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Puffins fill up nesting islands this year despite challenges Puffins fill up nesting islands this year despite challenges

One of the most beloved birds in Maine is having one of its most productive seasons for mating pairs in years on remote islands


Ecological land grab: Food vs fuel vs forests

Ecological land grab: Food vs fuel vs forests

A world of narrowing options threatens to pit biofuels, forests and food production against each other


Stop abusing land, scientists warn Stop abusing land, scientists warn

In the process, we have turned the land from an asset that combats climate change into a major source of carbon


Albanian mussels suffocate as global warming takes toll

Albanian mussels suffocate as global warming takes toll

The warmer waters of the Butrint Lagoon on the Ionian coast, not far from the Greek border, also encourage parasites that starve the once thriving bivalves of oxygen


July the hottest month in history: UN July the hottest month in history: UN

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has shared new data from the World Meteorological…


San Francisco first airport to ban sale of plastic bottles San Francisco first airport to ban sale of plastic bottles

The new rule comes into effect on 20 August, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, and is part of a five-year plan to lower landfill waste


Greenland ice sheet turns into 10 billion tonnes of water in hours Greenland ice sheet turns into 10 billion tonnes of water in hours

When one thinks of Greenland, images of an icebound, harsh and forbidding landscape probably come to mind ( watch video)


Palau tells Australia to step-up on climate Palau tells Australia to step-up on climate

 Palau has called on Australia to do more to tackle climate change, saying the Pacific’s “big brother” has an obligation to act on an issue


Polythene, polystyrene behind Khulna’s waterlogging woes Polythene, polystyrene behind Khulna’s waterlogging woes

A huge amount of carelessly discarded polythene and polystyrene is blocking the city’s drainage…


Buzz kill: Mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers Mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers

That is over three million dead bees and Rubtsov, who keeps a large honeybee farm on the edge of a small village in the Tula region south of Moscow, has estimated his losses at 1.6 million rubles ($25,000)


Whale 'swallows' sea lion: 'It was a once-in-a-lifetime event' Whale 'swallows' sea lion: 'It was a once-in-a-lifetime event'

Chase Dekker believes the photo he took of a humpback whale "swallowing" a sea lion is the…


Bangladesh IUCN committee gets new office-bearers Bangladesh IUCN committee gets new office-bearers

Dr Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, chairperson of Unnayan Onneshan and professor of Dhaka University, was elected chairperson of Bangladesh National Committee of IUCN


Delhi breathes clean air in nearly a year Delhi breathes clean air in nearly a year

The Air Quality Index (AQI) value, over the past five days at least, has been ranging between 50 and 100, denoting that the air quality is ‘Satisfactory’ at the moment


Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong

Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong

Authorities are still waiting for clearance to return another 42 containers of waste at the port, including shipments from the United States, Australia, and Germany


India's tiger population rises to nearly 3,000 animals

India's tiger population rises to nearly 3,000 animals

The tiger is India's national animal and it is categorized as endangered under the Wildlife Protection Act


Underwater glaciers melting much faster than predicted Underwater glaciers melting much faster than predicted

Reachers found that melt rates are significantly higher than expected across the whole underwater face of the glacier -- in some places 100 times higher than theory would predict



Aussie study finds trees overhead better for health than grass underfoot Aussie study finds trees overhead better for health than grass underfoot

City-dwellers are more likely to report lower psychological distress and better general health when they are exposed to tree canopy in their daily life than low-lying plants or grassy fields, according to an Australian research linking the benefits of living near green space


UN announces 2019 Climate Action Summit ‘Clean Air Initiative’ UN announces 2019 Climate Action Summit ‘Clean Air Initiative’

The United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)…


‘Extinct’ wolf rediscovered in Bangladesh ‘Extinct’ wolf rediscovered in Bangladesh

A wolf was allegedly trapped and beaten to death after venturing into villages of Taltali upazila of Barguna recently


After rains, mercury slips to 25.5 deg C in Delhi After rains, mercury slips to 25.5 deg C in Delhi

The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 32 degrees Celsius


7 frozen tiger carcasses seized from a car in Vietnam

7 frozen tiger carcasses seized from a car in Vietnam

Vietnam is both a consumption hub and popular smuggling route for illegal wildlife -- from tigers to elephant tusks, pangolins and rhino horn


Insects replace pesticides in Spain’s ‘Sea of Plastic’ Insects replace pesticides in Spain’s ‘Sea of Plastic’

The sparkling mosaic of white plastic bordering the Mediterranean — which is visible from space — produces tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes


Trudy, believed the oldest gorilla in captivity, dies at 63 Trudy, believed the oldest gorilla in captivity, dies at 63

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui said zookeepers found Trudy dead when they checked on her Wednesday morning


Europe heatwave: Paris latest to break record with 42.6C Paris latest to break record in Europe heatwave

The UK records a record temperature for July of 38.1C, with trains told to run more slowly to stop rails buckling


Record 42.6C in Paris as Europe heatwave hits blistering peak Record 42.6C in Paris as Europe heatwave hits blistering peak

As records also tumbled in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Paris beat the previous top of 40.4C set in July 1947


Europe heatwave: Records tumble in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands Records tumble as Europe swelters in heatwave

Germany's weather service says a new record of 40.5C - just 0.2C higher - had been set in Geilenkirchen, near the Belgian and Dutch borders


Washington’s Potomac River hits record high temperature Washington’s Potomac River hits record high temperature

The previous highs came in the summers of 2011 and 2012, though record keeping began only in 2007


Europe heatwave: French city of Bordeaux hits record temperature Europe braces for record second heatwave

Forecasters predict a record-breaking run across Europe this week, including Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands


Five ways the US heatproofs 50C cities Five ways the US heatproofs 50C cities

The number of extreme heat days will rocket across the US


Nearly 150 mn people sweltering through deadly US heat wave Nearly 150 mn people sweltering through deadly US heat wave

Heat index values — combining the effect of heat and humidity — could reach 110 to 115 degrees, particularly in the east


Dozens of dead whales found on a beach in Iceland Dozens of dead whales found on a beach in Iceland

Tourists and a pilot on a helicopter sightseeing tour of Iceland have found dozens of dead whales on…


Dangerous heatwave starts hitting US and Canada Dangerous heatwave starts hitting US and Canada

The heatwave could affect about 200 million people in major cities like New York, Washington and Boston in the East Coast, and the Midwest region too


Floods effected tired tiger takes nap in resident's bed Floods effected tired tiger takes nap in resident's bed

A female tiger which fled a wildlife park in India's flood-ravaged state of Assam was found relaxing on a bed inside a local resident's house


Manmade ruin adds 7,000 species to endangered 'Red List' Manmade ruin adds 7,000 species to endangered 'Red List'

Mankind's destruction of nature is driving species to the brink of extinction at an "unprecedented" rate


Wild elephant’s body found in Sherpur Wild elephant’s body found in Sherpur

Forest officers recovered the body of a wild elephant from Gajni Tilapara boarder area in Jhenigati…


Group wants to end protections for seals to deal with sharks Group wants to end protections for seals to deal with sharks

The call comes as the region's seal population -- estimated in the hundreds of thousands — has been blamed for drawing droves of great white sharks in recent years. Seals are the favored meal for the powerful predators


Humanity’s climate ‘carbon budget’ dwindling fast Humanity’s climate ‘carbon budget’ dwindling fast

The 2015 Paris climate treaty enjoins the world to set that bar at “well below” two degrees Celsius in order to avoid an upsurge in killer heatwaves, droughts and superstorm


Power plant fined Tk 20 lakh for polluting Halda River Power plant fined Tk 20 lakh for polluting Halda River

The Department of Environment on Wednesday suspend production of Picking power plant in Hathazari upazila…


Over 550,000 people affected by dry weather in Sri Lanka Over 550,000 people affected by dry weather in Sri Lanka

Number of people affected by the severe dry weather across the island country had risen to over 550,000

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