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Counting the blessings of sheep

by C.W. Nicol

I had been a long time away from my native Wales — in the Arctic, in Ethiopia and in Japan, where my books were beginning to sell and I was even being paid to appear in television adverts drinking whisky (not “whiskey,” but Scotch), munching ham and wearing boots. Before ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

by Mark Brazil

In my last column of 2014, “Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature,” I mentioned the possibility of taking a whale-watching trip to the Ogasawara Islands. Ignore the international media hype about the country’s pelagic whaling industry — it’s a dying custom; instead, focus ...

Dec 28, 2014

Floods, mudslides in Sri Lanka leave 24 dead, eight missing

Twenty-four people have been killed and eight others are missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain in Sri Lanka over the past week, officials said Sunday. About 106,000 people have lost their homes or evacuated to safer locations, the Disaster Management ...

Dec 9, 2014

Japan falls to 53rd in climate change index; Denmark on top

Japan’s efforts to combat climate change rank poorly among the world’s major emitters of greenhouse gases, putting it in 53rd place in a survey of 58 countries and regions, according to research announced at climate talks in Peru. Denmark placed No. 1 on the ...