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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
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New study shows ocean currents are shifting toward the poles

Over the past 40 years, the world's eight major ocean gyres (wind-driven current systems) have steadily shifted toward the poles, according to new research published in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) journal.

Blood-red ice in Antarctica an ominous sign of climate change

A few weeks ago, scientists at Ukraine's Vernadsky Research Base in Antarctica awoke to find their usually pristine white surroundings drenched in a shocking blood-red.

'Herd shot around the world' — The last East coast polar launch

SpaceX aims to launch an Argentinian space agency 2800 kilogram (6200 pounds) tSAOCOM 1B Earth observation satellite into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as early as March 30, 2020.

International concern grows over the spread of coronavirus

International concern about the spread of coronavirus outside China grew on Sunday with sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. In the U.S. State Department officials say Americans who get sick in Asia will no longer be repatriated.

Flat Earth theorist 'Mad Mike' Hughes dies in rocket crash

Daredevil and Flat Earth theorist Michael "Mad Mike" Hughes died Saturday in a rocket crash. Hughes, 64, wanted to prove the Flat Earth theory by taking photographs of the Earth from a homemade rocket.

COVID-19 update — Iran reports two more deaths and 13 new cases

World health officials said Friday the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Iran, where health officials confirmed 18 new cases and four deaths in just two days, is “very worrisome.”

Trump signs new California water rule while bashing Democrats

Bakersfield - President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty agriculture industry and growing population further south.

Op-Ed: Trump uses loophole to appoint inexperienced ally to DNI post

Washington - In a move that is likely to unsettle the US intelligence community, President Donald Trump has appointed the Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell to oversee the nation's 17 spy agencies, even though Grenell has no intelligence-related experience.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, John Rood resigns

Pentagon policy chief John Rood is leaving his job at the end of this month, the Defense Department confirmed on Thursday, marking yet another high-level departure from the Trump administration's senior national security ranks.

Oil sands need to get on board with Canada's climate goals

Ottawa - Alberta’s oil sands operators will need to face higher carbon taxes, stricter regulations and implement technologies that don’t exist yet if Canada is going to meet its climate commitments, warns a new report from the Pembina Institute.

Iran reports new coronavirus has killed 2 citizens

Iranian authorities confirmed on Wednesday two cases of the new coronavirus has killed two elderly Iranian citizens, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. This story has been updated based on reporting by the Associated Press.

Locust outbreak in East Africa spreads to South Sudan

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday.

Trump threatens lawsuits if Mueller probe cases not thrown out

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for all cases stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be "thrown out" - suggesting he could bring a lawsuit over the matter.

Update: China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80 percent of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials.

Half-a-million mussels cooked to death in waters off New Zealand

The climate crisis has given us another casualty. Nearly 500,000 dead green-lipped mussels washed up on a beach in New Zealand after being cooked alive by rising ocean temperatures.

Storm Dennis brings severe flooding to Britain as it moves East

London - Britain issued severe flood alerts Monday, warning of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. One woman swept away by the floodwaters was feared dead. m

General Motors pulls out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

General Motors has decided to pull out of Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments.

NASA technology detected millions of Arctic methane 'hotspots'

Scientists are taking to the skies to study methane emissions in the Arctic. In a series of more than 400 airplane rides in 2017, researchers with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment discovered 2 million methane hotspots.

Storm Dennis now rivals the most intense North Atlantic storms

The UK is bracing for a second straight weekend of wild winter weather and flooding that's already seen the army deployed to help out residents in northern England and the Royal Navy to assist in a search and rescue operation.

Houston — A city where your closest neighbor may be toxic

Houston - Houston’s lack of zoning restrictions has left many residents with neighbors they don’t want: petrochemical facilities and businesses that handle hazardous materials.
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