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The New Space Command Will Officially Be Up And Running Aug. 29


Watch Video "Before the year is out, the United States will once again send American astronauts into space on American rockets from American soil." The Trump administration's new Space Command under the Defense Department will officially be up and running on Aug. 29. It's the first new combatant command since U.S. Africa Command was established in 2009.Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement Tuesday at the  sixth meeting  of the National Space Council. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said Space Command will be in charge of planning and following through with operations in space. It's the first step in establishing the U.S. Space Force — which would be an entirely new military service dedicated to defense in outer space. Pence said, once it's established, Space Force will "ensure that our nation is  prepared to defend  our people, to defend our interests and defend our values in the vast expanse of space and here on the Earth with the technologies that will support our common defense."And so long as Congress agrees to establish and fund it, Pence said Space Force  will be launched  by 2020.  Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

1.4 Million Live In High-Risk Zones Near Oil And Gas Production


Watch Video Our Newsy documentary "Blowout" is now streaming on  Amazon Prime Video  and Newsy platforms including Roku and Fire TV. As part of this project, an original Newsy analysis found an estimated 1.4 million people across the U.S. living in high-risk zones for cancer near active oil and gas production.  See our interactive map for more details. And read more reporting from our "Blowout" partners at  The Center for Public Integrity The Texas Tribune  and  The Associated Press . Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Blowout (Trailer)


Watch Video This feature-length Newsy documentary traces the American fossil fuel boom and its global impacts on public health, profits and the climate.  Watch it on Amazon Prime Video  and the Newsy app on Roku and Fire TV. As part of this documentary, a Newsy analysis found more than 1.4 million people across the U.S. living in high-risk zones near active oil and gas production.  Find a state-by-state breakdown of these risk zones here. And for more from the Blowout project, read the in-depth reporting from our partners at  The Center for Public Integrity The Texas Tribune  and  The Associated Press . Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

China Braces For Typhoon Lekima


Watch Video China has issued its highest warning as Typhoon Lekima moves toward the coast.The National Meteorological Center put parts of Eastern China on  red alert , forcing thousands of fishing boats  to return to shore . The storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday local time, bringing heavy rains. Authorities  closed schools and businesses  in Taipei, Taiwan's capital, on Friday ahead of the storm.The storm system has already left over 14,000 homes without power on Japan's Okinawa Islands.Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Government Issues Updated Guidelines For Animals On Planes


Watch Video The Department of Transportation has announced how it will enforce rules governing animals on planes.On Thursday, the Transportation Department issued a  Final Statement of Enforcement Priorities Regarding Service Animals  to provide "greater clarity to passengers, airlines, and other stakeholders" about existing rules. In its statement, the department says airlines can no longer ban specific breeds of cats or dogs, but can still decide on a case-by-case basis if an animal is safe to travel. It also says airlines can still require advance notice if passengers plan to bring an emotional support animal, but cannot do the same for passengers with traditional service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind.The Transportation Department plans to publish its guidelines next week, and airlines will have 30 days after that to comply.Last year,  Delta Air Lines announced  it would no longer accept "pit bull type dogs" as service or support animals due to "recent incidents in which several employees were bitten." A Delta spokesperson said the airline is reviewing the Transportation Department's changes. Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

U.N. Climate Report Suggests We Need To Drastically Change What We Eat


Watch Video The  U.N.'s new food supply report  seems pretty dire, but it does offer some hope — we just have to change the entire way we eat.The summary of the report was put out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Thursday.  It warns  climate change and "unprecedented rates" of land and water use are putting the world's food supply at risk.To combat that risk, scientists who work with the IPCC say we need to eat less meat. The report suggests some other changes too, but let's focus on meat for now.In the U.S. alone, around 42% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions come from animals. And the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization says livestock products  account for 14.5%  of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions worldwide — though one study puts that number  as high as 51% .On top of that, soil degradation is affecting around a quarter of the planet's land. The journal  Nature reports  that industrialized farming is responsible for much of that degradation. Such operations are also linked to deforestation in tropical areas.Diets featuring more plant-based foods would not only help relieve some of that land and emission stress, but the U.N. says it offers a chance for humans to adapt to climate change. Plus, changes in our agricultural practices can help capture carbon in our soil.It's important to note that the report doesn't suggest eliminating meat entirely, just reducing our consumption. It says the meat we do eat should come from "resilient, sustainable and low-GHG" systems.That might mean eliminating factory farms, which produce a large portion of the world's animal-based food products and emit a lot of greenhouse gases.So, what are some alternatives? Well, in the past, the  U.N. has recommended  insects might be a good source of protein. Research suggests insects require less land and water and produce less greenhouse gases than other livestock.But if you're squeamish, that probably doesn't sound too appealing. The U.N. report has you covered. It recommends a diet based around coarse grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

To Fight Climate Change And Food Stress, We Need To Balance Land Use


Watch Video Earth has only so much land. And only a portion of that land supports green growth.  A new report  from the United Nations shows how we'll need to balance its use going forward: We need space for land-based climate change mitigation, and we need space for food. Thirty percent of Earth's land  is forests, and they're multitools in the fight against climate change. Their trees lock away carbon, cool the environment and reduce erosion. To keep a lid on global warming, the U.N. advises that we need to keep those ecosystems and most likely add to them, too — with more permanent trees, or with renewable biofuels to meet our energy needs.Meanwhile, we already use another  37.4 percent  of global land area for agriculture. The World Resources Institute estimates that by the middle of this century, demand for food could require an additional area of agricultural land nearly  twice the size of India . In its report, the U.N. lays out several paths forward. The most sustainable of them would allow food consumption to grow the way we expect it to and might even decrease the need for agricultural space in the process — leaving more room to grow trees or biofuels. But walking that line will be up to governments and their policies. It will require careful land management, denser farming and a focus on sustainability in our consumption.  Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

United Nations: Climate Change Is Threatening Global Food Supply


Watch Video A new United Nations report says the world's food supply is at risk — thanks to climate change and "unprecedented rates" of land and water use.The report, which was put together by more than 100 leading scientists from 52 countries, was  released in summary form  on Thursday. It says soil is being lost between 10 and more than 100 times faster than the Earth can produce it. And climate change isn't helping the situation.The report notes that heat waves, drought, heavy rains and other types of extreme weather can exacerbate rapid land degradation. If steps aren't taken to fix the issue, it could disrupt and eventually shrink the global food supply, and create shortages on several different continents at the same time. And that could cause food prices to go up.As one of the report's authors  told reporters : "The potential risk of multi-breadbasket failure is increasing. All of these things are happening at the same time."But there are solutions. The report says better soil management, crop diversification and greater efforts not to waste the food we already have could make a big difference. Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

Report: U.S. Has Lost 24 Million Acres of Natural Land in 16 Years


Watch Video The United States has lost 24 million acres of natural land between 2001 and 2017 due to agriculture, energy development, housing and other human factors, according to a new report. That is the equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks and could make the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.The study by the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress said the biggest loss of natural area was in the southern and midwestern U.S. as the land area of cities, farms, roads, power plants, and other developments there increased from 47% to 59%.“The United States is entering an era in which it will rely more than ever on the integrity and stability of the natural world to provide economic prosperity, safeguard the health of communities, and weather the effects of a changing climate,” the report said.As of 2015, 14% of U.S. land area has been conserved as national parks and other types of protected areas while 41% of U.S. marine areas is safeguarded to some degree. However, only 26% of those waters are protected from the most extreme activities such as oil and gas drilling. The study said the U.S. needs to set a goal to protect more land and water by 2030 to stem the rapid decline of natural areas and protect the country from the worst impacts of climate change and wildlife extinction. Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

How Mental Health Does And Does Not Relate To Mass Violence


Watch Video We still don’t know if mental health factored into the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton. As a whole, researchers say mental health has mixed impacts on the likelihood and the extent of gun violence. A mental health diagnosis does not always make shootings more frequent or deadly, but there are still some commonalities between mental health and mass shootings worth considering.  Logan Yelderman  is a social psychologist who has  investigated these relationships . He told Newsy in the 102 mass shooter cases he studied, mental illness was reported to some extent in slightly over half of them (54.9%). About one-fourth of the shooters had spent time in a mental health facility or program (26.5%). "What we found is there was no variation in violence for those who were diagnosed with a mental health issue or a mental illness. But for those who were not diagnosed, but it was suspected or mentioned – we found that that was an aggravating factor. In other words it was related to an increase in violence. And we did find violence by the number of total victims of both those who died and those who were injured. And the reason that we did that is because that was more comprehensive," he said. Other research  finds that about 60 percent of shooters who kill three or more people show "unspecified psychological distress," even if they do not meet the criteria for a formal mental health diagnosis.One thing that's a little clearer to researchers is the vast majority of mass shooters experienced early childhood trauma and exposure to violence at a young age. Many also reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to the shooting. James Densley  co-runs  The Violence Project , a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to reducing violence in society and improving policy and practice through research and analysis.  He suggests  tighter control of media sites that validate violence, improved security and weapons control, and proactive responses to those in personal crisis.SEE MORE: Trump Calls Out Violent Culture And Internet After 2 Mass Shootings "We have to become much more attuned to the signs of a crisis and that's it's not just to prevent mass shootings. This is just to also be thinking about violence prevention more broadly. We know we're in the midst of a suicide epidemic in this country. A lot of people are hurting and struggling, at the moment. The other piece about this is, it always comes down to gun safety. And they're all I think simple measures that can be taken where the evidence suggests that they're not going to infringe upon the constitutional rights of law abiding Americans but they can at least slow down the access to weapons particularly for people who are in crisis," he said. SEE MORE: America Has A Gun Violence Problem, But No Clear Solution Číst dále >>> Přeložit do en

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