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California aims to get all electricity from clean sources


Brown also announced plans for a carbon neutral bill, mandating that the state remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it emits by 2045. About 26.9% of the state's generation now comes from hydro, with 26.9% from renewables and 43.3% from natural gas. Read More »

Senate Judiciary Committee delays Kavanaugh vote until next week


Feinstein has not shared details about the letter beyond her statement Thursday, and no other senators on the Judiciary Committee have been permitted to see it, according to reports. Bush White House that had been available to senators only on a "committee confidential basis". This is normal, but could mean Republicans are still working to get those moderates to agree to vote for Kavanaugh. Read More »

Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos


Hurricane Florence has reportedly been causing 80-plus feet waves. The storm is strengthening rapidly and is expected to become a major hurricane very soon. East Coast, at a speed of approximately 13 miles per hour (20 km/h). Hurricane Florence is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane and is expected to make a risky impact once it makes landfall along the coast of the southeast USA later this week. Read More »

Hurricane Florence grows to Category 4; evacuations ordered


Where is the hurricane now? Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane roared from a Category 1 (90 mph) to a Category 4 (130 mph) in just 13 hours, an extremely rapid intensification, Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said. Read More »

Approaching Hurricane Florence snarls travel

Another storm, Hurricane Isaac, however, is expected to hit the Lesser Antilles as a "minimal" Category One storm or "strong tropical storm" on Thursday. Other counties are evacuating low lying and flood prone areas. In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially "historic and catastrophic rainfall , life-threatening flooding, and high winds". Read More »

Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon nears


A Hurricane Warning extends from the mouth of the Pearl river to the Alabama-Florida border, with Tropical Storm Warnings extending farther west into Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies. Analysts said Gordon has winds of up to 65-miles-per-hour and is expected to charge inland over the lower MS valley Wednesday. Read More »

Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane


It was moving west at 15 miles per hour, pushing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts.Forecasters said that little change in strength was expected and that no coastal watches or warnings were in effect. Tuesday due to the risk from storm surge there. A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt. Read More »

TS Norman forms over eastern Pacific; could become…


As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Hurricane Miriam featured 75 mph winds with higher gusts and was tracking west at 9 mph about 1,090 miles east-southeast of Hilo, according to forecasters at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center . It was located 1,230 miles east-southeast of Hilo and was moving west at 13 mph. Tropical Storm LisaSeptember 20, 2016 - Tropical Storm Lisa forms over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.September 24, 2016 - Weakens to a tropical depression. Read More »

PTC 6 expected to become tropical storm


The system was moving west at about 12 miles per hour. "The depression is becoming better organized, and it will most likely reach tropical storm status in the next several hours", the National Hurricane Center advisory stated. If this were to occur, it could limit swell potential for the East Coast (it would be far away), although not all models are suggesting the system will finish a complete recurvature through the Atlantic. Read More »

California Ends Cash Bail, Bail Industry


The new law lets counties set up their own pretrial assessment agencies or run their risk assessment programs through existing probation departments. Jerry Brown's (D) signature. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said in a statement. New Jersey and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems as well, although neither state has completely eliminated the money aspect. Read More »

Leadership is declared vacant ahead of crucial party meeting by Malcolm Turnbull


Former prime minister Tony Abbott - the man knocked off in a leadership challenge by Mr Turnbull - has been the most vocal critic of the energy policy. "That is what people are telling me and that is what the government wants to do", he said. The prime minister of Australia was fighting for his political life last night as conservative backbench MPs plotted to topple him. Read More »

Roundup Chemical Linked to Cancer Found in Children's Cereals: Group


Even so, a 2015 decision by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer declared glyphosate, which prevents plants from photosynthesizing, a probable carcinogen . In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer. The EWG said the federal limits are outdated and that most of the products it tested exceed a more stringent definition of safe glyphosate levels. Read More »

NASA's solar probe cleared for launch on mission to "touch the sun"


With one minute and 55 seconds left on the countdown timer, a launch controller ordered "Hold, hold, hold" when a pressure alarm sounded, showing that there was a fault with the Delta IV Heavy rocket's helium system. Scorching, yes? But if all works as planned, the inside of the spacecraft should stay at just 85 degrees Fahrenheit. "We'll be going where no spacecraft has dared go before - within the corona of a star", said project scientist Nicky Fox from Johns Hopkins University Applied ... Read More »

Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today


The partial eclipse will be visible from 1:32 pm to 5:02 pm (IST) on Saturday. Although, this myth gains traction around the time of a total solar eclipse , some people refuse to cook or eat even during partial eclipses. If you are watching from Earth, it appears that the Moon covers the Sun. Making a pinhole in cardboard and holding it above a piece of paper on the ground can project the image of the solar eclipse without gazing at the Sun. Read More »

Hope for clear skies in Cumbria for glimpse of meteor shower


NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space .com that the Perseids are one of the most popular meteor showers of the year; and in 2018, they'll be the best shower of the year. Gal suggests that starry-eyed hopefuls view the meteor shower in dark places with low cloud coverage like Makapuu or Sandy's Beach. Cam and Dursley Astronomy Club members are making the most of the year's biggest and best display of shooting stars by holding their annual "shooting star party" this coming Saturday, on ... Read More »

Subtropical Storm Debby forms far out over the Atlantic


The NHC issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for Hawaii County, and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency advised residents to prepare an emergency kit that includes at least a 14-day supply of food, water and other necessities. It was moving west at 9 miles per hour. Surf: Swells generated by Hector are forecast to reach southeast and east shores of the Big Island and Maui late Tuesday. Read More »

Trump administration wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards

The average fuel economy during Obama's tenure was around 25 mpg. The Trump administration's plan to relax fuel-economy and vehicle pollution standards could be a boon to USA oil producers who've quietly lobbied for the measure. General Motors said in a statement that it wants to work "with all parties to achieve one national 50-state program", adding it was committed to "continually improving fuel economy and our commitment to an all-electric future". Read More »

Dragon Ready for Return Ahead of Commercial Crew Announcement


NASA also said SpaceX will launch an uncrewed flight test in November, with Boeing not expected to do that until late in 2018 or in the early part of next year. These unexpected delays could mean that Boeing might not get certification for its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft until February 2020, states The Verge , citing a series of reports from the Government Accountability Office. Read More »

Mars Close Approach: How to view the celestial event


On the night of 31 July, Mars will be closest to the Earth in 15 years. "The next similar close approach won't happen until September 11, 2035, when Mars will be 35.4 million miles away". To contact a reporter for this story, email Karen Edwards or call (250) 819-3723 or email the editor. Mars also has seasons, due in part to its 25-degree axial tilt, which is similar to Earth's 23.5-degree tilt. Read More »

Researchers Detect Evidence of Lake Beneath the Surface of Mars


The ISA team's findings will appear in this week's issue of the journal Science , they will reignite speculation about the planet's geology and the potential for life on Mars. The surface is scored by old gorges, canyons, beaches, ocean basins and giant volcanoes, whose eruptions could have kept things riled up on the planet. Read More »

Longest total lunar eclipse of 21st century coming Friday


There are three types - total, partial and penumbral - with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse , in which Earth's shadow completely covers the moon. Considering how this will be the longest total lunar eclipse in the century, Petro shelled out some suggestions for those who'll be able to witness it and those who won't. Read More »

Blue Origin launches rocket to space in extreme test of crew capsule

After launch, the reusable New Shepard booster will climb to an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers), the internationally-approved boundary of space, and then proceed to land nearby. Also, ticket prices for a trip into space haven't yet been decided, noted Cornell. While testing with New Shepard continues, work on Blue Origin's next vehicle, the New Glenn is pressing on, albeit mainly away from the attention of the media. Read More »

Heat warnings in effect


The weather agency says a "very warm and humid air mass" has settled over the Maritimes and above normal temperatures and humid conditions will stick around into Thursday. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health extended the city's heat warning until further notice over the weekend. The new system is a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. Read More »

Two-thirds of Americans oppose reversing Roe vs. Wade


Trump did not identify the finalists for the slot being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy , and said he would interview "one or two" candidates during his weekend stay at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. "Well, that's a big one, and probably not", Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo in an interview scheduled to air Sunday at 10 a.m. on "Sunday Morning Futures". Read More »

A Strawberry Moon will sweeten up the night sky tonight

It's the Rose Moon in Europe. The pair will climb to its highest point for the night around midnight and will sit low in the west at dawn on June 28 and 29. The view on the Eastern Seaboard will be nearly entirely obscured by clouds, which are expected to be thick as far west as the Ohio River Valley. Cloud-free conditions will lead to uninterrupted views of Saturn for much of the western and central US on Wednesday night. Read More »

Scientists find cheap way to convert Carbon dioxide into gasoline


A Canadian company, backed by Bill Gates, says it has reached an important threshold in developing technology that can remove Carbon dioxide from the air. As for the price, previous attempts to do just this have stalled since it could cost up to $1000 to filter a metric ton of carbon dioxide. In 2015, Carbon Engineering launched its first pilot plant for capturing CO2 in British Columbia in Canada. Read More »

Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts again, with 192 people still missing


In the first few hours, the ash and mud was so hot, rescuers had a hard time reaching victims and by the time they made it out to some of them it was too late. A baby miraculously survived after a house was covered in ash. Her brother and sister made it to safety, but their grandmother has not been seen again. Read More »

Ban on plastic use should start from every house, says Karimnagar Collector


The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution , stated another official release. More than 73 million toilets have been built across the country, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The objective of celebrating world environment day is to bring worldwide focus on importance of environment and to stimulate attention and actions for improving the environment. Read More »

Airbus-built SES-12 dual-mission satellite successfully launched


Thirty-two minutes later, after firing of engines, the top floor of the rocket used the communications satellite SES-12, which is one of the largest and most powerful, by SES of Luxembourg. SpaceX launched a communications satellite early Monday morning. SES-12, which is designed with wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Read More »

Meet the fastest-growing black hole


If this behemoth was in the center of the Milky Way it would have been the only object visible at night, washing out all other stars and planets in its light, says Wolf. "It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point star that would nearly wash out all of the stars in the sky", said Wolf. But don't panic - Dr Wolf says it won't suck us in. Read More »