All-Time Records Fall As A Heat Wave Roasts The Northwest U.S.

Intense. Prolonged. Record-breaking. Unprecedented. Abnormal. Dangerous. That’s how the National Weather Service described the historic heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, pushing daytime temperatures into the triple digits, disrupting Olympic qualifying events and breaking all-time high temperature records in places unaccustomed to such extreme heat. Portland, Ore., reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday, breaking the all-timeContinue reading “All-Time Records Fall As A Heat Wave Roasts The Northwest U.S.”

At least five dead as tornado wrecks buildings in Czech Republic

More than 100 injured in south-west, where South Moravia governor voices shock at level of destruction At least five people died and more than a hundred were injured when a tornado and hailstones the size of tennis balls hit the Czech Republic’s south-east on Thursday night. Video footage from the region on social networks showedContinue reading “At least five dead as tornado wrecks buildings in Czech Republic”

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, the country’s state TV reported. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that aired on Sunday that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last “for three to four days.” Without elaborating, heContinue reading “Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown”

New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants

Exploratory project in Botswana and Namibia is threat to ecosystems, local communities and wildlife, conservationists say Tens of thousands of African elephants are under threat from plans for a massive new oilfield in one of the continent’s last great wildernesses, experts have warned. Campaigners and conservationists fear the proposed oilfield stretching across Namibia and Botswana would devastateContinue reading “New oilfield in African wilderness threatens lives of 130,000 elephants”

Hoover Dam Reservoir Dips to Record Low, in Sign of Extreme Western U.S. Drought

The reservoir created by Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel that symbolized the American ascendance of the 20th Century, has sunk to its lowest level ever, underscoring the gravity of the extreme drought across the U.S. West. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56 feet above sea level, dipping belowContinue reading “Hoover Dam Reservoir Dips to Record Low, in Sign of Extreme Western U.S. Drought”

Pikachus gather at G-7 summit, call on Japan to stop burning coal

A group of protesters dressed as the popular Japanese animated character Pikachu gathered at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Cornwall, England, and called on Japan to stop burning coal. The Independent reports that the demonstration was organized by the No Coal Japan coalition. The group called on Japan to stop using fossil fuels byContinue reading “Pikachus gather at G-7 summit, call on Japan to stop burning coal”

Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington did the same for Moscow and the two powers reached an agreement to that effect. Putin made the comments in an interview aired in excerpts on state television on Sunday ahead of a June 16Continue reading “Putin says Russia would accept conditional handover of cyber criminals to U.S.”

A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico

A large fire at an electrical substation for Puerto Rico’s new electricity provider, Luma Energy, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of the island’s residents Thursday. At the height of the blackout, nearly 800,000 customers were without power, according to Luma. By midnight, roughly 60,000 customers were still in the dark. “The fire causedContinue reading “A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico”

Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry,Continue reading “Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years”

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