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Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 23:50

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York on Sunday ahead of the UN General Assembly, officials said. After the meeting, at the Russian delegation to the UN, Tillerson left without saying anything to the reporters, who were initially invited in to cover the opening of the talks but asked to leave before the US official arrived. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a reporter that "the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement," but when asked how it went said she had not been in the room.

Riz Ahmed's Emmy Is A Win For South Asian Representation On TV

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 23:08

We bet Riz Ahmed will always remember “The Night Of” his first Emmy win.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Breaks Record For Emmy Wins

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 22:45

Julia-Louis Dreyfus broke a record at the 69th annual Emmy Awards for her win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category.

Sean Spicer makes surprise appearance during Stephen Colbert's opening monologue at the 2017 Emmys

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 20:31

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer shocked the star-studded audience at Sunday night's 2017 Emmy Awards by appearing on stage during host Stephen Colbert's opening monologue.

How your morning cup of coffee can help save the world

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:57

Editor's note : Bambi Semroc is a senior strategic adviser in Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. In this role, she leads the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, an industry-wide effort to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world. By 2050, the area suitable for growing coffee around the world is projected to be cut in half. I don't even drink coffee, but this is enough to keep me awake at night. Coffee trees are picky, growing only in parts of the tropics with the right mix of temperatures, rainfall, and soil. As such, they're extremely vulnerable to climate change. Rising average temperatures and erratic rainfall will mean that coffee won't be able to thrive in many of the places it now grows, and coffee farmers will need to move their farms to new areas — mostly to higher altitudes, clearing tropical forests as they go — or switch to other crops to earn a living. The end result: There could be less coffee overall, and the coffee that is available will likely taste different (and not necessarily good). SEE ALSO: The cleanest cup of coffee: Sustainable farming meets low emissions shipping This affects a lot of people. There are more coffee lovers than ever: More than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day, and global demand for coffee is expected to rise by up to 150 percent rise by 2050. Shrinking supplies, more demand: There is, quite literally, no time to lose to protect the coffee that you drink, the climate and ecosystems that coffee needs, and the tens of millions of small-scale farmers who make their living growing the crop. I came to work in conservation through my love of trees. But in the past few years, it's the coffee tree — yes, a tree that produces a beverage I don't even drink — that has taken up much of my time and effort. I'm happy to report, then, that the coffee industry is waking up to the new climate reality, and is now taking serious steps to make coffee sustainable. That's where the Sustainable Coffee Challenge comes in. The Challenge was born two years ago to bring together players from throughout the coffee sector, big and small, to make coffee the world's first sustainable agricultural product. It's eminently achievable — already, fully 48 percent of all coffee is being produced under some sustainability standard.  From growers to roasters to retailers — and even governments of countries where coffee is grown — the Sustainable Coffee Challenge has been gaining members and momentum since 2015, and retailers and public-facing campaigns are mobilizing to educate billions of coffee-drinking customers on why sustainability matters (as if the prospect of a poorer-tasting brew wasn't reason enough). But just as efforts were brewing to head off the coffee-pocalypse, the Challenge ran into some big questions: Where to begin? What coffee-producing regions of the world are most likely to feel the burn in a changing climate? And where are tropical forests — the same forests that regulate global climate — most at risk from coffee farmers who have to shift their crops to higher ground? Fortunately, we're finding answers to these questions with science. New research is helping us map and monitor coffee and the forests where they grow — and identify specific places where climate change is causing a shift in coffee production, and how best to manage it. A recent study by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) found that coffee grown at lower altitudes already requires adaptation today. (It also found that in the future, coffee grown in the areas it studied wouldn't taste as good). Another new study by one of my colleagues at Conservation International, Lee Hannah, showed that nearly 90 percent of the land suitable for growing coffee in Latin America is under threat from climate change by 2050. But it's not all bad: Authors of both studies noted that smart management of coffee trees — as well as the surrounding forests and bees that the trees require — can help farmers, and coffee trees, to adapt.  Faced with the imperative to adapt, the industry is taking action, collectively investing some $350 million a year to tackle these issues through research, farmer support, sustainable sourcing and other programs. For example, organizations such as The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) are providing retailers with tools for measuring supplier performance on the most important issues, like deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. Through its Commodity Mapping Project, TSC is helping companies get a better grasp of critical issues facing coffee supply chains, including the role of coffee in deforestation, and where we should focus our conservation efforts to minimize the impact on the farms and forests. The impact on people is no less important. At the heart of the coffee trade are 25 million small-scale farmers who produce 90 percent of the global coffee supply. These farmers and the workers they employ rely on the revenue from coffee sales to support their families. Coffee is one of Timor-Leste's most important crops, bringing much-needed revenue to the country. Magdalena Salsinha, holding coffee beans, has been picking coffee since she was 15 years old. Now 55, she lives near Ermera and is married with six children.Image: UNMIT/Martine PerretSo, what can you do? You can start by paying attention and asking questions: Find out if your favorite coffee shops and retailers are committed to sustainability and what they're doing to ensure the long-term availability of your favorite coffee. Remember that sustainability is about more than being earth-friendly — it's also about people's livelihoods and fair labor practices, so learn more about what it really takes to make a crop sustainable at Finally, use your buying power to support companies that are doing the right thing, and tell us about it with #SustainCoffee. We're heading into a critical time. What the coffee industry and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge achieve in the next few years will determine the future of a crop that billions of people enjoy, a crop that has huge implications for the health of Earth's tropical forests, a crop that supports entire economies. Whether you like coffee or not, this affects you. It's time to demand sustainability.  About Social Good Summit The intersection of technology and new media has redefined our understanding of human progress. In the midst of this rapidly changing world, the Social Good Summit focuses on where we’re headed. Held annually during the United Nations General Assembly week, the Summit unites a lively community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders around a common theme: #2030NOW. A dynamic exploration of the world we want to live in by 2030, the Social Good Summit will focus on how we can unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place. This year's summit is brought to you by Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the 92nd Street Y. For complete event details, visit WATCH: Enjoy your sustainable java in this cup made out of coffee

Veteran Albuquerque TV reporter killed in helicopter crash

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:32

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A longtime reporter-videographer at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico, authorities said Sunday.

Chester Bennington's Wife Shares Video Of Him Laughing Hours Before His Death

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:12

Just hours before Chester Bennington’s death by suicide, the Linkin Park frontman was filmed laughing and joking around with his family, showing that “depression doesn’t have a face or a mode,” his bereft widow said.

Fatal Baton Rouge Shootings Investigated As Racially Motivated: Police

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:44

A 23-year-old Louisiana man is reportedly being held as a person of interest in the separate slayings of two black men who police say were gunned down last week in potentially racially motivated attacks.

Iran's Khamenei warns U.S. against 'wrong move' on nuclear deal

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:42

Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any "wrong move" by Washington on Tehran's nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran was violating "the spirit" of the 2015 deal under which it got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. State television quoted Khamenei as saying Iran was standing firm "and any wrong move by the domineering regime regarding the (nuclear accord) will face the reaction of the Islamic Republic." Washington extended some sanctions relief for Iran on Thursday under the nuclear deal with world powers, but said it had yet to decide whether to maintain the agreement.

Watch Out 'Hot Cops'! Police Parody Stephen King's 'It' in Viral Photo

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:51

The officers said they just wanted to engage with the community.

Stowaway Koala Survives 10-Mile Ride Hidden Behind Car's Wheel

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:36

A koala is alive after a driver unknowingly drove for about 10 miles while the animal clung to the inside of his car’s wheel arch, animal officials said.

Ken Burns' New PBS Doc Wades Into Vietnam’s Big Muddy

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:31

Ken Burns aims to win hearts and minds with his epic Vietnam series, but loses sight of how we got involved.

Kevin Hart publicly apologizes to wife and children after woman threatens to release 'sexually suggestive' video

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:13

Kevin Hart issued a very public apology on Saturday to his pregnant wife and kids after news broke that the actor is involved in a multimillion-dollar extortion attempt.

Trump Mentions 'Rocket Man' Kim Jong Un As White House Tries To Be Unified On North Korea

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 13:12

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Sunday affirmed in a tweet that he was conferring with world leaders on North Korea’s growing nuclear program, appearing to refer to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man.”

Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:32

By Mohamed el Sherif and Ali Sawafta CAIRO/RAMALLAH (Reuters) - Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas. The Islamist group, which has ruled Gaza since a brief Palestinian civil war in 2007, said it had taken "a courageous, serious and patriotic decision to dissolve the administrative committee" that runs the territory of 2 million people, and hand power to some form of unity government. Reunification a decade after Hamas and Abbas's secular Fatah movement battled for control of Gaza may hinge on whether complex issues related to power-sharing - which stymied reconciliation bids in the past - can be resolved.

10-Year-Old Boy Killed in Fire in Mobile Home Without Power After Hurricane Irma

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:28

A neighbor said the fire was ignited by a candle.

Irma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:54

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After a painful flight across several states to escape unpredictable Hurricane Irma, Suzanne Pallot says it's unlikely she would evacuate South Florida again — an attitude echoed by other evacuees that experts say could put them in danger when the next storm hits.

Hurricanes Jose Could Lash East Coast as Hurricane Maria Heads Toward Caribbean

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:47

Hurricane Jose is whipping 90-mile-per hour winds, creating dangerous currents as it barrels up the East Coast while Hurricane Maria, just behind it, strengthens as it heads straight for the Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Barbuda.

Donald Trump Jr. To Testify Publicly In Russia Probe 'This Fall,' Top Democrat Says

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:35

WASHINGTON ― One of the congressional committees probing whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election expects public testimony from Trump’s eldest son and may subpoena the president’s former campaign chairman, two key figures in the ongoing investigations, according to the top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Blood and embalming fluid seeps onto street outside Baton Rouge funeral home

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:13

Blood and embalming fluid leaked from a storage tank onto the street outside a funeral home before it was spotted by passersby. Images showed the mix of blood and formaldehyde as it seeped onto the street behind the Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A blockage in the storage tank had caused the leak, which lasted around 20 minutes.