Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

Feb 13, 2016

Lost cranes find sanctuary in Taiwan, Japan

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Just over a month ago, commuters emerging from a busy subway station in Taipei were greeted by a strange sight: a rare Siberian crane standing on the sidewalk, apparently quite comfortable with the crowd it was attracting. Only 4,000 such cranes, also known as snow ...

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

Jan 30, 2016

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

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Adorning the walls of Kanji Nishi's three-roomed apartment are a dozen framed photos. None features his children, Shota and Chisato, who are sitting cross-legged on the floor shunning smartphones for origami artistry. Instead, Nishi is seen posing alongside a different kind of pride and ...

Bolivia's second-largest lake lost to warming

Jan 30, 2016

Bolivia's second-largest lake lost to warming

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Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia's second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain. Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not thousands, of ...

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 arrival ...

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 smallest ...

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 back ...