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Elusive Attenborough echidna rediscovered in Indonesia


Bangkok (AFP) Nov 10, 2023
An elusive echidna feared extinct after disappearing for six decades has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia, on an expedition that also found a new kind of tree-dwelling shrimp. ... more
 
SHAKE AND BLOW
New island emerges near Japan after underwater volcanic explosions
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 9, 2023
A new small island the diameter of a football field emerged from the Pacific Ocean near mainland Japan in late October after underwater volcano eruptions, a Japanese researcher said on Wednesday.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Endangered Galapagos tortoises suffer from human waste: study
Quito (AFP) Nov 9, 2023
Endangered giant Galapagos tortoises continue to swallow plastic and other human waste despite a ban on disposable plastic items in the Ecuadoran archipelago, according to a study published Wednesday.
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Scientists blame climate change for 'extreme drought' in Iraq, Iran and Syria
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
The "extreme" drought gripping Iraq, Syria and Iran would not have occurred without climate change caused primarily by burning fossil fuels, scientists said Wednesday, warning that punishing dry spells will become more intense as the world warms.
AFRICA NEWS
'Act urgently': French lawmakers call for new Africa approach
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
France must "act urgently" and conduct reforms to restore its ties with Africa as Russia and China's influence is rising on the continent, according to a parliamentary report published on Wednesday.

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SHAKE AND BLOW
Philippine typhoon survivors pray for victims on 10th anniversary
Tacloban, Philippines (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan prayed for their dead loved ones in the devoutly Catholic Philippines on Wednesday as they commemorated the 10th anniversary of a storm that killed more than 6,000 people.
SHAKE AND BLOW
7.1-magnitude quake hits Indonesia's Banda Sea
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 8, 2023
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Banda Sea on Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
DEMOCRACY
First fatalities reported in Panama unrest over mining contract
Panama City (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
A gunman killed two demonstrators blocking a road in Panama Tuesday in the third week of protests over a big mining contract, police said.
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Green 'Marianne' brings climate crisis to French letterboxes
Boulazac, France (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
A green version of national symbol Marianne will adorn French envelopes from this month, after President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a new standard postage stamp highlighting environmental themes.
 
AFRICA NEWS
Saudi-hosted Sudan peace talks fall short of ceasefire
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
Sudan's warring parties have made no progress towards a ceasefire in their latest talks, instead reiterating past agreements to improve access to humanitarian aid, host Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday.
AFRICA NEWS
Defence ministers of Russia, Burkina discuss military cooperation
Moscow (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his counterpart from Burkina Faso Kassoum Coulibaly met on Tuesday and agreed to strengthen defence ties, Moscow said.
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
US Supreme Court weighs whether abusers have right to own guns
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
The US Supreme Court appeared inclined on Tuesday to uphold a federal law prohibiting a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order from possessing a firearm.
DEMOCRACY
First fatalities reported in Panama unrest over mining contract
Panama City (AFP) Nov 7, 2023
A gunman killed two demonstrators blocking a road in Panama Tuesday in the third week of protests over a big mining contract, police said.

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In a pickle: Baltic herring threatened by warming sea


Kotka, Finland (AFP) Nov 10, 2023
Even aged 84, Holger Sjogren nimbly untangles the knots in his herring net as it was lowered into the murky depths of the Baltic Sea. ... more
 
SPACE MEDICINE
Spinal implant allows Parkinson's patient to walk again
Lausanne (AFP) Nov 6, 2023
A man with advanced Parkinson's disease is now able to walk almost normally again thanks to electrodes implanted in his spinal cord, researchers said on Monday.
SPACE MEDICINE
High-tech helmet holds promise for deaf American football players
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2023
Coach Chuck Goldstein often finds himself jumping up and down on the sidelines of the field - trying, in vain, to get his players' attention.
WATER WORLD
Study links changes in global water cycle to higher temperatures
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 03, 2023
It's a multi-billion dollar question: What will happen to water as temperatures continue to rise? There will be winners and losers with any change that redistributes where, when and how much water i
EARTH OBSERVATION
TelePIX and Thrusters Unlimited to sell Geo-Info solutions across Latin America and Caribbean
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Nov 03, 2023
In a strategic move that marks a significant foray into the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) market, South Korean space startup TelePIX has penned a Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico-based g

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