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Sting blasts leaders as 'cowards' over migration crisis

ATHENS (Reuters) - British singer and actor Sting called world leaders "half men and cowards" on Saturday for their inability to solve the refugee crisis.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already played down expectations of a breakthrough at hastily-arranged talks among EU leaders on Sunday on …

Europe

Changes in the Gulf Stream

Crossing the Gulf Stream is a rite of passage for many East Coast offshore sailors. I’ll never forget my first time. The Stream seems to generate its …

Global Warming

Global warming warning turns out to be prophetic

SALIDA, Colo. — We were warned.<p>On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it already had arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was “the opening salvo of …

Climate Change

Here’s what global warming looks like month by month for 137 years

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we're continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, …

Climate Change

Photographer Captures the Blissed-Out Expressions of Cats High on Catnip

Washington D.C.-based photographer Andrew Marttila quite possibly has the best job ever. Known as “The Cat Photographer,” he dedicates himself to capturing the playful, adorable, and often hilarious personalities of our feline friends. And for his latest project, Marttila reveals what happens to …

Pets

25 Secret European Villages

The charm of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland, is the not-quite-here, not-quite-there, lost-in-time feel of the place. To …

European Travel

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Self-improvement

From Africa’s Baobabs To America’s Pines: Our Ancient Trees Are Dying.

Welcome to climate change.<p>Old postcards show North American redwoods large enough for cars to drive through, thousand-year-old kauri trees in New Zealand with trunks the size of tanks, and European oaks older than the Roman empire with branches covering half a football field.<p>Some of these …

Ecology

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Plants need carbon dioxide to live, but its effects on them are complicated.<p>As the level of carbon dioxide in the air continues to rise because of human activity, scientists are trying to pin down how the plants we eat are being affected.<p>Mounting evidence suggests that many key plants lose …

Climate Change

Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change

Thirty years after a former Nasa scientist sounded the alarm for the general public about climate change and human activity, the expert issued a fresh warning that the world is failing “miserably” to deal with the worsening dangers.<p>While Donald Trump and many conservatives like to argue that …

Climate

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

Unfortunately, many coastal communities will face declining property values as risk perceptions catch up with reality<p>Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being …

Climate Change

Happiness is not a state as far as Aristotle is concerned, it’s an activity, says Professor Edith Hall, and you just have to decide to become happier<p>You’ve got the Headspace app, know your downward dog from your black dog, and once read something by Freud, so what can a guy who lived 23 centuries …

Happiness

Is the IPCC Wrong about Sea Level Rise?

The dangers and costs associated with future sea level rise have been heavily publicized. Computer visualizations of future flooding show the inundation of low-lying areas, including disappearance of many low-lying islands.<p>The most commonly quoted sea level rise predictions are those of the IPCC’s …

Climate Change

‘Sell your blood... or become an escort’ – bizarre advice for travellers from the first Lonely Planet guide

In 1973 the very first Lonely Planet guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, written by the company’s co-founder Tony Wheeler, was published. The previous year, Tony and his wife Maureen had driven an old people carrier from London to Afghanistan, sold it in Kabul, before continuing to Australia by …

Short Hair

Samantha Bee and Robert De Niro have taken flak for foul language. But polite responses to Trump play right into his hands<p>Can we stop pretending that the right cares about civility? Whether it’s the faux outrage over the television host Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a “cunt” or the yammering …

Robert DeNiro

Amazing Prefab Cabins From Around The World

How many times did you feel like you wanted to just get away from everything and everyone and to spend some time in a small cabin in the middle of …

Prefab Homes

Scientists to America: Embrace climate action or lose your coastal cities

Antarctica lost a trillion tons of ice just since 2012. Avoiding total collapse requires embrace of Paris Climate Accord now.<p>Either we reverse …

Climate Change

South African Towns Are Falling Apart

Trash heaps line the potholed streets of Edenville in central South Africa, where residents complain that municipal services have ground to a near …

South Africa

Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

The world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters.<p>The final draft report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was due for publication in …

Climate Change

Seeing Is Believing: Satellites Show Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled In 6 Years

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, according to a comprehensive survey by scientists from all over the world.<p>The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) is a major climate assessment by 84 scientists from 44 international organisations combining data from 24 …

Antarctica

Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.<p>His crime was to insist that the North American Free …

Natural Gas

These trees have lived for 2,500 years. Now they're suddenly dying

Baobab trees are among the oldest trees on the planet. Some are as old as 2,500 years. But now, some of the oldest and largest among them are dead …

Climate Change

Researchers discovered hundreds of ads for runaway slaves in 18th-century Britain

Nestled among ads for new books, medicines, and clothes was a startling request for help. “Run away from his master, captain Bailey Kent, the 23rd of January last, a black negro Guinea boy, about 16 years of age, called by the name of Prattle, a short squat sturdy lad,” the newspaper notice reads. …

Black History

A Historic Ghost Town in California Is Up for Sale

For just shy of $1 million, a ghost town in California’s majestic Inyo Mountains could be yours. Cerro Gordo, a 19th-century mining town that served …

Queen Elizabeth II

You're eating microplastics in ways you don't even realise

We’re increasingly aware of how plastic is polluting our environment. Much recent attention has focused on how microplastics – tiny pieces ranging …

Pollution

Scientists Think Dolphin Name Discovery is the "Coolest"

Male dolphins use individual names throughout their life.<p>In a video released alongside a fascinating new study, scientists are on a boat in the …

Dolphins

Immigrant bids a grateful goodbye to US after 20 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nilson Canenguez is facing the prospect of being forced to return to his native El Salvador in the coming months after nearly 20 years in the U.S. But he's not going home empty-handed — or bitter.<p>The father of three who came to this country with virtually nothing is leaving as the …

Immigration

Nissan Unveils New Camper Vans

I admit to being a sucker for a VW camper van of the sort you can’t buy here in the States. Nissan has unveiled a pair of new camper vans that are …

Campers

Here's the tiny drone the US Army just purchased for soldiers

The US Army is getting tiny personal surveillance drones as part of a $2.6 million contract with Flir, a thermal imaging and technology company.<p>The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System is the world's smallest combat-proven nano-drone, according to the company. The US Army has ordered the …

Drones

The planet is on edge of a global plastic calamity

Plastic pollution has grabbed the world’s attention, and with good cause.<p>More than 100 years after its invention, we’re addicted. To pass a day without encountering some form of plastic is nearly impossible. We’ve always been eager to embrace the promise of a product that could make life cheaper, …

Sustainability