Hair-raising truth behind pigeons' lost toes

World / Offbeat Nov 14, 2019

Hair-raising truth behind pigeons' lost toes

Next time you visit your hairdresser, spare a thought for the pigeons. For a long time scientists thought the fact that pigeons in urban environments often lost their toes was due to some form of infection or was a reaction to chemical pollutants. But now researchers ...

Spilled oil reaches whale sanctuary off Brazil

World Nov 3, 2019

Spilled oil reaches whale sanctuary off Brazil

Fragments of oil from spills plaguing Brazil's coast for three month have reached a humpback whale sanctuary, the navy reported Saturday. The area around the small Abrolhos archipelago off the coast of northeast Bahia state has some of Brazil's richest biodiversity. The oil was being recovered ...

Brazil says Greek-flagged tanker is top suspect in oil spills

World Nov 2, 2019

Brazil says Greek-flagged tanker is top suspect in oil spills

A Greek-flagged tanker is the main suspect in oil spills that have been appearing along the coast of Brazil for two months, the defense ministry said Friday, finally lifting some of the suspense over this "environmental catastrophe." The oil began appearing in early September and ...