Environment

China suffers natural gas shortage as coal ban backfires

Dec 14, 2017

Chinese authorities commandeer natural gas supplies to heat homes, disrupting supplies to industry, after efforts to clear smog-choked air by banning coal use led to energy shortages in frigid weather

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

Dec 14, 2017

President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn his nomination after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely

Evacuation lifted for South Dakota towns near wildfire

Dec 14, 2017

The wildfire in South Dakota's popular Custer State Park grew rapidly, pushing beyond the park's borders and threatening nearby communities, but evacuation orders for those cities were eventually lifted later in the day

PolyMet offers $544M in financial assurances for mine costs

Dec 13, 2017

PolyMet is offering Minnesota a $544 million package of financial assurances in connection to a copper-nickel mine it wants to build in northeastern Minnesota

EPA chief jets to Morocco to help promote fossil fuel use

Dec 13, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt flew to Morocco to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States

Oil-spill-related defamation suits resolved after mediation

Dec 13, 2017

An attorney fired from the claims-processing office related to the 2010 BP oil spill has settled lawsuits claiming she was defamed

Mark Ruffalo is 'disgusted' with Trump's monuments decision

Dec 13, 2017

Actor Mark Ruffalo says he is disgusted with President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments by nearly two-thirds

'Three Billboards' tops SAG noms, 'Big Sick' bounces back

Dec 13, 2017

In nominations Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the revenge drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," offered swift redemption for the romantic comedy "The Big Sick" and left many Oscar favorites empty handed.

Study: Almost 45 million tons of e-waste discarded last year

Dec 13, 2017

A new study claims 44.7 million metric tons (49.3 million tons) of TV sets, refrigerators, cellphones and other electrical good were discarded last year, with only a fifth recycled to recover the valuable raw materials inside

Studies: Warming made Harvey's deluge 3 times more likely

Dec 13, 2017

New studies find global warming's fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year

Weather, 20 December
Houston Weather
+7

High: +11° Low: -2°

Humidity: 83%

Wind: NNE - 7 KPH

Canberra Weather
+27

High: +27° Low: +17°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: W - 20 KPH

Roissy-en-France Weather
+6

High: +6° Low: -5°

Humidity: 87%

Wind: ENE - 7 KPH

Florence Weather
+9

High: +9° Low: +6°

Humidity: 97%

Wind: ENE - 17 KPH

Parga Weather
+7

High: +16° Low: +4°

Humidity: 100%

Wind: SE - 25 KPH