On September 2022...

Cuba’s electricity grid has collapsed, leaving the entire country without power in the wake of Hurricane Ian, as residents in Florida braced for the arrival of what is expected to be a catastrophic Category 4 storm. The western end of Cuba was hit by violent winds and flooding on Tuesday, affecting infrastructure, state-run media reported, while some of the country’s most important tobacco farms were devastated. Cuba’s National Electricity Union said that power…

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September 28, 2022...

Ukraine has accused Russia of causing leaks in two major gas pipelines to Europe in what it described as a “terrorist attack”. Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said the damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 was “an act of aggression” towards the EU. He added that Russia wanted to cause pre-winter panic and urged the EU to increase military support for Ukraine. Seismologists reported underwater blasts before the leaks emerged…

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September 27, 2022...

A new “baby” island has been spotted in the middle of the ocean hours after an underwater volcano erupted. The Home Reef volcano – found in the Central Tonga Islands – erupted this month and within hours, the Earth’s newest land mass had formed. Lava from the volcano was cooled by the ocean water, forming the island, which grew in size over several days as the lava continued to flow. On September 14, scientists at Tonga Geological Services announced the island covered around 4000sq m…

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September 26, 2022...

North Korea fired a ballistic missile towards the sea off its east coast on Sunday, ahead of planned military drills by South Korean and U.S. forces involving an aircraft carrier and a visit to the region by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris. South Korea’s military said it was a single, short-range ballistic missile fired from near the Taechon area of North Pyongyan Province just before 7 a.m. local time and flew about 600 km (373 miles)…

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September 25, 2022...

At least 86 migrants have died after the boat they were travelling in sank off Syria’s coast on Thursday, the country’s state-run media reported. Twenty survivors were taken to hospital, while rescuers continue to search for missing passengers. Officials said Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian nationals – including women and children – were believed to be among the 120 to150 people on board. It is not clear what caused the accident. Officials added that the vessel had departed from Minyeh, a city near the Lebanese port

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September 24, 2022...

The White House and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say a Republican-led proposal to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks would endanger the health of women and have severe consequences for physicians. “If passed and enacted, this bill would create a nationwide health crisis, imperiling the health and lives of women in all 50 states,” according to a preliminary analysis of the bill by Jennifer Klein, the White House Gender Policy…

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September 23, 2022...

A day after 230 whales were found stranded on a beach in Australia’s island state of Tasmania, most of them have died, officials said. They appear to be pilot whales, and while the agency working to rescue the whales originally said half were still alive, only 35 had survived by Thursday. Most of the whales are stranded on Ocean Beach and others were reported in Macquarie Harbour, said Tasmania’s Marine Conservation Program (MCP)…

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September 22, 2022...

The mystery of a bizarre creature dubbed the “alien goldfish”, which has baffled fossil experts for decades, may have been solved, according to scientists who say the animal appears to have been some sort of mollusc. Typhloesus wellsi lived about 330m years ago and was discovered in the Bear Gulch Limestone fossil site in Montana in the late 1960s, with the remains of other species subsequently identified.But with features including a rugby ball-shaped body up to 90mm (3.5in) in length, a fin on its back end

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September 21, 2022...

In fields near Argentine farm town Pergamino, spiky green shoots of wheat stretch in neat rows to the horizon, a crop developers hope will boost yields of the grain thanks to a single gene borrowed from sunflowers helping it better tolerate drought. Reached along a dusty farm track, the field is one of dozens of sites growing a genetically modified (GM) wheat strain called HB4, developed by local firm Bioceres (BIOX.O) and state scientists…

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September 20, 2022...

Researchers believe they have accurately estimated Antarctica’s Weddell seal population for the first time – using images from space and the eyes of hundreds of thousands of citizen scientists. Weddell seals are a key indicator species in the Southern Ocean, for both sea ice fluctuations and shifts in the food web. They can live up to 30 years in the harsh conditions of the coastal sea ice of Antarctica, but until recently, counting them has been risky and cost-prohibitive…

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September 19, 2022...

A strong earthquake shook much of Taiwan on Sunday, toppling a three-story building and temporarily trapping four people inside, stranding about 400 tourists on a mountainside, and knocking part of a passenger train off its tracks. One person died and nine people had minor injuries, Taiwan’s Emergency Operations Center said. The magnitude 6.8 quake was the largest among dozens that have rattled the island’s southeastern coast since Saturday evening…

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September 18, 2022...

It’s quite literally a jewel in the royal crown – but some claim it’s “stolen” and should be returned. The word “Kohinoor” blew up on Twitter soon after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, reigniting a centuries-old campaign to correct the course of British colonialism. Kohinoor is one of the largest and most expensive cut diamonds in the world and the centrepiece of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Weighing 105.6 carats, the diamond is said to be worth $663 million…

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September 17, 2022...

The German government has taken temporary control of two subsidiaries of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. The move by the government puts it in charge of Rosneft’s stakes in three refineries in the country. This includes a key facility in the northeast of the country which supplies around 90% of Berlin’s fuel, and in which Rosneft held a majority stake. Germany’s economy ministry said the move was necessary to counteract an impending threat to energy security…

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September 16, 2022...

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested in South Korea for the alleged murder of two children whose bodies were discovered in suitcases bought at an auction in New Zealand. South Korean authorities arrested the woman today on a Korean arrest warrant for two charges of murder. The remains of the two young children, who were aged about five and 10, were concealed in the suitcases for a number of years before an Auckland family unsuspectingly bought the luggage…

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September 15, 2022...

King Charles and members of the royal family received the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, after tens of thousands of people lined the streets in heavy rain to mark its arrival in the British capital. On a dark night, the well-lit hearse travelled slowly from a nearby airport through London, with crowds stood all along the route, some in the road, others throwing flowers, and many ditching their cars or running from nearby streets…

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September 14, 2022...

A man who may have been keeping a wild kangaroo as a pet was killed by the animal in southwest Australia, police said. It was reportedly the first fatal attack by a kangaroo in Australia since 1936. A relative found the 77-year-old man with “serious injuries” on his property on Sunday in semirural Redmond, 400km southeast of Western Australia state capital Perth. It was believed he had been attacked earlier in the day by the kangaroo, which police shot dead

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September 13, 2022...

Japanese officials may further relax border controls for foreign travellers as a way to boost its economy, local reports say. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara told local TV a weak yen was “most effective in attracting inbound tourism”. The yen slid to its lowest point against the US dollar in 24 years last week, dropping as much as 1.7 percent. He said a cap on daily entries could be lifted in the “not so distant future”. Japan has barred most foreign visitors for the last two years amid measures to slow the spread of Covid…

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September 12, 2022...

At least three people are dead after a powerful earthquake hit a remote part of Papua New Guinea Sunday morning, authorities say. Others were injured and infrastructure damaged in the magnitude 7.6 jolt that was felt across the Pacific country. The three people died in a landslide in the gold-mining town of Wau, said Morobe Provincial Disaster Director Charley Masange. Other people had been injured from falling structures or debris…

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September 11, 2022...

Scientists say they have identified the mechanism through which air pollution triggers lung cancer in non-smokers, a discovery one expert hailed as “an important step for science – and for society”. The research illustrated the health risk posed by the tiny particles produced by burning fossil fuels, sparking calls for more urgent action to combat climate change. It could also pave the way for a new field of cancer prevention, according to Charles Swanton of the United Kingdom’s Francis Crick Institute…

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September 10, 2022...

North Korea has passed a law declaring itself to be a nuclear weapons state, according to state news agency KCNA. The country’s leader Kim Jong-un called the decision “irreversible” and ruled out the possibility of any talks on denuclearisation, it said. The law also enshrines the country’s right to use a pre-emptive nuclear strike to protect itself. Despite crippling sanctions, Pyongyang has conducted six nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017…

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September 09, 2022...

Even if the world somehow manages to limit future warming to the strictest international temperature goal, four Earth-changing climate “tipping points” are still likely to be triggered with a lot more looming as the planet heats more after that, a new study said. An international team of scientists looked at 16 climate tipping points when a warming side effect is irreversible, self-perpetuating and major and rough temperature thresholds at which they are triggered…

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September 08, 2022...

China recorded its highest temperatures and one of its lowest levels of rainfall in 61 years during a two-month summer heatwave that caused forest fires, damaged crops and hit power supplies, the national meteorological agency said. The average national temperature in August, 22.4C, was 1.2C higher than the seasonal norm, while average rainfall fell 23% to 82 millimetres, the third lowest since records began in 1961, according to Xiao Chan…

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September 07, 2022...

One of the suspects in the stabbing deaths of 10 people in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has been found dead, and his injuries are not self inflicted, police said Monday as they continued the search for a second suspect. Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead near the stabbing sites and they believe his brother, Myles Sanderson, 30, is injured, on the run and likely in the provincial capital of Regina…

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September 06, 2022...

Germany’s president asked for forgiveness on Monday for his country’s failure to protect Israeli athletes and team members who were murdered 50 years ago at the 1972 Munich Olympics. “We cannot make right what happened,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a gathering including relatives of the dead and Israeli officials during commemorations at the airfield where a failed rescue attempt took place. Palestinians from the Black September militant group took members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage on Sept. 5, 1972…

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September 05, 2022...

NASA’s new moon rocket sprang another dangerous fuel leak, forcing launch controllers to call off their second attempt to send a crew capsule into lunar orbit with test dummies. The first attempt earlier in the week was also marred by escaping hydrogen, but those leaks were elsewhere on the 98m rocket, the most powerful ever built by NASA. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said repair work could bump the launch into October. Mission managers planned to meet later in the day to decide on a course of action…

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September 04, 2022...

Aid workers warn a lack of clean drinking water is causing an increase in diseases in Pakistan, as the floods death toll passes 1,200. Access to clean water was the biggest problem for those trying to find food and shelter, said medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres. The government met on Saturday to assess the scale of the floods which have submerged a third of the country. At least one in three of the victims of the flooding are said to be children…

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September 03, 2022...

Destruction is imminent across southern Japan and South Korea as super typhoon Hinnamnor barrels northwards through the East China Sea this weekend. The typhoon is so far the strongest tropical storm of the 2022 hurricane season and developed gradually this week out in the Pacific, edging towards the Philippines and Taiwan. By Thursday, maximum sustained winds had reached 160mph, leading to classification as a category 5 cyclone…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

September 02, 2022...

A new report from NOAA and the American Meteorological Society paints a clear picture of the state of the planet: The climate crisis is not a future threat, but one that’s already here. The annual State of the Climate report found that 2021 was among the hottest years as the world saw record-high greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat and sea level rise, indicating that the effects of climate change are just getting worse…

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September 01, 2022...