Asia Pacific Topics

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 ...

Feb 10, 2016

China confirms first case of Zika virus

China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

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 ...