Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

JOHANNESBURG — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef.

TikTok gambit hits a wall

The social media app TikTok has been downloaded more than 175 million times in the U.S. alone since its global launch in 2018. But now it’s going viral for reasons other than teens dancing or cooking in pajamas.

Obituaries for August 10

Pauline Chizuru Aoki-Yano, 66, of Kealakekua died June 21 in Honolulu. She was born in Kealakekua. Services at a later date. Arrangements by Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Honolulu.

Stronger hurricanes, worsened wildfires, record heat — the climate warnings march on

After a stifling hot July in Baltimore that saw 25 days of 90-degree-plus weather — breaking a record that stood for nearly a century and a half — August swept into Maryland with tornadoes and torrential rain from Tropical Storm Isaias. While severe weather is not a new phenomenon, experts warn that this pattern of stronger, wetter hurricanes and tropical storms, and longer stretches of high temperatures in the summer, is likely a product of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.