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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
Expertise in Environment & green living, Charity & volunteer work, Health, Education, Politics,   see all» Pharmaceuticals, Ethnic cultures, Unemployment, Government, Science & space, Women's health

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Astonishing diamond found in Canada's Northwest Territories

On Thursday, Dominion Diamond Mines - a world-leading producer of responsibly mined diamonds, announced the recovery of the largest known gem-quality diamond ever found in North America. Weighing 552-carats, the yellow diamond was unearthed in October.

BMJ study — Parachutes don't save people who fall out of planes

The BMJ Christmas issue has not let readers down - producing another ground-breaking study to wrap our minds around as we celebrate the holidays. This time, they have proved that parachutes don't save people who fall out of airplanes.

B.C. government and First Nations to phase out 17 fish farms

Vancouver - B.C. First Nations and the provincial government have agreed to shut down 17 open-net fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago in what may be the biggest shake-up in the history of the controversial fish farm industry.

Experts: U.S. should boost fusion research by $200 million a year

In a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, experts are urging that the DOE start a national program to build a compact pilot plant to produce electricity from fusion at the lowest possible cost.

Federal government offshore wind auction shatters records

After the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) much-hyped August oil and gas auction bombed, the agency hit it big this week with their offshore wind auction — with a record-setting total of bids at $410 million for three tracts of ocean.

Toronto stock market down along with lower oil prices

Toronto - Stock futures pointed to a lower opening for Canada’s main stock index on Thursday, as oil prices fell after China reported slower economic growth, pointing to lower fuel demand in the world’s biggest oil importer.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan declares 'climate emergency'

London - London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations.

Guiana Space Centre to get new rocket tower in the jungle

In a remote corner of a South American jungle, Europe’s new rocket launch tower is being built. French engineers working on the project in Kourou in French Guiana, affectionately call it a “moveable Eiffel Tower," even though it looks a bit boxey.

Senate makes a tough choice — Salmon or sea lions?

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Pacific Northwest has cleared the U.S. Senate.

Huge cave discovered while counting caribou in British Columbia

While doing an aerial caribou count in east-central British Columbia in April, officials from Canada’s ministry of national resources, quite by accident, came across a massive cave never seen by humans before — possibly the largest in Canada.

Virginia cigarette maker invests in Canada pot company Cronos

Cronos Group Inc, today announced that it has entered into a subscription agreement with Virginia-based Altria Group Inc. — the maker of Marlboro cigarettes. The Altria investment will give them a 45 percent stake in Cronos.

Xcel Energy becomes first major U.S. utility to go carbon-free

A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states said Tuesday it has committed to eliminating all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050, and becoming 80 percent carbon-free by 2030.

India's filthy air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017

Delhi - India’s filthy air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 percent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday.

Washington regulators shutdown $5.3 billion Hydro One/Avista deal

Hydro One and Avista Corporation today were denied the proposed merger of the two companies by Washington state regulators. Ontario ratepayers, could be on the hook for a $138 million termination fee.

Greenland ice sheet melting at alarming rate of speed

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster today than at any point in the last 350 years, according to a new study. The study found that the rate of melting is "off the charts."

Highest-paid YouTuber of 2018 is seven-year-old boy

Seven-year-old Ryan, the host of the Ryan ToysReview YouTube channel, has earned more than $22 million this year and was named Forbes' highest-paid YouTube star.

Host of COP24 conference wins shameful Fossil of the Day Award

Katowice - The COP24 global climate conference in Katowice, in the heart of Poland's coal country, got off to an inauspicious start on Sunday. For whatever reason, the Polish government decked the halls of its exhibition center with piles of coal.

Nationwide beef recall grows to 12 million pounds over Salmonella

Tolleson - Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled about 12 million pounds of non-intact, raw beef that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday morning.

Carbon emissions to rise in rich nations — First time in 5 years

The world’s advanced economies will see an uptick in their carbon dioxide emissions this year, bucking a five-year-long decline, mainly due to higher oil and natural gas use, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Soyuz crew successfully docks at ISS — Met by jubilant astronauts

An international crew aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket docked safely at the International Space Station on Monday, the first manned voyage to the ISS since a mission in October was aborted mid-air because of a rocket malfunction.
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