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House Panel Expands Inquiry Into Climate Disinformation by Oil Giants

Sep 17 2021 — — The House Oversight Committee has widened its inquiry into the oil and gas industry’s role in spreading disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming, calling on top executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as the lobby groups American Petroleum Institute and the United States Chamber […]

Bolsonaro Discredits Electronic Voting, Prompting Fears of a Power Grab

Aug 11 2021 — — Facing the prospect of a crushing defeat at the polls next year, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is rousing supporters for an existential battle — against voting machines. Beleaguered by the devastating toll of the coronavirus, a sputtering economy and a surging rival, the president has launched a full-throated attack on the electronic voting system […]

What if Highways Were Electric? Germany Is Testing the Idea.

Aug 4 2021 — — On a highway south of Frankfurt recently, Thomas Schmieder maneuvered his Scania tractor-trailer and its load of house paint into the far right lane. Then he flicked a switch you won’t find on most truck dashboards. Outside the cab a contraption started to unfold from the roof, looking like a clothes-drying rack with an upside-down […]

Democrats Call for a Tax on Imports From Polluting Countries

Jul 15 2021 — — Democrats have agreed to include a tax on imports from nations that lack aggressive climate change policies as part of a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget plan stocked with other provisions aimed at ratcheting down fossil fuel pollution in the United States. The move to tax imports was made public Wednesday, the same day that the […]

Thanks to Modi, India Had a ‘State Orchestrated Covid Massacre’

Jun 23 2021 — — In the Opinion video above, Kunal Kamra, an enormously popular stand-up comedian in India, puts all jokes aside and takes a serious look at his government’s handling of the pandemic. His assessment is withering: He accuses the nation’s leadership, especially an overconfident Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of putting political vanity before common sense and opening […]

Japan Is Shaken After a Detainee, Wasting Away, Dies Alone in Her Cell

May 19 2021 — — First came a high fever. Then her face and limbs turned numb. Soon, she could keep down little more than water, sugar and bites of bread as she wasted away in her cell in a Japanese detention center. By early March, Wishma Rathnayake — a migrant from Sri Lanka who was being held for overstaying […]

Facing rising temperatures, Miami appoints chief heat officer

May 13 2021 — — Last June, Miami reported its hottest temperatures on record. The daytime sun was brutal and there was little respite even at night. Dozens of heat-related deaths were reported that year. As the Earth warms, the city by the ocean says its heat problem is poised to become even deadlier. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava […]

Mysterious Ailments Are Said to Be More Widespread Among U.S. Personnel

May 13 2021 — — — Mysterious episodes that caused brain injuries in spies, diplomats, soldiers and other U.S. personnel overseas starting five years ago now number more than 130 people, far more than previously known, according to current and former officials. The number of cases within the C.I.A., the State Department, the Defense Department and elsewhere spurred broad concern […]

Will Nayib Bukele Be Latin America’s Next Strongman?

May 5 2021 — — EL MOZOTE, El Salvador — The village of El Mozote sits in the department of Morazán in the northeastern highlands of El Salvador near the border with Honduras, a huddle of concrete block homesteads, many of loggers and farmers, nestled between fertile peaks rich with pineapple, coffee and sugar cane.

As Cars Go Electric, China Builds a Big Lead in Factories

May 5 2021 — — Xpeng Motors, a Chinese electric car start-up, recently opened a large assembly plant in southeastern China and is building a matching factory nearby. It has announced plans for a third. Another Chinese electric car company, Nio, has opened one large factory in central China and is preparing to build a second a few miles away.

California Man Dies After Officers Pin Him to Ground for 5 Minutes

Apr 28 2021 — — Body camera footage was released on Tuesday of a 26-year-old man who died in police custody after officers in Alameda County, Calif., pinned him facedown on the ground for five minutes. The footage from the Alameda Police Department shows the man, Mario Arenales Gonzalez, becoming unresponsive while in handcuffs and police officers quickly beginning chest […]