Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa

Guardian: Worried that his eyes and urine were turning a deep yellow, Gednezar Dladla made his way to a local clinic and was referred to a district hospital, where he was x-rayed, diagnosed with gallstones, and admitted for the night. Both institutions receive funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A day later, Dladla set off through the hills and valleys of rural Zululand to a village near his childhood home, where a group of men played cards in the shade of a tree. The...

Company behind giant telescope on Mauna Kea moves forward amid talks

Associated Press: Aside from the ongoing standstill atop Mauna Kea, those behind the Thirty Meter Telescope are moving forward with the $1.4 billion project. "While construction of the observatory itself has been halted, the project has not been canceled," TMT International Observatory Board Member Michael Bolte said in an email to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on Tuesday. During the downtime, Bolte said TMT has been talking with community leaders to find a path where the parties can move forward together. "That said,...

Governor says deadly flooding is worst ever seen in Texas area

Reuters: Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas...

2007 report warned about risks Mauna Kea telescope

Associated Press: A 2007 report warned about the risks involved in developing a giant telescope on Mauna Kea. The report by a Colorado firm hired to evaluate the risks warned that building the Thirty Meter Telescope would come with stiff resistance from Native Hawaiians, lawsuits and regulatory hurdles. While the report didn`t predict a new generation of Hawaiians taking the opposition to a new level, it gives some insight into what`s happening now, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reported Monday (http://ow.ly/NpEmF...

Oil company bosses’ bonuses linked $1tn spending extracting fossil fuels

Guardian: Bosses at the world’s big five oil companies have been showered with bonus payouts linked to a $1tn (£650bn) crescendo of spending on fossil fuel exploration and extraction over nine years, according to Guardian analysis of company reports. The unprecedented push to bring untapped reserves into production, and to exploit new and undiscovered fields, involves some of the most complex feats of engineering ever attempted. It also reflects how confident ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP are...

In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

National Public Radio: In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.

Flash Flooding Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

National Public Radio: Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.

Probing climate change winners, losers among state’s wildlife

Worcester Telegram: Will there be a time when the state’s official bird will be driven out of the commonwealth because it will no longer be able to survive in a changing climate? In a 2008 paper on the possible changes to our environment caused by climate change, John A. O’Leary, assistant director of wildlife for the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the agency’s Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, posed that question. “We at Fisheries and Wildlife have a duty to protect wildlife and address...

Florida needs action on climate change

Tampa Bay Times: An Associated Press review of thousands of documents and emails shows the state has yet to offer a clear plan or coordination on addressing rising sea levels, despite chronic flooding along Florida's coastline from storm surges and higher tides. It has yet to address the increasing problem of saltwater intrusion into drinking water wells, which has cities and counties scrambling to find new sources of fresh drinking water. And the AP review blamed this not merely on indifference but on the mindset...

Texas governor declares states of emergency, more severe weather expected

Reuters: The governor of Texas on Monday declared states of disaster in 24 counties, citing the severe weather and flash flooding that have killed at least two people. The state has been pounded by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electrical power. In declaring the states of disaster in 24 counties, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: “The State of Texas has taken brisk action in dispatching all available...