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UNESCO honours Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park as a World Heritage site

UNESCO honours Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park as a World Heritage site

June 24, AP – On Sunday, experts with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe to its World Heritage list. The beauty spot in Kassel, in the central state of Hesse, is the largest park built on a hillside in Europe. It took about 150 years to complete, with work […]

June 24, 2013 | By More
Rivers receding in Calgary, 3 dead in floods

Rivers receding in Calgary, 3 dead in floods

June 23, CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The flooding forced authorities to evacuate Calgary’s entire downtown and hit some of the city’s iconic structures hard. The Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, leaving the dressing rooms submerged. Water levels dropped, providing a measure of relief to […]

June 23, 2013 | By More
Singapore pollution index back to “hazardous” levels

Singapore pollution index back to “hazardous” levels

June 23, AP – Singapore/Jakarta: Indonesia has deployed military planes to fight the blazes on Sumatra island from illegal burning that typically takes place in the June to September dry season to clear space for palm oil plantations. The fires are unusually widespread this year and the smog is the heaviest in Singapore’s history. Singapore’s […]

June 23, 2013 | By More
Official death toll in Indian flooding reaches 600, feared to rise

Official death toll in Indian flooding reaches 600, feared to rise

June 21, AP – The air force dropped paratroopers, food and medicine for people trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off since Sunday in the Himalayan state of Uttrakhand where thousands of people are stranded, many of them Hindu pilgrims who were visiting four shrines in the area. Rescuers found bodies in […]

June 21, 2013 | By More
Rescuers, struggle to reach flood-hit India shrine area

Rescuers, struggle to reach flood-hit India shrine area

June 21, AP _ JOSHIMATH, India — Rescuers on Friday found 40 bodies floating in the River Ganges near a Hindu holy city hit by heavy monsoon flooding that has killed more than 200 people and stranded tens of thousands, mostly pilgrims, in mountainous northern India. The Indian air force dropped paratroopers, food and medicine […]

June 21, 2013 | By More
China’s Cabinet announced broad measures to curb air pollution

China’s Cabinet announced broad measures to curb air pollution

June 17, AP – The broad measures approved by the State Council include putting strict controls in place for industries that produce large amounts of waste and pollution, but it will likely be up to local governments to work out the details. China’s Cabinet has announced measures to curb the country’s notorious air pollution, one […]

June 17, 2013 | By More
Glacier experts: Antarctic’s Ice Shelves Melting away From the Bottom Up

Glacier experts: Antarctic’s Ice Shelves Melting away From the Bottom Up

Antarctica’s ice shelves are losing it. June 16, AP – Conventional wisdom holds that ice shelves—the seaward extension of glaciers on land—lose most of their mass by shedding icebergs. But new research finds that there’s another weight-loss program at work—many of Antarctica’s ice shelves are melting away from the bottom up. Glacier experts have known […]

June 16, 2013 | By More
IEA: Carbon dioxide emissions rose to record high

IEA: Carbon dioxide emissions rose to record high

June 11, STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of 31.6 billion tons, even though the U.S. posted its lowest emissions since the mid-1990s, the International Energy Agency said Monday. In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the Paris-based IEA said top carbon polluter […]

June 11, 2013 | By More
Elephant killings rising in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

Elephant killings rising in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

June 8, AP – Poisoning or shooting killed many of the 129 critically endangered elephants that have died on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in less than a decade, highlighting weak enforcement of laws against poaching, an environmental group says. WWF Indonesia said killings of Sumatran elephants are on the rise, with 29 either shot or poisoned […]

June 8, 2013 | By More
World Environment Day 2013: Chairman Tameem calls for immediate and concrete actions to save our planet

World Environment Day 2013: Chairman Tameem calls for immediate and concrete actions to save our planet

June 5, AP – Tameem highlighted shocking figures of world hungry children, According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the […]

June 6, 2013 | By More