UK’s plastic bag ban is a pitiful attempt at a greener future

UK’s plastic bag ban is a pitiful attempt at a greener future

Tough on plastic bags, but it’s not enoughDaniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty By Michael Le Page Prime Minister Theresa May today unveiled the UK government’s long-awaited 25-year plan for improving the environment. It contains much talk about protecting wildlife, making the country cleaner and greener, and so on. It all sounds wonderful, but it is mostly waffle. “The […]

England’s soggy place names could predict the climate future

England’s soggy place names could predict the climate future

Island story: Muchelney in January 2014SWNS/Alamy Stock Photo By Richard Webb IT’S blowy on the B4380 to Buildwas. A keen wind whipping across the floodplain from Shrewsbury flaps a misarranged saddle bag strap against my back wheel. As I cross the river Severn at Atcham, and bend right down the back road past Wroxeter, a […]

Scorching hot springs house extreme life and a future ocean

Scorching hot springs house extreme life and a future ocean

Luca Marziale www.lucamarziale.com By Alice Klein SCORCHING temperatures, salt-smothered terrain and toxic air. It doesn’t sound like an inviting place to live, yet here in the Danakil depression in Ethiopia, microorganisms are thriving. The harsh environment sits at the Afar triangle, where three tectonic plates are gradually pulling apart. As the ground splits open, geothermally […]

Detained Immigrant Girl Released but Future Remains Uncertain

Detained Immigrant Girl Released but Future Remains Uncertain

You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was detained by immigration authorities after surgery has been released to her family but her future in the country remains uncertain. Federal immigration authorities released Rosa Maria Hernandez on Friday after more than a […]

Stock market’s future in Trump’s hands as Federal Reserve chair pick looms

Stock market’s future in Trump’s hands as Federal Reserve chair pick looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors awaiting the nomination of the next Federal Reserve chair are hoping whoever is nominated pursues the same monetary policy that has supported rising stock prices for the past nine years. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan […]

Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

Ophelia shows many hurricanes could reach Europe in the future

NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team By Michael Marshall The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia have struck the British Isles, causing widespread disruption and damage on Ireland. The cyclone, now downgraded to an extratropical storm, has reportedly led to three deaths. It is unusual for a hurricane to reach western Europe while still at or near hurricane strength. […]