In our news wrap Wednesday, a federal judge in Philadelphia approved the NFL settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits. An estimated 6,000 former players who develop Alzheimer’s or moderate dementia will get an average of $190,000 each. Also, the Senate passed legislation to help sex trafficking victims, clearing the way for a vote on President Obama’s attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. Continue reading
President Obama says he’ll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. Continue reading
Following the warmest year on record, cities around the world are going dark Saturday in observance of Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund initiative meant to raise awareness for climate change. Continue reading
There are more than 40,000 endangered species in the world — plants, animals, mollusks, reptiles, etc. — according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’s Red List. How much of that is due to us?
Voters in southwest Florida’s 19th congressional district head to the polls Tuesday to elect candidates to replace resigned Republican Rep. Trey Radel. Radel, the freshman member who was caught buying cocaine in Washington, D.C., the first member of Congress to hold that dubious distinction. The primary, which will likely decide Radel’s replacement because of its heavy Republican tilt, has been called one of the nastiest in the region’s history. With a whopping $4 million spent on TV ads, the race between state establishment candidates and a moneyed outsider is also shining a light on the shadowy world of super PACs. Continue reading
As part of a campaign to encourage environmental awareness well before Earth Day on April 22, the United Nations and the World Wildlife Fund are urging people around the globe to turn off their lights for one hour from 8:30 … Continue reading
Countries around the world celebrated the 40th Earth Day on Thursday and throughout the week with activities such as fashion shows featuring recycled materials, seed plantings at the Shanghai Zoo and musicians in Morocco playing songs about the Earth. Continue reading
On April 22, 1970, Americans celebrated the first Earth Day. The nationwide day of celebrations and demonstrations marked the beginning of a decade of environmental action, including such landmark legislation as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. … Continue reading