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2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world. In the contiguous United States, the year was the second-warmest on record, punctuated by […]

To clean up ocean plastics focus on coasts, not the Great Pacific garbage patch

The most efficient way to clean up ocean plastics and avoid harming ecosystems is to place plastic collectors near coasts, according to a new study. Plastic floating in the oceans is a widespread and increasing problem. Plastics including bags, bottle caps and plastic fibres from synthetic clothes wash out into the oceans from urban rivers, […]

Warming climate may impact animals’ ability to eat some toxic plants

University of Utah lab experiments found that when temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote – suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals. “This study adds to our understanding of how climate change may affect mammals, in that their ability to consume dietary toxins […]

Mozambique park sees wildlife numbers grow after war

Lions are getting pregnant and the waterbuck population is soaring at one of Mozambique’s main national parks, once the scene of fighting during a civil war which virtually wiped out the park’s lions, elephants and many other species. The 15-year conflict that killed up to 1 million people ended in 1992, and some former battlefield foes […]

New evidence of wild Siberian tigers found in China

Footprints and dead prey from wild Siberian tigers were found at a tree farm in China’s Jilin province, suggesting the expansion of the tiger’s population and range of activities in China, authorities said on Tuesday. According to officials with the Baishishan Forestry Bureau, which administers the farm, it was the first time traces of wild […]

Kolkata Zoo says no to kangaroos

With the death of the lone red kangaroo in captivity in India, the Kolkata Zoo authorities have decided against keeping the pouched mammals in the future. “We have decided that we won’t bring anymore kangaroos in the near future,” a West Bengal Zoo Authority official told PTI. “Henceforth, our focus will be on species found in eastern […]

Delhi’s cars and the odd-even formula

The Indian capital has started the trial phase of a new initiative which will see private cars allowed to operate only on alternate days from January 1-15, depending on whether their license plates end in an even or an odd number. The initiative started on Friday as part of a sweeping plan to reduce Delhi’s […]

Astronaut Tim Peake’s concern for UK floods

British astronaut Tim Peake has expressed his concern from the International Space Station for those affected by floods in his home country. The former Army pilot took a picture of the UK as he passed overhead, posting it on his Twitter account. Mr Peake also told US radio stations in a link-up that his present […]

Beijing’s smog ‘red alert’ enters third day as toxic haze shrouds city

Beijing has ordered 2,100 factories to suspend or reduce production as part of its “red alert” measures to deal with smog, the government has said, as the city remained shrouded under a toxic haze for the third consecutive day on Monday. The Chinese capital imposed the highest tier of a four-colour smog warning system for four days […]

Loss of monkeys and birds in tropical forests driving up carbon emissions

Large fruit-eating monkeys and birds in tropical forests have been revealed as surprising climate change champions, whose loss to over-hunting is driving up carbon emissions. This is because their seed-spreading plays a vital role in the survival of huge, hard-wooded trees. Tropical forests store 40% of all the carbon on the Earth’s surface and the […]

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