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Michael Gove's green makeover is promising, but not the revolution we need

Many of us who care for the natural world were deeply concerned when Michael Gove became environment secretary in June. Few in the teaching profession have anything positive to say about his time as education secretary, while many feared he saw the post merely as a stepping stone to revive his career – rather than an opportunity to pursue a great personal passion for the environment. But, after six months in the job, there are encouraging signs that those grave misgivings may have been misplaced. Already there has been positive…

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Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the Right

The former airline magnate previously governed Chile from 2010 to 2014 More (SANTIAGO, Chile) — Billionaire former president Sebastian Pinera easily won Chile’s presidential runoff election Sunday, moving the world’s top copper-producing country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations. Pinera got 54.6 percent of the votes to 45.4 percent for center-left Sen. Alejandro Guillier, with nearly all the ballots counted. Analysts had expected a much closer race, but there had not been any opinion polls on the campaign for several weeks. Guillier conceded a…

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Some assembly required: OceanGate readies Titanic sub for the holidays

A scale model of the Titanic luxury liner sits on the other side of the clear acrylic viewport and titanium dome that’s due to be installed on the Cyclops 2 submersible at OceanGate’s headquarters in Everett. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) More EVERETT, Wash. — Almost all the pieces are in place for a Yuletide delivery of Titanic proportions: the completion of a multimillion-dollar underwater craft that’s due to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck next year. Cyclops 2, a five-person submersible that takes advantage of the latest in marine engineering,…

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Power Outage at Atlanta International Airport Grounds Flights, Strands Passengers

The outage occurred in the early afternoon More (ATLANTA) — A sudden power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday grounded scores of flights and stranded thousands of passengers during one of the busiest travel times of the year. Passengers were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out in the early afternoon. Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said all airport operations were affected, and outgoing flights were halted. Additionally, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a “ground stop” for flights headed to the airport. That means flights…

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Hundreds of People Fell Sick on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

Some passengers told local media they were happy to get off the ship More Hundreds of passengers fell sick aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise this week due to a gastrointestinal illness — a common issue that plagues cruise lines due to close living quarters, among other factors. The five-night cruise docked in Florida on Saturday as 332 passengers contracted a stomach-related illness, a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean told CNN. Owen Torres, the spokesperson, noted that was a small percentage of the 5,547 passengers on board, and that cruise ship doctors…

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Ancient Egypt: Archaeologists Discover Child Graves Containing Jewelry and Amulets in Temple Quarry

Archaeologists in Upper Egypt discovered four intact children’s graves at a quarry that once provided stone for the temples and tombs of the 15th century B.C. The youngest of the children was 2 or 3 years old at the time of death, according to Live Science. The child graves aren’t the first to be discovered at the quarry, which is known as Gebel el-Silsila. Over the last couple of years, researchers have recorded 69 tombs at the site, most of which had been long since looted, as Live Science reported. The…

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Bali volcano latest: Hiker captures incredible footage from inside erupting Mount Agung

Ikomang Giri, who lives in Karangasem Amlapura – 30km from the Bali volcano Mount Agung, uploaded the incredible footage to his social media page.  The video has been viewed almost 900,000 times and shows large plumes of smoke and ash erupting from the volcano. News website MapalaPTM.com reposted the video and the post said: “One of the citizens with Facebook account Ikomang Giri uploaded video condition of the crater of Mount Agung with gray smoke that continues to billow. “The man climbed on Tuesday night and reached the summit of…

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Life after death: Scientist reveals how humans TRANSFORM into new beings after death

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone Health School of Medicine in New York City, said those who suffer from a cardiac arrest biologically go through the same process as death. The doctor said the process sparks a sense of new-found life in those who have suffered a cardiac arrest. Dr Parnia told the express.co.uk: “When we die we review elements of our life and come back transformed. This ranges from being more engaged in society, increased activity in serving public duty or treating…

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Montecito's misery: Ash rains in California wildfire battle

The blaze broke, which broke out nearly two weeks ago, is one of California’s largest wildfires in decades (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck) Montecito (United States) (AFP) – Ash rained down Saturday on the dry hills and multi-million-dollar homes of Montecito, where firefighters chased spot blazes fanned by winds in one of California’s largest wildfires in decades. The fire, named “Thomas”, broke out almost two weeks ago and is now the state’s third-largest wildfire since 1932. On Saturday it led to evacuation orders for areas in Santa Barbara County, including Montecito more…

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