Amazon tries to make it easier to identify green products with new 'Climate Pledge Friendly' label
SEATTLE — “Time is fleeting,” Amazon tells shoppers who click on its new Climate Pledge Friendly label, an hourglass with wings. It began appearing next to about 25,000 items for sale on its website Wednesday that meet at least one of 19 sustainability standards.The standards, including one related to packaging issued by Amazon itself, cover a wide range of product characteristics, some of which include explicit efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production. Other standards that earn Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly label require only that a product be made of...
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Vanessa Bryant sues LA County sheriff, alleging ‘cover-up’ of Kobe Bryant crash photosLOS ANGELES — Vanessa Bryant has sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over deputies sharing “unauthorized” photos of the scene of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter and seven others.Shortly after the Jan. 26 crash, Vanessa Bryant alleges, Sheriff Alex Villanueva personally assured her that deputies were securing the crash site to ensure her privacy. Her suit comes after a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that deputies had taken and shared photos of th...
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NASA plans to land woman, and next man, on moon by 2024; it just needs $3.2 billion
NASA has announced in a $28 million plan that in 2024 a woman and man will land on the moon for the first time since the last Apollo lunar mission in 1972.The move is in line with its mandate to establish sustainable space exploration by the end of this decade, the agency said Monday, laying out its plan in a 74-page opus.All it needs is $3.2 billion more to build a landing system there, BBC News reported.“With bipartisan support from Congress, our 21st century push to the Moon is well within America’s reach,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. “As we’ve solidified more of...
New York Daily News
Open-ocean fish farm proposed off San Diego coast could be first in federal waters
SAN DIEGO — A prestigious San Diego research institute and a Long Beach social benefit investment group are teaming to create what could be the first fish farm in federal waters.The proposed farm, Pacific Ocean AquaFarm, would be located about four miles offshore of San Diego and would generate 5,000 metric tons of sushi-grade yellowfish each year — enough for 11 million servings of the popular seafood.A partnership between Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Pacific6 Enterprise, the project also would create a diversity of economic opportunities and provide a local source for a fish that is...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tropical storms will keep popping up, but how will we know which is the next Big One?
PHILADELPHIA — That the record-setting tropical storm traffic in the Atlantic Basin is going to persist is all but a given, forecasters say. The deeper and more frightening question is, Will any of the storms become monstrously destructive hurricanes and when will we know it?As they relearned in August with Laura, whose winds doubled from 75 to 150 mph in 36 hours, the answers might not come until the hurricane is on the very doorstep of a heavily populated coast. Track forecasts have improved significantly, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acknowledges that predictions ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
California may need more fire to fix its wildfire problem
WASHINGTON — California is supposed to burn.Before settlers populated the region in the 1800s, about 5 to 12% of the land that now makes up the Golden State caught fire each year — more than has burned so far in 2020, the most destructive year in modern history. Some of the historic fires were caused by lightning and others were set by Native Americans as a land-management tool, but they mostly burned with low intensity and touched much of the state with great regularity.But after more than a century of aggressive fire suppression, California’s vegetation has grown much denser than the fire-ad...
Russian expansion? Venus appears to be a target
Everybody wants to rule the world, claims Tears for Fears, but Russia has set its sights beyond Earth.Dmitry Rogozin, the director of Roscosmos — a Russian-run cosmonaut and aerospace research corporation — indicated earlier this week that his nation is organizing an intragalactic mission to Venus, reported TASS.“We think that Venus is a Russian planet, so we shouldn’t lag behind,” asserted Rogozin. “Projects of Venus missions are included in the united government program of Russia’s space exploration for 2021-2030.”The second planet from the sun, also referred to as Earth’s twin, is — on a go...
New York Daily News
The Harriet Tubman Museum in Cape May marked its opening. Here's what's inside, and why it's in Cape May.
CAPE MAY, N.J. — A year and a half ago, the old parsonage house of the Macedonia Baptist Church on Lafayette Street in Cape May, vacant for decades, was in danger of being torn down.On Thursday, that danger was declared officially over at Lafayette near Franklin Streets, a corner with deep historic resonance for the city’s Black families and for the country’s abolitionist movement.The old Howell House, newly renovated and expanded, was now filled with artifacts of slavery and abolitionist history, and with an African art and history collection from the Rev. Robert Davis, Macedonia’s longtime p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Big Ten football is suddenly 'safe'? In the reopening debate for sports and entertainment, that word is a lie
As the Big Ten conference announced its about-turn on fall football Tuesday, the Northwestern University coach was ecstatic. “I’m excited for our guys to have a safe opportunity to play the game they love,” said Pat Fitzgerald.That was an absurd statement that should have been challenged on the spot.Big Ten football is not “safe.” Never was, never has been, never will be. And it certainly did not make the eye-popping transition from perilous overnight, just because a bunch of university administrators about-faced, thanks to a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle pressures from coaches, players,...
Tyrannosaurus skeleton worth several million dollars headed to auction
NEW YORK — Sold to the eccentric theme park operator!One of the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons is headed to the auction block.Christie’s announced Wednesday it would be selling “STAN,” a 67 million-year-old fossil, in early October.The skeleton, which measures 40 feet long and 13 feet high, was discovered in 1987 in South Dakota by amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who was told it was a triceratops — a common error made because triceratops fossils are so common, James Hyslop, Christie’s head of Science and Natural History, said.However, after Sacrison took the bones to the Bla...
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