Amazon deforestation hit record in January

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data published Friday. More than 280 square kilometers (110 square miles) were cleared, an increase of 108 percent. It was the largest area cleared in ...

Probe into fire at Shuri Castle ends without identifying cause

National Jan 30, 2020

Probe into fire at Shuri Castle ends without identifying cause

Police have ended their investigation into the fire that devastated Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, last autumn, without identifying the cause. The fire was not caused by arson, negligence or other reasons for which a criminal liability can be established, according to a report ...

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to wildfire smoke

Tennis Jan 15, 2020

Australian Open qualifying delayed due to wildfire smoke

Qualifying rounds for the Australian Open were delayed Wednesday as toxic smoke from widespread bushfires continued to choke Melbourne, throwing the Grand Slam's schedule into chaos. The decision to suspend the action followed heavy criticism when players were affected by hazardous conditions after play was ...

Amazon forest fires rose 30% in 2019

World / Science & Health Jan 9, 2020

Amazon forest fires rose 30% in 2019

The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest grew 30.5 percent in 2019 from the previous year, according to data released by space research agency INPE on Wednesday. According to INPE, the number of fires detected in the Amazon region was 89,178 in 2019, compared ...