Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market will stop admitting tourists to watch its pre-dawn tuna auctions next month, as it prepares to move locations on October 11, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. After more than 80 years in operation Tsukiji, the world's largest fish market and a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move east to Toyosu, the site of a former gas plant. The early hour does not seem to put off the tourist crowds and "some tourists start lining up at around 2am", the spokeswoman from the Tokyo metropolitan government told AFP.
A science advocacy group has hit out at Donald Trump’s “abysmal” track record on science policy. In a new report, the Union of Concerned Scientists surveyed scientists across 16 federal agencies, wrote that the president has been “undermining long-established processes for science to inform public policy”. “a year and a half into the Trump administration, its record on science policy in several agencies and departments is abysmal,” the Washington DC-based organisation added.
The E.P.A.’s acting chief has signed a proposal that would all but erase former President Barack Obama’s efforts to impose controls on greenhouse gasses from coal plants.
The space company of billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on Monday unveiled details of medium-lift rockets and a reusable space cargo plane it is developing, injecting more competition into the lucrative launch services market.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said.
A strong earthquake cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok, toppled buildings and killed at least 13 people as the tourist hotspot was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Mexico, Aug. 20 (Notimex).- In order to influence more effectively public policies on air quality, the rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish), Enrique Graue Wiechers, and the head of the city government, José Ramón Amieva Gálvez, signed an agreement to conduct investigations of the atmosphere. When signing the commitment in Ciudad Universitaria, it was indicated that in addition to the joint training, the main hallmark of this agreement is that researchers from the Center for Atmospheric Sciences are those who will operate the specialized and newly acquired equipment. The Ministry of the Environment of Mexico City acquired a TAG-GC / MS (Thermal Desorption Aerosol Gas coupled to a Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer) to identify with high resolution the compounds of the suspended particles. Amieva Gálvez explained that it is a five million pesos equipment, of which there are only five in the world and it is the only one in Latin America; it is ideal for the detection of pollutants, especially to find the composition and location of PM2.5 particles, the most harmful for human health. "The acquisition of equipment and the use of public resources implies a great responsibility and what better way than to leave it in the hands of this academic institution (UNAM)," he said at the Center for Atmospheric Sciences, where the specialized equipment will operate. He explained that due to their size, these microparticles had not yet been studied; however, he said, it is known that they generate a large number of effects on the health of people, from pregnancy to old age. The president of the city estimated that in the next three months the works would begin to give results. In his opportunity, Graue Wiechers mentioned that the equipment will allow to recognize the harmful particles to contribute to generate new public policies that allow to live and to breathe better in Mexico City. The agreement, he said, is a "recognition that government decisions must be taken with scientific evidence, we must work hand in hand with science and government to aspire to a better future," emphasized the university rector. In this regard, the minister of the local environment, Tanya Müller García, said that in Mexico City the organic fraction of PM2.5 particles represents 50 percent of its mass and the smaller they are the more harmful to health. "Today we know that approximately eight percent of PM2.5 particles are black carbon; 33 percent is an inorganic fraction; but we do not know 59 percent of these particles, and with this new equipment scientists will investigate precisely those," he said. NTX/AGL/DAP/CYMA/JCG
President Trump is expected to announce a new plan this week for regulating carbon emissions from coal plants. It will weaken one of President Obama's signature policies for addressing climate change.