Daily Archives: August 5, 2017

Study predicts worsening killer heat waves in Europe

Europe’s death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday. In a study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal, the scientists said their findings showed climate change placing a rapidly increasing burden on ...

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9-year-old applies for alien-fighting job, NASA responds

A 9-year-old boy answered a call from NASA to protect Earth from aliens – and got an encouraging response to his job application. “My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job,” the fourth-grader wrote in a letter. “I may be nine but think I would be fit for the job. One ...

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7 dead as bus plunges off cliff in El Salvador

At least seven people died and another 15 were injured in El Salvador on Saturday after their bus lost control due to excessive speed and fell over a cliff, officials said.  The bus, which was headed to the coast during a holiday weekend, fell about 30 metres before coming to a stop near the town of Olocuilta, about 23 kilometres southeast of the capital ...

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The hubris of ten-year budgets

IN February of 2001, Alan Greenspan, then still the chairman of the Federal Reserve, and still called the “Maestro”, testified to the Senate Budget Committee. The committee wanted to get started on the tax cuts George W. Bush had promised during his campaign. Mr Greenspan gave them his qualified blessing, with an argument that now sounds incredible: he was worried ...

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Tentative deal could end 18-month strike at Halifax Chronicle Herald

A tentative deal has been reached between the Halifax Chronicle Herald and its striking employees. A joint media statement from the paper’s owner Saltwire Network and the Halifax Typographical Union said they had reached an agreement to end the 18-month strike after two days of mediation. “The terms of the deal have not been disclosed and a media blackout will continue until the agreement is ...

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Pavan, Humana-Paredes fall in beach volleyball worlds bronze match

The Canadian duo of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes fell to Brazil in the bronze-medal match at the beach volleyball world championships in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday. Lariss Franca and Talita Antunes — a familiar opponent — prevailed 2-1 (21-12, 16-21, 18-16) to reach the podium.  Pavan, competing in her third world championships, was not pleased with the outcome. “It’s very ...

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