Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden

WASHINGTON – Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. Ad The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where … Read more

Aluminum spill in Coxsackie kills fish

COXSACKIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — An aluminum spill at Catskill’s water treatment plant on Sunday that flowed into Potic Creek resulted in the death of several fish, according to an ongoing investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Crews are working to stop the flow of aluminum salts that leaked from a broken … Read more

Zelenskyy calls for sanctions on Russian nuclear industry amid ‘disaster’ warning

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel after an atomic power plant in Ukraine was shelled. “Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community, [including] sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel,” he said on Twitter after speaking with European Council President … Read more

More mosquitoes? Why Canadians could be seeing an uptick this summer and beyond – National | Globalnews.ca

Are more mosquitoes bugging you this summer? You’re not alone. Canada is buzzing with the pesky insects as parts of the country are seeing higher numbers than usual due to damp, hot weather, raising concerns for related diseases, particularly the West Nile virus in humans. “It certainly seems … anecdotally that it’s a big year … Read more

A Trip to the Boundary Waters

Content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You Listen Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. How does a swing state go extreme? The staff writer Jane Mayer took a deep dive into … Read more

Flash floods strand 1K people in Death Valley National Park

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Flash flooding at Death Valley National Park triggered by heavy rainfall on Friday buried cars, forced officials to close all roads in and out the park and stranded about 1,000 people, officials said The park near the California-Nevada state line received at least 1.7 inches (4.3 centimeters) of rain … Read more

Fire ban in place for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks due to high risk of wildfire | Globalnews.ca

A fire ban is now in place in three mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia due to a high risk of wildfires in the area. A notice posted on the Banff National Park website says the ban, which also includes Yoho and Kootenay national parks in B.C., was issued Friday to ensure the safety … Read more

France’s going through its most severe drought ever, PM says

PARIS – French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne warned that France is facing its “most severe drought” ever recorded and announced the activation of a government crisis unit. Borne said in a written statement on Friday that many areas in France are going through a “historic situation” as the country endures its third heatwave this summer. … Read more

James Lovelock and the legacy of his Gaia hypothesis – podcast

James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia hypothesis, died last Tuesday on his 103rd birthday. Known as something of a maverick, the scientist and inventor was one of the most influential thinkers of the past century. Our global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, tells Madeleine Finlay about spending time with Lovelock for his forthcoming biography, the … Read more

Seaweed chokes shores in the Caribbean at a record rate as scientists examine the cause

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Near-record amounts of seaweed are smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados, killing fish and other wildlife, choking tourism and releasing stinky, noxious gases. More than 24 million tons of sargassum blanketed the Atlantic in June, shattering the all-time record, set in 2018, by 20%, according to the … Read more