A New Zealand law student is taking the government to court in hopes of forcing it to set more ambitious climate change targets. The case brought by Sarah Thomson, 26, began Monday in the High Court in Wellington and is scheduled to last three days. Thomson is challenging the government over commitments that include a pledge under the Paris climate accord to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has triggered a bipartisan push from US mayors to stick to the emissions cuts Washington had pledged to hit, the mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday. Mayor Kasim Reed said he was sending a signal of "optimism, passion and action" on fighting climate change to mayors worldwide despite the pullout Trump announced this month. "President Trump's disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution," Reed told a meeting of mayors from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America in Brussels.
If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees.
The co-owner of a pharmacy deemed responsible for the deaths of 76 people in a national meningitis outbreak tearfully apologized to the victims on Monday and was sentenced to nine years in prison, far less than the victims had wanted. "I'm sorry for your extraordinary losses," Barry Cadden said, wiping his eyes. A dozen victims who were sickened or lost loved ones asked the judge to give Cadden the harshest penalty allowed under the law for the deadly 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, which sickened hundreds of people.
Last week a YouTube video purportedly posted by hacker collective Anonymous said that NASA was set to announce the discovery of intelligent alien life. However, that’s untrue! “While we’re excited about the latest findings from NASA’s Kepler space observatory, there’s no pending announcement regarding extraterrestrial life. For years NASA has expressed interest in searching for signs of life beyond Earth. We have a number of science missions that are moving forward with the goal of seeking signs of past and present life on Mars and ocean worlds in the outer solar system. While we do not yet have answers, we will continue to work to address the fundamental question, ‘are we alone?’” said Laurie
After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, the Metropolitan Police is considering whether to bring manslaughter (or other) charges relating to the tower block’s insulation, which it says failed safety tests. The cladding on another 11 high-rise buildings has also failed fire safety tests, according to the communities secretary, Sajid Javid. Cladding is being added on tower blocks built in the 1960s and 1970s such as Grenfell Tower to improve the thermal performance of the flats and in some cases prevent material deteriorating and falling from the existing facades.
The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the United States happened in 1918. Airplane technology has advanced quite a bit in the last 100 years, and Alaska Airlines is going to provide the best view possible to one of the rarest astronomical phenomena. A special charter flight will depart from Portland, Oregon, at 7:30 a.m. on August 21 and travel down the West Coast.
It’s the moment UFO fans have been waiting for – a mysterious set of files referred to as ‘Britain’s X-Files’ have been opened to the public. Unlike most UFO sightings, it was documented in voice recordings from senior American soldiers, who also drew disturbing pictures of the object they saw.
Jury selection at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for price-gouging hit a rough patch on Tuesday as the court struggled to pick a pool of prospective jurors who could ignore a swirl of bad publicity for the defendant. A third day of jury selection in Martin Shkreli's trial was expected on Wednesday with opening statements put off until Thursday morning.
It was a full house last week at the White House as President Donald Trump opened his doors to a gaggle of tech CEOs to talk about modernizing the U.S. government. Senators have issued letters pleading with the president to fill out the OSTP staff, which is down to 37 from well over 100 during the Obama administration, according to a source familiar with the organization's staffing list.
Orca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months. During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company.
A towering shark fin sculpture is the latest addition to Hong Kong's harbourfront as part of an artistic push against the infamous trade. Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fin, which is viewed by many Asians as a delicacy and is often served as a soup at expensive Chinese banquets. The eight-metre-high (26 ft) stainless steel fin was created by Chinese artist Zheng Lu as part of an exhibition to highlight the threat to shark populations from human hunting.
Today, private spaceflight venture Blue Origin announced its plans to manufacture the company’s new rocket engine, the BE-4, at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s an interesting move for the company, which has been mostly developing the engine at its headquarters in Kent, Washington, and testing the hardware in Texas. But the benefits for Blue Origin are both practical and political. On the surface, it’s a seemingly innocuous decision meant to capitalize on Huntsville’s decades-long history of rocket development. The city is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where the Saturn V rocket was developed and where NASA’s future massive deep-space rocket, the Space Launch
The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday. Akinwumi Adesina, president of African Development Bank, says the future of global food security relies on making farming in Africa a profitable business and developing local food processing that adds value to agricultural products to help move farmers out of poverty.
In the three years following Colorado's and Washington's decisions in 2012 to legalize recreational marijuana, deaths in car crashes did not increase in those states, a new study finds. "One of the arguments being made when they were legalizing marijuana in those two states was, 'We're going to create a whole population of drugged drivers, and they're going to crash their cars and die," said Dr. Jayson Aydelotte, a trauma surgeon at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Austin. Aydelotte and his colleagues wanted to see if that prediction came true.
Newly discovered hieroglyphics that are more than 5,000 years old relay a message about the universe to archaeologists as well as tell them about how the ancient Egyptian writing system evolved. The nesting elephants are particularly intriguing because that “is an incredibly rare way of representing a pregnant female animal,” Darnell said.
The anti-vax movement is another example of how a combination of scientific illiteracy and proud ignorance can thrive in America. Along with climate change denial, it's one of the best advertisements for Isaac Asimov's famous maxim on "the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'" Last night, John Oliver took a look at how the phenomenon developed, the president's role in further mainstreaming it, and why this is all so dangerous: Rob Schneider is one thing, but the clip Oliver pulled of Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana is singularly instructive. It's a stunning example of complete ignorance of the scientific method: I have yet to find any scientist who
Implicit bias, unlike explicit bias, is more complexand refers to our attitudes or stereotypes that we have about aperson or a group but that reside in our subconscious. Implicit biases can be favorable or unfavorable, and becausethey are ingrained at a subconscious level, they are notautomatically controllable. Implicit associations run deep and impact many aspects of ourlives.
A coalition of science and engineering groups called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to make sure that his review of the role of scientific advisory boards respects the importance of accurate scientific data. The science groups said federal agencies should ensure that they continue to get sound scientific and technical advice in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The groups said they are also concerned about reports of scientific data being removed from federal government websites.
A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is one of a few recent works to confirm an acceleration in sea level rise during the past few decades. There had been greater uncertainty about this before, with climate deniers latching onto that and arguing that such an acceleration has not, in fact, been occurring.
The search giant said Monday it created ten educational experiences based on its popular Google Earth program that lets people explore places in the world through satellite imagery. Several organizations like the National Geographic Society, PBS Education, HHMI Biointeractive, and Mission Blue partnered with Google goog to create the new education projects, wrote Google for Education marketing manager Melissa Horwitz in a blog post. In one of the projects designed by PBS Education, students can view a guided tour of various French explorers in the 17th Century that helped map out North America’s diverse waterways, like the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
China unveiled a new drone at the Paris Air Show that looks very similar to the U.S. Reaper. Defense Specialist Allison Barrie explains why the United States should be concerned
The healing of the ozone layer could be delayed for 30 years or more by rising emissions of a substance hitherto ignored by environmental regulators. Ironically, its principal use is as a feedstock to make “ozone-friendly” chemicals for air conditioners and refrigerators. As emissions of CFCs and other ozone-eating chlorine compounds are curbed under the 30-year-old Montreal Protocol, emissions of another chemical called dichloromethane – also known as methylene chloride – have been rising, says Ryan Hossaini of Lancaster University, UK. They now total over a million tonnes a year, and concentrations of dichloromethane in the lower atmosphere have doubled since 2004. The chemical, a volatile
If Amazon's package-carrying drones ever become a reality, they may one day pick up deliveries from beehive-shaped buildings strategically placed in cities around the world, according to a patent application filed by the company. The patent, published online on June 22, describes something called the "multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles," demonstrating how Amazon plans to take package delivery to the next level. These days, Amazon's warehouses "are typically large-volume single-floor warehouse buildings," located on the outskirts of cities, the company wrote in the patent, which was filed in 2015.