Matthew Brown, Associated Press Updated 10:11 pm PDT, Monday, June 24, 2019 FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, the Golden Gate Bridge is obscured by smoke and haze from wildfires in this view from Fort Baker near Sausalito, Calif. Tens of millions of people in the Western US face a growing health risk due to wildfires as more intense and frequent blazes churn out greater volumes of lung-damaging smoke, according to research scientists at NASA and several major universities. less FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, the Golden Gate Bridge is obscured by smoke and haze from wildfires in this view from Fort Baker near Sausalito, Calif. Tens of millions of people in the Western US ... more Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about Jump in wildfires means smoke’s health impact will spread
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By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's 28 countries consume the Earth's resources much faster than they can be renewed, and none of them has sustainable consumption policies, a report released on Thursday said, as EU leaders meet to discuss priorities for the next five years. "All EU countries are living beyond the means of our planet. The EU and its citizens are currently using twice more than the EU ecosystems can renew," the report by the World Wide Fund (WWF) and Global Footprint Network said. The report comes as EU leaders gather in the Romanian town of Sibiu to set the course for the bloc after Britain leaves later this year. Climate protection is among the priorities. But views on concrete action differ between countries, influenced greatly by their dominant industries. "The EU uses up almost 20 percent of the Earth's bio-capacity although it comprises only 7 percent of the world population," the report said. "In other words, 2.8 planets would be needed … [Read more...] about European Union nations are living far beyond the Earth’s means
0 Have your say Throughout the history of the now 50 league titles Celtic have won, the club and their supporters have nurtured and cherished a reputation for attacking and adventurous football. But while, as their song says, playing the “Glasgow Celtic way” is regarded as an important facet of their identity, there are times when pragmatism has to take precedence over idealism.So it is perhaps only appropriate that while Celtic mourn the passing of their greatest ever centre-half in Billy McNeill, their latest title triumph has been secured on the back of one of their most impressive defensive campaigns.In crossing the finishing line at Pittodrie on Saturday to extend their current reign as Scottish champions to eight-in-a-row, Celtic racked up their 24th clean sheet in the Premiership this season.With just two games remaining, they have conceded only 17 goals in the league and are on course to improve upon the 22 and 25 goals they let in during the … [Read more...] about Celtic’s mean defence held the key to title glory
By Malcolm Foster TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese printers rushed to make calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of "Reiwa" a day after its unveiling gripped the nation. The new era begins on May 1 when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne a day after his father Emperor Akihito abdicates, ending his 31-year Heisei era. The name, or "gengo", is a part of daily life, used on coins, drivers' licenses and official paperwork, as well as to count years, although Japanese also use the Western calendar. But Reiwa's meaning has generated confusion and controversy. The first character, "rei," is often used to mean "command" or "order," which has an authoritarian nuance that offends some people. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government prefer "good" or "beautiful", a lesser known meaning of the character. The second character, "wa," is defined as "peace" or "harmony", so together the two characters mean … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? Japan debates meaning of new ‘Reiwa’ imperial era
“Facticity.” Sounds like a made-up word, but it’s legit enough to be at least be in dictionary.com defined as the condition or quality of being a fact; factuality. Back when I was a more conventional newspaper reporter, we were trained and indoctrinated that facticity was pretty near the meaning of life. We gathered facts and put them in the paper. By some miracle, our own views were supposed to be kept out of it (although it was not too hard to imagine, or for those who didn’t like one of our stories to allege, that our bias showed in which facts we chose to put in and leave out). But that’s where “objectivity” came in. As journalists used the word (a bit different from its scientific meaning) it meant valuing factual accuracy and being “unbiased” in deciding which facts to put in and to leave out. You based that on importance and relevance and didn’t let your own politics or values guide you. (I think we actually believed … [Read more...] about We need to know more about Mueller’s findings. But what does it mean that many haven’t budged on their previous beliefs?