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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
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Lawmaker calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other toxic heavy metals.

Trans Mountain expansion could depend on Monday's election

Political risks to Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have grown as tight polls ahead of Monday's federal election increase the odds of a minority government, even though both leading candidates support the project.

Trump dumps plan to host G-7 at his golf course — blames media

Two days after the White House said that President Donald Trump had directed next year's Group of Seven summit to be held at Trump National Doral Miami resort, the president tweeted late Saturday that no, actually, it will not.

Method found for creating virgin quality plastics from waste

A research group has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality as the original.

Dry, windy conditions raise fire threat in Southern California

Los Angeles - A dry, windy weekend has raised the wildfire threat across Southern California, including a patch of Santa Barbara County where the risk is critical.

HUD stonewalling on $8.3 billion aid package for Puerto Rico

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is illegally withholding billions of dollars in natural disaster aid from Puerto Rico, based on remarks by Trump and HUD alleging corruption and financial irregularities is behind the delay.

Tropical Storm Nestor barreling toward Florida Panhandle

Tropical Storm Nestor is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle early Saturday and will bring soaking rain, winds and coastal flooding to parts of the Southeast this weekend.

NASA paid SpaceX $5 million for employee safety review

During a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan in September 2018, Elon Musk sipped whiskey and puffed a little weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance. NASA was not impressed.

Carbon capture may go down in defeat as wind power takes hold

Fossil fuel stakeholders are leaning on carbon capture to keep coal and other fossil fuels relevant, but the technology has yet to prove itself commercially. However, renewable energy technologies are surging globally, and at competitive prices.

What is the cryosphere and why is it important?

There are places on Earth that are so cold that water is frozen solid. These areas of snow or ice, which are subject to temperatures below 32°F for at least part of the year, compose the cryosphere.

Tropical Storm warnings issued as system heads to Gulf states

A disorganized area of storms in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical storm Thursday as it heads toward the US Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

Ford plans to launch 12,000-strong EV charging network in U.S.

Ford doesn't currently offer any electric vehicles, but it announced Thursday that, once it does, it will offer the largest North American network of electric vehicle chargers of any automaker — including Tesla.

Paris Zoological Park unveils 'The Blob' on Saturday

Paris - It is bright yellow, can creep along at a speed of up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) per hour, can solve problems even though it doesn't have a brain and can heal itself if it is cut in two. Meet the "blob," a most unusual organism.

Virgin Galactic unveils spacesuits for 'SpaceShipTwo' passengers

Virgin Galactic and partner Under Armour unveiled a new line of "spacewear" spacesuits for future passengers on SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceplane once space tourism flights begin in 2020.

Archaeologists uncover 20 sealed coffins near Luxor, Egypt

Luxor - Archaeologists have found more than 20 ancient wooden coffins near the Egyptian city of Luxor, the country's antiquities ministry, Khaled Al-Anany says.

GM and union reach tentative deal after nearly 5-week strike

General Motors and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union are reportedly close to making a deal to end the month-long strike that has cost the company $2 billion, but everything is still tentative.

Upcoming national election is crucial for Canada’s energy sector

Ontario - Energy and the environment is arguably the key policy area that will decide the election—and most agree the outcome of the vote will, in turn, be crucial for Canada’s energy sector.

SpaceX files a request to run 30,000 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX is seeking permission from the International Telecommunication Union to access spectrum for 30,000 satellites for its Starlink network, This will be in addition to the 12,000 satellites already approved by the ITU and FCC.

Conservation group seeks protection for western Joshua trees

Joshua Tree - A conservation organization has petitioned for protection of the western Joshua tree under the California Endangered Species Act due to the effects of climate change and habitat destruction.

Renewable electricity overtakes fossil fuels in UK for first time

Renewable energy sources provided more electricity to UK homes and businesses than fossil fuels for the first time over the last quarter, according to new research.
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