Environment

Climate change forces Arctic animals to shift feeding habits: study

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Seals and whales in the Arctic are shifting their feeding patterns as climate change alters their habitats, and the way they do so may determine whether they survive, a new study has found. Researchers harnessed datasets …

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Australia suffers hottest summer on record, little relief in sight

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australia suffered its hottest summer on record from December through February and forecasts show the southern autumn will continue to be drier and warmer than average, the government said Thursday. “After a record hot December and …

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Plastic found in deepest ocean animals

by Patrick GALEY Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Animals living in the deepest ocean trenches have been found with plastic fragments in their gut, according to new research published Wednesday showing how manmade pollution reaches into the bowels …

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Nearly 50% of transport pollution deaths linked to diesel: study

  FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany (AFP) — Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit. Diesel vehicles were …

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‘Flying bulldog’: world’s largest bee refound

PARIS, France (AFP) — The world’s largest bee — a giant insect roughly the size of a human thumb — has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said Thursday. …

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Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Environmental campaigners have filed an unprecedented lawsuit in a bid to halt the so-called “drive hunting” of dolphins in Japan, arguing the practice is cruel and illegal. In drive hunting, fishermen force dolphins into a cove …

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World seeing ‘catastrophic collapse’ of insects: study

by Marlowe HOOD Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Nearly half of all insect species worldwide are in rapid decline and a third could disappear altogether, according to a study warning of dire consequences for crop pollination and natural …

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Last 4 years hottest on record, UN confirms

by Patrick GALEY / with Kerry SHERIDAN in Tampa PARIS, France (AFP) — The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed Wednesday in an analysis that it said was a “clear sign of …

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Storage of nuclear waste a ‘global crisis’: report

PARIS, France (AFP) — Nuclear waste is piling up around the world even as countries struggle to dispose of spent fuel that will remain highly toxic for many thousands of years, Greenpeace detailed in a report Wednesday. Analysis of waste …

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US shivers as extreme cold invades, but is this climate change?

by Kerry SHERIDAN Agnce France Presse TAMPA, United States (AFP) — An Arctic-like deep freeze gripping much of the United States with double-digit subzero temperatures is the coldest of its kind in two decades, but is it linked to climate …

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Arctic air sends temperatures well below zero in midwest US

by Nova SAFO Agence France Presse CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — A brutal cold wave brought temperatures lower than Antarctica to the American Midwest on Wednesday, grounding flights, closing schools and businesses and raising hypothermia fears for homeless residents. Mail …

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Snowboards out as Paris gets first taste of snow

PARIS, France (AFP) — Paris got its first snowfall of the season Tuesday, prompting travel alerts for commuters but giving snowboard enthusiasts a chance to hit impromptu urban slopes. The Eiffel Tower was closed as both tourists and locals made …

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