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Starbucks will rid stores of plastic straws, go with 'strawless lids' instead

Starbucks will rid stores of plastic straws, go with 'strawless lids' instead Customers will instead be given plastic lids designed for use without a straw or with non-plastic straws. Plastic straws will be phased out by 2020. Others voiced concern for those who rely on straws due to disability. In an effort to reduce the use of avoidable plastic waste that inevitably ends up swirling around the world's oceans and washing up along its coastlines, the British governme... [Full Article...]

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns In 2015, he joined a multi-state lawsuit against the EPA in an ongoing effort to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan , which calls for reducing carbon emissions from the USA power sector 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. Before taking the job at the EPA, Wheeler worked as an energy lobbyist on Capitol Hill. "Hi, I just wanted to urge you to resign because of what you're doing to the ... [Full Article...]

Starbucks ditching plastic straws out of environmental concerns

Starbucks ditching plastic straws out of environmental concerns By 2020, consumers will no longer be able to get single-use plastic straws at all Starbucks stores globally. The company said it will make a strawless lid available at 8,000 stores in the U.S. Similar proposals are being considered in places like NY and San Francisco. Engineers successfully developed a "cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid", and decided to make it the standard for... [Full Article...]

Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants

Tropical Storm Chris to strengthen; Beryl weakens to remnants But not for a day or two. Chris was stationary about 180 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the NHC 5 p.m. There was high threat of risky rip currents north of Cape Lookout, according to the National Weather Service's Newport/Morehead City office. The weather service expects those rain bands to periodically affect the Outer Banks... [Full Article...]

Rainy pattern continues for week ahead & latest on Beryl & Chris

Hurricane force winds for a Category 1 storm are 74 to 95 miles per hour. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre but forecasters anticipate Beryl to gradually weaken during the next 36 hours. Lucia and Dominica. High surf and unsafe rip currents are expected along parts of the Carolina and mid-Atlantic coasts through early week. 'Additional weakening is fore... [Full Article...]

Hunters died in Sibuya Game Reserve

Hunters died in Sibuya Game Reserve At the moment it is unknown exactly how many people were killed. According to its website, Sibuya Game Reserve is located on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape, approximately 130 kms from Port Elizabeth or East London. He says the reserve's wildlife veterinarian darted the lions so that police forensic investigators could search for evidence. Fox said that he found a high-powered rifle w... [Full Article...]

Tropical Depression Two: Where Is Storm Going and When Will It Hit?

Tropical Depression Two: Where Is Storm Going and When Will It Hit? A tropical wave being tracked by hurricane forecasters blossomed into a depression in the Atlantic Thursday morning, but is expected to fizzle before reaching land. That's a big dip from their model in May , where they predicted there would be between 14 and 18 named storms on the eastern seaboard, seven of which would be hurricanes. [Full Article...]

Beryl strengthens into hurricane

Beryl strengthens into hurricane Beryl is a very compact storm with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour gusting to 100 miles per hour at times. Forecasters said they expect the storm to pick up speed over the weekend and approach the Lesser Antilles before crossing the island chain as a hurricane late Sunday or early Monday . [Full Article...]

Iowa Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

Iowa Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on Scott Pruitt’s Resignation He said Pruitt could overcome criticism from environmental groups and unflattering stories in the media, but not the lengthy list of political scandals that includes asking EPA staff to pick up dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. [Full Article...]

'Blood Moon' to Grace Nigerian Skies On July 27

A total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a Blood Moon , because of the reddish tinge the Full Moon takes on when fully eclipsed. A lunar eclipse is when the sun, Earth, and moon align and the planet's shadow is cast on the moon, giving it an eerie red hue. [Full Article...]

Trump aide Bolton says North Korea could disarm in a year

Trump aide Bolton says North Korea could disarm in a year A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, met with North Korean officials on Sunday in the truce village of Panmunjom. The officials said the North Korean dictator would have to show progress for the U.S. "One, in the last eight months you haven't seen missile launches", she added, referring to North Korea's former habit of provocatively testing ballistic missiles. [Full Article...]

Hawaii to ban sale of sunscreen containing chemicals damaging to coral reefs

Hawaii to ban sale of sunscreen containing chemicals damaging to coral reefs State Rep. Chris Lee, that stands for Honolulu suburban areas, stated the regulation is an essential action in order to help Hawaii hand down its coral reefs, sea, tourist market and also way of living to the future generation. Executive director at the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, Craig Downs stated that, "Juvenile corals are a thousand times more sensitive to the toxic effect of these ch... [Full Article...]

Scientists create hybrid embryos in race to save rhino sub-species

Scientists create hybrid embryos in race to save rhino sub-species The global team of researchers successfully managed to adapt reproduction techniques used in horses to the special circumstances of rhino species, opening up the potential to bring back the northern white from the brink of extinction. They also envisioned to bringing already extinct species back from the dead. But Cesare Galli of Italian biotechnology lab Avantea , which specializes in livestoc... [Full Article...]

Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency

Scott Pruitt resigns as chief of United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA deputy Andrew Wheeler would "assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA". Mr Pruitt's resignation is the latest in a long list of White House departures since Mr Trump took office previous year. As of last October, 67 environmental rules appeared to be under threat. Pruitt is the subject of 14 separate federal probes into his alleged misconduct and misspending. [Full Article...]

UK wants to set own fishing access rules after Brexit -document

The " Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations " white paper seeks to establish how the United Kingdom will approach the matter of fisheries following Brexit , at which point the country expects that as part of its deal the EU's Common Fisheries Policy will no longer apply. [Full Article...]

Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect

Severe Thunderstorm Watch In Effect Thursday, and notes that "conditions are favourable for the development of risky thunderstorms that may be capable of producing torrential rain". Environment Canada says the thunderstorm has a potential of becoming "dangerous". Earlier on Thursday Environment Canada forcasted a daytime high of 34 C today, though humidex values will make it feel as hot as 43 at times. The rain will see the over... [Full Article...]

Canada's Ontario government scraps cap-and

Canada's Ontario government scraps cap-and Earlier this year, the USA state of California and two Canadian provinces - Ontario and Quebec - kicked off a cross-border auction of greenhouse gas emission credits to buy and sell in the cap and trade market in an effort to fight global warming. [Full Article...]

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns After Months of High-Profile Scandals

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns After Months of High-Profile Scandals Trump writes on Twitter , "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job". At least for the immediate future, Pruitt's deputy, Andrew Wheeler , would take over at EPA as acting administrator . Kristin Mink was having lunch with her son on Monday when she noticed Pruitt with a colleague at Teaism in Penn Quarter and chose to confront him, child in tow. [Full Article...]

American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman

American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman CBC News reported that the Canadian government is investigating the incidents, which occurred June 24 and 25. Cook says he's never before seen border patrol agents in the area, where the U.S. "Our understanding is that this was part of a regular exercise being conducted along the US marine border", said the association in a statement. Lawrence Herman, a former Canadian diplomat who now practi... [Full Article...]

Three suspected rhino poachers eaten by lions

Three suspected rhino poachers eaten by lions A pride of lions ate a group of poachers after they broke into a game reserve earlier this week in South Africa to hunt rhinoceroses. Fox added that he suspected alleged poachers had entered the reserve on Sunday night or early Monday morning. [Full Article...]


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