Environment

Gardens of the future spring up at Chelsea Flower Show

by Pauline FROISSART LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Gardens of the future are being unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, where green-fingered designers have imagined innovative solutions to help combat climate change. “If we don’t have plants, we …

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Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

by Jenny VAUGHAN / Tran Thi Minh Ha HON KOI, Vietnam (AFP) — The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious …

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Catapulting spider winds up web to launch at prey: study

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Just when you thought spiders couldn’t get any more terrifying. A study published Monday has found that an arachnid species is capable of winding up its web to store up elastic energy, …

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Cyprus’s emblematic wild sheep lock horns with mountain farmers

by Claire Gounon GERAKIES, Cyprus (AFP) — Surveying his orchard in the Troodos Mountains, Cypriot farmer John Papadouris is convinced the island’s treasured wild sheep would have destroyed his crop without action. With the males’ distinct arched horns, the mouflon …

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Rangers find three-eyed snake in Australia’s Humpty Doo

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — A three-eyed snake found slithering down a road in the northern Australian town of Humpty Doo has sparked amusement in a country already accustomed to unusual wildlife. Rangers dubbed the unusual serpent “Monty Python” after finding …

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Alaska’s indigenous people feel the heat of climate change

by Jocelyne ZABLIT NAPAKIAK, United States (AFP) — The cemetery has already been moved twice, the old school is underwater and the new one is facing the same fate as erosion constantly eats away at the land in Napakiak. The …

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Three tonnes of rubbish collected from Everest

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) — A dedicated clean-up team sent to Mount Everest has collected three tonnes of garbage in its first two weeks, officials said Wednesday, in an ambitious plan to clean the world’s highest rubbish dump. Decades of commercial …

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Aussie scientists find antidote for deadly box jellyfish sting

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australian researchers believe they have found an antidote to a sting from the world’s most venomous creature, the much-feared box jellyfish. Researchers at the University of Sydney had been investigating how the venom is so deadly …

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Tree planting project in Manchester

by Grace Rivera, EBC London Bureau MANCHESTER (Eagle News) — A community project initiated by the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) was held at Turn Moss park in Manchester. In partnership with the local environment group …

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‘Marsquake’: first tremor detected on Red Planet

PARIS, France (AFP) — Scientists said Tuesday they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars in a discovery that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth’s neighbor. A dome-shaped probe known as SEIS landed on …

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New York mayor targets classic skyscrapers with Green New Deal

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio marked Earth Day by outlining measures to make New York greener Monday, including dramatically cutting the carbon footprint of the city’s signature building, the skyscraper. “We’re going to ban the …

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Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ Greenland ice melting

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Measuring melting ice is a fairly precise business in 2019 — thanks to satellites, weather stations and sophisticated climate models. By the 1990s and 2000s, scientists were able to make pretty good …

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