Oct 7, 2014

Bear cub found dead in Central Park

A bear cub has been found dead under a bush inside New York City’s Central Park, and authorities suspect animal cruelty played a role. The cub was found on Monday morning by two women walking their dogs. The women notified a Central Park Conservancy ...

Eruption survivor airs guilt over hiking buddies' deaths

Oct 2, 2014

Eruption survivor airs guilt over hiking buddies' deaths

An experienced hiker who led a group of friends up Mount Ontake on Saturday says he should have trusted his intuition and called the trip off. Three of his five companions died in the hail of rocks when the volcano erupted without warning. Yasuo ...

Oct 2, 2014

Cyanide fog marks winter's onset on Saturn moon Titan

A cyanide cloud formed over Titan’s south pole as the strange moon of Saturn entered its seven-year winter in 2009, astronomers reported on Wednesday. An enigma of the solar system, Titan is studded with lakes of liquid hydrocarbons and a choking nitrogen-methane atmosphere, according ...

Sep 30, 2014

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups. The study released Tuesday by the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to ...

Wildlife populations down 52% since 1970, WWF study says

Sep 30, 2014

Wildlife populations down 52% since 1970, WWF study says

Populations of about 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have plummeted far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups. The study Tuesday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for ...

Ontake innkeeper tells how he led hikers to safety

Sep 29, 2014

Ontake innkeeper tells how he led hikers to safety

The manager of one of the mountain lodges on Mount Ontake has been describing how he helped lead about 50 trekkers to safety. Yusuke Kodera, 34, runs a hut adjacent to Lake Ninoike. At an altitude of 2,900 meters, it is one of the ...

Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Sep 28, 2014

Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Police confirmed Sunday night the deaths of four of the 31 people found unconscious near the peak of Mount Ontake earlier in the day, one day after the eruption on the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border. The remaining 27 are all feared to be dead, though ...

Sep 25, 2014

Water vapor found at distant Neptune-size planet

In a technical feat, astronomers said Wednesday they had detected water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet the size of Neptune orbiting a star some 130 light years from Earth. It is the smallest and coldest exoplanet — a world outside our Solar ...

Sep 23, 2014

Lava flow threatening homes in Hawaii stalls

Lava threatening rural communities on Hawaii’s Big Island has essentially stalled for now, officials said Monday, but that isn’t putting anyone at ease. A Hawaii County Civil Defense flight over the area found that the surface flow had not advanced in the past 24 ...

China, U.S., India push world carbon emissions higher

Sep 22, 2014

China, U.S., India push world carbon emissions higher

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases. The world pumped an estimated 39.8 ...