Jul 22, 2014

World breaks monthly heat record twice in a row

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 16.2 Celsius, which is 0.72 degrees higher ...

Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature

Jul 14, 2014

Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature

by Hisashi Sasaki

Visitors to the Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo won’t find popular exotic animals such as elephants or lions. Instead they can reconnect with a natural environment they’re already familiar with. The zoo is dedicated to animal and insect species long present in Japan, including ...

Jul 14, 2014

Emissions, ozone depletion causing southern Australia to dry up

Greenhouse gases and depletion of the ozone layer are causing southern Australia to become drier, researchers reported on Sunday. Scientists at the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that southern Australia suffered a decline in rainfall that began around 1970 and increased ...

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 ...