Jan 30, 2015

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black-and-white falconet with a surprised, pandalike expression. The Great Frigate ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

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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 ...