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Texas rallies to rescue pets, with lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina

HOUSTON — The big-rig truck was full of cats. Theo, who had a bit of a sneeze. Vennessa, who was acting like a diva. Two Thomases. And Buck, who, to everyone’s surprise, was a girl. They had been living in shelters in southeast Texas. But with Hurricane Harvey leaving untold numbers of family pets stranded, […]

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93-year-old American woman donates $22 mn to Cologne Zoo

A 93-year-old widow from the United States has donated $22 million to the zoo in Cologne, Germany, saying she wanted to give back to the city where she and her husband met during World War II, German media reported Friday. “We never forgot Cologne,” Elizabeth Reichert told the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper by phone from her […]

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Great apes abilities misunderstood in decades of research by human hubris

Credit: University of St Andrews. Scientists are learning striking new features about nonhuman great apes on a yearly basis. Progress, however, is slow and some papers can actually be misleading as a result of some researchers’ skewed views and biases. In other words, our false sense of superiority leads us to perceive great apes such […]

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Repeating Radio Signals Coming from Deep Space Detected

Repeating radio signals from a mysterious source in a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away have been detected by astronomers. Using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, scientists with the Breakthrough Listen initiative—a massive project dedicated to finding signs of intelligent alien life—recorded 15 repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs) on August 26th. The […]

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Anti-Semitism Will Have Envoy, but Not Climate Change

The State Department will retain a special envoy to monitor anti-Semitism, but other roles dealing with high-profile topics such as climate change and the closure of Guantánamo Bay will be scrapped as standalone positions, as part of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s efforts to streamline department functions. Tillerson made his decisions public Monday in a […]

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Secretary Perry Continues To Ignore The Evidence On Grid Reliability, Even His Own

Late Wednesday night, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its so-called “study” on grid reliability. Secretary Perry commissioned the report in this April memo, asking the DOE to investigate whether our electric grid’s reliability is threatened by the “erosion of critical baseload resources,” meaning coal and nuclear power plants. Perry took the unusual step […]

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Brazil under fire over Amazon forest mining decree

Brazil’s government is scrambling to respond to public outcry after it dismantled a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining. The National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca) banned mining in roughly 46,000 square km of Amazon rainforest, an area larger than Denmark. It was set up in 1984 […]

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Houston is inundated by a storm ‘beyond anything experienced before’

HOUSTON — People across southeastern Texas scrambled to find shelter Sunday as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to drench the state, dropping up to 24 inches on Houston in 24 hours, flooding bayous and rivers, and unleashing one of the worst natural disasters in Texas history. At least five people were reported dead, according to the […]

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Trump to head to storm-hit Texas on Tuesday

US President Donald Trump will head to storm-hit Texas on Tuesday, the White House announced, after the Republican leader said earlier that he wanted to wait until authorities on the ground were ready. “The president will travel to Texas on Tuesday. We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders […]

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Trump Rescinded Obama’s Flood Risk Rules Before Harvey

Donald Trump signed away Obama-era flood standards just weeks before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in a bid to get infrastructure projects approved more quickly. The rule signed by former president Barack Obama in 2015 had not yet come into effect but aimed to make infrastructure more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as […]

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Jordan wins anti-desertification policy award

By Hana Namrouqa – Aug 27,2017 – Last updated at Aug 27,2017 AMMAN — The World Future Council (WFC) has awarded Jordan the bronze Future Policy Award 2017 for its Updated Rangeland Strategy that enshrines the Middle East’s most widespread and longstanding indigenous traditional conservation institution “Hima” into law, according to its website. Hima is […]

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Mexico City is banning dolphin shows, taking a lead on animal rights

At Six Flags in Mexico City, massive signs encourage people to visit the popular dolphin show. It happens twice a day, featuring dolphins doing tricks on command as an emcee rallies the crowd with booming pop music. There is no mention of the fact that the popular spectacle will shut down soon. A vendor at […]

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Disaster as thousands of Atlantic salmon escape from fish farm on the west coast

This past week, the net of a fish farm in Washington state was damaged, releasing thousands of Atlantic salmon into Pacific waters. Of course, Atlantic salmon don’t belong there and can have disastrous consequences on the already-struggling Pacific salmon. The oceans are being overfished and one solution to reliably bring fish to the grocery stores […]

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Pregnant Lion Saved from Syrian Zoo Gives Birth Just Hours After Rescue

This proud mamma lion may have been destined to bring her newborn cub into a war zone – but now, after traveling for over 375 miles, she and her child are safe. Dana is one of five lions who were rescued from a zoo in Aleppo earlier this week. For the last several years, the […]

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