EXPLAINER: Why Tonga eruption was so big and what’s next

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — People around the world looked on in awe at the spectacular satellite images of an undersea volcano erupting in a giant mushroom cloud in the Pacific. Many wondered why the blast was so big, how the resulting tsunami traveled so far, and what will happen next. New Zealand scientists Shane…


EXPLAINER – Why are so many flights being cancelled?

Travel Travelers view departure boards at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Elijah Nouvelage / Bloomberg By TALI ARBEL and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press December 30, 2021 | 3:33 PM The forces that have scrambled thousands of flights since Christmas Eve could ease in January, but that’s cold comfort to the millions of flyers with New Year’s…


EXPLAINER – What COVID-19 treatments are available in the US?

This image provided by Pfizer in October 2021 shows the company’s COVID-19 Paxlovid pills. U.S. health regulators on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus. Credit: Pfizer via AP The U.S.…


EXPLAINER: Why India has repeated air pollution problems

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Delhi struggles with pollution year-round, but the problem becomes acute during fall and winter months. On Wednesday, the concentration of tiny pollution particles was nearly 30 times above the level deemed safe over a 24-hour period by the World Health Organization.Around the world, researchers closely track levels of airborne particulate matter…


EXPLAINER: Which side did better in Rittenhouse closings?

Crime Monday’s closing arguments in the Rittenhouse trial took place over the course of five hours. Attorneys argue without the jury in the room during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Monday, Nov. 15. The Associated Press By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press November 16, 2021 | 1:18 PM KENOSHA,…


Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet the South is Left in the Cold

The Explainer is where we explain an aspect of Chinese life. Simple. So now you know.Brrr. It’s getting a little nippy out there. But for people living up north (i.e. Beijingers), the long wait is over – November 6 is Gong Nuan Ri (供暖日), or ‘Heating Day.’Meanwhile, down south in places like Shanghai, Suzhou, Guangdong and…


EXPLAINER: What to know about vaccines for kids aged 5-11

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5, to the relief of some parents even as others have questions or fears. Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final OK for youngsters age 5 to 11 to get kid-size doses of the vaccine made…


Explainer: Climate change: what are the economic stakes?

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Glaciologist Andrea Fischer, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, hikes towards the entrance of a natural glacier cavity of the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer, Austria, October 15, 2021. Giant ice caves have appeared in glaciers accelerat 2/2 By Mark John COP26 climate talks in Glasgow starting next Sunday may be…


Explainer: Is China finally ready to roll out a property tax?

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Security guards walk into a building in front of apartment blocks in Beijing March 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee By Ryan Woo, Liangping Gao and Samuel Shen BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s long-mooted – and long-resisted – property tax is set to gain new momentum as President Xi Jinping throws his support behind…


Explainer: Bleak house: Why Europe faces steep winter energy bills

The moon rises as electricians work atop a power pole near the lignite power plant of Neurath of German energy supplier and utility RWE, near Rommerskirchen north-west of Cologne, Germany, February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang RattayWholesale gas prices up 400% this year, power prices doubleRising wholesale energy costs are passed on to consumersEuropean households set to…