Environment

With plywood and prayers, Bermuda prepares for Hurricane Fiona

Bermudians covered storefronts and stocked up on candles, food and water while Hurricane Fiona churned towards the Atlantic island Thursday as a powerful Category 4 storm, after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.. Fiona is a Category 4 hurricane, the second highest level on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Fossil fuels make up 90% of Middle East air pollution: study

More than 90 percent of harmful air pollution in the Middle East and parts of North Africa comes from fossil fuels, according to research Thursday that showed the region "permanently exceeded" dangerous air quality levels.. Region-wide, the team calculated that air pollution from fossil fuel use caused one in eight deaths, noting that air quality there "permanently exceeded" WHO guidelines.

S.Africa teens build solar train as power cuts haunt commuters

For years, students in a South African township have seen their parents struggle to use trains for daily commutes, the railways frequently hobbled by power outages and cable thefts.. "Our parents... no longer use trains (because of) cable theft... and load shedding," said Ronnie Masindi, 18, referring to rolling blackouts caused by failures at old and poorly maintained coal-powered plants.

UK government lifts gas fracking ban in England

Britain on Thursday lifted England's moratorium on controversial gas fracking to boost energy security, despite breaking the ruling Conservative party's manifesto pledge.. - Energy security - "In light of Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine and weaponisation of energy, strengthening our energy security is an absolute priority," business and energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said in a government statement.

Hot gas bubble spotted spinning around Milky Way black hole

Astronomers said Thursday they have spotted a hot bubble of gas spinning clockwise around the black hole at the centre of our galaxy at "mind blowing" speeds.. "So it's an absolutely, ridiculously fast-spinning bubble," Wielgus said, calling it "mind blowing". dl/jj

Whale strandings: Five questions answered

The death of about 200 pilot whales at a Tasmanian beach has renewed questions about what causes such mass strandings and whether they can be prevented.. Pilot whales and several smaller dolphin species are known to regularly mass strand, especially in the southern hemisphere, according to Stockin.

Strong quake shakes Mexico days after deadly tremor

A strong earthquake jolted Mexico on Thursday, sending people rushing out into the streets of the capital in the middle of the night, days after a powerful tremor left at least two people dead.. On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a magnitude 7.1 quake left around 370 people dead, mainly in the capital.

Strong quake shakes Mexico days after deadly tremor

A strong earthquake jolted Mexico on Thursday, sending people rushing out into the streets of the capital in the middle of the night, days after a powerful tremor left at least two people dead.. On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a 7.1 quake left around 370 people dead, mainly in the capital. yug-dr/dva

Batteries, community spirit help California fight heat wave

Dire predictions of blackouts in California during a fearsome heat wave this month never came to pass, with technology -- and a dose of community spirit -- helping the creaking grid through its most testing period ever.. During the last heat wave "batteries that were interconnected to the grid played a barely noticeable role in meeting that peak power."