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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 …

Pesticides

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 …

University of California

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 …

Pesticides

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 …

Pesticides

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 …

Donald Trump

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 …

Forests

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

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, …

Motivation

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 …

Energy

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

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday said it had achieved its goal of powering all of the company's facilities with renewable energy, a milestone that includes all of its data centers, offices and retail stores in 43 countries.<p>The iPhone maker also said nine suppliers had recently committed to running …

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 …

Extreme Weather

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 …

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 …

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 …

Wildlife

I tried the popular Silicon Valley diet credited with boosting energy and prolonging life — and I can see why people are obsessed

For the past 10 days, I've stifled the small voice she instilled in the back of my mind to remind me that forgoing breakfast is nutritional doom — all for the sake of a diet known as intermittent fasting.<p>The diet essentially involves abstaining from food for a set period of time ranging from 16 …

Silicon Valley

Scientists predict catastrophic loss of forest fauna and flora due to CO2 emissions

If we don’t do something to slow down carbon emissions, we could lose up to half of all the plant and animal species in the world’s forests. A new …

With a spacecraft in trouble and the White House watching, SpaceX had to deliver

Within minutes of liftoff, it was clear the Dragon spacecraft was in trouble.<p>Inside mission control on the morning of March 1, 2013, the SpaceX team was desperately trying to figure out what went wrong and soon pinpointed the problem: A few valves were stuck.<p>Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy …

Space Travel

Tesla bids for a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado

After breaking a few energy storage records with its battery system projects in Australia, Tesla looks to come back to the US to build a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado.<p>Earlier this year, we reported on Xcel Energy, an electric utility company operating across the Midwest, …

A generation raised on gun violence sends a loud message to adults: Enough

<b>(CNN) —</b> Thousands of students across the United States walked out of class Wednesday to demand stricter gun laws in a historic show of political solidarity that was part tribute and part protest.<p>From Maine to California, the 17-minute walkout -- one minute for each of the 17 people killed at …

High School