US releases review on removing vegetation to stop wildfires
Jun24

US releases review on removing vegetation to stop wildfires

Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The work would occur on strips of land up to 165 yards (150 meters) wide and up to 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) long in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah, according to an environmental analysis...

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Could this be the future of toilets?
Jun24

Could this be the future of toilets?

This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) — Big, black wasplike things living in your toilet may sound more like a horror scene than a sanitation solution. That’s certainly what people in rural Louisiana thought in the summer of 1930, when black soldier flies infested a set of newly installed privies. “[C]onsiderable consternation often resulted when a person lifted a privy lid and was greeted by a swarm of...

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Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims
Jun24

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner’s claims

A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana’s coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner’s assertions about the amount and source of oil. Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform, which dragged and...

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Medical groups warn climate change is a ‘health emergency’
Jun24

Medical groups warn climate change is a ‘health emergency’

As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as “a health emergency.” The new climate change agenda released by the groups, including the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association, comes amid...

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Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation
Jun24

Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation

A senior Facebook executive says the social media site is in favor of regulation to address some of the dark problems of the internet. Nick Clegg, the former leader of the U.K. Liberal Democrat party who now heads global affairs for Facebook, says it is not “for private companies” to decide how to balance free speech versus public harm. Clegg told the BBC on Monday that companies like Facebook are not...

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New technology helps search teams find people in wilderness
Jun24

New technology helps search teams find people in wilderness

Yesenia D’Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looking for a missing hiker. She climbed through muddy ravines, crossed streams and faced steep drop-offs in the thick tangle of trees and ferns where her college friend Amanda Eller vanished last month. “You have to search everywhere,” said D’Alessandro, who flew in...

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