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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.
SHAKE AND BLOW
New island emerges near Japan after underwater volcanic explosions
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 9, 2023
A new small island the diameter of a football field emerged from the Pacific Ocean near mainland Japan in late October after underwater volcano eruptions, a Japanese researcher said on Wednesday.
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.
AFRICA NEWS
Ethiopia holds fresh round of talks with Oromo rebels
Nairobi (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
Ethiopia's government and the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) rebel group are holding talks in Tanzania to try to end a five-year insurgency in the country's most populous region, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

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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
'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.
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.
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.
 
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Scientists caution against a reliance on mechanical devices to clear water bodies of plastic
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Plymouth UK (SPX) Nov 10, 2023
An international group of scientists has cautioned against reliance on mechanical cleanup devices as a means of addressing the plastic pollution crisis. The researchers - comprising a number o ... more
 
SPACE MEDICINE
Spinal implant allows Parkinson's patient to walk again
Lausanne (AFP) Nov 6, 2023
A man with advanced Parkinson's disease is now able to walk almost normally again thanks to electrodes implanted in his spinal cord, researchers said on 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.
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
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.

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