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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
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
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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.
 
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.
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Green 'Marianne' brings climate crisis to French letterboxes
Boulazac, France (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
A green version of national symbol Marianne will adorn French envelopes from this month, after President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a new standard postage stamp highlighting environmental themes.
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.

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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
 
CARBON WORLDS
How to decarbonize the world, at scale
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 06, 2023
The world in recent years has largely been moving on from debates about the need to curb carbon emissions and focusing more on action - the development, implementation, and deployment of the technol
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.
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
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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