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Starbucks announces plan to eliminate plastic straws by 2020

Plastic straws have become a flashpoint. Viral videos - including one depicting researchers extracting a plastic straw from a sea turtle's bleeding nostril - is prompting some companies and municipalities to find ocean-friendlier alternatives.

Starbucks replacing plastic straws with new drinking lid

Last week, Seattle became the latest city to ban plastic utensils and straws. M Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, issued a statement saying that 500m plastic straws are thrown away every day in the USA and lauded Starbucks for its ...

U.S. Border Patrol reportedly stops Canadian vessels in disputed waters

As far as I'm concerned, it needs to stop immediately". "Customs and Border Protection seems engaged in such a wide variety of troublesome practices, and they are not particularly forthcoming about what they are doing and why they are doing it, whi...

'Tiny' Hurricane Beryl strengthens; another storm may develop off NC coast

Beryl is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h). Maximum sustained winds remain near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts. However, upper-level winds are expected to become less conducive for development by the weekend, when the s...

New hope for almost-extinct northern white rhino

Scientists have used IVF to create viable embryos using the sperm of northern white rhinos. 'With small chance of healthy new calves, and limited place in their historic range to go, Save the Rhino believes that the best outcome will be to put ou...

Iowa Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

Trump praised Pruitt, who steadily pursued the president's calls for deregulation at the agency during his 16-month tenure, contending that he had "done an outstanding job" leading the EPA. " Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the his...

Read former EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s full resignation letter

Trump says, "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this". He continued in that role through a year ago and lobbied the Trump Administration on behalf of Murray Energy even while being considered...

Scott Pruitt resigns after scandal-plagued tenure

In his resignation letter he said, "The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us". President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his embattled Environmental Protection Agency c...

Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve

An anti-poaching team arrived on the scene, where a hunting rifle with silencer, a long axe and wire-cutters - equipment generally used by rhino poachers - were also found. Nine rhinos were killed by illegal hunters in the Eastern Cape this year alon...

Air pollution increases diabetes risk, says study

New European research has found that as many as 4.5 million people died prematurely from diseases related to air pollution in 2015, including almost 240,000 children under the age of five. Pollution-linked diabetes led to the loss of some 8.2 mil...

Physicist Stephen Hawking is no more

Hawking was an undisputed heavyweight in his field, holding the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics professorship at the University of Cambridge between 1978 and 2009, a post once held by Isaac Newton, the father of universal gravity. "His contributions ...

Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9

The 81-year-old justice was appointed in 1988 by then-president Ronald Reagan . You know, there's so many elements go into the making of a great justice of the Supreme Court. "I hope they keep thinking about it because they're going to get beaten ...

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline approval expected to ease Canadian oil price woes

Canada's oil patch is eagerly anticipating higher prices and profits for western Canadian oil producers after Minnesota regulators approved Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.'s $9-billion project to upgrade its deteriorating Line 3 pipeline through the st...

July Outlook: Will this intense heat stick around?

The nearest cooling center may be found by calling 311, or visiting the city's "Beat the Heat" website . Drink plenty of water, stay in the air-conditioning and out of the sun. Wednesday . Hot and increasingly humid conditions are expected throu...

SpaceX rocket carrying AI research blasts off for space station

He's being taken up to the ISS today, on board a Space X rocket on a resupply mission . The same first-stage booster launched the planet-hunting Tess satellite in April, while the capsule flew in 2016. During its open-ended stay on the space stat...

Trump will seek conservative in Supreme Court nominee search

Once again, Trump will draw this time from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the campaign and updated last fall, with advice from Leo and other conservatives. "Referring to his statement of calling for a total ...

Japan space explorer arrives at asteroid to collect samples

The shape of the asteroid was "scientifically surprising", he said , and created a challenge for the spacecraft to orbit and eventually land on the asteroid, a part of the mission estimated to occur in the fall. "Maybe in spring next year, we will t...

Trump's short list of Supreme Court nominees includes two women

The announcement came just one year after Republicans in the U.S. Senate successfully stole a U.S. Supreme Court nomination from President Barack Obama and appointed Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch, preserving the court's conservative majority for the f...

Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

Despite speculation that he will pick a judge based on their stance on abortion, the president said "it was inappropriate to discuss whether he was looking for a justice who would be willing to overturn Roe v. In doing so, he will fulfill the dreams...

Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick: Who, When, How

Trump has already spoken with many candidates on his list, and will likely interview the finalists again, officials said. Of those in the running, "7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hard...

Mark Levin unloads on #NeverTrump in light of SCOTUS decisions, Kennedy vacancy

Justice Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings, earning a reputation as the court's "swing" vote who heartened conservatives and liberals alike, depending on the issue. Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate,...

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century Happens in July

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth , and Moon are directly aligned, and the moon's orbit brings it directly into Earth's shadow. However, people in North America and Arctic-Pacific region won't be able to get a hold of this event this time.

Train Wreck in Iowa Dumps 230,000 Gallons of Oil into Floodwaters

The city of Rock Valley , Iowa, has already shut down its water wells and plans to drain and clean them until testing indicates the water is safe to drink. While the cause for the derailment has not been officially determined, a disaster proclamatio...

Don't forget Clean Air Day!

The auto industry is partly responsible for our toxic streets, and seeing the Government resist calls for an industry-financed Clean Air Fund is incomprehensible. "Meanwhile we will continue to work with our schools to educate our young people and th...

Dust storm on Mars now covers entire planet

Named the Mars Hand Lens Imager, the instrument can not capture the whole car-sized Curiosity rover, therefore it had to take more than 200 shots, which were later put together to form a single panorama. "Each offers a unique look at how dust storm...

Puan, the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies aged 62

Puan was given to Perth zoo in 1968. Born in 1956, Puan was noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the oldest verified Sumatran orangutan in the world. As the mother of 11 children, Puan's genetics account for just under 10% of th...

Trump orders US military to form ‘Space Force’

Among his remarks, Trump declared that he was pressing ahead with the creation of a Space Force to become the sixth branch of the U.S. military. Mr Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence , who leads the recently revived space council,...

Satellites used to track vanishing Antarctic ice

Before 2012, it was gaining ice but now it is losing about 28 metric tons of ice each year. Researchers from a USA university said that the major reason for the ice melting is due to warm conditions in the ocean near West Antarctica sufficient to...

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Former Director of Government Ethics Walter Shaub said Environmental Protection chief Scott Pruitt "seems to be fundamentally unfit for public service". The Post reported Wednesday that Pruitt reached out to donors including Doug Deason, whose fa...

NASA has been preemptively sued to protect Neil Armstrong-gifted moon dust

An agency spokeswoman told The Washington Post that it would be "inappropriate" for the agency to comment on a pending lawsuit. As some tests suggest a lunar origin and some did not, the expert noted that it might be a mixture of dust from Earth ...

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Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years this weekend

This is sometimes referred to as a 'micromoon, ' and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth ). The moon will take on a...

Lunar eclipse: Century's longest 'blood moon' delights skygazers

But those in North America and other parts of the Western Hemisphere are out of luck, as the eclipse will be happening during daytime hours. Picture: AAPThe blood moon peaks be...

Life on Mars? Scientists discover underground 'lake' at south pole

All of that water is either locked up in solid form, however, or locked away in the distant past. Until now, we knew that water exists in ice around the planet , as well as th...

Falcon 9 lifts off in a veil of fog

Prior to the launch, Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, nearby at Patrick Air Force Base, took off in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to secure the Eastern Range ens...

World looks to the skies as ´blood moon´ eclipse begins

It's definitely a bummer for anyone in North America, but there's still a way to watch the eclipse happen live. While the eclipse will last 103 minutes, the partial eclipse ...

Keep an eye out for the longest lunar eclipse this July

Moonrise will be at 20.49 BST in London, 21.46 in Glasgow, 21.02 in Cardiff and 21.27 in Belfast, with mid-eclipse occurring at 21.21 and the "total" phase ending at around 22.13. ...

21st century's longest lunar eclipse on Friday: Bengaluru gears up

It will be Mars's closest approach to Earth in over a decade, so the planet will appear bigger in the sky. The Mahila Seva Samaj School, in association with Aryabhata Planetarium...

Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Mars will be at a distance of 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers). This year, Mars opposition will occur on July 27, according to NASA . It makes it easier to see wit...

Trump could move this week to end California's clean-car authority

California and 16 other states, plus the District of Columbia sued May 2 to block the Trump administration from pumping the brakes on emissions standards. The revision would al...

Giant Liquid Water 'Lake' Discovered On Mars

Lake beds like those explored by Nasa's Curiosity rover show water was present on the surface of Mars in the past. All of that water is either locked up in solid form, howe...

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Total lunar eclipse on July 27: What you need to know

Total lunar eclipse on July 27: What you need to know

In the US , the lunar eclipse will start around 1:14 p.m. ET, and the maximum period of totality will start around 4:21 p.m. ET, making it too light outside for the blood moon...

'Like magic:' Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber

'Like magic:' Delicate fossil of oldest baby snake found in amber

The two pieces of amber also contained insects, remains of plants and invertebrates, indicating the snakes were living in a humid and warm tropical rain forest with a freshwater ...

12 new moons spotted around Jupiter - but one may destroy them all

12 new moons spotted around Jupiter - but one may destroy them all

In June 2017, the same team discovered two mile-wide moons and five lost moons. It's also probably the smallest moon that Jupiter has, according to Sheppard. We've got a nice l...

Blue Origin will perform a high-altitude abort test at 10AM ET

New Shepard performed as expected during today's flight, appearing to ace the test, Cornell said . Blue Origin accomplished a low-altitude abort test with a previous version of th...

Ten New Moons Discovered Around Jupiter

Ten New Moons Discovered Around Jupiter

The survey looked for objects one kilometre and larger, so there is a chance that there are other, smaller "moonlets" in orbit around the giant Jupiter. They are thought to be the ...

Chris becomes hurricane off coast of North Carolina

Chris becomes hurricane off coast of North Carolina

The National Hurricane Center officially upgraded the tropical system known as Chris to a Category 1 Hurricane Tuesday evening. The center of the storm was located 245 miles ...

Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

In 2016, he also reported a loan balance between $15,000 and $50,000. The Washington Post reported on his baseball expenditures, which included season tickets for himself. ...

Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick?

Do you approve of Trump's Supreme Court pick?

This is all conjecture, of course. "Obviously the more there is, the more opportunities there are to highlight why he's problematic", one senior Democratic aide said, adding...

Russian Progress 70 Becomes Fastest Spacecraft to Reach the Space Station

The freighter, designated Progress 70, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:51 EDT and arrived at the ISS at 9:31 EDT after successfully docking with the sta...