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It’s been exactly one year since US scientists reported a mysterious surge in ozone-destroying chemicals, known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Banned in 1987 under the globally signed Montreal Protocol, there was only one explanation: somewhere out there, in an unknown location, someone must have gone rogue, setting back progress on the ozone hole by a decade
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Alcatraz might be best known as a popular tourist destination, the site of the former high-security prison that once held Al Capone. But a team of archaeologists has now unveiled new evidence of this San Francisco Bay island’s often overlooked military history. Using non-invasive techniques, the scientists have confirmed the presence of a coastal fortification
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Colorado Senate Bill 19-013 is aimed at allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of painkillers in an effort to curb opioid addiction. Colorado Senate Bill 19-013 is aimed at allowing doctors to recommend medical marijuana instead of painkillers in an effort to curb opioid addiction. Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) is reviewing a Senate bill
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Bioplastics made from hemp are a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastics that have become the scourge of the ocean. Plastic is a significant source of pollution. It’s with harmful additives, made from oil and takes hundreds of years (or longer) to degrade. A patch of plastic and sludge the size of Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean right
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Imagine calling a friend. Only instead of hearing a ring tone you hear a police siren, and then a voice intoning, “Be careful in your dealings with this person.” Would that put a damper on your relationship? It’s supposed to. Welcome to life in China’s “Social Credit System,” where a low score can ruin your
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More than a dozen tornadoes were reported Monday in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri, as an evening of very active severe weather also brought large hail, high winds and flash flooding across the southern Plains and Midwest. The threat was expected to continue overnight. Severe Weather Brings Flooding, Multiple Tornadoes Across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and
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Radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear weapons tests could be leaking into the Pacific Ocean. According to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a concrete dome that was built on Runit Island in the late 1970s to contain waste from massive atomic bomb tests conducted after World War II could be leaking toxic sludge into the sea. A concrete
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An Australian man has unearthed a 1.4kg (49oz) gold nugget with a metal detector while wandering Western Australia’s gold fields, say locals. Australian finds a 1.4 kg gold nugget in old gold fields. A shop in Kalgoorlie shared pictures of the rock online, estimated to be worth A$100,000 (£54,000; $69,000). The unidentified man was an
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Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center announced Monday evening that Subtropical Storm Andrea had formed. Called a subtropical storm because it has a blend of both tropical and nontropical characteristics, it is packing peak winds of 40 mph (64 kilometres per hour). The storm could strengthen slightly through Tuesday
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An outbreak of violent thunderstorms, including large, destructive tornadoes, is predicted in the Southern Plains through Monday night. “Particularly dangerous situation” tornado watches have been issued for western and central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, and the Texas Panhandle. The National Weather Service has issued an exceptionally rare “high risk” outlook for not only tornadoes, but
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The Solar System might be a soggier place than we previously thought – even in the glacially cold reaches of the Kuiper Belt. There, dwarf planet Pluto could be harbouring liquid oceans under a shell of nitrogen ice.   It was thought that the temperature required to maintain a liquid ocean on Pluto was too
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MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, on March 8, 2014 when the jet mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah was in control of the plane when it last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am over the South China Sea. However, moments later, the plane vanished from civilian radar screens following
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Everyday, volcanoes erupt along the Ring of Fire. Here the latest volcanic explosions reported around the world. Agung volcano, Indonesia Bali’s Mount Agung in Karangasem District erupted again on Saturday, May 18, at 2:09 a.m. local time, spewing ash 2,000 meters into the air. The volcanic ash column was thick and gray. The eruption had
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MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, on March 8, 2014, when it mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah was in control of the plane when it last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am over the South China Sea. However, moments later, the plane vanished from civilian radar screens following a routine handover
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Many people are familiar with the term ‘blue moon’ and know it as the second full moon in one calendar month. However, there is another way for a full moon to earn this well-known nickname.  An American Airlines passenger airplane from Miami crosses a blue moon over Whittier, Calif., as it heads to Los Angeles
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Let’s talk about weather chaos! What is currently sweeping across Saudi Arabia and Oman is more than that. Heavy hailstorms, extreme flooding… In desertic countries? What the heck is going on… Apocalyptic hailstorm blocks road traffic in Shifa, Saudi Arabia on May 17, 2019. Extreme hailstorm stops traffic in Shifa, Saudi Arabia A heavy hailstorm
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Sensation prevails after volcanic lava-like inflammable liquid has been reported erupting again in Tripura since Wednesday morning. The incident has been reported from Madhuban under Kathaltali village, on the outskirts of Agartala. This is the fourth such incident in the state in a period of one year. Last year, three such incidents were reported from Sabroom