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Ireland Expected To Become World's First Country To Divest From Fossil Fuels

All investments in coal, oil, gas and peat, part of the country's €8 billion euros (approximately US$9.3 billion dollars) will have to be sold off " as soon as is practicable ", which is expected to take place over a five-year period. The bill defines a fossil fuel company as a company that derives 20% or more of its revenue from exploration, extraction or refinement of fossil fuels. Read More »

Sea Shepherd Says Endangered Blue Whale Killed in Iceland

However, Iceland doesn't follow the global moratorium on killing all whales, and will give permits for hunting fin whales, which they do not believe are threatened. "I am absolutely confident that it's a hybrid", said Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf, the company that owns the vessel. The government has promised an investigation and DNA test to determine what this animal is, but campaigners are, in fact, hoping that the damage has already been done. Read More »

Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon

The project employs private Israeli company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries of the state. The probe, presented in the Israeli city of Yehud, will land on the lunar surface after a long journey during which it will orbit for about two months around the Earth. Read More »

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

The rat-free islands were found to have more seabirds , whose waste supplies the soil with abundant nitrogen. The researchers tested for heavy nitrogen isotopes on 12 islands, half of which had no rats and the other half was rat infested, and in nearby coral reefs. Read More »

Seven rhinos die after move to new park in Kenya


The three remaining rhinos are being monitored and given fresh water in pans, the ministry said. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) transported critically endangered animals from Nairobi to Tsavo East National Park in the country's southeast last month, to boost the population of the beasts there, it said. Read More »

Historic towers at Cape Canaveral launch pad demolished


An Air Force commander initiated the detonations - which brought down the mobile gantries and towers at launch complex 17. It toppled over shortly after 7 a.m. Cape Canaveral has always been a cherished place for the U.S. space program, having hosted some of the most important space missions stretching back decades. Read More »

'First blue whale' caught in 50 years

Icelandic fishing magnate Kristjan Loftsson views the whale, believed to be a blue whale. Photos of the massive mammal, which can grow to 33 metres long, were posted online by conservation groups claiming it was slain by Kristján Loftsson's whaling company, the Daily Mail reports . Read More »

Israel to launch moon mission from Florida in December


Approximately $88 million has been invested in the spacecraft's development and construction, mostly from private donors, project team members said . "We will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon", Morris Kahn, one of the project's leaders, said announcing the mission. SpaceIL plans to have Israel be the fourth country in the world to launch their spacecraft to the moon. Read More »

NASA may have discovered, accidentally destroyed organics on Mars in 1976

However, the Viking landers which touched down on the red planet in 1976 found no trace of organics in their soil sample instruments. It may sound a bit freakish but a NASA probe may have accidentally destroyed organic molecules found on the surface of Mars more that 40 years ago , according to a report from New Scientist . Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris expected to become post-tropical Thursday


The storm is moving to the northeast at 37 kilometers per hour (22 MPH). Chris will be this hybrid type of storm when it makes landfall in Newfoundland Thursday . The National Hurricane Center noted at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Chris was located near latitude 36.4 degrees north and longitude 67.8 degrees west. Read More »

Israel set to land spacecraft on the moon in early 2019


Israel Aerospace Industries and the nonprofit SpaceIL announced Tuesday that they plan a December launch from Cape Canaveral to land on the moon on February 13. The cameras inbuilt in the spacecraft shall be taking pictures and videos of the moon's surface and its magnetometer measures the moon's magnetic field. Read More »

Solar eclipse scheduled on Friday the 13th, won't be visible in India

During a total solar eclipse the entire Sun is obscured by the moon for a brief period of time. During the partial solar eclipse today, the Sun would appear crescent-shaped over Australia and Antarctica, while the August 11 event will play over the North Pole, northern Europe, and parts of northern and eastern Asia. Read More »

Brett Kavanaugh Reportedly Racked Up Thousands In Debt Buying Nationals Tickets


Both of the Republicans running for a chance to take her on support Kavanaugh. Amy Brittain of The Washington Post reported , citing a review of Kavanaugh's financial documents and information from the White House, that the judge "incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets". Read More »

Space launch towers demolished at Cape Canaveral

The final one was in September 2011, when a Delta II rocket carried two probes into space to gather information about how the moon formed. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing, before pushing a button to initiate a series of detonations. Read More »

Russia Sends Cargo to Space Station With Record Speed

Progress has a much longer history, though. Previously resupply missions with "Progress" spacecraft have taken either six hours (four orbits) or two days (34 orbits). The shorter flight time of the Progress MS-09, carried on a Soyuz 2.1 rocket, was made possible by a new navigation system. Andrei Borisov reportedly wrote in Lenta.Ru that new Roscosmos Director Dmitri Rogozin is proposing a space program "that reminds one of the Dark Ages in Europe". Read More »

From Greenland broke off a six-kilometer-long iceberg


Researchers from New York University filmed the massive sheet of ice breaking off the Helheim Glacier over 30 minutes on June 22, then sped it up to just 90 seconds. "The better we understand what is happening, the more precisely we can predict and plan for climate change ", explains an employee at NY University, Denise Holland . Read More »

Senator Graham Slams Democratic Dissent of Kavanaugh


Kavanaugh posed for photos in Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's office, with the Kentucky Republican, Pence and former Arizona Sen. Manchin is one of five Senate Democrats trying to get reelected in November in a state Trump won by double digits. Read More »

With Kavanaugh hearing, some Democrats see opportunity to bolster 2020 campaigns


He, however, has stopped short of endorsing Kavanaugh, calling him a "smart pick" whom he is eager to meet. In a 1989 piece for the Yale Law Journal, he discussed a 1986 Supreme Court ruling in Batson v. But: Manchin released a statement strongly suggesting that Kavanaugh's opinions on preserving parts of Obamacare will be a deciding factor for the senator. Read More »

Airbus Reveals Early Design Of Its Mars Rover


It will be used to deploy a so-called Sample Fetch Rover, a machine Airbus is now working on. NASA and the European Space Agency agreed in April this year to find out if it was possible to bring soil samples from Mars back to Earth. The ship will be captured in Martian orbit by ESA's Earth Return Orbiter and then head home. Presently, NASA operates two rovers on Mars called Opportunity and Curiosity . Read More »

Israel plans to launch moon mission on SpaceX rocket this year

SpaceIL is backed by a number of donors, including USA casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the Schusterman Family Foundation and South African-born billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn. It will be the secondary payload, launched with other satellites. Once it completes its mission, the spacecraft will remain on the moon, proudly displaying the flag of the State of Israel. Read More »

New Giant Dinosaur Discovered That Rewrites Evolutionary History


Ingentia was an early member of a dinosaur group called sauropods that later included Earth's biggest terrestrial creatures including the Patagonian behemoths Argentinosaurus, Dreadnoughtus and Patagotitan. Like their notorious descendants, they also had elongated necks and tails. The dinosaur had a bird-like respiratory system and air sacs in its bones that helped keep it cool. Read More »

Tropical Storm Chris approaches hurricane status


Chris will move very slowly toward the northeast today, but will soon pick up speed Wednesday and Thursday and track away from the area. The storm, however, may produce risky surf conditions, including a high rip along the coast of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states in the next few days and potentially creating life-threatening conditions, the NHC said in an advisory. Read More »

Starbucks is ditching plastic straws


The strawless lids will begin to appear in Seattle and Vancouver Starbucks this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada next year. While recycling straws is impractical, the company said , the new lid is made from polypropylene and will be more easily processed by recyclers. Read More »

Researchers film glacier calving massive iceberg in Greenland

This phenomenon, also known as calving (the breaking off of large blocks of ice from a glacier), may also be instructive to scientists and policy makers. But even though the icebergs tossed into the sea here are contributing to sea level rise , scientists still don't know exactly how such break-ups work. Read More »

Daylight meteor spotted streaking across central US

Since Sunday, more than 600 reports about the fireball have been filed with the American Meteor Society from nine different states. One such skywatcher was photographer and owner Dan Bush , who happened to have not one, but two unmanned video cameras aimed at the horizon. Read More »

World's 'oldest coloured molecules' are bright pink


The pigments range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form, but are bright pink when diluted. Except it wasn't gold - it was bright pink. Once there, it must be isolated from any exposure to oxygen, which spurs decay, and then the rock that holds the material has to remain in one piece for a billion years, Brocks said. Read More »

Russian cargo ship docks at ISS in record time


The Progress 70 resupply ship, loaded with nearly 2,721 kgs of food, fuel and supplies, is set to launch from Baikonur space port in Kazakhstan at 3.51 am (Kazakhstan time) on Tuesday. Russia's Progress cargo ships have been keeping the space station stocked with supplies since 2000, when the first crew took up residence on the orbiting lab. Read More »

Acting EPA Chief Pledges 'Change of Tone' in Communications


Companies like Fitzgerald Glider Kits lobbied for this loophole, which allows them to ignore the 300-truck cap at least until the end of 2019. EPA Press Secretary Molly Block told HDT on July 9 that back in November, the agency proposed to "repeal certain emission requirements for gliders". Read More »

NASA's Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel, forced to nap


Kepler began its 18th observation run on 12 May, using its 100-megapixel camera to monitor starlight from a patch of sky that was previously studied in 2015, on the lookout for the tell-tale dips in brightness that might indicate a planet moving between a star and the spacecraft. Read More »

Scandal-plagued EPA Administrator 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 US power sector 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. Under Pruitt, the EPA "rolled back punishing regulations that were hurting American workers and stifling our economy", Barrasso said. Before Wheeler took on the post as Pruitt's second-in-command, he was a principle consultant for FaegreBD Consulting . Read More »

Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020


While straws have become a high-profile issue, they make up only about 4% of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight. "For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways", Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a release . Read More »

'Disorganized' Tropical Storm Beryl moving a little faster, but blowing no harder

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged people to stay inside and observe a curfew. "They should not let their guard down", he said. "We are in a vulnerable state", he said. Some 60,000 people still have only tarps for roofs. Those living near Puerto Rico's south coast were wary of the rain forecast, since they were the first ones hit by Maria and saw some of the biggest damage. Read More »

Lions kill suspected rhino poachers in South Africa

Generally, Fox said, this specific group of lions does not react to a game vehicle containing people the same way it views individuals who are walking on the ground without a vehicle. His reserve lost three rhinos in March 2016, when poachers hacked off their horns. The six lions involved were darted (anesthetized) from a game viewing vehicle and their reaction to the vehicle at that time was closely monitored by myself, the veterinary staff as well as our conservation staff. Read More »