Flooding rivers swamped towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday forcing tens of thousands of people to be evacuated as fast-flowing waters cut roads and destroyed bridges after the remnants of a powerful cyclone swept through the region. The disaster zone from ex-Cyclone Debbie stretched 1,000 kms
Fossil fuel reserves are finite, all but gone and it’s only a matter of before they run out. And considering that experts are forecasting our power needs to double by 2100, there’s no question about it — if we don’t find some other way to meet our energy demands, we’re in a whole lot of trouble.
This is where renewable energy comes in. There’s geothermal power, hydroelectric power, solar power and wind power. Among the four, it’s solar power that holds the most promise. Supposedly, the energy that the sun can provide in just an hour is more than the total energy that humans can consume in a year. Which means the sun is more than capable of providing our energy needs. We just have to figure out how to tap into that almost infinite energy.
The main problem with the sun though is that it doesn’t shine all the time.
By positioning solar panels in space instead of on the Earth’s surface, trapping of solar power will have no more limitations — there’s no night time to consider, not even clouds covering the sun. As an added bonus, solar energy can be trapped in its entirety — without dust, water vapor or the Earth’s ozone layer absorbing some of its power. And because absorption of energy is continuous, there won’t be any need to store it for later use, which also means none of it would be wasted as storing typically results in up to 50% energy loss.
Tropical Cyclone Dineo hit Mozambique on Wednesday.
The storm left at least seven dead, thousands of homes destroyed.
Parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe await the fury of the storm.
America’s top general will meet with his Russian counterpart this week to discuss the state of military relations between the two countries. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford is scheduled to meet with Valeriy Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan. The military leaders will discuss a variety of issues including the current state of U.S.-Russian military relations and the importance of consistent and clear military-to-military communication to prevent miscalculation and potential crises, according to a statement from Dunford’s office. In terms of the military-to-military relationships, the past few years have seen a series of close calls between ships and aircraft from the two countries. In the most recent incident, a Russian jet reportedly buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea this month in a move a U.S. official called unsafe and unprofessional.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was remarkable no lives were lost amid “catastrophic” weekend conditions.
But about nine of 12 buildings in the tiny community of Uarbry had been destroyed, according to locals.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons could not confirm that number but said “most buildings” in Uarbry had been razed or damaged.
The blaze, dubbed Sir Ivan, had an active fire edge of about 200km (124 miles) and had burned through 50,000 hectares near Dunedoo, Mr Fitzsimmons said.
Top Democratic Party donor George Soros is being labeled a “threat to national security” based on a Y 2014 Executive Order put in place by then-President Barack Hussein-Obama for actions against the peaceful transition of power in the Ukraine
US President Trump was able to legally assign this label to Mr. Soros based on information provided by Russia when they reported that it was Soros who financed some groups that were paid to violently protest in the Ukraine.
The White House has released a list of 78 attacks it describes as “executed or inspired by” the Islamic State group.
The White House says most did not get sufficient attention.
The list includes incidents like a truck massacre in Nice that killed dozens and received widespread attention, as well as less high-profile incidents in which nobody was killed.
The AP could not verify that each of the incidents had connections to the Islamic State group.
President Donald Trump claimed during a speech earlier Monday that the media was deliberately ignoring attacks.
Trump said that, “in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” adding, “They have their reasons.”
The avalanche struck the village of Sher Shal in Garam Chashma Tehsil, completely destroying more than twenty houses.
So far 14 bodies have been recovered while seven injured have been rescued and moved to the civil hospital.
Chitral District Administration told Radio Pakistan that rescue operation is in progress to recover the people trapped under the debris.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident.
U Ko Ni, a National League for Democracy legal adviser, was shot and killed at the Yangon airport this afternoon, according to senior party member U Win Htein. Police believe the shooting was a targeted assassination.