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With Florida, Georgia under evacuation orders, here's how to change travel plans

With Florida, Georgia under evacuation orders, here's how to change travel plans

Finance
As forecasters issue hurricane and storm-surge watches for parts of Florida, airlines and cruiselines are making it easier for U.S. travelers to troubleshoot their plans and stay out of Hurricane Irma's way.The latest advisories from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center predict that the "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 storm will move over Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday."Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days," according to the advisory.A long list of areas are under hurricane warnings, including parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas; areas under a hurricane watch now in...
Scientists: Climate change could cause storms like Harvey

Scientists: Climate change could cause storms like Harvey

Technology
By the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas — a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future global warming could bring, scientists say. While scientists are quick to say climate change didn't cause Harvey and that they haven't determined yet whether the storm was made worse by global warming, they do note that warmer air and water mean wetter and possibly more intense hurricanes in the future. "This is the kind of thing we are going to get more of," said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer. "This storm should serve as warning." There's a scientifically accepted method for determining if some wild weather event has the fingerprints of man-made climate change, a
'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum

'Donald Trump forest' climate change project gains momentum

Science
A campaign to plant trees to compensate for the impact of President Trump's climate policies has 120,000 pledges. The project was started by campaigners upset at what they call the president's "ignorance" on climate science. Trump Forest allows people either to plant locally or pay for trees in a number of poorer countries.Mr Trump says staying in the climate pact will damage the US economy, cost jobs and give a competitive advantage to countries such as India and China. The organisers say they need to plant an area the size of Kentucky to offset the Trump effect.Based in New Zealand, the project began in March this year and so far has gained pledges from around 450 people based all around the world. In the first month, 15,000 trees were pledged - that's now gone past 120,000. Some people...
Tillerson, Mattis say 'no' to regime change on North Korea

Tillerson, Mattis say 'no' to regime change on North Korea

World
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Top U.S. officials confirmed their united front on North Korea: denuclearization through a new policy of "strategic accountability," and not regime change, is what they seek from Pyongyang in a time of heightened tensions.In a jointly written opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated the United States does not seek to "inflict harm" on the "long-suffering North Korean people.""We are replacing the failed policy of 'strategic patience'...with a new policy of strategic accountability," the two officials wrote.Tillerson and Mattis called for a "peaceful pressure campaign" that would be conducted with the aim of denuclearization, and without toppling the regime.But the two U.S. secretaries als...
Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

Anger over 'untrue' climate change claims

Science
Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview.Experts told BBC News that the assertions made by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4's Today programme were simply untrue. Lord Lawson had claimed that global temperatures had "slightly declined" over the past 10 years. However, scientists working in the field said the records showed the complete opposite to be the case.BBC Radio 4's Today programme defended its decision to interview Lord Lawson on Thursday morning in a segment on climate change. The BBC argued that it had a duty to inform listeners about all sides of a debate.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceDuring the interview, Lord Lawson said that "official figures" showed that "during this past 10 years, if anything...