Two Formerly-Captive Beluga Whales Moved to Iceland Sanctuary

Wildlife conservationists have transported “Little White” and “Little Grey,” two previously-captive beluga whales into a first-of-its-kind open water sanctuary in Iceland. Organizers hope other captive beluga whales may one day join “Little White” and “Little Grey” in the bay. On August 7, wildlife conservationists transported the two beluga whales from their landside pool into a … Read more Two Formerly-Captive Beluga Whales Moved to Iceland Sanctuary

LeBron James admits he and Lakers are not mentally ready for the playoffs yet | NBA on ESPN

After defeating the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James explains to the media why he believes he and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates are not ready mentally for the playoffs. James then goes on to explain what it will take for him to reach “playoff mode” and why the bubble environment will prove to be a daunting … Read more LeBron James admits he and Lakers are not mentally ready for the playoffs yet | NBA on ESPN

College football stars from Power 5 conferences issue a statement: #WeWantToPlay | Get Up

The Get Up crew reacts to more than a dozen college football players from all five major conferences coming together to create a joint statement that expressed their desire to play the 2020 season and shared items they feel need to be addressed to ensure a safe and fair environment for student-athletes moving forward. The … Read more College football stars from Power 5 conferences issue a statement: #WeWantToPlay | Get Up

Beirut Protests Continue Outside of Lebanese Parliament

Beirut (AP) — Public fury over this week’s massive explosion in Beirut took a new turn Saturday night as protesters stormed government institutions and clashed for hours with security forces, who responded with heavy volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. One police officer was killed and dozens of people hurt in the confrontations, which … Read more Beirut Protests Continue Outside of Lebanese Parliament

Will China beat other countries in the global digital currency race?

Eighty percent of central banks around the world are looking at sovereign digital currency projects. Experts say there is a great possibility for China to take the lead. Chinese tech giants have laid a good foundation for infrastructures and technology, and the country’s citizens have already adapted to mobile payments. The country has a large … Read more Will China beat other countries in the global digital currency race?

Bad Weather Hurts Efforts to Stop Oil Spill Off Mauritius

Bad weather hindered efforts to contain an oil spill from a bulk carrier off the southeastern coast of Mauritius that experts say may cause huge damage to the country’s coastal waters and marine wildlife. The National Coast Guard and Polyeco, an environment services company, are trying to contain the leakage from the Panama-flagged MV Wakashio, … Read more Bad Weather Hurts Efforts to Stop Oil Spill Off Mauritius

Bridgewater’s Prince on Managing Investments Amid a Zero-Rate World

Aug.07 — Bob Prince, co-chief investment officer at Bridgewater Associates, discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy, bond investment strategy in a near-zero interest rate environment, and the future for the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Jonathan Ferro on “Bloomberg The Open.”

Problems caused by plastic

Plastics are a problem: Too many single-use, non-biodegradable pieces are being made, used, and discarded, and the environment is suffering as a result. Plastic pollution is noticeable everywhere, but its long-term damage could be even worse, and a study in the journal “Science” warns there are no easy solutions to the problem, which are economic, … Read more Problems caused by plastic

Covid-19 Devastates Nursing Homes With Rising Number of Deaths

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on elderly people living in nursing homes. Karin Huster, a medical referent for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says, “I think over 40% of the deaths will will have happened in nursing homes. Nursing homes are places that have traditionally, you know, fragile people. This is where Covid … Read more Covid-19 Devastates Nursing Homes With Rising Number of Deaths

Mary Robinson, Eric Garcetti and more on conservation & sustainability (Full Stream 8/5)

Humans are changing the planet in unprecedented ways. Natural resources are being utilized at record levels to support exponential population growth, a faltering food system and a struggling global economy. On Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post Live welcomes two internationally recognized authorities on climate change – former president of Ireland Mary … Read more Mary Robinson, Eric Garcetti and more on conservation & sustainability (Full Stream 8/5)

Chinese scientists obtain the longest lake sediment core on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

A Chinese expedition team has broken the country’s record for extracting the longest lake sediment core sample on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The scientists said this will help reconstruct a record of the Earth’s climate and environment over the past 150,000 years. Led by the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research under the Chinese Academy of Sciences … Read more Chinese scientists obtain the longest lake sediment core on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Chinese companies caught between China-U.S. tensions

Given Trump’s ban is just the latest move in a series of attacks on China and Chinese companies, how can Chinese businesses brace themselves in an increasingly volatile environment? Guest: Michael O’Hanlon Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution Margaret Kimberly Senior Columnist, Black Agenda Report Thomas Luo Co-Founder & CEO, PingWest Zhao Hai Research Fellow, Chinese Academy … Read more Chinese companies caught between China-U.S. tensions

Hungary’s PM Orban Nears Full Control of National Media

Prime Minister Viktor Orban moved closer to gaining near-total control of Hungarian media after the country’s most influential news website imploded. More than 70 journalists at Index quit on Friday 24 July, two days after the publisher fired the editor-in-chief, with resigning staff citing “overt pressure” that they said jeopardized editorial independence. Their departure likely marks … Read more Hungary’s PM Orban Nears Full Control of National Media

Scientists Grow Colored Cotton, Pivotal to Sustainability in Fashion

Australian scientists say they’ve made a breakthrough they believe could transform the global textiles industry. They’ve discovered how to grow colored cotton naturally, a move that could bring sustainability in the fashion industry. The scientists in Canberra are also developing ‘super’ cotton that is stronger and more elastic. “So, cotton is naturally white, but having … Read more Scientists Grow Colored Cotton, Pivotal to Sustainability in Fashion