After 17 years, West Virginia town has access to clean water
Aug19

After 17 years, West Virginia town has access to clean water

A West Virginia town that spent the past 17 years living under a boil water advisory finally has access to clean water. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the McDowell County Public Service District completed its takeover of the O’Toole water system last week. O’Toole homes had struggled with foul-smelling, discolored water piped in by its water association, created by a coal company when the area was a coal camp in the...

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Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease
Aug19

Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease

Florida’s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida’s Gulf Coast to a nearly statewide problem in just over a decade. Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its...

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San Francisco bison named Brunhilda dies
Aug18

San Francisco bison named Brunhilda dies

An 8-year-old female American bison living in Golden Gate Park’s famous paddock has died after suffering severe kidney disease. The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens, which cares for the bison herd, announced Brunhilda’s death Friday after a necropsy, according to The San Francisco Chronicle . Zoo officials could not be reached for comment Sunday. Brunhilda was one of six in the park’s current herd. Bison have lived in a...

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Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier
Aug18

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the Okjokull glacier extinct about a decade ago. But on Sunday he brought a death certificate to the made-for-media memorial. After about 100 people made a two-hour hike up a...

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Trade war’s losers could include microchips, energy, banks
Aug18

Trade war’s losers could include microchips, energy, banks

Looking across the stock market, it’s hard to find a company that isn’t vulnerable in some degree to the U.S.-China trade war. Stocks of companies that do lots of business with China, such as chipmakers and other technology companies, are obvious candidates for investors to sell when trade worries rise. They have fallen more than the rest of the market whenever President Donald Trump sends out a tweet or speaks about...

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Demolition levels UK power plant once named a top eyesore
Aug18

Demolition levels UK power plant once named a top eyesore

A British power station once voted one of the country’s ugliest sights has been mostly destroyed in a controlled demolition. The cooling towers of the disused coal-fired plant in Didcot, 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of central London, were leveled early Sunday. The complex, including its massive towers and giant chimney — which is due to leveled later — was voted Britain’s third-worst eyesore by Country Life Magazine in...

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