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EPA argues for shifting focus from climate change to water

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world's most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.
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Science Says: Tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness. These animals are pipsqueaks, only about the size of a period. Under a microscope they look like some combination of chubby […]
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Science Says: Tiny 'water bears' can teach us about survival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us about true toughness.
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Environmental Protection chief: Unsafe water biggest threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator says unsafe drinking water is "probably the biggest environmental threat" the world faces.
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Stealth Bombers, Nuclear Attack Submarines and Aircraft Carriers: The U.S. Military's Future

Where Washington's defense dollars will flow.
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Boeing Drops Amid Criticism Over Role in Vetting Own Jets

A person familiar with the matter on Sunday said that the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General was examining the plane’s design certification before the second of two deadly crashes of the almost brand-new aircraft. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported that a grand jury in Washington, D.C., on March 11 issued a subpoena to at least one person involved in the development process of the Max. And a Seattle Times investigation found that U.S. regulators delegated much of the p...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, Ethiopian Airlines, Seattle Times, U S Transportation Department


Bolsonaro touts 'changed', U.S.-friendly Brazil to Washington

The day before he is due to meet like-minded populist President Donald Trump at the White House, Bolsonaro told business leaders he would like to partner more with the United States. Brazil had changed, he said. "We have good relationships around the world," he added, "but I am extending my hands so that the relationship with the United States is increasingly more important." An outspoken Trump admirer, Bolsonaro took power in January, vowing to realign Brazil with more advanced economies, pa...
Tags: Science, Washington, United States, Brazil, Donald Trump, Trump, United States Brazil, Bolsonaro, White House Bolsonaro


Boeing Drops as Role in Vetting Its Own Jets Comes Under Fire

A person familiar with the matter on Sunday said that the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General was examining the plane’s design certification before the second of two deadly crashes of the almost brand-new aircraft. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported that a grand jury in Washington, D.C., on March 11 issued a subpoena to at least one person involved in the development process of the Max. And a Seattle Times investigation found that U.S. regulators delegated much of the p...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, Ethiopian Airlines, Seattle Times, U S Transportation Department


Trump calls for 'Space Force', nations talk space peace

On the surface, this looks like a terrible moment for the world's major military powers to negotiate a deal on preventing an arms race in space. Last month, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that the global disarmament architecture was "collapsing," citing various diplomatic failures, including Washington's decision to scrap a crucial nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has drafted plans for a new "Space Force" on orders from President Donald Trump who has declared space...
Tags: Science, Washington, Un, Donald Trump, Trump, Antonio Guterres, Russia Meanwhile the Pentagon


Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, Washington, White House, China, India, New York City, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, United States, Harvard University, International Space Station, House, Antarctica


America, the Moon, and National Memory

Three days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, the nation watched an elaborate state funeral unfold with great pomp, circumstance, and majesty in Washington, D.C. Americans, like most of the world, were in shock, and probably never gave a thought as to what it took to organize a major event like this on such short notice. Our British cousins, however, were incredulous.London had been planning Winston Churchill’s funeral since the 1950s (he would not die until two ...
Tags: Texas, Science, London, Obama, Congress, Washington, America, Beijing, United States, Winston Churchill, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Houston, Panama Canal, Apollo, Kennedy


U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democra...
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Pompeo seen attending Finland Arctic talks amid China concerns

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to attend the May 6-7 Arctic Council meeting in Finland in a show of Washington's commitment to the region amid growing U.S. concern about China's interests there, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States are members of the Council, which coordinates Arctic policy and is gaining clout as sea ice thaws to open up new trade routes and intensify competition for its oil, gas...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, United States, Arctic, Finland, Council, Trump, State, Rovaniemi Finland, Arctic Council, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change. Chanting "climate action now!", some 1,500 students joined the event in front of the Capitol Building, where Congress sits, while similar rallies were held in 46 states. The demonstrations, which demanded politicians take action to combat climate change, backed measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democra...
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All the world a stage: Rising U.S. oil clout on show in Houston

A glance at the attendee list at one of the world's largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics. Absent: leading Saudi and Russian officials, and most OPEC nations. As the United States weans itself off foreign oil imports - thanks to booming domestic production - the complex web of politics and business interests that have shaped decades of Washington's energy diplomacy in the Middle East an...
Tags: Science, Washington, Opec, United States, Middle East, Houston


Italy's drive to join China's Belt and Road hits potholes

Jump forward two millennia and Italy now wants to play a pivotal role in the new Silk Road being created by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte plans to sign a preliminary accord when Xi visits Rome next week, hooking Italy up to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - a colossal, multi-billion-dollar project designed to improve Beijing's trade reach. Italy's drive to be the first Group of Seven industrialized nation to join the ambitious venture has angered Washington and...
Tags: Silk Road, Science, Washington, China, Rome, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Italy, Brussels, Group of Seven, Giuseppe Conte


U.S. youth plan Washington rally to protest climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters are planning to skip school to join a rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers are calling an international Youth Climate Strike to seek action on climate change. The demonstrations, which will call on politicians to take action to combat climate change, express support for measures including the Green New Deal, an ambitious Democratic environmental proposal that has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism. "So many kids are going to be in the str...
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SEC sues Volkswagen, ex-CEO over alleged emissions fraud on investors

WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is suing Volkswagen (VW) and its former chief executive Martin Winterkorn over the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal, alleging a "massive fraud" on U.S. investors. Regulators and investors argue VW should have informed them sooner about the scope of the scandal, while VW says it was not clear it would face billions of dollars in fines and penalties as others had paid out much lower sums for similar offe...
Tags: Science, Washington, Vw, SEC, Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen VW, FRANKFURT Reuters, U S Securities and Exchange Commission SEC


The way you speak now was shaped by what your ancestors ate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The way most of us speak today is shaped in part by how long ago our ancestors gave up chewing tough, raw meat.
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Exclusive: U.S. aims to cut Iran oil exports to under 1 million bpd from May - sources

The United States aims to cut Iran's crude exports by about 20 percent to below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) from May by requiring importing countries to reduce purchases to avoid U.S. sanctions, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump eventually aims to halt Iranian oil exports and thereby choke off Tehran's main source of revenue. Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
Tags: Science, Washington, Iran, United States, Tehran, Reuters U S President Donald Trump


U.S. House technology panel heads seeks delay in 5G spectrum auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives' Science, Space and Technology Committee on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a planned radio frequency spectrum auction for 5G wireless communications. The panel's Democratic chairwoman, Eddie Bernice Johnson, and its top Republican, Frank Lucas, cited concerns that the spectrum under consideration could interfere with signals for sensors related to weather and climate forecasting and said ...
Tags: Science, Washington, Federal Communications Commission, Reuters, Democratic, U S House, Makini Brice, Frank Lucas, Eddie Bernice Johnson


What to know about the measles outbreak, affecting over 70 in Washington anti-vaccination hot spot

Over 70 people have been infected with the highly contagious illness, and more people are suspected to have measles.
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Iran's oil tanker fleet being squeezed as sanctions bite

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is running short of options to replace its aging fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran, Western and Iranian sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled and Panama has also removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry forci...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran, Tehran Western


UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making the […]
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China offers help to Venezuela to restore power

China offered on Wednesday to help Venezuela restore its power grid, after President Nicolas Maduro accused U.S. counterpart Donald Trump of cyber "sabotage" that plunged the South American country into its worst blackout on record. Maduro, who retains control of the military and other state institutions as well as the backing of Russia and China, has blamed Washington for his nation's economic turmoil and denounced opposition leader Juan Guaido as a puppet of the United States. With the power...
Tags: Science, Washington, China, Russia, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro, Juan Guaido


Iran hunts for more ships to keep its oil flowing

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is discreetly scouring the globe for second-hand oil tankers to replace its ageing fleet and keep crucial crude exports flowing as U.S. sanctions start to bite, Iranian and Western sources said. Since U.S. President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions in November, exploratory talks with South Korea for up to 10 new supertankers have stalled, Panama has removed at least 21 Iranian tankers from its registry and Tehran is now looking for extra vessels in places such as V...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Science, London, Washington, Iran, Vietnam, Tehran, Donald Trump, Panama, China India, DUBAI Reuters Iran


Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave

"The presence on Venezuelan soil of these officials represents a risk for the peace, unity and stability of the country," the government said in a statement, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries. Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Tuesday he was asking Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido for participating in the alleged "sabotage." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing Guaido as Ve...
Tags: Science, Washington, United States, Venezuela, Maduro, Elliott Abrams, Maduro Supreme Court, Tarek Saab, Juan Guaido, Guaido


U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: official

Abrams did not elaborate on the fresh measures but his warning came a day after the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. Abrams said Washington was also preparing to withdraw more U.S. visas from Venezuelans with close ties to President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old C...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, U S Treasury, Abrams, Maduro, PDVSA, Juan Guaido, U S financial restrictions Abrams, Nicolas Maduro Washington


Venezuela gives U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave, blames Trump for blackout

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said U.S. diplomats on Venezuelan soil must leave within three days, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic "interest sections" in the two countries. The U.S. State Department had announced on Monday it will withdraw its staff from Venezuela this week, saying their presence had become "a constraint on U.S. policy." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congres...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington, Venezuela, Trump, U S State Department, Maduro, Jorge Arreaza, Juan Guaido, Julio Castro


Venezuela, blaming U.S. for blackout, orders diplomats to leave

Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab is also asking Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido for participating in the alleged "sabotage," he said at a news conference on Tuesday. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old congress chief declared himself interim president in January, calling Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud. With the power blackout in its sixth day, hospitals struggl...
Tags: Science, Washington, Venezuela, Maduro, Maduro Supreme Court, Tarek Saab, Juan Guaido, Guaido



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