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Has Everest's famous Hillary Step really collapsed? Here's the science

The Hillary Step, a rocky outcrop at 8,770m, just beneath the summit of Everest (8,850m), has finally succumbed to gravity and partially collapsed. At least it has according to mountaineer Tim Mosedale, who climbed the mountain this year. Show More Summary

Stuttgart prosecutor puts Bosch under suspicion in Daimler emissions probe

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors investigating whether carmaker Daimler manipulated emission tests on its diesel cars are looking at whether auto components supplier Bosch [ROBG.UL] was involved in the alleged fraud, it was confirmed on Friday.

Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools?

The billionaires, apparently, we shall always have with us — even when we decide how to run the state-funded schools where they rarely send their own kids. In the Los Angeles school board elections earlier this month, a number of billionaires, including Eli Broad, Netflix founder Reed Hastings...

Changing our diet to save the planet

Global food consumption and production is seriously unbalanced. In the UK alone we threw away 4.4 million tonnes of "avoidable" food waste in 2015 – that is food that was edible before it was discarded – which equates to £13 billion worth of food wasted, or £470 per household. Meanwhile, nearly 800 million people globally are chronically undernourished.

Chelsea Manning, don't follow in Caitlyn Jenner's footsteps

Could anyone have dreamed up a more complex pop icon and trans heroine than Chelsea Manning? The former Army intelligence analyst, born Bradley Manning, who turned over a trove of classified files to WikiLeaks downloaded while she was stationed in an Iraq war zone, came out as a trans woman upon...

Don't worry, Hollywood. China's not a threat

Is China about to take over Hollywood? Chinese investment has flooded into the industry in recent years. AMC, the world’s largest network of theaters, is owned by the Dalian Wanda Group, which also has purchased Legendary Picture Productions. Three other entertainment giants — Dick Clark Productions,...

23 killed in attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

A bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of the capital was targeted in a bloody attack Friday, killing more than 23 people, officials said. Egyptian state television reported that 23 were killed and 25 wounded in the attack in Minya, a Christian enclave 138 miles south of Cairo. Human...

A new view of tropical forest emissions

Emissions of isoprene, a compound from plant matter that wields great influence in the atmosphere, are up to three times higher in the Amazon rainforest than scientists have thought, according to new findings published this week in Nature Communications.

Dong Energy Divests Its Oil and Gas Business to Focus on Renewables

The bells are tolling for the Danish oil and gas industry, and they sound like Dong. Denmark's largest power producer, Dong Energy, agreed to sell its complete upstream oil and gas interests to global petrochemical manufacturer INEOS...Show More Summary

NASA discovers a new mode of ice loss in Greenland

A new NASA study finds that during Greenland's hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the island's west coast didn't just melt faster than usual, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave, like a warmed freezer pop sliding out of its plastic casing. Show More Summary

Exclusive: Fidelity may back climate resolutions, a milestone for activists

BOSTON (Reuters) - Fidelity Investments may support shareholder proxy proposals calling on companies to report on sustainability matters this year, a major shift by the Boston asset manager as climate activists gain more traction at large U.S. corporations.

Meet the fixer: This storyteller puts people first.

Clean energy stories are bo-ring. Sean A. Watkins flips the script by putting people first.

Follow-up: CalArts president Steven Lavine once gave a diploma to a naked guy with a snake. Here's the picture

In an interview published on this paper’s website Wednesday (and in this coming Sunday Calendar), Steven Lavine, who is retiring from the California Institute of the Arts after 29 years, shared some of his most poignant memories from his time at the school. Among them: the time a student took to...

Norway's $950 billion wealth fund commissions research on climate change

OSLO (Reuters) - The research arm of Norway's sovereign wealth fund has awarded grants for two projects on how climate change affects the economy and capital markets, it said on Friday.

Paris climate commitment 'crippling' to US growth: White House

US compliance with its commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change would be "crippling" to growth, the White House said Friday.

Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom

When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action.

Progressives decried Jimmy Gomez's 'coronation' in L.A.'s congressional primary. Now they're lining up behind him

If you asked Wendy Carrillo three months ago, the California Democratic Party’s endorsement of Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez in the crowded race for Los Angeles’ 34th Congressional District was a “coronation,” the result of “dirty tricks being played by establishment politicians.” “What the Democratic...

No one knows how many untested rape kits there are in California. This bill aims to fix that problem

Tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on shelves in police and sheriff’s department evidence rooms nationwide. And no one has tested them to see what crimes they could help solve. A bill by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would help determine how many of those unanalyzed exam kits...

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