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Dutch fishermen give vanishing eels new lease of life

Dutch fishermen give vanishing eels new lease of life

Oct 07, –  Weighed and recorded, the serpentine swimmers are then carried several hundred metres (yards) across a dike in a plastic bucket, before being released back into the water on the other side with an unceremonious splash. On an autumn morning on a small Dutch canal, fisherman Aart van der Waal pulls up a […]

October 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rhino horn poaching hits new record in South Africa

Rhino horn poaching hits new record in South Africa

Oct 03, – If the trend keeps at its current pace, more than 1,000 rhinos would be killed in 2014, putting the species on the brink of a population decline that the ministry has said could lead to the end of wild rhinos in about a decade. The number of rhinos killed by poachers has […]

October 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Japan’s luxury fruit masters grow money on trees

Japan’s luxury fruit masters grow money on trees

Sep 30, –  An industry of fruit boutiques has defied Japan’s sluggish economy to consistently offer luscious and lavishly tended produce for hefty prices — and it is always in demand. With melons that sell for the price of a new car and grapes that go for more than $100 a pop, Japan is a […]

September 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Researchers see comeback for Europe’s rare animals

Researchers see comeback for Europe’s rare animals

Sep 28, – A study published Thursday by the London Zoological Society claims dozens of species have been brought back from the brink of extinction and some are now thriving. Researchers from BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council contributed to the study, which found that protecting habitats, restricting hunting, reducing pollution and the […]

September 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Landmark climate change report adopted

Landmark climate change report adopted

Sep 27, –  Jean-Pascal van Ypersele tweeted on Friday that the full report and a summary for policymakers had been accepted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Officials say an international conference on climate change has adopted a long-awaited report on global warming after all-night talks. In the report, which will be released to […]

September 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dramatic shot of Russian eagle attack

Dramatic shot of Russian eagle attack

Sep 26, –  Golden eagles typically eat small birds or mammals, but they’ve also been known to target deer. It’s rare for a camera to catch such an attack in progress. The Zoological Society of London’s Linda Kerley said in a statement Thursday that she couldn’t believe the pictures when she saw them. Remote cameras […]

September 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
China vows air pollution cuts in major cities

China vows air pollution cuts in major cities

Sep 12, – China vowed on Thursday to reduce levels of atmospheric pollutants in Beijing and other major cities by as much as 25 per cent to try to improve their dire air quality. In a policy document the State Council, or cabinet, said “concentrations of fine particles” in the capital’s air will fall by […]

September 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Arctic winter ice volume ‘hits new low’

Arctic winter ice volume ‘hits new low’

Sep 11, – The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency’s (Esa) Cryosat mission. During March/April – the time of year when marine floes are at their thickest – the radar spacecraft recorded just under 15,000 cu km of ice. […]

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California wildfire rages on as flames approach San Francisco water supply

California wildfire rages on as flames approach San Francisco water supply

Aug 27, – An enormous wildfire continues to rage in California’s Yosemite National Park. The blaze is making its way towards San Francisco’s water supply but authorities say the water remains safe for now. Nearly 3,700 firefighters were on hand Monday as the northern California wildfire burned for a tenth day. Stretching 230 square miles […]

August 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Observers: Radioactive Fukushima groundwater rises above barrier

Observers: Radioactive Fukushima groundwater rises above barrier

Aug 03, – Radioactive groundwater at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has risen to levels above a barrier being built to contain it, highlighting the risk of an increasing amount of contaminated water reaching the sea, Japanese media reported on Saturday. The Asahi newspaper, citing data from a Friday meeting of a task force working […]

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