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Cambodian Royal Turtle in danger of extinction

Apr 25, 2016

Cambodian Royal Turtle in danger of extinction

Cambodia’s Royal Turtle is nearly extinct, with fewer than 10 left in the wild, because increased sand dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest have shrunk its habitat, a conservationist group warned Monday. The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement that ...

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020


Work is proceeding quickly on China’s planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious space program said Friday. Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking ...

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Apr 21, 2016

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country. After extensive aerial and underwater ...

Apr 14, 2016

Human cloning with Chinese characteristics

China’s top geneticists say the country should set its own standards and regulations on human genome research, state-run media reported Wednesday, as ethical debate erupted over a Chinese study on modified human embryos. Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique ...

Apr 12, 2016

China sounds alarm on groundwater pollution

More than 80 percent of China’s underground water drawn from shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution, a government report says. The Water Resources Ministry study posted on its website Tuesday analyzed samples drawn ...

Apr 5, 2016

Vietnam warns of dire impact from planned Mekong dams

Vietnam has predicted “very high adverse effects” on the Mekong River environment and economy if 11 proposed dams are built on its lower mainstream. The warning is the result of a 2½ year study submitted by Vietnam to the Mekong River Commission comprising Thailand, ...