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ISIS Leader Baghdadi Really Is Dead This Time, Syrian Rights Group Says

Reports of the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have, until now, turned out to have been greatly exaggerated. But a new claim by a prominent Syrian human rights group has analysts wondering if the world’s most wanted jihadist leader might finally be gone.

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory For Human Rights said in a statement that three ISIS leaders told the group’s activists that Baghdadi was dead, but did not specify how he had died. According to the officials, Baghdadi had been located in Syria’s Deir al-Zour province, near the border with Iraq, the statement added. The group identified one of its sources as a member of ISIS’ top ranks, while the two others were from the second tier of leadership.

Baghdadi’s demise has been reported, with no discernable evidence, numerous times in recent years. His death has now been claimed at least three separate times in the...


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Amazon’s best Prime Day deals: The definitive list

Holy… moly… Prime Day 2017 is crazy! Amazon really came through this year for Prime Day with what might just be the single most impressive shopping event we’ve ever seen. And we’ve seen a whole lot of shopping events. Prime Day 2017 is making Black Friday last year look like child’s play, and nearly all of the best bargains available on Amazon on Tuesday are still going strong. You’ve undoubtedly come across plenty of Prime Day roundups by now, but you haven’t seen anything yet. In this post, we’ll show you all the best Prime Day deals on Amazon today — and we’ve gone through thousands of them so trust us, we would know!

Don't Miss: The 10 best Prime Day 2017 TV deals

First things first, remember that Prime Day is only for Prime subscribers, so if you’re not already a member you’ll need to sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial right here on Amazon’s website. Once that’s done, you’re...


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Environment factors lead to animal demise | SBS News - SBS

A new study shows habitat loss, toxification and pollution are part of reason why a sixth mass extinction is underway.

The world is experiencing a "biological annihilation" of its animal species due to "human-caused global environmental problems" in recent decades, a new scientific study has found.

The demise of billions of animals from thousands of species both rare and common means the sixth mass extinction event is already well underway and is "more severe than perceived," the study published in a peer-reviewed journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said.

"In the last few decades, habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive organisms, pollution, toxification, and more recently climate disruption, as well as the interactions among these factors, have led to the catastrophic declines in both the numbers and sizes of populations of both common and rare...


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Here's How to Travel in Ways That Don't Trash the Planet - POPSUGAR Australia

At the height of my environmentalism, I was vegan. I boycotted Starbucks and planned semi-naked bike rides to promote sustainable transportation. I was a junior environmental studies major at New York University, and when I decided to take a semester off to backpack through India, I had my first opportunity to find a way to mesh my ethics of sustainability with a passion for travelling. During that trip and many travels since then, I realised that this is not only possible but also can lead to unexpected and invaluable experiences. It may not always be easy, but it's always worth it.

When I was backpacking through India, there were affordable flights between cities, but I opted to take the even cheaper trains and buses. The hours that I spent alone gave me time for reflection that a yoga retreat could rival. I got to see small cities that I would've completely missed if I'd flown....


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Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn - The Guardian

A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.

Prof Gerardo Ceballos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who led the work, said: “The situation...


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RANKED: The 10 worst US senators for the environment - Business Insider

donald trump regulationsPresident Donald Trump holds up a chart showing the complexity of regulations, which he has been trying to reduce.Reuters/Joshua Roberts

In perhaps a reflection of the passionate environmental debate happening across the country, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt plans to pit "red" teams against "blue" teams to debate climate change.

President Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, a move which led mayors, governors, leading academics, and some of the biggest businesses in the US to start a movement to remain by the Paris Agreement pledges even if the country won't.

With so much disagreement about environmental policy in the air, many people are turning to their representatives on the issue.

We dug into the League of Conservation Voters' annual scorecard to rank US senators based on their environmental legacies, according to the nonprofit political action...


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Bit extra for environment - Shepparton News

Shepparton residents would have noticed the Goulburn River has been running higher than usual during the past couple of weeks as environmental flows take effect.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority environmental water manager Simon Casanelia said the river flow was actually decreasing now after a release from Goulburn Weir from June 20, which peaked about 9000Ml/day at Shepparton on July 2.

Flow will return to normal base flow levels — 800 to 900Ml/day — by the end of the month.

River users in the Echuca district and downstream would have noticed the Murray River was rising as the environmental water entered from the Goulburn River.

Mr Casanelia said the release was necessary to keep the environment healthy.

‘‘As much of the rain and run-off into the Goulburn River is now captured in the dams and used to supply towns, industry and farms, the amount of water flowing down...


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Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says there will be no new 'carbon tax' on cars, but prices may still rise - The Sydney Morning Herald

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has sought to hose down reports the government is planning to introduce a new "carbon tax" on cars that will see the price of some popular vehicles soar by up to $5000.

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Food trumps coal as NSW refunds Shenhua $262m for Liverpool Plains licence - The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW government will hand back more than $250 million to a Chinese mining giant to scale back a coal mining exploration licence on the Liverpool Plains.

It says the decision will protect prime agricultural land but the opposition and environmentalists say prime land in north-eastern NSW is still at risk of contamination and the company has been given too generous a deal. 

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Reports of 'carbon tax' on cars a beat-up: Environment minister - CarAdvice


Environment Minister John Frydenberg has told press this morning that a report overnight of a so-called ‘carbon tax’ on cars is a beat-up.

“This story is a beat-up,” he said in an interview with ABC radio. “It’s about as likely as Elvis coming back.”

He said the government is focused on reducing fuel costs for families, “and that is something we’ll continue to consult on,” but no decisions have been made.

The minister’s comments come on the heels of a draft of proposed new fuel efficiency standards, produced by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, that would potentially see prices increase dramatically for vehicles...


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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children - The Guardian

Can you bring yourself to have one fewer of these? Photograph: fStop Images GmbH/Alamy

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.

Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming, but in the US and Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person and in the UK seven tonnes. “That’s obviously a really big change and we...


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Pregnant woman's unborn foetus dies after gunmen storm in and open fire at family party

A 911 recording reveals the chaos and terror in a Ohio family’s home during a Saturday night shooting that reportedly killed two – including a mother’s unborn foetus.

Authorities say a Cincinnati family was hosting a party for the 21-year-old expectant mother when two men dressed in hoodies barged into the house and opened fire.

“It was one after the other, like they went in there and they unloaded as many bullets as they possibly could and then ran off," a neighbour told local news station WLWT News 5.

The pregnant woman's cousin, 24-year-old Autum Garrett, was killed in the shooting. Eight others were injured, including three children ages 11, 8, and 2, a Colerain Township Police spokesman told The Independent.

A 911 call obtained by WCPO Cincinnati begins a with a woman wailing indiscriminately, as others scream in the background.

A man takes the phone and tells the dispatcher:...


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Deadly military plane crash in rural Mississippi

Sixteen service members were killed after a U.S. military transport plane crashed in rural Mississippi on Monday evening, the U.S Marine Corps said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Marine Corps said the KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina and the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi.

The aircraft crashed on Monday at approximately 4 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. EST) in northern Mississippi’s LeFlore County, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Jackson, the state capital.

The cause of the crash was not yet known and under investigation, the statement added. The identities of the service members who were killed were being withheld until family members were notified.

Images posted online by news organizations showed the crumpled wreckage of a plane engulfed in flames in a field surrounded by tall...


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US looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

Doha (AFP) - Qatar and the United States signed a deal Tuesday to combat "terrorism" as visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pursued efforts to resolve the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

In Qatar as part of a series of Gulf meetings, Tillerson also said Doha had been "reasonable" in the dispute, which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with the emirate over accusations it supports extremism.

Tillerson is spending much of this week in the Gulf seeking to mediate in the rift among crucial US allies, and will meet foreign ministers of the four countries isolating Qatar in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Wednesday.

After talks with senior officials in Doha on Tuesday, Tillerson and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani announced the deal targeting extremist financing.

"The memorandum lays out a series of steps the two...


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Environment factors lead to animal demise - SBS

A new study shows habitat loss, toxification and pollution are part of reason why a sixth mass extinction is underway.

The world is experiencing a "biological annihilation" of its animal species due to "human-caused global environmental problems" in recent decades, a new scientific study has found.

The demise of billions of animals from thousands of species both rare and common means the sixth mass extinction event is already well underway and is "more severe than perceived," the study published in a peer-reviewed journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said.

"In the last few decades, habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive organisms, pollution, toxification, and more recently climate disruption, as well as the interactions among these factors, have led to the catastrophic declines in both the numbers and sizes of populations of both common and rare...


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Here's How to Travel in Ways That Don't Trash the Planet - POPSUGAR Australia

At the height of my environmentalism, I was vegan. I boycotted Starbucks and planned semi-naked bike rides to promote sustainable transportation. I was a junior environmental studies major at New York University, and when I decided to take a semester off to backpack through India, I had my first opportunity to find a way to mesh my ethics of sustainability with a passion for travelling. During that trip and many travels since then, I realised that this is not only possible but also can lead to unexpected and invaluable experiences. It may not always be easy, but it's always worth it.

When I was backpacking through India, there were affordable flights between cities, but I opted to take the even cheaper trains and buses. The hours that I spent alone gave me time for reflection that a yoga retreat could rival. I got to see small cities that I would've completely missed if I'd flown....


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Something Rather Curious Happened To The Environment During The Black Death - IFLScience

Humans are terrible. Yes, we’ve managed to do some pretty amazing things, like land on the Moon and cure some pretty awful diseases. We also, however, manage to get people like Rick Perry into power and dump so much plastic into the oceans that we’re literally driving the evolution of plastic-eating bacteria.

So, on balance, humans are terrible. Nature is clearly aware of this, and occasionally tries to wipe us out. The Black Death back in the 14th century was a good example of this – it wiped out 20 million people in just a few decades. Now, as revealed in a new study, this plague may have also had a surprisingly positive effect on the environment too.

Writing in the journal GeoHealth, a team of researchers led by Harvard University have been tracking regional and global lead pollution over time, as revealed by a series of cutting-edge ice core analyses. Generally speaking, mining...


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UK households binned 300000 tonnes of clothing in 2016 - The Guardian

Fast fashion is causing us to thousands of tonnes of clothing every year. Photograph: Mark Weiss/Getty Images

The carbon footprint of the UK clothing sector is worsening, a new report reveals, driven by the ongoing popularity of cheap and cheerful “fast fashion” and a shortage of sustainable raw materials.

Although the amount of clothing being sent to landfill has fallen by 14% from 350,000 tonnes in 2012 to 300,000 in 2016 a staggering one-quarter is still binned rather than recycled. That is down from 31% four years ago.

The volume of clothes bought rose by nearly 200,000 tonnes to 1.13 million tonnes in 2016, causing 26 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from production to disposal and putting clothing fourth after housing, transport and food in terms of its impact on the environment, according to new research by the government’s waste advisory body Wrap.

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Exclusive: government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF - The Guardian

Land clearing in Queensland is an increasing danger to the environment and threatened species because the federal government is failing to enforce laws. Photograph: WWF Australia

The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase pollution on the Great Barrier Reef by failing to enforce environmental law, according to analysis by WWF.

Following the weakening of land clearing laws in Queensland in 2013, the rate of clearing there has tripled to almost 300,000 hectares each year.

WWF analysis found almost 10,000 properties have either cleared at least one hectare of land since 2013, or have notified the state government that they plan to. Combined, that will result in almost 1m hectares of land being cleared.

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RANKED: The 10 worst US senators for the environment - Business Insider

donald trump regulationsPresident Donald Trump holds up a chart showing the complexity of regulations, which he has been trying to reduce.Reuters/Joshua Roberts

In perhaps a reflection of the passionate environmental debate happening across the country, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt plans to pit "red" teams against "blue" teams to debate climate change.

President Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, a move which led mayors, governors, leading academics, and some of the biggest businesses in the US to start a movement to remain by the Paris Agreement pledges even if the country won't.

With so much disagreement about environmental policy in the air, many people are turning to their representatives on the issue.

We dug into the League of Conservation Voters' annual scorecard to rank US senators based on their environmental legacies, according to the nonprofit political action...


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