NASA Watching Typhoon Noru Head West in Northwestern Pacific

NASA's Aqua satellite provided a near-infrared look at Typhoon Noru as it continued its western track at sea, far to the southeast of Japan.

Near-infrared satellite imagery from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite taken on July 26 at 0211 UTC (July 25 at 10:11 p.m. EDT) showed provided a look at the temperatures of Noru’s clouds. That data was false colored and made into an image at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to highlight cloud top temperatures.

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Electric cars win? Britain to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of popular use of the fossil fuel-guzzling internal combustion engine.


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One-Third of British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Wells Are Leaking Significant Levels of Methane

A new report about to be released shows methane leaks from active and abandoned wells in British Columbia are more than twice as high as government estimates making them more polluting than commercial transportation, writes ANDREW NIKIFORUK
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Rescuers on war footing as flooding hits western, eastern India

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) – Floods and relentless rain in India’s western state of Gujarat have killed at least 75 people and displaced over 25,000 over the past three weeks, officials said on Wednesday.


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Crews gain ground against Montana wildfire, largest in U.S.

(Reuters) – Fire crews gained ground on Tuesday against a nearly week-old wildfire that has torched more than two dozens buildings and charred hundreds of square miles of Montana prairie and is currently the biggest fire burning in the United States.


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Mind-body therapies immediately reduce unmanageable pain in hospital patients, new study finds

Mindfulness training and hypnotic suggestion significantly reduced acute pain experienced by hospital patients, according to a new studypublished in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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SPECIAL REPORT: China has a plan – Peak Coal and the new Silk Road

China’s coal extraction and consumption peaked years ago and much sooner than anticipated. But the Silk Belt and Road Initiative – a massive foreign investments plan – seems to outsource China’s emissions. Just like we in the West did, when we moved production to China. Ecological economists, FEDERICO DEMARIA and JOAN MARTINEZ ALIER report
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Paw power: China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative.


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Indonesia’s disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke.


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State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing.


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