Environment

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

Published 13/08/2017

The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. [more…]

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind`s remote past

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind`s remote past

Published 10/08/2017

The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like. [more…]

Reign of sewage in biblical valley may be coming to an end

Reign of sewage in biblical valley may be coming to an end

Published 07/08/2017

There is a foul smell coming from the biblical Kidron Valley. [more…]

Weakening Typhoon Noru makes landfall, batters central Japan with rain

Weakening Typhoon Noru makes landfall, batters central Japan with rain

Published 07/08/2017

A weakening Typhoon Noru made landfall in central Japan on Monday, pounding some regions with more than a month's worth of rain, but while it appeared likely to brush close to Tokyo it was losing much of its strength. [more…]

No monkeying around, Indonesia task force vows

No monkeying around, Indonesia task force vows

Published 04/08/2017

Indonesia has deployed armed police and soldiers to help villagers on the island of Java fight back against marauding monkeys that have been terrorizing their area, stealing food and even attacking vulnerable elderly residents and a child. [more…]

Scientists turn to big data in hunt for minerals, oil and gas

Scientists turn to big data in hunt for minerals, oil and gas

Published 01/08/2017

Scientists searching for everything from oil and gas to copper and gold are adopting techniques used by companies such as Netflix or Amazon to sift through vast amounts of data, a study showed on Tuesday. [more…]

Deaths of North Atlantic right whales puzzle Canadian scientists

Deaths of North Atlantic right whales puzzle Canadian scientists

Published 31/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: A right whale swims in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, in this photo taken April 14, 2011. Erin Burke/Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries/NOAA Marine Mammal Permit # 14603/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

North American conservationists are scrambling to find out why North Atlantic right whales are dying in unprecedented numbers, with nine deaths in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence in two months, according to Canadian authorities.

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Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Published 12/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the rift in the Larsen C seen in an image from the Digital Mapping System over the Antarctica Peninsula, Antarctica, on November 10, 2016. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Handout via

One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.

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Munich prosecutors arrest Audi employee in emissions probe

Munich prosecutors arrest Audi employee in emissions probe

Published 07/07/2017

Flags with the Audi logo are pictured in Ingolstadt, the home of German carmaker Audi March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Munich prosecutors arrested an Audi employee on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, the first arrest in Germany related to Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) diesel scandal.

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Tesla wins giant battery contract in Australia, has 100-day deadline

Tesla wins giant battery contract in Australia, has 100-day deadline

Published 07/07/2017

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill (R) listens to Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speak during an official ceremony in Adelaide, Australia, July 7, 2017 to announce that Tesla will install the world's largest grid-scale battery in the South Australian state. AAP/Ben Macmahon/via REUTERS

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has won an Australian contract to install the world's biggest grid-scale battery, in what experts say will be a litmus test for the reliability of large-scale renewable energy.

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