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Plants colonized the Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought

For the first four billion years of Earth's history, our planet's continents would have been devoid of all life except microbes.

Five ways India must help its farmers face the threat of climate change

Climate change could hurt farmers' income by up to 20-25% in the medium term, according to the Indian government's latest annual economic survey. Extreme weather events, temperature rise and lower rainfall all threaten to derail the Indian government's agenda of doubling farmers' income across the country.

Loneliest tree in the world marks new age for our planet

An international research team, including Professor Christopher Fogwill from Keele University, has pinpointed a new geological age, the Anthropocene.

Documentary 'Abacus' examines a reluctance to prosecute big banks, in favor of targeting the little guy

Steve James does not hold grudges. The fact that his wildly acclaimed 1994 film “Hoop Dreams” was not nominated for a documentary feature Oscar — one of the most controversial omissions in the history of the award — is in the past, as far as he’s concerned. The 63-year-old filmmaker is just happy...

Eight teams and 1,190 shots go into 'Blade Runner 2049's' visual effects

John Nelson recalls his first reaction when he was asked to be the visual effects supervisor for “Blade Runner 2049.” “I told them, ‘You’ve got to be... kidding me!’ Ridley Scott’s original ‘Blade Runner’ is an important movie for anyone who loves sci-fi, visual effects and cinema in general....

Microplastics found inside fish from Lake Winnipeg

A recent study by an undergraduate student in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources has found disturbing levels of microplastics in Manitoba waters and in fish from Lake Winnipeg.

What will we do without plastic bags?

Many will welcome the government's mid-year ban on single-use plastic bags, but how do we transition? And what do we transition to?

People in African cities are taking charge of their water supplies—and it's working

The world has made tremendous progress in bridging the gap between water supply and demand. But there's a long way still to go. In a 2017 joint monitoring report UNICEF and the World Health Organisation noted that more than 844 million people – many of them in sub-Saharan Africa – still don't have access to improved and safely managed drinking water sources.

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Singapore said Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect.

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.

South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to July 9

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps are expected to run dry, to July 9 from June 4 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

Former cyclone Gita hits New Zealand; emergency declared in southern city

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday canceled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country.

Most of Europe to see below normal temperatures in March: The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Most of Europe will experience colder than normal temperatures in March, The Weather Company said on Tuesday.

EU court adviser backs Commission in forest dispute with Poland

BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's decision to increase logging in a primeval forest breaks EU law, an adviser to the EU's top court said on Tuesday, backing the European Commission against the government in one of several disputes straining ties between Warsaw and Brussels.

Poland spares forest to win EU favor, but damage already done

BIALOWIEZA, Poland (Reuters) - When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did not announce how many trees it had already cut down.

Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year.

Cleanup underway after Centurion pipeline oil spill in Oklahoma: media

(Reuters) - A cleanup is underway after oil spilled into a pond from a pipeline that burst near a neighborhood in Yukon, Oklahoma, early on Sunday, media website news9.com reported.

Red Sox reach agreement with J.D. Martinez, per source

J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have, at long last, come to an agreement. The slow dance between the free agent slugger and the power-deficient team wrapped up Monday when they settled on a $110 million, five-year contract. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press...

Ex-Kings player Voynov playing for Russian hockey team after pleading no contest to domestic abuse

Blood seemed to be everywhere when Redondo Beach police officer Gregory Wiist toured the master bedroom of the multimillion-dollar home on Avenue C. Around the bed. In the shape of a handprint on the wood floor. On the comforter. In a trail leading to the bathroom. Marta Varlamova sobbed as Wiist...

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