Sunday July 22, 2018 6:53:03 PM PDT - Everything characters say or do is a clue to their personalities, their histories, and the forces that motivate them. - William G. Tapply
 
 
 

 

 

 
 

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:21:36 -0400
Magnitude 5.8 quake hits southeast Iran, fourth temblor in two days
  At least 25 people were injured on Monday when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook southeastern Iran, just a day after another quake injured nearly 290 people in the west, Iranian media reported.


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Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:48:17 -0400
Fast-spreading California wildfire nears Yosemite park
  A raging California mountain blaze that has already killed one firefighter grew over the weekend and bore down on Yosemite National Park, prompting the closure of some smoke-choked campgrounds and roads at the popular tourist destination.


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Sun, 22 Jul 2018 07:41:28 -0400
Typhoon winds hit Shanghai, disrupting flights and shipping
  Typhoon Ampil hit Chinese financial hub Shanghai around midday on Sunday, bringing heavy rainfall and disrupting transport and shipping.


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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 11:04:49 -0400
Storm Son Tinh kills 20, leaves 16 missing in Vietnam
  Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam, the country's rescue committee said on Saturday.


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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:56:20 -0400
Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family
  Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a "duck boat" sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years.


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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:31:29 -0400
Chinese steel output cuts to vary from mill to mill next winter: official
  Production cuts in China's mammoth steel sector will vary from mill to mill next autumn and winter, said an environmental ministry official, as the country shifts away from a 'one size fits all' approach to fighting pollution.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:11:55 -0400
U.S. loses bid to end children's climate change lawsuit
  A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Trump administration's renewed bid to dismiss a lawsuit by young activists who say the U.S. government is ignoring the perils of climate change.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:45:13 -0400
Missouri duck boat captain told passengers not to don life jackets: survivor
  An Indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a "duck boat" capsized and sank in Missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:11:37 -0400
Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas
  The drownings of 17 people when a “duck boat” in which they were riding sank in a storm over a Missouri lake on Thursday was reminiscent of an accident involving the amphibious tourist vessel in 1999 in which 13 people died.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:27:59 -0400
Baltimore lawsuit blames oil and gas companies for climate change
  The city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit on Friday against 26 oil and gas companies and entities, including BP Plc , Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp, for knowingly contributing to what the city called the catastrophic consequences of climate change.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:59:31 -0400
EPA wrongly denied biofuel waiver for West Virginia refinery: court
  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider its denial of small West Virginia refinery Ergon's application for an exemption from U.S. biofuel laws after it relied on an "error-riddled" analysis, an appeals court ruled on Friday.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:46:07 -0400
Texas power use to keep hitting records during heat wave: ERCOT
  Homes and businesses in Texas used record amounts of power for a second straight day on Thursday and are expected to use even more in coming days as consumers crank up air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, according to the operator of much of the state's power grid.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:13:56 -0400
Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections
  The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to key provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act in a move it said would streamline the law but which conservation groups slammed as an assault on wildlife protections.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:41:52 -0400
Nigeria to devise green bond issuance program by end 2018
  Nigeria's debt office will devise a green bond program before the end of 2018 to raise funds for environmental projects, a junior minister for the environment said on Friday.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:23:13 -0400
As wheat harvest heads to parched north, Europe braces for more losses
  Europe's grain market is bracing for more downgrades to the size of this year's wheat crop as harvesting reaches the northern regions that have been worst hit by exceptional drought and heat since spring.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:45:54 -0400
Caracas' dying botanical garden highlights Venezuela's decay
  Dead palm trees and a dried-up lagoon are what you see when you enter Caracas's botanical garden. A UNESCO World Heritage site and once one of the city's most important tourist spots, its directors are trying to rescue it from abandonment.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:15:08 -0400
U.S. West power prices soar to four-year highs as heat wave bakes region
  Electric prices in some U.S. Western markets rose to their highest in more than four years as power generators compete for dwindling natural gas supplies to keep air conditioners humming as a heat wave bakes much of the region.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:13:36 -0400
Forget Brexit for a while and count the butterflies, Attenborough tells Brits
  Naturalist David Attenborough suggested the British public take a break from squabbling over Brexit and instead take part in the world's biggest count of butterflies.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:18:22 -0400
Branson, Missouri, tourist cheer marred by 'duck boat' tragedy
  The cheer of Branson, Missouri, a Midwestern tourist destination known for bucolic scenery, country music and family-friendly attractions like a toy museum, turned somber Friday after at least 13 people died when the "duck boat" they were riding in sank.


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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:51:05 -0400
Japanese inventors step up to offer relief from sweltering heat
  A jacket with built-in fans, a road coating to rein in heat and factory mist sprayers were on offer at a trade fair in the Japanese capital on Thursday as it struggles with record heat two years before it hosts the Summer Olympics.


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