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Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

World Heritage-listed forests whose origins predate the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bush fires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Firefighters in Tasmania — an island state south of the mainland known for its cooler temperatures — have been battling bush fires ...

Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

Jan 30, 2016

Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

Visitors to a giant aquarium in Seoul on Friday witnessed the gory aftermath of a territorial dispute between two sharks, which left one inside the gullet of the other. Staffers at the COEX aquarium said the fight between a 2.2-meter-long (7.2-foot) sand tiger shark ...

Jan 27, 2016

Cancer kills 7,500 each day in China, study finds

Chronic infections, smoking and pollution have contributed to skyrocketing cases of cancer in China, with an estimated 4.3 million new diagnoses last year and 2.8 million deaths, researchers said Tuesday. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in China, said the report ...

Jan 15, 2016

Rare Cambodian elephant footage raises survival hopes

Rare footage of an elephant herd roaming through Cambodia’s biggest forest sanctuary signals the success of a 14-year conservation program and raises hopes for the endangered species’ survival, an environment group said Friday. The camera-trap footage, taken in the spectacular and remote Cardamom Mountains, ...

Stone-age tools found, but who wielded them?

Jan 14, 2016

Stone-age tools found, but who wielded them?

Scientists have discovered stone-age tools at least 118,000 years old on an Indonesian island but no trace of the early humans that made them, according to a study released Wednesday. The research, published in the journal Nature, also points to a possible link with ...

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Jan 7, 2016

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China’s northeast, said the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace on Wednesday in a report that may generate further distrust of the government’s ability to ensure a safe food supply. Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO ...