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Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine dozens of people at two Los Angeles universities, officials said on Thursday. 

The quarantine affects the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and comes as the United States battles the highest number of measles cases since the country declared the virus eliminated in 2000. 

Friday, Apr. 26, 2019

Human activity has damaged this protective layer of the stratosphere and while ozone layer health has improved, there's still much to be done.

Over the past 30 years humans have made progress in stopping damage to the ozone layer by curbing the use of certain chemicals. But more remains to be done to protect and restore the atmospheric shield that sits in the stratosphere about 9 to 18 miles (15 to 30 kilometers) above the Earth's surface.

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019

Thousands of flammable lakes are popping up all over Alaska and Siberia. That's because rising global temperatures are creating these thermokarst lakes as well as the perfect storm for our changing climate.

If you stab this frozen lake in the right place you can light it on fire. But it's not the water that's flammable, it's actually what's bubbling up from the lake floor. These aren't your average lakes. They're called thermokarst lakes and they're filled with highly flammable methane gas. 

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019

The phrase "mass extinction" typically conjures images of the asteroid crash that led to the twilight of the dinosaurs. 

Upon impact, that 6-mile-wide space rock caused a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, along with earthquakes and landslides up and down what is now the Americas. A heat pulse baked the Earth, and the Tyrannosaurus rex and its compatriots died out, along with 75% of the planet's species. 

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday lashed out at members of a militia group who are stopping migrants at the border, declaring "regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone."

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has demanded that Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas investigate the militia organization, United Constitutional Patriots. Some of the group's members are armed.

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019

Since Earth Day's founding nearly 50 years ago, April 22 has been an occasion for people to reflect on how they can treat the environment better. In recent years, with scientists around the world issuing increasingly urgent warnings about the scale of climate change and the shrinking window of time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the focus has been on reducing our climate footprint.

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019

Four environmental activists have glued and chained themselves to a fence outside Jeremy Corbyn's home in an apparent attempt to force him to commit to tackling climate change.

The Extinction Rebellion protesters, who glued themselves to one another before using a chain to attach to the fence, proclaimed they were all supporters of the Labour leader but wanted his party to go further than declaring a "climate emergency".

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019

On Friday waves of protests rippled across the United Kingdom as young people called for action to address climate change. This movement emerged just one month after a global youth strike in which more than a million students took to the streets to demand that society drastically improve the way it responds to the global climate crisis.

Friday, Apr. 12, 2019

As climate change intensifies, Americans are getting used to seeing the devastation from major hurricanes, floods, fires and "storms-of-the-century." While such events can temporarily hurt the nation's economy, it's easy to overlook the financial havoc -- especially in the long term -- they can wreak on people caught up in any of these catastrophes.

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019

Large numbers of postsecondary education students move beyond their borders to enroll in an institution abroad every year. The majority of internationally mobile students enroll in countries in the English-speaking world like the United States (U.S.), the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Canada and New Zealand. For the past three decades, these host countries have been capitalizing on rising mobility trends and have been using international students as an important source of income. In the U.S.