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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
 
FLORA AND FAUNA
EU strikes deal on key biodiversity bill
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2023
The European Parliament and EU member states reached an agreement on Thursday on a key biodiversity bill aimed at rewilding EU land and water habitats.
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.
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.
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.
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
Saudi-hosted Sudan peace talks fall short of ceasefire
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
Sudan's warring parties have made no progress towards a ceasefire in their latest talks, instead reiterating past agreements to improve access to humanitarian aid, host Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday.
 
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.
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.
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
Saudi-hosted Sudan peace talks fall short of ceasefire
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
Sudan's warring parties have made no progress towards a ceasefire in their latest talks, instead reiterating past agreements to improve access to humanitarian aid, host Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday.

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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
 
DEMOCRACY
Catalan spearatist leader Puigdemont faces fresh probe
Madrid (AFP) Nov 6, 2023
Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont is the target of a new investigation into unrest that occurred after leaders of a failed independence push in 2017 received prison sentences, a Spanish court said 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
WATER WORLD
Study links changes in global water cycle to higher temperatures
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 03, 2023
It's a multi-billion dollar question: What will happen to water as temperatures continue to rise? There will be winners and losers with any change that redistributes where, when and how much water i

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