Category Archives: Foreign

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

sri lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution
MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (Dec. 5, 2017) — Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. Continue reading Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

the leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet
The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise

December 5, 2017 — The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough. The seas are a vital part of the global ecosystem, leaving the future of all life on Earth dependent on humanity’s actions, he says. Continue reading Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

pope francis waves to the catholic faithful in yangon
VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians

YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Ocean Circulation, Carbon Cycling During the Last Deglaciation

ubsunur hollow biosphere reserve
Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Reserve, on the border between Mongolia and Tyva, is one of the last remnants of the mammoth steppe, Earth’s most extensive biome during the Last Glacial Maximum. Last summer, scientists met to discuss changes in ocean circulation between this glacial maximum period and the present time and how these changes are related to changes in the climate and carbon cycling. Credit: Alexander Leshcheonok, CC BY-SA 4.0

Past Global Changes (PAGES) OC3 Working Group second workshop on Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling during Last Deglaciation: Regional Synthesis of Carbon Isotopes Data; Corvallis, Oregon, 27–29 June 2017

December 3, 2017 — Scientists still don’t fully understand the climatic transition that took place on Earth between the Last Glacial Maximum and recent times. Even though carbon cycling and the associated rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) during this Continue reading Ocean Circulation, Carbon Cycling During the Last Deglaciation

Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

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DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes

ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis. Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the great barrier reef
Scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Auscape / UIG/Getty Images/Universal Images Group

Project, which could help restore damaged coral populations, has seen success in the Philippines

November 26, 2017 — Scientists have stepped in as environmental matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef in a move that could have worldwide significance. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

young teenage brides in the village of nataka on the east coast of mozambique
Young teenage brides in the village of Nataka on the east coast of Mozambique, left to right: Carlina Nortino, 15, Muacheia Amade, 14, Lucia Eusebio, 15, and Fatima Amisse, 14.
Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain/Gethin Chamberlain.

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

November 26, 2017 — It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ Continue reading Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

humpback whales are among the species found in the revillagigedo archipelago
Humpback whales are among the species found in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago

November 26, 2017 — Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. Continue reading Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

a rohingya refugee looks on in hakimpara refugee camp
NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months. Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

land clearing in wombinoo
Land clearing in Wombinoo. Photograph: Courtesy of the Wilderness Society

Native vegetation was home to several threatened species and was in a Great Barrier Reef catchment

November 24, 2017 — Queensland farmers are suspected of having defied rare federal government intervention and cleared a large swath of land without commonwealth approval, according to conservationists. Continue reading Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’