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Leopards, wolves vanishing from panda conservation areas: study
It may be one of the most recognizable symbols of conservation, but efforts to protect the giant panda have failed to safeguard large mammals sharing its habitats, according to research published Monday showing dramatic declines of leopards and other predators.
dailystar.com.lb | 04-Aug-2020 01:00

Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest surge in July, worst in recent days
The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest jumped 28 percent in July from a year ago, official data showed Saturday, as some environmentalists warned a jump this week could signal a repeat of last year's surging destruction of the world's largest rainforest.
dailystar.com.lb | 02-Aug-2020 01:02

Blue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen
The blue crab may be pretty but it is a menace along Albania's coast.
dailystar.com.lb | 31-Jul-2020 13:03

Scientists use drones to study great white sharks along California coast
Scientists are using drones and other technology to study great white sharks along the coast of Southern California to better understand interactions between these marine predators and people and assess the risks to human beachgoers.
dailystar.com.lb | 30-Jul-2020 01:00

Siberian heatwave: Wildfires rage in Arctic, sea ice melts
The UN weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in ice sea off Russia's Arctic coast.
dailystar.com.lb | 27-Jul-2020 13:02

Siberian heatwave: Wildfires rage in Arctic, sea ice melts
The UN weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in ice sea off Russia's Arctic coast.
dailystar.com.lb | 25-Jul-2020 01:01

UN chief tells China coal has no place in post-COVID recovery
Coal power has no place in a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the UN chief said Thursday in a speech broadcast in China, which has reportedly stepped up production of the polluting energy source.
dailystar.com.lb | 24-Jul-2020 01:00

'Waterfall' of microbes in Antarctic sea floor leads to discovery of methane leak
Scientists have discovered an active methane seep from Antarctica's sea bed that could shed light on the potent greenhouse gas trapped beneath frozen continent.
dailystar.com.lb | 23-Jul-2020 13:01

Humans in America 30,000 years ago, far earlier than thought
Tools excavated from a cave in central Mexico are strong evidence that humans were living in North America at least 30,000 years ago, some 15,000 years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.
dailystar.com.lb | 23-Jul-2020 01:02

Chinese giant panda gives birth in South Korean zoo
A Chinese giant panda at South Korea’s Everland amusement park has given birth to a cub, the zoo said Wednesday, the first baby panda born in the country and a rare event for an endangered species.
dailystar.com.lb | 22-Jul-2020 13:04

Renewables now EU's biggest source of electricity: study
Renewable energy sources such as the wind and the sun overtook fossil fuels as the European Union's main generators of electricity in the first half of this year, according to a new report published on Wednesday.
dailystar.com.lb | 22-Jul-2020 12:49

Apple pledges to be fully carbon neutral by 2030
Apple pledged Tuesday to be carbon neutral across its entire business, including its manufacturing supply chain, by 2030, in a stepped up push to fight climate change.
dailystar.com.lb | 22-Jul-2020 01:02

Pakistan to relocate lonely elephant to Cambodia sanctuary
A Pakistani court approved the relocation of a lonely and mistreated elephant to Cambodia on Saturday after the pachyderm became the subject of a high-profile rights campaign backed by music star Cher.
dailystar.com.lb | 19-Jul-2020 01:02

In green jobs boost, communities get bigger role running Pakistan's national parks
For 20 years, Khunjerab National Park was a point of tension between Pakistan's government - which established the park in 1975 as a sanctuary for rare species - and locals who had grazed their livestock on the land for generations.
dailystar.com.lb | 17-Jul-2020 13:04

Siberia heat 'almost impossible' without climate change
A recent heatwave in Siberia that saw temperature records tumble as the region sweltered in 38-Celsius highs was "almost impossible" without the influence of man made climate change, leading scientists said Wednesday.
dailystar.com.lb | 16-Jul-2020 13:00

On climate, it's Biden's green revolution versus Trump's war on red tape
The US presidential election pits a politician who supports environmental regulation and diplomacy to tackle climate change against another determined to dismantle such policies.
dailystar.com.lb | 14-Jul-2020 13:04

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show
A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.
dailystar.com.lb | 11-Jul-2020 01:03

Brazil Amazon deforestation up in June, set for worst year in over a decade
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rose for the 14th consecutive month in June, preliminary government data on Friday showed, heaping further pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro who is under fire for worsening destruction of the rainforest on his watch.
dailystar.com.lb | 11-Jul-2020 00:48

Dolphins return to Lisbon's Tagus river
Amid hard times brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, one sight is putting a smile on people's faces in Portugal - dolphins splashing around near Lisbon's shores.
dailystar.com.lb | 11-Jul-2020 00:33

UN chief seeks end to financing of coal to smooth clean energy shift
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries Thursday to stop financing for coal and commit not to build new coal-fired power plants to enable a shift to clean energy.
dailystar.com.lb | 10-Jul-2020 01:02

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold in five years
The world could see average global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial average for the first time in the coming five years, the UN weather agency said Thursday.
dailystar.com.lb | 09-Jul-2020 13:03

Climate activists protest from Notre Dame Cathedral crane
Greenpeace activists hung banners from a huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday, accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change.
dailystar.com.lb | 09-Jul-2020 12:48

Rare Cross River gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies
Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.
dailystar.com.lb | 08-Jul-2020 13:02

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs
Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.
dailystar.com.lb | 08-Jul-2020 01:02

Climate change 'fueling deadly India lightning strikes'
Lightning strikes killed 147 people in the north Indian state of Bihar over the last 10 days, officials said Sunday, warning of more extreme weather conditions to come, driven by climate change.
dailystar.com.lb | 06-Jul-2020 01:01

Dozens dead, missing as floods, mudslides sweep Japan
About 34 people are either confirmed or feared dead -- including 14 at a nursing home -- after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, authorities said Sunday.
dailystar.com.lb | 05-Jul-2020 13:02

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear
German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money.
dailystar.com.lb | 04-Jul-2020 01:02

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants
Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses - 275 - found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks.
dailystar.com.lb | 03-Jul-2020 13:02

Fish more vulnerable to warming water than first thought
Global warming looks like it will be a bigger problem for the world’s fish species than scientists first thought: A new study shows that when fish are spawning or are embryos they are more vulnerable to hotter water.
dailystar.com.lb | 03-Jul-2020 12:47

Pakistan launches electric vehicle plan with cars in slow lane
Ghulam Hussain was used to zipping through the streets of Lahore with his wife and three young children perched perilously on his motorbike, whenever they visited relatives or ran errands.
dailystar.com.lb | 29-Jun-2020 13:04

Miner becomes millionaire after finding biggest tanzanite stones
A Tanzanian small-scale miner has become a multi-millionaire after uncovering two of the biggest of the country's precious tanzanite stones ever found and selling them to the government.
dailystar.com.lb | 27-Jun-2020 01:04

Afghanistan uses green stimulus to hire lockdown jobless, boost Kabul's water supply
Zaker Hussain Zaheri was a cook in Afghanistan's capital who lost his job in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, he digs trenches to capture rainwater and snowmelt on a mountain on the outskirts of Kabul, as the city grapples with both a water and health crisis.
dailystar.com.lb | 25-Jun-2020 13:03

Coronavirus cuts force Indonesia to scale back forest protection
Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world's most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.
dailystar.com.lb | 25-Jun-2020 12:48

Deep sea mining could destroy undiscovered species, says Ocean Panel
Mining on the sea floor should not begin before a full assessment of likely environmental impacts can be made, a report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) said Wednesday.
dailystar.com.lb | 24-Jun-2020 13:04

World Meteorological Organization seeks to verify "worrying" reports of Arctic heat record
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday it was seeking to confirm reports of a record temperature reading of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Siberia, saying they were "worrying" but appeared to be consistent with warming trends.
dailystar.com.lb | 24-Jun-2020 01:04

Global investors demand to meet Brazil diplomats over deforestation
A group of 29 global investment firms that manage $3.7 trillion are demanding meetings with Brazilian diplomats around the world to call on right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's government to stop soaring deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
dailystar.com.lb | 23-Jun-2020 13:02

Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa
A camera trap photo of an injured tigress and a forensic examination of its carcass revealed why the creature died: a poacher’s wire snare punctured its windpipe and sapped its strength as the wound festered for days.
dailystar.com.lb | 22-Jun-2020 13:02

Rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse on the longest day of the year
A shimmering ring of light flashed into view Sunday in parts of the eastern hemisphere as the moon drifted across the face of the sun in a rare eclipse on the longest day of the year.
dailystar.com.lb | 21-Jun-2020 13:03

Map of world's uncharted ocean beds takes shape despite crisis
Plans to map the entire ocean floor by 2030 are going ahead despite the challenges of the coronavirus crisis, officials leading the project said, with almost a fifth covered so far.
dailystar.com.lb | 21-Jun-2020 12:48

In midst of pandemic, E. Africa braces for another locust invasion
East Africa is bracing for a third outbreak of desert locusts, with billions of the destructive insects about to hatch and threaten food supplies in a region already reeling from damaging rains and the coronavirus pandemic.
dailystar.com.lb | 19-Jun-2020 13:00

India-China Himalayan standoff deadly for cashmere herds
Antagonisms between Indian and Chinese troops high in the Himalayas are taking a dire toll on traditional goat herds that supply the world’s finest, most expensive cashmere.
dailystar.com.lb | 19-Jun-2020 12:45

Triple threat: Pakistan's mango growers face a sticky season
A combination of a coronavirus-spurred trade slowdown, locust attacks and odd weather have created a nightmare year for growers and exporters of Pakistani mangoes, with both production and demand plummeting this year, they said.
dailystar.com.lb | 18-Jun-2020 13:03

A World Redrawn: Respect Earth, says Algerian biomedical researcher
Algerian biomedical researcher Asma Mechakra is pleading for "respect" for all living beings and the Earth after the COVID-19 pandemic.
dailystar.com.lb | 18-Jun-2020 01:03

Humans can tell what chimps are saying... sort of
Do you speak chimp? They are among our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, and new research published Wednesday shows that humans can tell when a chimpanzee is happy, sad, angry or scared -- simply by listening to their cries.
dailystar.com.lb | 18-Jun-2020 00:48

After saving their species, giant Galapagos tortoises head home
A group of giant tortoises who have lived in captivity for decades and helped rescue their species from the brink of extinction were released into the wild in the Galapagos Islands on Monday.
dailystar.com.lb | 17-Jun-2020 13:03

In virus lockdown, Europe's predators regain turf
The hunter-prey drama took place just outside wildlife enthusiast Ennio Ciccotti's window, in the central Italian town of Scanno.
dailystar.com.lb | 16-Jun-2020 13:03

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