Brazil’s Government Is Wrong About The Fires In The Amazon, And This Data Proves It

SÃO PAULO — Brazil’s government has offered up several explanations for the record number of fires that have been burning through the Amazon rainforest for weeks, including a theory from the country’s president that environmental NGOs could have set the blazes to embarrass him. But scientific data and experts point out that — counter to recent claims from the far-right …

W.H.O. Warns That Pipeline for New Antibiotics Is Running Dry

The outlook isn’t entirely grim. In its report on potential innovative therapies, the W.H.O. identified 252 agents in development that target 12 pathogens the health agency has declared grave threats to humanity. They include multidrug-resistant E. coli, salmonella and the bacteria that cause gonorrhea. Nearly 80 percent of these products are being developed by drug companies, the vast majority of …

US Airports Will Start Screening For Dangerous Chinese Virus

US health officials will start screening air travelers at three US airports for symptoms of a new Chinese virus outbreak that’s been linked to at least two deaths. Since late December, China has reported 45 cases of the new “coronavirus.” The virus has been connected to a seafood market in Wuhan, a city of 11 million, apparently spreading from animals …

SpaceX Prepares to Destroy Rocket for NASA in Safety Test

On Saturday morning, SpaceX hopes that destroying a rocket in flight will show that its spacecraft are safe for astronauts. Since 2012, the company founded by Elon Musk has been flying to the International Space Station for NASA, but it has never before carried a human crew, only cargo. In a final major milestone before it is ready to start …

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44 Billion

Germany announced on Thursday that it would spend $44.5 billion to quit coal — but not for another 18 years, by 2038. The move shows how expensive it is to stop burning the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, despite a broad consensus that keeping coal in the ground is vital to averting a climate crisis, and how politically complicated it is. …

Arctic Sea Ice May Hit A Record Low This Year

science Every summer, Arctic sea ice retreats and the Greenland ice sheet shrinks. This year is tracking close to the record melt of 2012. Peter Aldhous BuzzFeed News Reporter Last updated on August 31, 2019, at 5:14 p.m. ET Posted on July 26, 2019, at 1:27 p.m. ET National Snow and Ice Data Center / Via nsidc.org The average extent …

How Anti-Vaccine Activists Defeated a Bill to End Religious Exemptions

Senator Richard J. Codey, a Democrat and a former New Jersey governor, said his son got calls at home. Francine Weinberg, a daughter of one of the bill’s sponsors who lives in California, said she had to adjust her Facebook page’s privacy settings to end the string of attacks from commenters. “I call it the politics of harassment,” said Ms. …

The Last Decade Was The Hottest On Record, NOAA and NASA Say

Last year was the world’s second-warmest year, capping off the hottest decade on record, according to experts at NOAA and NASA. And here’s another record to add to the pile: The past five years were collectively the warmest since record-keeping began about 140 years ago. 2019’s temperatures were second only to 2016, coming in around 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit above the …

Betty Pat Gatliff, Whose Forensic Art Solved Crimes, Dies at 89

Each facial reconstruction began with information, gleaned by forensic anthropologists or provided by detectives, about the gender, race, age, body type and other characteristics of the remains. Ms. Gatliff created a type of infrastructure by gluing small plastic markers of varying sizes to the skull to match the depths of tissue at critical points around the face. Using the road …