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The world reached 3 dangerous climate change milestones this summer

In 1848, two ships — the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus — sank while trying to navigate through the Northwest Passage. It was brutal: a 900-mile-long sea route punctuated with heavy sea ice that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans through an arctic maze. Neither ship made it. All 129 …

Taiwan and China Brace for the ‘Strongest Storm on Earth,’ Supertyphoon Meranti

Supertyphoon Meranti swept past the southern tip of Taiwan on Wednesday, and is forecast to make landfall on China on Thursday with torrential rains …

Hawaii sushi chain tied to hepatitis A outbreak tosses food

HONOLULU (AP) — A popular restaurant chain in Hawaii that serves sushi on a conveyor belt threw out food and scrubbed its counters Tuesday after …

Environmental Health

A genetic link between red hair, freckles and skin cancer

Whether you call them gingers, the devil's spawn or just-plain sexy, be sure to call redheads out of the sun because along with their fiery tresses comes a powerful propensity to develop melanoma, a particularly deadly form of skin cancer.<p>And now, scientists are beginning to uncover why redheads — …

Genetics

Uncertainty looms as Vermont becomes 1st state to label GMOs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined other Vermont leaders Friday to celebrate the state's newly …

Agriculture

Antarctic ozone layer is gradually healing, researchers find

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Antarctic ozone layer, which shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays, shows encouraging signs that it's beginning to heal, according to research published in the journal Science.<p>Scientists credit the healing to an international policy set nearly three decades ago that cut the …

Ozone

4 Infographics To Show The Climate Skeptic In Your Life

Beach trip with family members who don’t believe in climate change? Reunion picnic with climate truthers? We’ve got you covered.<p>The ink is just dry on the Paris Agreement. Last year was officially the warmest year on record. Yet climate skeptics still live among us–many of whom may even be related …

15 Stunning Border Collies Who Are Gorgeous And Don't Even Know It

The Border Collie: affectionate, energetic, and incredibly smart. Border Collies are part of the herding group and just so happen to be extremely …

Low-fat diets and exercise are pointless for losing weight, warns surgical expert

Low fat diets and exercise are pointless for those wanting to lose weight and obese people should simply eat less, a former shadow health minister told the House of Lords yesterday.<p>Lord McColl, emeritus professor of surgery at Guys Hospital in London, warned that current health advice to avoid fat …

Low Fat

FACT CHECK: Giant Alligator Spotted on Florida Golf Course

CLAIM<p>A video shows a giant alligator walking across a Florida golf course. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via e-mail, May 2016<p>This article reports …

New Climate Study Paints Bleakest Picture of Our Future to Date

Canadian study models what will happen over the next few hundred years if we fuck this up in the worst possible way. Turns out warming won't "slow down" if we burn all our oil.<p>Some Canadian researchers from the University of Victoria got pretty pragmatic about the world's ability to fuck up on …

This Is What Spending One Hour in the Garden Does to Your Body

There are big benefits to digging around in the dirt (really).<p>With the sunshine becoming a more regular feature in our lives, what better way to feel inspired than to engage in some active garden pursuits?<p>We are already aware of the mental health benefits we can enjoy from gardening, and we even …

'Eye-watering' scale of Black Death's impact on England revealed

Scraps of broken pottery from test pits dug by thousands of members of the public have revealed the devastating impact of the Black Death in England, not just in the years 1346 to 1351 when the epidemic ripped Europe apart, but for decades or even centuries afterwards.<p>The quantity of sherds of …

Archaeology

'Biodegradable' Plastics Are A Big Fat Lie

A new U.N. report says the supposed greener technology is anything but.<p>A prediction that the world's oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 is likely to intensify the push for sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives.<p>Biodegradable plastics have long been touted as a "greener" …

Pollution

The Zero-Calorie 'Miracle' Noodle

Shirataki noodles are a unique food that's very filling yet low in calories.<p>These noodles also contain a type of fiber that has impressive health …

Earth just recorded its warmest April on record, and it wasn't even close

April was the warmest such month on record for the globe, and yet again, we saw a near-record large margin compared to average, according to NASA …

Donald Trump

Eager pup escapes yard, commutes to doggie daycare by himself

A North Carolina family thought their beloved dog was missing, but he really just couldn't wait to hang out with his friends.<p>Riley, a 5-year-old …

Canada wildfire doubles in size

Officials say a wildfire burning in the western Canadian province of Alberta remains out of control. A wildfire manager says the blaze is expected to …

Bassist: Prince found 'real happiness' as Jehovah's Witness

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham.<p>Prince, who died last …

Lightning Strikes This Place More Than Anywhere Else On Earth

Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo is struck four nights out of every five.<p>Love a good thunderstorm? Then head over to Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, which has been crowned the lightning capital of the world.<p>The skies above South America's largest water body are lit up 297 nights per year, according to a new …

Weather

CDC warns that Americans may be overmedicating youngest children with ADHD

U.S. health officials are urging parents of preschoolers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to try behavior therapy first before trying drugs — and they're calling on insurers to cover the treatments.<p>The concern comes from new statistics that show a troubling gap between …

Autism

Botched French Drug Trial Followed Rules But Lacked 'Common Sense'

<b>Updated May 23, 4:20 p.m.:</b> France's social affairs inspectorate said in report released May 21 that while the trial was legal, Bial and Biotrial made mistakes. Study participants were given a drug dose that was too high, the companies delayed alerting authorities, and Biotrial did not react quickly …

Medicine

Scientists scrambling to track Arctic sea ice after key satellite sensor dies

The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet, driving sea ice to record lows and threatening iconic species from polar bears to …

Medical Errors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death: Study

Heart disease, then cancer are the leading causes of death for Americans. Chronic lower respiratory diseases like bronchitis and emphysema take third …

Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1241000/1241224_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524645741_0a233ac3dbd9fb95767209b93bb7cab6<p><b>The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray has been forced to evacuate because of a huge wildfire.</b><p>Some 80,000 people were told to …

Fort McMurray

Medical errors are No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer

Heart disease, cancer ... and medical errors?<p>A new tally of mistakes made in American hospitals suggests that medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. At least 250,000 deaths each year can be attributed to medical care that has gone awry, according to a report published Tuesday in …

Medicine

Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've heard those hospital horror stories where the surgeon removes the wrong body part or operates on the wrong patient or accidentally leaves medical equipment in the person they were operating on.<p>Even scarier, perhaps, is a new study in the latest edition of BMJ suggesting most medical …

Medicine

Study: Over 90% of Great Barrier Reef suffering from coral bleaching

<b>(CNN) —</b> A study measuring the extent of coral bleaching in Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is branding some of the northern reef's problem as "extreme."<p>As much as 93% of the 2,300 km (1,429 miles) reef suffers from some level of bleaching, according to the report from the ARC Centre of …

Global Warming

Skin cancer: Pair of drugs 'eliminate 20% of tumours'

<b>A fifth of people with advanced melanoma have no sign of tumours in their body after treatment with a pair of immunotherapy drugs, a study shows.</b><p>The first survival data on using ipilimumab and nivolumab in combination showed 69% of patients, in a trial on 142, were still alive after two years.<p>UK …