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Covid cases on the rise again, but it's still delta, not omicron, driving the surge

Even as more states identify cases of the new variant, it's the hypertransmissible delta variant that's behind the majority of Covid-19 cases nationwide.
Image: Covid Testing Farragut Square
Image: Covid Testing Farragut Square

Crude reality: One U.S. state consumes half the oil from the Amazon rainforest

As oil companies carve up more of the rainforest, a new study says no place in the world uses more oil from beneath the Amazon than California.
The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.
The lighter of an oil processing plant in the rainforest of Ecuador's Yasuni region.

New report reveals California as biggest consumer of oil drilled from Ecuador

In partnership with the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Investigations Network, NBC News’ Tom Llamas reports on how one of the world’s most important and diverse tropical rainforests is being ravaged for oil.
New report reveals California as biggest consumer of oil drilled from Ecuador
New report reveals California as biggest consumer of oil drilled from Ecuador
12h ago

Peruvian authorities to question President Castillo as impeachment threat looms

The new allegations come as the socialist head of state already faces the weakest moment of his presidency, which began just four months ago.
Peru's President Pedro Castillo speaks at a ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 30, 2021.
Peru's President Pedro Castillo speaks at a ceremony in La Paz, Bolivia, on Oct. 30, 2021.
14h ago

Cowed by China, ride-hailing giant Didi plans to leave U.S. stock market months after debut

Didi had pushed ahead with a $4.4 billion U.S. initial public offering despite being asked to put it on hold while a review of the company’s data practices was conducted.
Image: People walk past the headquarters of the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi in Beijing
Image: People walk past the headquarters of the Chinese ride-hailing service Didi in Beijing

An 'island has emerged': Coastal species discovered thriving on Great Pacific Garbage Patch, scientists say

Scientists documented more than 40 coastal species clinging to plastic trash, including mussels, barnacles and shrimp-like amphipods.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
Image: Anika Albrecht on a 2020 expedition collecting plastic in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.
16h ago

Colombia seizes hundreds of arachnids being illegally smuggled to Europe

Colombia, which is one of the world's 17 mega-diverse countries and boasts tens of thousands of different species, is a target for wildlife traffickers drawn by its biodiversity.
Image: A tarantula is photographed after a seizure of animals for trafficking bound to Germany at El Dorado airport, in Bogota
Image: A tarantula is photographed after a seizure of animals for trafficking bound to Germany at El Dorado airport, in Bogota

South Africa hit by fourth Covid wave driven by omicron

Health Minister Joe Phaahla told a media briefing that he hoped that the variant could be managed without causing too many deaths.
Passengers, some wearing masks, wait for their taxi to leave the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, on Dec. 2, 2021.
Passengers, some wearing masks, wait for their taxi to leave the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, on Dec. 2, 2021.

Biden's push against sanctions on Russia’s pipeline puts Democrats in a bind

Germany supports the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and Biden has chosen not to confront Berlin about the issue.
Image: Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia
Image: Workers are seen at the construction site of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Russia

'Spirit of resistance': Marking 500 years since the first slave revolt in the Americas

The Santo Domingo Slave Revolt of 1521 ushered in a backlash through "Black Codes" and repressive measures.
Slaves Attempt To Overcome Their Spanish Owners
Slaves Attempt To Overcome Their Spanish Owners

Blinken seeks to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions

With tens of thousands of Russian troops gathering on Ukraine’s border, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Vladimir Putin could quickly invade Ukraine for the first time since 2014. The U.S. and its NATO allies warn of harsh economic and political sanctions if he does.
Blinken seeks to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions
Blinken seeks to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions