Nov 2, 2014

U.N. panel adopts landmark climate report

The United Nations’ expert panel on climate science on Saturday finished a report on global warming that the U.N.’s environment agency said offers “conclusive evidence” that humans are altering the Earth’s climate system. The document, which combines the findings of three earlier reports, was ...

Oct 31, 2014

Scientists call skin-eating Asian fungus a threat to amphibians

A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent’s native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America, scientists say. An international research team said Thursday the ...

Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

Oct 23, 2014

Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

The maker of America’s top sugar brand, Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie “natural” sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into demand for sugar. In less than a decade, ...

Trekking disaster shakes Nepal's faith in shoestring tourism

Oct 21, 2014

Trekking disaster shakes Nepal's faith in shoestring tourism

German tourist Tobias Pantel is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking disaster. The dead include at least 17 tourists — ...