BLOOMBERG Germany is facing a shortfall of about €12 billion ($13.2 billion) in its special climate-protection fund, suggesting the government in Berlin has significantly underestimated the cost of greening Europe’s biggest economy. Commitments to climate—protection projects exceed earmarked resources through 2026, according to people familiar with the budget details, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information. The estimated ...Read More »
The planet keeps breaking records for warming waters
BLOOMBERG Earth broke grim new records for melting glaciers, rising sea levels and ocean heat last year, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO’s annual State of the Global Climate report, which tracks climate indicators and impacts, cited a record high for ocean heat content in 2022. Some 58% of the ocean surface experienced ...Read More »
Shhh! It’s sea turtle season here
PROVIDENCE, R.I. / AP Many Florida beaches welcome a special type of visitor as the weather gets warmer: sea turtles. Female sea turtles crawl out of the water from spring to early fall to build nests and lay eggs on the beach at night. Babies hatch some 60 days later and crawl back into the sea. It’s a fragile process. ...Read More »
For the sake of women
PROVIDENCE, R.I. / AP Every submarine in the US fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That’s going to change. With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first Navy subs built specifically to ...Read More »
Disciplining through boxing!
CHITUNGWIZA / AP Zimbabwean boys as young as 10 hurry every weekend to a boxing ring whose nickname, Wafa Wafa, in the local Shona language suggests that whoever enters will be lucky to come out alive. No one has died in the ring, let alone suffered serious injury. But the exchanges can be brutal and bleeding is part of the ...Read More »
Charge me up!
SARANAC LAKE, NY / AP Sunita Halasz has tips for ‘driving electric’ along lonely roads in New York’s Adirondack Mountains: know the locations of charging stations, bring activities for the kids during three-hour recharges, turn on the energy-hogging window defroster in just 10-second bursts. And have a backup plan. “When we really go anywhere, I have a whole list of ...Read More »
In a quest to revive love for books
BAGHDAD / AP The Iraqis guarding Baghdad’s many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don’t know what to make of Ali Al Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books. The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the 25-year-old to share his passion for reading and revive ...Read More »
Saving lives from deadly waters!
ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA / AP As usual, it started with a call on a satellite phone from Italian rescue officials in Rome. They were relaying a distress call they’d received from a migrant smuggling ship adrift somewhere off the coast of Libya. On board the Golfo Azurro, Guillermo Canardo was taking notes. “Two boats,” he said. “One hundred people ...Read More »
New ways to grade schools!
WASHINGTON / AP How often do students miss school? Are they ready for college? Are they physically fit? Is their school a welcoming place? States are beginning to outline new ways to evaluate their schools, rather than relying just on traditional measures such as test scores. The plans are required under a new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds ...Read More »
Facing two-front challenge
DEARBORN / AP In her job as a refugee case manager, Fatimah Farooq would come to work in a hijab and speak with her clients in Arabic. Nonetheless, she found herself being asked whether she was Muslim. It’s not easy, Farooq says, navigating her dual identities as black and Muslim. “I’m constantly trying to prove that I belong,” said Farooq, ...Read More »