30 years after Chernobyl, hard lessons still being learned

Friday, May 6, 2016
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By Jared Stonesifer

Beaver County Times, Pa.

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It’s been 30 years since the worst nuclear disaster in history, an accident the United Nations called “the greatest environmental catastrophe in the history of humanity.”

It’s not hard to see the ramifications of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl despite three decades having passed. Ukrainian officials recently touted the installation of a steel arch that will block radiation emissions from the site for the next 100 years.

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Oscar-winning movie has Pakistan vowing to protect women against ‘honor killings’

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

By Shashank Bengali

Los Angeles Times

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MUMBAI, India _ A Pakistani filmmaker’s second Oscar victory prompted celebration in her home country Monday and renewed the spotlight on so-called honor killings, which claim thousands of women’s lives every year in the South Asian nation.

Honor killings are deeply embedded in South Asian culture, where arranged marriages are common and tradition subjugates women to the sometimes lethal authority of their male relatives.

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8 feet above sea level, global warming is more than an idea

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

By Matthew Schofield

McClatchy Washington Bureau

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MAAMIGILI, Maldives _ As Hussain Khallib’s boat chugged into a water channel, he pointed at the shoreline of the approaching island and noted the thin stretch of vegetation between white sand beaches on either side. It’s never more than a few feet above the water.

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Earth Talk: Proponents say big game hunting can be good for wildlife

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

By E/The Environmental Magazine

Emagazine.com

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Dear EarthTalk: How is it that big game hunting can actually be good for wildlife?

Ronnie Wilson, Ft. Myers, Fla. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil, a much-loved wild 13-year-old black-maned lion, with his bow and arrow in July 2015 outside a protected section of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National

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Einstein got it right: Gravitational waves exist in spacetime

Monday, February 22, 2016

By Jess Nocera and Andi Cwieka 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

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WASHINGTON — Scientists who have spent decades peering into outer space announced Thursday they have detected gravitational waves, the ripples in spacetime that Albert Einstein long ago predicted. “We have detected gravitational waves. We did it!” David Reitze, a physicist and executive director of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, announced at the National Press Club in Washington, to applause. Gravitational waves, often said to look like ripples in a pond, are able to answer questions about creation of astronomical phenomena and disturbances, such as the merging of black holes, collision of neutron stars, supernova explosions and more.
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