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A huge glacier that came to the village of Greenland

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An iceberg four miles wide broke off from a glacier in eastern Greenland in June. The iceberg has come close to properties on the island of Innaarsuit in western Greenland , whose population of 169 have been evacuated from their homes. Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris continues to spin off North Carolina coast

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It's expected to remain "well offshore" of the USA coast, forecasters say, instead steadily heading for Newfoundland while picking up forward speed through Thursday night . National Hurricane Center expects Chris to strengthen into a hurricane Tuesday. The good news here is that the forecast track for Chris remains largely unchanged since last night. Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris Turning Into Hurricane Off North Carolina Coast

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Hurricane Chris has been downgraded to a tropical storm today. The storm is still expected to be upgraded to hurricane status, which would make it the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season . "What is likely to happen though as Chris crosses the Northern Atlantic waters is that the system will weaken and get caught up along a cold front that will be working east-northeastward towards Scotland". Read More »

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Racked Up Huge Debt Buying Nationals Tickets

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And since 1930, no Supreme Court nominee has lost a confirmation vote when the president's party controlled the Senate. She said progressives are trying to portray Kavanaugh as a radical, when he is actually a textualist. Gluck noted in her praise for Kavanaugh. Democrats hope public support for healthcare will help them repeat that victory by building opposition to Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge and Trump's second nominee to the high court. Read More »

Starbucks is officially going strawless

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On July 1, Seattle became the first US city to ban plastic straws, spoons, forks and knives. Plastic straws have proven hard to recycle, not because of the material they are made from but because they are too slim for recycling production lines to effectively sort through. Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane

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East Coast on Sunday morning. Beryl, which had sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour, was expected to reach and cross the island chain late Sunday before moving south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday . Read More »

'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

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Four of those storms are projected to be hurricanes with wind speeds of 74 miles per hour (119 kilometers per hour). It was located about 965 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. The National Hurricane Center is watching two areas of storminess in the Atlantic Ocean; one has been classified as the second Tropical Storm of the hurricane season. Read More »

Scott Pruitt resigns -- July 5, 2018 at 3:50 PM

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Mr Trump, whose decision to quit the Paris climate accords was vociferously defended by Mr Pruitt , may be changing his mind now though with November's mid-terms looming and Democrats knocking his pledges to "drain the swamp" of Washington graft. Read More »

Scott Pruitt, plagued by scandals, resigns as EPA administrator, Trump says

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The EPA's Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are among the investigators. Now, Pruitt has already been accused of trying to land his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise of her own. As far back as January, sources with knowledge of the matter said Pruitt, a conservative former attorney general of Oklahoma, was interested in replacing Sessions. Read More »

Extreme heat to stick around GTA for most of the week

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Heat warnings were also in place for New Brunswick, P.E.I and Nova Scotia, where similarly intense conditions could push the humidex close to 40 on Thursday. Humidex values reaching 43 are expected. Drouin says the victims fit the profile of people authorities describe as at risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, people who live alone and people without air conditioning at home. Read More »

'Flying brain' blasts off on cargo ship toward space station

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JPL's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station ( ECOSTRESS ) will provide a new space-based measurement of how plants respond to changes in water availability. CIMON has been trained to recognize the voice and face of Alexander Gerst, 42, a geophysicist with the European Space Agency. It will hover at the eye level of astronaut and its front camera can easily detect if the person it is facing is Alexander, or someone else. Read More »

It’s official - Boston is sweating a heat wave

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The highest heat index values are expected across Northwest Ohio today . As we transition towards the Fourth of July, hot conditions are forecast to remain in West Michigan, with temperatures around 90 most of next week. The heat index is in triple digits in Kansas City, Des Moines and even Minnesota - where the Minneapolis Star Tribune said the state is now like " Saudi Arabia with lakes ". Read More »

The Supreme Court Gets Trumpier

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They include Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), which preserved the foundation of legal abortion from Roe v. Wade; the majority decision upholding affirmative action (Fisher v. Trump said his search for a Supreme Court nominee will "begin immediately" and he intends to make his selection from a list of more than 20 reliably conservative candidates the White House released past year. Read More »

Blood Moon 2018: How to watch longest lunar eclipse

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The Strawberry Moon is the seventh of 13 full moons to be present in our skies this year, and it comes just days after the United Kingdom celebrated the Summer Solstice last week, marking the start of summer and the longest day of the year. Read More »

Climate change accelerating rising sea levels

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Ice edge of Pine Island Glacier on January 26, 2017. "The increasing mass loss that they're finding is really worrying, particularly looking at the West Antarctic, the area that's changing most rapidly and it's the area that we're most anxious about, because it's below sea level", said Christine Dow, a glaciologist at the University of Waterloo in Canada who was not involved in the research. Read More »

Bluffers Guide To World Cup Russia 2018

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In my mind, they are the flawless World Cup team and have a lot to prove after the last World Cup . Even if Trump were to be elected for a second four-year term in 2020 he would not be in office when the World Cup kicks off in 2026. While Mexico has a lengthy football history with a long-established domestic league and has hosted the World Cup twice before - in 1970 and 1986 - the United States is still viewed as an emerging soccer nation. Read More »

US, Mexico, Canada embark on World Cup history with winning bid

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The province, which owns BC Place, said FIFA's financial conditions and uncertain security costs were deal-breakers. Arturo Sarukhan, a diplomat who first proposed the idea of a joint Mexico-United States bid in 2010 when he was Mexico's ambassador in Washington, said he believed at the time it would show how Mexico's relationship with the United States "had changed and matured". Read More »

SEAS' Gordon Keith has a plan to slash costs of CO2 capture

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A Canadian company by the name of Carbon Engineering has come up with a system that makes liquid fuel by sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere and combining it with hydrogen from water. It is already operating a pilot plant in Squamish, less than an hour's drive from Vancouver. But Carbon Engineering claim to have dramatically slashed this, bringing it down to $100 per ton and making the whole process far more economical. Read More »

Hamilton says getting record-tying seventh Canada GP win may be tougher

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The plan for the works cars was to switch to the new specification for Canada and then use the original units again for a seventh time in Hungary, a track where ultimate power counts less than elsewhere. Asked if he expected Ferrari to have an advantage in Canada, Hamilton replied: "Yeah, and then also particularly if they do bring their upgraded engine". Read More »

Questions: Roger Summons on finding organic matter on Mars

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As seasons come and go on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover has been diligently sniffing and digging away, looking for signs the planet could have supported life. "It's fascinating what they mean for understanding life in our universe". MIT News checked in with SAM team member Roger Summons, the Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology at MIT, and a co-author on the Science paper, about what the team's findings might mean for the possibility of life on Mars . Read More »

Trump readies new plan to aid coal and nuclear power

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The memo added that "federal action is necessary to stop the further premature retirements of fuel-secure generation capacity". The draft memo laying out the directive would not give a certain quantity operators must spend however says it will likely be sufficient to maintain the services open for the following two years, saying that US nationwide safety "depends on a strong USA home industrial base, of which the coal, nuclear, and oil and pure fuel industries are vital strategic parts". Read More »

Canada finance minister defends Trans Mountain purchase

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Despite protests that have surrounded the plans for project expansion, the Canadian government has encouraged the development of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would mirror the existing path from Alberta to British Colombia and would increase the capacity of the pipeline from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels per day. Read More »

Trans Mountain pipeline opponents vow to keep fighting

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau believes Canada's authority to build the pipeline will be able to overcome any resistance, be it from protesters or the B.C. "We won't stop until the job is done!" We will do our part to support this happening. Because instead of having the private sector do it, Canadian taxpayers are now the owners of the Trans Mountain, for an initial outlay of $4.5 billion, with the final cost likely to be around $7.5 billion. Read More »

Alberto makes landfall on Florida Panhandle

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Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions. The latest maps from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm at the centre of Alabama at 4am local time on Tuesday , it will then move through across Tennessee and IN on Wednesday . Read More »

Notley praises $4.5 billion pipeline purchase plan

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We met the deadline. The provincial government in oil-producing Alberta will create an emergency fund of as much as C$2 billion for the project, which would only be used in "unforeseen circumstances". Once the sale is complete later this summer, Canada will continue construction on its own. "The announced sale by Kinder Morgan Canada.is credit positive for Kinder Morgan Inc.", said Moody's Investors Service's Terry Marshall, senior vice president. Read More »

Canada to Buy Kinder Morgan Pipeline for $3.5 Billion

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That claim is contested by the government of British Columbia and increasingly militant environmental and Indigenous protestors. "For Kinder this allows them to ameliorate some of the risk that they are carrying that the market doesn't like". Read More »

Beachgoers warned of high rip currents ahead of Alberto

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Rainfall between 5 and 10 inches is likely from eastern Louisiana to western Florida , with some coastal areas predicted to receive up to 15 inches. "Just another day of living in Florida, hurricane season starting up here soon", Kissimmee resident Nelson Humphrey said. A storm surge watch has been discontinued west of the Florida/Alabama border. Read More »

Alan Bean, fourth person to walk on the moon, has died

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His wife of 40 years, Leslie Bean, said in a statement: 'Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew. In October 1963, Bean became one of 14 trainees selected by NASA for its third group of astronauts. In total, Bean spent 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in space, including 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon. Bean was born on March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas , and grew up in Fort Worth. Read More »