Animal populations worldwide have declined by almost 70% in just 50 years, new report says

“This report reminds us that we destroy the planet at our peril — because it is our home,” WWF U.S. president and CEO Carter Roberts said in a statement. “As humanity’s footprint expands into once-wild places, we’re devastating species populations. But we’re also exacerbating climate change and increasing the risk of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19. […]

Animal populations worldwide have declined nearly 70% in just 50 years, new report says

One-third of all terrestrial land is used for cropping and animal breeding. And of all the water withdrawn from available freshwater resources, 75% is used for crops or livestock. If current habitats remain the same, researchers predict that cropland areas may have to be 10-25% larger in 2050 than in 2005, just to accommodate increased […]

Remembering why we remember: 9/11, 19 years later

The “endless war” trope foolishly implies we can somehow dictate the duration of a defensive war — the commencement of which we had no say in, because the enemy chose when to attack us, and the conclusion of which is not at hand, because the enemy persists in fighting. To rationalize pulling out of Afghanistan, […]

National park fee increase could price out many visitors

The administration’s plan, announced Tuesday, calls for higher fees per vehicle — which are good for a week — during peak periods at “highly visited” national parks. For California’s Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon, as well as such blockbusters as Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon and Glacier, the $70 price would apply May 1 through Sept. 30. At […]

Trump’s New List Of Supreme Court Nominees Includes A Judge Who Served In His White House And Three Republican Senators

The Senate has confirmed more than 200 federal judges under Trump. The president cited an inflated version of that statistic in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in August and in his remarks at the White House announcing the new list on Wednesday — he said that more than 300 judges would be […]

Diana Rigg worried I’d get hit by lightning

Charles Evers, the older brother of the late civil rights icon Medgar Evers, died July 22 at the age of 97, Rankin County Coroner David Ruth told CNN. Charles Evers was considered one of the pioneers of the civil rights movement. He became the NAACP’s state voter registration chairman in 1954, and after his brother’s […]

Holiday in Cornwall: our insider’s guide to the best beaches, where to stay, cheap eats and the best things to see and do

Another Michelin chef who’s less known – and shouldn’t be – is Cornishman Chris Eden, who runs the restaurant at the Driftwood Hotel near Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula. His ingenious food is as dramatic and tasty as the clifftop view from the dining room.

When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

Africa will lose between $53 billion and $120 billion in contributions to its GDP in 2020 because of the crash in tourism, the World Travel and Tourism Council estimates. Kenya expects at least a 60% drop in tourism revenue this year. South Africa a 75% drop. In South Africa, 1.2 million tourism-related jobs are already […]

Italy’s deaths spike by 969 – its biggest one-day tally yet – to 9,134 as country warns coronavirus has still NOT peaked and lockdown that has already lasted 19 days will have to be extended

The doctors’ federation has warned that the true death toll may be higher because ‘many doctors die suddenly, even if the cause of death is not directly attributable to the virus, because the swab is not carried out.’  

Florida GOP Rep. Buchanan urges officials not to remove statue celebrating WWII victory over Japan

“It commemorates the celebration of VJ Day and the end of World War II,” Rep. Vern Buchanan wrote in a letter to the mayor and city commission. “This representation of that moment more than 75 years ago reminds us of an important time in our country’s history and honors the ‘Greatest Generation’ who served and sacrificed.”