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Heat waves: How to cope with new extremes

Heat waves: How to cope with new extremes

.Loading...Temperatures broke June records around the globe, from the leafy streets of the American South to the domes of the Vatican. Japan recently had its first-ever 104-degree June day. A port city in Iran has sweltered for days under 122-degree heat. It was even hot above the Arctic Circle, where thermometers in the Russian city of Norilsk pushed to record highs grazing 90 degrees. Generally, a heat wave is when abnormally high heat lingers for two or more days. It’s not just a matter of how hot it is, but also of how unusual that temperature is. Even in a...

Jun 30
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After Hutchinson testimony, will Trump officials remain silent?

After Hutchinson testimony, will Trump officials remain silent?

.Loading...If Cassidy Hutchinson’s blockbuster assertions Tuesday prove to be a breakthrough in the Jan. 6 investigation, it would not be the first time a high-profile congressional hearing hinged on the testimony of a little-known aide. In the Watergate hearings, presidential scheduler Alexander Butterfield first confirmed the Nixon tapes. Lt. Col. Oliver North’s secretary, Fawn Hall, testified that she helped her boss shred documents in the Iran-contra affair. And Linda Tripp, a disgruntled former executive assistant, proved crucial in Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Watergate,...

Jun 29
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Black master falconer helps birds and at-risk youth take flight

Black master falconer helps birds and at-risk youth take flight

Loading...With a mother who struggled with heavy substance use, Rodney Stotts grew up in southeast Washington during the crack epidemic. By early adulthood, he reflected his circumstances – dealing drugs and on course to cross up with law enforcement, he says.Then, by accident, he found work with raptors, rehabilitating injured birds of prey and using them for environmental education at Earth Conservation Corps, a nonprofit then focused on cleaning the notoriously polluted Anacostia River.A master falconer shows how healing through nature offers second chances for injured birds of prey,...

April 7, 2021
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India trashes 100 million tires a year. She turns them into playgrounds.

India trashes 100 million tires a year. She turns them into playgrounds.

Loading...Pooja Rai was a young architecture student when she accompanied a friend to drop off donations at an orphanage. She was taken aback by what she saw.“Kids were playing with anything they could get their hands on,” she remembers. One group was rolling around a broken metallic pipe and brandishing it like a sword. Two boys were attempting to play badminton, using their flip-flops as rackets. It doesn’t take much to spark play. But it does take space – and some creativity. For this playground-building nonprofit, play is more than a child’s instinct. It’s a right.Despite the unbridled...

March 29, 2021
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Beehive deliveries keep New Yorkers buzzing on rooftops, backyards

Beehive deliveries keep New Yorkers buzzing on rooftops, backyards

Bees are thriving in New York hives. The city offers them a welcome variety of flowers and fewer pesticides than on rural farms.Loading...Bustling New York City may not seem a bee-friendly place, but its high-rise rooftops and tiny gardens are buzzing with honey-makers threatened by pesticides in rural areas.About 2.4 million Italian honeybees waited in a white van to be taken to their new homes early Friday. It was parked near the Dakota Apartments by Central Park, where John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono has lived since 1973.“This is the first year that we’ve done this outside The Dakota,” says...

April 10, 2021
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The battle for democracy goes on in Haiti as Moïse gains power

The battle for democracy goes on in Haiti as Moïse gains power

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has passed dozens of decrees since he came into power in 2017 – some welcomed, and others  controversial. For critics, his growing power is bringing back memories of the Duvalier dictatorship. Loading...Haiti emerged from the brutal and dynastic Duvalier dictatorship to democracy 35 years ago. Now, many Haitians fear a return to autocracy as President Jovenel Moïse has been steadily amassing power.The banana exporter-turned-politician has been governing by decree for more than a year since the Caribbean nation failed to hold elections in late 2019 due to...

March 30, 2021
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In Myanmar, funerals become platforms for pro-democracy protests

In Myanmar, funerals become platforms for pro-democracy protests

The escalating violence - which took the lives of 114 people Saturday - prompted a U.N. human rights expert to accuse the Myanmar junta of “mass murder.” Loading...Myanmar security forces opened fire Sunday on a crowd attending the funeral of student who was killed Saturday, the bloodiest day yet of a crackdown on protests against last month's coup, local media reported.The escalating violence — which took the lives of at least 114 people Saturday, including several children under 16 — has prompted a U.N. human rights expert to accuse the junta of committing “mass murder” and to criticize...

March 28, 2021
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‘It’s people being resourceful’: Why business startups are booming

‘It’s people being resourceful’: Why business startups are booming

Loading...Here in Waltham, Massachusetts, a Boston suburb known for its eateries, new shops are popping up – a small piece of a national entrepreneurial boom that’s unprecedented in this century. There’s the Pakistani kebab restaurant that opened a month and a half ago on Main Street, the multiethnic bakery Indulgenza on trendy Moody Street, and a Haitian-run grocery next door to a Central American bakery on less trendy Prospect Street.In 2020, American entrepreneurs applied to start a record number of new businesses, almost a quarter more than a year earlier. Economists say the boom is...

March 23, 2021
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Myanmar protesters bridge religious divides to counter military coup

Myanmar protesters bridge religious divides to counter military coup

Loading...Since the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to oppose the junta, often risking their lives. Among them are many Buddhist monks – but also Christians and Muslims, banding together in a country where religion has long been a divider. Majority-Buddhist Myanmar has a history of discrimination and violence against Muslims, particularly the Rohingya. But today in the streets, people are showing a powerful solidarity, activists say. Religion has long been a divider in Myanmar – most tragically, in the persecution of the Rohingya. But the...

March 26, 2021
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Seeking safety: Muslims move to Delhi ‘ghettos’ amid demolition drives

Seeking safety: Muslims move to Delhi ‘ghettos’ amid demolition drives

.Loading...Last year, Imaad Hassan moved out of the posh, Hindu-dominated Sarita Vihar neighborhood in New Delhi to Abul Fazal Enclave – a Muslim-majority area that’s long struggled with poor water and electricity access.“I moved from a gated society to a ghetto for my own safety,” he says.For Indian Muslims, what makes a space safe? Amid escalating violence and recent demolition drives, many are seeking security in Delhi’s majority-Muslim enclaves. But ghettoization comes with risks.Reports of hate crimes against religious minorities have spiked since the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party...

Jun 30
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