Two people have died in a small plane crash that occurred Sunday evening after a pilot, described as sounding 'nervous', contacted air traffic control in North Carolina about an emergency. Searchers found on Monday what's believed to be the wreckage of the small plane that disappeared from radar the previous night while approaching Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The disappearance of the single-engine plane near prompted an intensive overnight search of the nearby William B. Umstead State Park and temporarily halted departures and landings of commercial flights at the airport. Airport officials issued a statement Monday saying the wreckage was found near the Reedy Creek Multi-Use Trail but offered no other details about who may have been aboard the plane or whether it had experienced mechanical problems midair. 'The pilot sounded nervous,' Sean Jesrani - who was listing to air traffic control scanners at the time - told WRAL. 'It was obviously dark out and he didn't make it … [Read more...] about Two killed on plane which vanished from radar while trying to land at North Carolina airport as rescuers find wreckage wedged in forest trees after scouring 5,600 acre park with drones
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Here’s the problem: in two months’ time I must travel to Malawi in southern Africa to help Gumbi Education, a small, Guardian-led kids’ education charity that I chair. There’s no Skype option, no railways or boats, and travelling 3,000 miles across Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania by bus is not recommended. I’ve cut my annual holiday flights, I’ve reduced my work travel, and my carbon footprint is nothing to what it was. But realistically, I must fly the 10,200 miles to and from Lilongwe – and I want to offset my emissions in some way. If done correctly, this should mean that I do less harm overall. But what I thought would be easy to arrange has proved a minefield. There is no agreement on how much carbon dioxide a journey may emit, confusion about what actions best reduce emissions, a huge choice of where to direct your money, and growing cynicism as airlines, airports and giant carbon-greedy corporations use offsetting to sell more flights … [Read more...] about Offsetting carbon emissions: ‘It has proved a minefield’
“Many parks advertise themselves as sanctuaries but they are not,” says Maria Mossman, founder of non-profit group Action for Elephants UK. “Never go to a park that advertises shows, unnatural behaviour, tricks or painting – and please, never ride an elephant.” Mossman, who has been involved in elephant activism since 2013, and also organises global marches, says that real sanctuaries will limit contact with the elephants, with visitors observing them from a distance the majority of the time. She warns travellers to avoid anywhere offering riding or allowing bathing sessions with elephants: “In some places this means a lot of people every hour with the elephants in the water – it’s not natural for an elephant to be in the water all day with lots of people climbing all over them.” Looking on review sites and images online before visiting elephant camps is also advised. Avoid any companies calling themselves “sanctuaries” … [Read more...] about How ethical is the elephant ‘sanctuary’ you’re visiting?
A teenager has left a $200,000 trail of destruction after he allegedly stole a car and crashed it into a luxury Lamborghini. The 14-year-old boy was arrested with a number of offences after attempting to get away from police in Como, in Perth's south. Police were in the area shortly after 8pm, conducting patrols after a Subaru Forester was reported stolen during a burglary on October 6. A teenager has left a $200,000 trail of destruction after he allegedly stole a car and crashed it into a luxury Lamborghini Police were in the area shortly after 8pm, conducting patrols after a Subaru Forester was reported stolen during a burglary on October 6 Officers saw the car in a driveway on Birdwood Avenue and parked behind it, attempting to close it in and stop the driver from leaving. However, as police exited the car, it is alleged the Forester quickly reversed and crashed into the rear of the police car. The boy then drove west down Birdwood Avenue where it crashed into a luxury … [Read more...] about Teenager’s $200,000 trail of destruction: Bungling thief steals a car before leading police on a wild chase and crashing into a Lamborghini
The temperature is rising toward 45C (113F) as young brothers Daniel and Dilan Rodríguez skip towards a bridge over the Colorado River in the Mexican border town of San Luis Rio Colorado. But there is no water flowing through the channel of one of the world’s mightiest waterways. The pair run down the river bank and cheerfully splash through stagnant puddles dotted about the riverbed. “We wish we had a river, so we could swim, and jump and sail my cousin’s boat,” said Daniel, 12. “At least we have puddles to make mud balls, that can be fun.” The Colorado originates in the Rocky mountains and traverses seven US states, watering cities and farmland, before reaching Mexico, where it is supposed to flow onwards to the Sea of Cortez. Instead, the river is dammed at the US-Mexico border, and on the other side the river channel is empty. Locals are now battling to bring it back to life. There are few more striking examples of what has come to be known … [Read more...] about The lost river: Mexicans fight for mighty waterway taken by the US