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Vets ready for rare efforts to save ailing endangered orca

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:14

SEATTLE (AP) — Experts are preparing rare emergency efforts to administer antibiotics or feed live salmon to try to save a young emaciated orca that's part of a critically endangered pod of killer whales.


Infowars Reporter Gets Slammed After Claiming Facebook Isn't Privately Owned

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:12

Now that Alex Jones and his Infowars accounts have been dropped by YouTube,


Tesla Gains Nearly $4 Billion After Single Questionable Elon Musk Tweet

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 17:40

Tesla stock soared Tuesday afternoon amid rumors that CEO Elon Musk might take


Device to clean-up Great Pacific Garbage Patch could harm wildlife, warn conservationists

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 17:00

  A controversial scheme to clean up plastic in the Pacific Ocean could harm wildlife and release unnecessary greenhouse gases into the air, conservationists have warned. On September 9th, The Ocean Cleanup foundation will launch a device to sweep up plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and remove it from the water. The system uses a 2000ft long u-shaped floating cylinder with a 10ft skirt beneath which moves along with the current capturing plastic as it goes. The refuse is corralled into a small area and then picked up by boat every few months and taken to land for processing and recycling. A section of the floating system which will move with the water currents collecting plastic  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup The Ocean Cleanup claims that full-scale deployment of their system could clean up 50 per cent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years. However marine experts claim the project could do more harm than good. Dr Sue Kinsey, Senior Pollution Policy Officer at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said: “We have serious concerns about the Ocean Cleanup and its effectiveness.  “It seems likely that wildlife will be affected, especially the smaller floating plankton that many creatures depend on and those organisms that passively float in the oceans who won't be able to avoid these arrays.    “Also much of this litter is distributed throughout the water column and this may only pick up the surface material.” Some of the plastic picked up from The Great Pacific garbage patch during monitoring  Credit: The Ocean Cleanup  The MCS also warned that the time and energy it takes to collect and return the waste could result in large amounts of greenhouse gases and carbon, and called for organisations to do more to stop litter entering oceans in the first place.  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is located between California and Hawaii is the area where plastic rubbish accumulates because of ocean currents, known as gyres which act like a vortex pulling waste into a central channel. It is around three times the size of Spain. Research by the foundation found that, at its peak, the patch contains around 330lbs of plastic per square mile, reducing to 33lbs at the outer edges. The project to clean up the patch is the brainchild of Boyan Slat, a 24 year old Dutch inventor and entrepreneur, who founded the foundation in 2013. Last month the company published its Environmental Impact Assessment and found there was a ‘medium’ risk to sea turtles who found themselves trapped within the floating tube system. The cleanup system works by using a floating cylinder with a trailing skirt which picks up debris Credit: The Ocean Cleanup A survey of 15 experts by the ecologist and shark researcher David Shiffman of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver also found that it is unlikely that the floating device will clean up a significant amount of plastic without harming wildlife. One in four believed that the entire concept is “a bad idea with little or no redeeming value.” Writing on the website Southern Fried Science Dr Shiffman said: “This device is designed to aggregate objects of a certain size to remove them from the water but cannot distinguish between plastic and living things. The captured plastic will be collected by boats and taken to the mainland for processesing Credit: The Ocean Cleanup Commenting in the survey Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager, California Coastal Commission, said: “To make the claim, as the Ocean Cleanup Project is, that they will “clean the oceans” by 2040 or whenever, is disingenuous and misleading, when it will, at best, clean a very small percentage of what’s found on the surface.” However  The Ocean Cleanup said that the device moved slowly enough through the water that any animals would easily have time to escape. “Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean,” said a spokesman. “The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, that moves with the currents - just like the plastic - to catch it. “”The Ocean Cleanup's passive system is comprised of a floater with an impermeable screen underneath, concentrating the debris before it is extracted by support vessel, while also moving slow enough for sea life to follow the slight downward current as not to be entangled in the system.”


Trump's Tariffs Are Screwing Farmers. Many Still Won't Blame Him.

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:30

SHERRARD, Illinois ― Krista Swanson is a fifth-generation farmer. So is her


Cal Fire official on Trump's wildfire theories: 'I don’t know what he's getting at'

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 15:00

Scott McLean, a deputy chief at Cal Fire, rejected President Trump's claim that “readily available water” that could've been used to fight wildfires is being diverting into the Pacific Ocean.


Baseball-Size Hail Kills Zoo Animals In Colorado

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:49

A powerful hailstorm swept through parts of Colorado on Monday, injuring 14


Texas Governor Greg Abbott Tweets Fake Winston Churchill Quote On 'Anti-Fascists'

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:58

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), apparently responding to recent news reports


Huge Brawl Breaks Out at New York Nail Salon After Customer Refuses to Pay After She Complains About Service

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:55

The woman was apparently unsatisfied with the work done on her eyebrows.


Pro-regime Druze militia in Syria hangs IS member: monitor

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:00

Pro-government Druze militiamen hanged a member of the Islamic State group in Syria's Sweida on Tuesday, a monitor said, just days after the jihadists executed a young hostage from the minority group. IS abducted more than 30 Druze civilians -- women and their children -- from a remote village less than two weeks ago, during a brutal onslaught in the southern province. "A member of IS was detained during an attack against a pro-regime position in the Sweida countryside," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


16 Unexpected Ways To Use Rice Krispies

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:42


Israeli fire kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:14

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday it struck a Hamas military post in the Gaza Strip in response to militant fire at Israeli troops, while Hamas said two of its fighters were killed after taking part in a gunfire parade inside a militant camp.


Man Who Lost Limbs After He Was Licked by Dog Says He's Happy to Be Alive

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:36

Greg Manteufel has been left disfigured by the ordeal as well.


Report: Dead fetus discovered on American Airlines flight at New York's LaGuardia Airport

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:28

A dead fetus was reportedly discovered by cleaning crews inside a toilet


Ask a Designer: Closet organization that lasts

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:05

Most people don't start out with a messy closet. Even when a closet is carefully organized at the beginning, however, it might not take long for order to turn to chaos.


German couple convicted of rape, online sale of young son

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:57

BERLIN (AP) — A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman's young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country.


New Jersey woman helps man short on cash at gas station, finds out he's Keith Urban

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:24

A New Jersey woman who thought she was helping a down-and-out man pay for his gas station food ended up footing the bill for country music star Keith Urban.


Mollie Tibbetts' father believes she was taken by 'someone who she knows, probably someone who cares about her'

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 07:58

Mollie Tibbetts' father said he believes that someone who knows his daughter took her captive and is still keeping her alive.


Correction: EU-Italy-Highway-Explosion story

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 07:32

MILAN (AP) — In a story Aug. 6 about the explosion of a tanker truck in Italy, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two people had died, based on incorrect information from the Italian carabinieri. On Tuesday, the carabinieri referred questions about the accident's death toll to highway officials, who said just one person was killed.


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