An audience with an island menace

| Jul 12, 2014

An audience with an island menace

by Mark Brazil

By 8 o’clock on a warm early summer morning on Chichijima, one of Tokyo’s Ogasawara Islands, bright sunshine was already threatening to overwhelm my light-sensitive eyes and the heat was cranking up in preparation for what I refer to as reptilian warmth. The panoramic ...

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Jun 22, 2014

Native Americans tame tornadoes with rituals

Just over a year ago, tribal elder Gordon Yellowman watched on the TV news as a giant tornado roared toward the homes of his Cheyenne-Arapaho people in Oklahoma. Sirens blared, warnings were issued and many people rushed to shelters as the weather radar warned ...

Jun 17, 2014

Great whites off U.S. West Coast plentiful

Great white sharks are likely rising in numbers off the coast of California and are not at risk of extinction despite some reports to the contrary, U.S. researchers said Monday. The findings are good news for the ocean predator, suggesting that around 2,000 of ...

Jun 17, 2014

Obama to expand Pacific sanctuary

President Barack Obama was to announce Tuesday plans to significantly expand a U.S. sanctuary in the central Pacific Ocean in a move that could create the world’s largest such protected area, The Washington Post reported. Obama will announce his intent to enlarge the Pacific ...

Jun 12, 2014

Southern Alps put on UNESCO biosphere reserve list

UNESCO has added Japan’s Southern Alps mountain range and the Tadami beech forest to its global list of biosphere reserves, the government said Thursday. Known as “eco parks” in Japan, the U.N. agency assigns biosphere reserve status to regions that exemplify a balance between ...