Which is the most hayfever-prone city and is ‘botanical sexism’ to blame?

Allergy sufferers from Tokyo to London are struggling as pollen levels surge in cities, possibly due to a preference for male trees In 2016, Melbourne experienced a rare and extreme case of thunderstorm asthma that led to ten deaths and 8,500 people being abundant allergenic pollen. Some are dioecious plants, which have their own distinct sex, and some are monoecious plants (those with male and female flowers on the same plant) that have been cloned to be male. The last few times I was in London, for example, almost every single willow tree I saw was now a male clone; almost all of the bay trees being sold and planted were males; virtually all of the many species of poplar …

Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …

Missouris Last Clinic Providing Abortions Can Remain Open For Now

The sole clinic that provides Missouri can continue to offer the procedure until at least Aug. 1, thanks to a state commission’s decision on Friday.  The St. Louis  license expiring and not being renewed at the endnot renewdeficiencies at the clinic continue providing abortionspreliminary injunction executive branch Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP The Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is temporarily allowed to continue providing abortions. The Department of Health and Senior Services argued in the order that the clinic had to provide interviews with physicians to help them investigate “stated failures.” The commission found this position “unpersuasive.” McNicholas said in a statement that patients will continue to face uncertainty and called Gov. Michael Parson’s …

Seattle Times: DOJ’s Boeing investigation expands to 787 Dreamliner

(CNN)Federal prosecutors have expanded their probe beyond the Boeing 737 Max aircraft to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, The Seattle Times reported Friday, citing two sources familiar with the investigation. The update comes as the probes into the 737 Max continue, following crashes involving the aircraft in Ethiopia and Indonesia. This week saw the discovery of a new flaw in the 737 Max computer system that could push the plane downward, two sources told CNN. Boeing engineers are now trying to address the flaw, which has led to another delay in recertifying the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration has identified similarities between the two Boeing crashes that killed 346 people, specifically involving the plane’s automatic safety feature known as MCAS. That …

Sometimes, all it takes to save an injured turtle is a bra. No, seriously

(CNN)It’s feminine lore that most women don’t wear the right size bra. Fortunately, a North Carolina animal rescue group says it will take your ill-fitting undergarments, as well as your old and used ones, to save the lives of turtles. “Bras just came up,” Gordon told CNN, adding that the rehab center has kept the item on their wish list for months without donations. The rescue group sees all sorts of animals outside of waterfowl, from pigs to owls to possums. But turtles may be its most frequent patients. The team treats anywhere from three to 40 turtles a week, depending on the season, she said. Turtle injury rates explode in the spring, when they’re driven from lakes and ponds …

‘Charlie’s Angels’ trailer debuts showing the new ladies in some explosive action

‘Charlie’s Angels’ dropped its first trailer on Thursday. (Sony Entertainment) ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ STAR CHERYL LADD ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: ‘IT HAS GOTTEN STRONGER AND DEEPER’ Banks previously told Entertainment Weekly that the film is less of a reboot and more a continuation or “update” of the franchise. The last installment for the big screen happened in 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” which starred actresses Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore as the lead trio. A short-lived “Charlie’s Angels” television series also aired on ABC in 2011, which is a reboot of the original ’70s program on the same network. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “Charlie’s Angels” is expected to hit theaters on November 15 On Our Radar

Investigation launched after Holland America cruise ship appears to just miss pod of humpback whales

Holland American said the Eurodam, seen here in Copenhagen during a 2011 voyage, changed course to avoid the humpback whales. The NOAA is currently investigating. (iStock) As noted by KTOO, the NOAA’s own Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines and Regulations stipulate that ships not approach humpback whales within 100 meters and maintain a “slow, safe speed” so as to not “disrupt the behavior” of the marine life. If approached by a whale, ships are also required to “put the engine in neutral and allow the whale to pass.” It was unclear how fast the Eurodam was traveling or how close it had approached the humpback whales. A representative for Holland America was not immediately available for comment, but told KTOO that the ship’s …

Hot air balloon crash-lands into a crowd at a Missouri festival, injuring one

(CNN)Festivities at a hot air balloon festival in Missouri abruptly turned into fright as one of the balloons botched its landing and crashed into crowd of spectators. Stephanie Haught said she barely got out of the way before the balloon crashed. In a video she posted to Facebook, the balloonist is seen waving for people to get out of the way as the balloon descends. Another event attendee told KHQA the basket hit the ground right behind him and “ran over his mother.” Other than a small cut on her finger his mother is fine, he said. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Mike Pence won’t say if he views climate crisis as threat to US

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday wouldn’t say if he views the global climate crisis as a threat to the United States. When pressed again on whether he believes the climate crisis is a threat, Pence said, “I think the answer to that is going to be based upon the science.” “Well the science says yes,” Tapper said. “I’m asking you what you think.” “Well, there’s many in the science that debate that,” Pence said. Tapper responded, “The science community in your own administration — at (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), at the (Director of National Intelligence) — they all say it’s a threat. But you won’t, for some reason.” Pence said, “What we’ve said is that we are …

Failed coup sees Ethiopia army chief shot dead by bodyguard

(CNN)A failed coup in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state government led to four people being killed, including Ethiopia’s Army Chief of Staff and the head of an important region, the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s confirmed Sunday. Army Chief of Staff General Seare was coordinating a response to the attack in Amhara when he was killed, the Prime Minister’s press secretary Billene Seyoum told CNN Sunday. Abiy blamed the attempted coup on a Brigadier General named Asaminew Tsige and others. Tsige has been serving as the regional government’s Peace and Security Bureau head after being given amnesty and released from prison last year. The situation in the Amhara — located in northwestern part of Ethiopia and is one of …

Jesuit high school stripped of ‘Catholic’ label over gay teacher, Indianapolis Archdiocese says

Bishop Charles Thompson speaks after he is introduced as the new archbishop of Indianapolis in Indianapolis in June 2017. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis says it no longer will recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic because it refuses to fire a teacher who’s in a same-sex marriage.  SUPREME COURT RULES PEACE CROSS WAR MEMORIAL CAN STAND The school didn’t fire the teacher as he doesn’t teach religion and “is a longtime valued employee of the school.” The teacher wasn’t identified. The school will appeal the archdiocesan decision and is prepared to go to the Vatican if necessary, Paulson said. “Brebeuf’s administration and Board of Trustees have determined that following the Archdiocese’s directive would not only violate their informed conscience on …

Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah Ferguson reunite at Royal Ascot

Britain’s Prince Andrew, second right, and Sarah, Duchess of York, arrive during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. (Adam Davy/PA via AP) Their romance began at the Royal Ascot in 1985, and they later got married at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986. PRINCE PHILIP ADVISED PRINCE HARRY NOT TO MARRY MEGHAN MARKLE, SAYS REPORT The couple divorced after 10 years of marriage in 1996, but have remained close friends and united co-parents to their grown daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Prince Andrew, right, and Sarah, Duchess of York, share two daughters together.  (Adam Davy/PA via AP) Rumors surfaced in April that the exes are thinking about getting back together, but a source close to the family …

Missouri’s lone abortion clinic loses license to perform procedure

Earlier this month, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Missouri’s only abortion clinic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) The Missouri health department notified Planned Parenthood the license would not be renewed because it had failed to correct 30 deficiencies identified by the department during inspections, Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said at a press conference. Additionally, health department investigators said the clinic was responsible for three “failed abortions” requiring additional surgeries and a fourth that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported this week, citing a now-sealed court filing. The state agency allowed the clinic’s license to lapse as of June 1, but St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer …

Don’t give up! How to stay healthy, happy and combative in impossible political times

Walk the dog, let go with a cry, head to the gym or have sex. Leading campaigners on how to look after yourself before heading back into the fray Every week it seems there is something new to protest about. If we are now in environmentalist and authorTry to spend a little time outdoors, whether it is in a city park or out in the woods or mountains. One of the things we are fighting for is a world where nature still has some place and so its good to get out and remind ourselves of that. I try to get outside every day, just for a few minutes. If I can just see the sky, thats good; sometimes I …

Carmageddon: its killing urban life. We must reclaim our cities before its too late | George Monbiot

Land Rovers latest ads tell us that gas guzzlers contribute to urban culture. They do the opposite, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot What is the best way of wrecking a city? Pour cars into it. Heavy traffic, they use 60%. The car eats the public space that could otherwise become parks, cycle lanes, markets and playgrounds. Land Rovers new advertisements for its marketed as the Range Rover for the city, which sounds like a contradiction: SUVs like this were originally designed for dirt roads in the countryside. But now, according to the agency behind this revolting campaign, we are features the supermodel Adwoa Aboah driving through Brixton, staring at the interesting street life as if on a human safari and …