Kiun-Kaku: a garden of elegant period taste

Aug 30, 2014

Kiun-Kaku: a garden of elegant period taste

by Stephen Mansfield

Despite the seasonal limitations for visiting, the Atami Baien, a plum garden, is a better-known sight that the Kiun-Kaku garden, which is an all-seasons landscape also found in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. Perhaps it is the thirst for scale that has prioritized the plum trees in ...

Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

Aug 29, 2014

Brazil arrests eight in Amazon deforestation swoop

Brazilian police said Thursday they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region. “Eight arrests have been made so far. Police are searching for a further six (suspects) considered to be on ...

With no sign of eruption, Iceland lowers volcano warning

Aug 25, 2014

With no sign of eruption, Iceland lowers volcano warning

Iceland lowered its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry to orange from red on Sunday after further analysis of an apparent eruption under a glacier found there had been no eruption after all. The risk level had been raised to ...

Brazil's biggest city faces rationing amid drought

Aug 14, 2014

Brazil's biggest city faces rationing amid drought

Brazil’s biggest city is running out of water and options. The worst drought to hit the Sao Paulo region in 84 years is forcing local authorities for the second time in a year to put water pumps below the gates of the main reservoir, ...

U.S. to drop protections for snow-loving wolverines

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. to drop protections for snow-loving wolverines

U.S. wildlife officials plan to withdraw proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine Tuesday, in a course reversal that highlights lingering uncertainties over what a warming climate means for some temperature-sensitive species. Wolverines, or “mountain devils,” need deep snows to den. But while there is ...