Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

Brazil’s haunting graveyard of ships risks environmental disaster, warns activist group

GUANABARA BAY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – On a stormy evening in mid-November, a huge, abandoned cargo ship broke free of its moorings and slowly floated into the massive concrete bridge that carries cars across Brazil’s Guanabara Bay to Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s navy said the 200-meter-long (660-ft.) Sao Luiz, a rust-spattered bulk carrier built in … Read more

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure on Southwest Airlines (LUV.N), saying thousands more canceled flights indicated a system failure at the low-cost carrier. “We are past the point where they could say this is a weather-driven issue,” Buttigieg said in an interview posted by ABC News … Read more

Tesla used car price bubble pops, weighs on new car demand

Tesla used car price bubble pops, weighs on new car demand

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Tesla buyers who waited months for their new car have had an unusual choice for much of the past two years: keep the new electric vehicle, or sell it at a profit to someone with less patience. But the days of the Tesla flip are numbered – a potential … Read more

Battery swapping spurs Kenya’s electric motorbike drive

Battery swapping spurs Kenya’s electric motorbike drive

Electric motorbike startups making inroads in Kenya Say battery swapping saves drivers time, money Planning to expand model to Tanzania, Uganda NAIROBI, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Over recent months, sets of sturdy, brightly-branded battery swapping stations have cropped up around Kenya’s capital Nairobi, allowing electric motorcyclists to exchange their low battery for a fully-charged one. … Read more

Blizzard kills 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., area

Blizzard kills 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., area

Dec 25 (Reuters) – A lethal blizzard paralyzed Buffalo, New York, on Christmas Day, trapping motorists and rescue workers in their vehicles, leaving thousands of homes without power and raising the death toll from storms that have chilled much of the United States for days. At least 30 people have died in U.S. weather-related incidents, … Read more

Six dead after bus plunges off bridge into river in Spain

Six dead after bus plunges off bridge into river in Spain

MADRID, Dec 25 (Reuters) – Six people died and two were injured after a passenger bus careened off a bridge and plunged into an overflowing river in northwestern Spain, emergency services said on Sunday. Two survivors – the vehicle’s 63-year-old driver and a female passenger – were pulled out of the river by firefighters with … Read more

U.S. deep freeze forecast to break Christmas Eve records

U.S. deep freeze forecast to break Christmas Eve records

Dec 24 (Reuters) – An arctic blast gripped much of the United States on Saturday driving power outages, flight cancellations and car wrecks, as plummeting temperatures were predicted to bring the coldest Christmas Eve on record to several cities from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Temperatures are forecast to top out on Saturday at just 7 degrees … Read more

Storm cuts U.S. oil, gas, power output, sending prices higher

Storm cuts U.S. oil, gas, power output, sending prices higher

Dec 23 (Reuters) – Frigid cold and blowing winds on Friday knocked out power and cut energy production across the United States, driving up heating and electricity prices as people prepared for holiday celebrations. Winter Storm Elliott brought sub-freezing temperatures and extreme weather alerts to about two-thirds of the United States, with cold and snow … Read more

Airlines cancel 5,700 U.S. flights amid fierce winter storms

Airlines cancel 5,700 U.S. flights amid fierce winter storms

WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Airline cancellations topped 5,700 U.S. flights on Friday as massive winter storms snarled airport operations around the United States and frustrated tens of thousands of holiday travelers. That followed nearly 2,700 canceled flights on Thursday, while just over 1,000 flights have already been canceled for Saturday, according to flight tracking … Read more

Canada’s Hudson Bay polar bear population plummets as climate change warms Arctic

Canada’s Hudson Bay polar bear population plummets as climate change warms Arctic

TORONTO, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Canada’s Western Hudson Bay polar bear population has fallen 27% in just five years, according to a government report released this week, suggesting climate change is impacting the animals. Every autumn, the bears living along the western edge of the Bay pass through the sub-Arctic tourist town of Churchill, Manitoba, … Read more