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Indonesia environment minister wants permanent ban on licenses to use forest land

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's environment minister said on Monday she wants to make permanent a moratorium on issuing new licenses to use land designated as primary forest and peatland.

Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands

YANGON (Reuters) - Flooding across large parts of Myanmar has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda, officials, residents and state media said on Monday.

Europe seen warmer than usual this Autumn: The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Mainland Europe should experience above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation in the period from August to October, The Weather Company said on Monday.

'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood

In September 2013, severe storms struck Colorado with prolonged, heavy rainfall, resulting in at least nine deaths, 1,800 evacuations and 900 homes destroyed or damaged. The eight-day storm dumped more than 17 inches of rain, causing the Platte River to reach flood levels higher than ever recorded.

'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Using a publicly available climate model, Berkeley Lab researchers 'hindcast' the conditions that led to the Sept. 9-16, 2013 flooding around Boulder, Colo. and found that climate change attributed to human activity made the storm much more severe than would otherwise have occurred.

Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars

(Taylor & Francis Group) Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication.

Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident

(Reuters) - Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee in captivity, has died in an accident at a Florida aquarium just days after his 69th birthday, officials said on Sunday.

The pitfalls and joys of taking a stand with music and with youngsters

From Friday through Sunday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic hosted its fifth cleverly named Take a Stand symposium, a gathering of more than 300 educators around the country who are involved with music training programs, such as YOLA (Youth Orchestra L.A.) and patterned after Venezuela’s El Sistema....

The new face of the White House: polished, smooth and noncombative

Six months into his presidency, an embattled Donald Trump may finally have found the mouthpiece he wants — a fellow New York tycoon who gushes about his “love” for the president and blames White House woes on poor communication, not a burgeoning scandal. Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s new communications...

California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home

(Reuters) - California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully.

Luis Valbuena drives Angels past Red Sox 3-2

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday. Valbuena hit his ninth shot of the season into short right field to leadoff the inning, rounding out a trio of solo homers for...

'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy' offers no digging or analysis, but is moving all the same

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, her sons, Princes William and Harry, have joined in a documentary remembrance, "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy." Premiering Monday on HBO, it's a big love note from family, friends and others who came close within the...

Spanish-language station wins big at the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards

Spanish-language broadcaster KVEA took home top honors for morning and afternoon newscasts Saturday night at the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, presented by the Television Academy. The ceremony, which took place at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, saw a series of big wins for KVEA,...

Severe weather brings rain delay early at NASCAR Brickyard 400

NASCAR officials sent drivers to the pits and instructed fans to clear the stands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as severe weather entered the area during Sunday's Brickyard 400. The race was stopped just 12 laps in. Pole-winner Kyle Busch led every lap and had built a lead of more than three...

Juiced ball or not, it's rarely all-or-nothing for the Red Sox's Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting

Whether it’s juiced baseballs or an increase in launch angles or hitters taking more of an all-or-nothing approach at the plate, players are hitting home runs and striking out at a record pace this season. The 1,101 homers hit in June were the most in any calendar month in major-league history...

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