitter of carbon dioxide rather than oxygen for the first time in 2012, according to the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) latest human development country report.<p>The reversal of the rainforest's usual role as a carbon sink is a direct result of the droughts in the …

Yellowstone grizzlies could lose federal protection

<b>(NancyS/Shutterstock)</b><p>Wildlife managers recommended that the bears be de-listed, opening them up to be hunted<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 12, 2013 2:45pm (UTC)<p>There's good news and bad news for Yellowstone's grizzly bear population. The good news is that they're on the upswing, with about 600 living …

Air strike in Yemen kills 15 wedding guests mistaken for al-Qaida – officials

Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al-Qaida convoy, local security officials said on Thursday.<p>The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources …

Arctic melt slowed this year, but don’t get too excited

<b>(jo Crebbin/Shutterstock)</b><p>An unusually cool summer does little to counteract the overall trend of global warming<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>December 12, 2013 8:21pm (UTC)<p>A decade of record-breaking melting and greening in the Arctic was cut short this year by an unusually cool summer, the National Oceanic and …

Italian interior minister warns of "spiral of rebellion" after fourth day of social unrest

Ventimiglia on the Italian-French border is the latest place to be hit by the so called “pitchfork “ anti-government protests which have spread across Italy. Police fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators on what was the fourth day of rallies.<p>The Interior Minister Angelino Alfano warned …

US fast-food workers stage nationwide strike

<b>Fast-food restaurant workers across the US are staging a 24-hour strike in protest against low wages.</b><p>Walkouts were reported in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and also Detroit, Michigan; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.<p>Organisers hoped workers in as many as 100 cities will …

NSA chief pleads with Senate committee to not abolish bulk-collection programs

The NSA chief says he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.<p>Pleading with the Senate Judiciary Committee to not abolish the NSA bulk-collection programs, Gen. …

Person of the Year Runner-Up: Edward Snowden

He pulled off the year’s most spectacular heist. Exiled from his country, the 30-year-old computer whiz has become the doomsayer of the information …

As Mandela Lies In State, South Africa Says Goodbye

Amid a solemn atmosphere, the body of Nelson Mandela lay in state Wednesday at an amphitheater in South Africa's capital of Pretoria, the exact spot where he was sworn in as the country's first black president in 1994, reconciling a land that had been torn by racial divisions for …

Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana trade

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalisation.<p>People participate in the so-called "Last demonstration with illegal …

China's shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit

TOKYO (Reuters) - When leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia gather in Tokyo this week, the elephant in the room will be a nation that is not invited: China.<p>South Korea's President Park Geun-hye (C) delivers a speech while Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and China's Premier Li Keqiang listen …

Ukraine protesters clash with police, demand president's resignation

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian riot police used force in an attempt to disperse protesters in downtown Kiev on Wednesday, further stoking opposition leaders, who vowed to coax hundreds of thousands into the streets, rejected more negotiations and demanded President Viktor Yanukovich's …

Ukraine Protest: Riot Police Withdraw After Moving Against Demonstrators Overnight (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

* Riot police moved into square, held back by protesters<p>* Yanukovich offers talks but opposition demand he quit<p>* Kerry, EU foreign policy chief denounce police move<p>* Opposition says police action cuts off path to compromise (Adds U.S. State Department comment, edits)<p>By Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel …

The World Has Lost an Unbelievable Amount of Forest Since 1999

11 of 30 Greenpeace protesters freed on bail

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian jails have freed on bail 11 of the 30 people arrested following a Greenpeace ship protest in Arctic waters two …

The Arctic Is Melting, So The U.S. Military Has Another Place It Has To Defend

For the first time, the Pentagon has a comprehensive strategy for the Arctic. This move is prompted mainly because climate change is causing the sea …

Thousands flee as Indonesia volcano erupts eight times in a matter of hours

Mount Sinabung, which has been erupting intermittently since September, goes in to overdrive and rains rocks down forcing thousands to flee homes<p>A volcano in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, "raining down rocks" over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their …

Russia releases 26 Greenpeace detainees on bail

After two months of being held in a Russian jail, 26 of the so-called ‘Arctic 30’ Greenpeace protesters have been released on bail.<p>One other has been denied bail and will be held until the end of February. The final three will hear their fate on Friday.<p>The activists told reporters waiting outside …

Green groups walk out of UN climate talks

Six green groups have walked out of UN climate negotiations, declaring that the ailing talks were "on track to deliver virtually nothing".<p>The annual round of talks are meant to pave the way to a climate deal by 2015 that will peg global warming to a maximum 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees …

Book Review: Global warming and oceans, a 21st century perspective

A new book summarizing much of what we know about oceans and the role they play in shaping our Earth's climate was just published. For researchers like myself, we often become fixated with learning the newest facts or reading the latest studies in our fields. Every so often, however, it is …