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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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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
 
PILLAGING PIRATES
EU probes AliExpress to examine curbs on illegal products
Brussels (AFP) Nov 6, 2023
The EU on Monday announced an investigation into Chinese e-commerce giant AliExpress, seeking more details on what measures it is taking to protect consumers online from illegal products, including fake medicines.
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.
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How "blue" and "green" appeared in a language that didn't have words for them
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 03, 2023
The human eye can perceive about 1 million colors, but languages have far fewer words to describe those colors. So-called basic color terms, single color words used frequently by speakers of a given
FARM NEWS
Hydrosat contracts Muon Space to Integrate Multispectral and IR imaging instruments
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 03, 2023
In a significant move for the space industry, Hydrosat, a company at the forefront of climate technology, has announced its collaboration with Muon Space, setting a new precedent in Earth monitoring

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