Suicide rate among young Americans soars by 50%

The suicide rate among young Americans aged 10 to 24 years old soared by 56% between 2007 and 2017, according to new data. Mental-health conditions, relationship problems/loss, life stressors, and recent crises were common across all age groups. 

Beverly Hills becomes the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales

Beverly Hills has passed what experts say is the most restrictive tobacco ban in the nation, barring the sale of virtually all nicotine products and setting the stage for similar laws in other cities.

US renewable capacity surpasses coal power for first time

A new report shows there was more biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind capacity installed on the US grid in April 2019 than plants set up to burn the fossil fuel.

Washington, U.S. to allow composting human bodies

This week, Washington Governor signed a bill to allow the composting of human remains within the state. It is the only state in the US—and possibly the only government in the world—to explicitly allow "natural organic reduction" of human remains.

San Francisco is first US city to ban facial recognition

Those in favour of the move said the technology as it exists today is unreliable, and represented an unnecessary infringement on people’s privacy and liberty.

New York, U.S. passes sweeping measure to reduce CO2

Big glass-clad buildings, must stop their polluting ways, New York City lawmakers say. The laws apply to nearly all large buildings, but they will have an outsized impact on commercial construction because they have the highest emissions.

World’s Largest Aircraft Completes First Flight

The six-engine jet that will be used to launch rockets into space took off from Mojave Airport in California last Saturday. The first flight of Stratolaunch lasted 2 hours and 30 minutes and reached 5,180 meters.

Floating city designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes

Architecture firm has designed a concept for a floating city of 10,000 people that could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels.

Plastic bag ban to be enforced in New York state, U.S.

Commencing on 1 March 2020, cities will have the choice to opt in to a five cents fee for a paper bag, two cents of which will go into local schemes that buy reusable bags for low-income consumers.

Cities, counties and tribes in U.S. file a lawsuit against Big Pharma

More than 600 cities, counties and tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the owners of the pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma LP accusing them of creating the opioid addiction crisis.

Record-breaking flooding in Nebraska is visible from space

Climate change means springtime temperatures are arriving earlier with more intense early-season rains, worsening the risk of damaging floods. Current flooding has far surpassed previous all-time records.

First exascale supercomputer to be built in the US

The supercomputer will be called Aurora and Intel is aiming to deliver it by 2021. Aurora will apply AI and high-performance computing to "areas such as cancer research and climate modeling.

New Mexico, U.S. to pledge 100% carbon-free energy by 2045

New Mexico is the most coal-heavy U.S. state and yet it is going to commit to its energy mix be renewable by 2030 and 80 percent of the energy mix be renewable by 2040.

Alarming Number of Preteens in U.S. Who Have Suicidal Thought

A sobering new U.S. study found that a substantial number of children between the ages of 10 to 12 (about 30%) who visited hospital's emergency department screened positive for suicide risk.

It Takes Few Years For Extreme Weather to Start Seeming Normal

A research looked at people’s tweets during historically hot or cold weather to see how they responded. It took tweeters just five years to normalize once-extreme temperatures.