December 12, 2019

Death toll from New Zealand volcano climbs to eight

Echinophoria/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- The death toll from Monday's volcanic eruption in New Zealand has climbed to eight, according to the country's national police force. The eight confirmed deaths were all people who had been evacuated from White Island shortly after the volcano erupted and have since succumbed to their injuries at hospitals across New Zealand. Among those killed are two American-born brothers, Matthew and Ben Hollander, who moved to Australia from the Chi..
December 12, 2019

Greenland ice sheet melting could expose 400 million people to flooding by end of century, study says

iStock(NEW YORK) -- About 400 million people could be at risk for flooding by the end of the century should the Greenland ice shelf continue to melt at its current pace, according to a new study. The ice shelf, one of Earth's largest, is widely considered to be the largest annual contributor of water into the ocean, and it's expected to be a major contributor to global sea-level rise, according to the study, published in the journal Nature on Tuesday. The study, commissioned by NASA an..
December 11, 2019

Pompeo pushes back on Lavrov claim Trump didn’t raise Russia’s election interference

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday pushed back on claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that President Donald Trump did not warn Russia against interfering in U.S. politics and elections, widening a spat over what was said in Lavrov's second White House meeting with Trump. The Trump and Pompeo meetings with Lavrov on Tuesday have also come under fire for what critics say is the message they send to Ukraine, one day after the f..
December 11, 2019

New Zealand orders 1.2 million sq cm of skin from US to treat volcano victims

Echinophoria/iStock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) -- New Zealand doctors need an estimated 1.2 million square centimeters of skin grafts to continue treating burn victims from Monday's volcano eruption, officials said. Dr. Peter Watson, chief medical officer of the Counties Manukau District Health Board, told reporters that 29 patients suffering burns over at least 30% of their bodies were still receiving treatment at hospitals across New Zealand since the volcano erupted on White Island. Twenty..