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In a pickle: Baltic herring threatened by warming sea


Kotka, Finland (AFP) Nov 10, 2023
Even aged 84, Holger Sjogren nimbly untangles the knots in his herring net as it was lowered into the murky depths of the Baltic Sea. ... more
 
WATER WORLD
Vienna fountain decried for 'ugliness', costs
Vienna (AFP) Nov 9, 2023
A fountain in Austria's capital commemorating 150 years of Vienna's modern water system has drawn fierce criticism for its perceived "ugliness" and excessive costs.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Endangered Galapagos tortoises suffer from human waste: study
Quito (AFP) Nov 9, 2023
Endangered giant Galapagos tortoises continue to swallow plastic and other human waste despite a ban on disposable plastic items in the Ecuadoran archipelago, according to a study published Wednesday.
SHAKE AND BLOW
7.1-magnitude quake hits Indonesia's Banda Sea
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Banda Sea on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
SHAKE AND BLOW
Philippine typhoon survivors pray for victims on 10th anniversary
Tacloban, Philippines (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan prayed for their dead loved ones in the devoutly Catholic Philippines on Wednesday as they commemorated the 10th anniversary of a storm that killed more than 6,000 people.

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AFRICA NEWS
'Act urgently': French lawmakers call for new Africa approach
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
France must "act urgently" and conduct reforms to restore its ties with Africa as Russia and China's influence is rising on the continent, according to a parliamentary report published on Wednesday.
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Scientists blame climate change for 'extreme drought' in Iraq, Iran and Syria
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
The "extreme" drought gripping Iraq, Syria and Iran would not have occurred without climate change caused primarily by burning fossil fuels, scientists said Wednesday, warning that punishing dry spells will become more intense as the world warms.
AFRICA NEWS
Defence ministers of Russia, Burkina discuss military cooperation
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his counterpart from Burkina Faso Kassoum Coulibaly met on Tuesday and agreed to strengthen defence ties, Moscow said.
DEMOCRACY
First fatalities reported in Panama unrest over mining contract
Panama City (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
A gunman killed two demonstrators blocking a road in Panama Tuesday in the third week of protests over a big mining contract, police said.
 
WEATHER REPORT
Tuscany death toll from Storm Ciaran rises to eight
Rome Nov 7, 2023
The body of an elderly man was found in Tuscany on Tuesday, an official said, the eighth victim in the Italian region from a storm that battered Western Europe last week.
WATER WORLD
Greenland's rapidly melting ice shelves risk 'dramatic' sea level rise: study
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
The last remaining Northern Greenland ice shelves bracing the region's vast ice sheet have lost a third of their volume in the last four decades, researchers said on Tuesday, warning of the risk of "dramatic" sea level rise.
AFRICA NEWS
Mali army air strikes blamed for civilian deaths in rebel-held town
Bamako (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
Mali's army said Tuesday it carried out air strikes on "terrorist targets" in the rebel stronghold of Kidal where witnesses and separatists said civilians, including children, died in the attack.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
US Supreme Court weighs whether abusers have right to own guns
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
The US Supreme Court appeared inclined on Tuesday to uphold a federal law prohibiting a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order from possessing a firearm.

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Elusive Attenborough echidna rediscovered in Indonesia


Bangkok (AFP) Nov 10, 2023
An elusive echidna feared extinct after disappearing for six decades has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia, on an expedition that also found a new kind of tree-dwelling shrimp. ... more
 
FLORA AND FAUNA
Invasive species could reap benefits from extreme weather
Paris (AFP) Nov 6, 2023
Extreme weather might be wreaking havoc across the globe, but some non-native plants and animals could be benefiting from the disasters, adding risk to already threatened local species, according to a new study Monday.
SPACE MEDICINE
High-tech helmet holds promise for deaf American football players
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2023
Coach Chuck Goldstein often finds himself jumping up and down on the sidelines of the field - trying, in vain, to get his players' attention.
WOOD PILE
Indonesian tribe at risk of losing homeland after court ruling: NGOs
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 3, 2023
An Indigenous tribe in Indonesia is at risk of losing vast swathes of ancestral forest after a court threw out its lawsuit against a palm oil firm, rights groups say.
ICE WORLD
How a climate model can illustrate and explain ice-age climate variability
Bremen, Germany (SPX) Nov 03, 2023
Although humankind is responsible for the current global climate warming, our planet has constantly been undergoing natural climate fluctuations throughout the past. Possible forcing mechanisms for

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