2015 a 'tipping point' for climate change

Jan 23, 2016

2015 a 'tipping point' for climate change

When future generations write the history of humanity’s faltering quest to repair Earth’s climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter. Nature, along with the usually fractious family of nations, conspired to make it a landmark year: almost certainly the hottest on record for ...

Hooded cranes test new winter homes in Shikoku

Jan 9, 2016

Hooded cranes test new winter homes in Shikoku

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About 300 hooded cranes have arrived in three prefectures in Shikoku since late October, a rare gathering of the birds outside the Izumi Plain in Kagoshima Prefecture that is drawing attention on whether Shikoku will become a new wintering spot for them. The first ...

Central America tests drought-resistant beans

Dec 26, 2015

Central America tests drought-resistant beans

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‘These beans are miraculous because they beat drought,” crowed Manuel Ceren, a farmer in El Salvador trying out a hybrid, climate change-defying crop produced by Salvadoran, Colombian and Honduran experts. In Quezaltepeque, a village 30 km north of San Salvador, Ceren and 13 other ...

Dec 18, 2015

Beijing issues second smog red alert of the month

China’s capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million from Saturday to Tuesday. Levels of PM2.5, the ...

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

Dec 14, 2015

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

The world is about to go on a carbon diet. It won’t be easy — or cheap. Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming, patting themselves on the ...