Nepal attempts record with a Dead Sea of plastic bags

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AFP) — Young Nepalis created a map of the Dead Sea with used plastic bags Wednesday in a bid to set a new international record and raise awareness about the vast volumes polluting the world’s oceans. Volunteers tied 100,000 colorful used plastic bags on a metal grid 20 meters (65 feet) long and five meters (16 feet) tall, shaped like the Dead Sea, on open ground in Kathmandu’s city center. The record attempt […]

Sinatra memorabilia, jewelry on sale in New York

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A sweeping range of Frank Sinatra memorabilia and jewelry owned by his fourth and last wife Barbara goes on sale in New York on Thursday, likely to be snapped up by mega fans and aficionados all over the world. The single most expensive lot, the enormous 20-karat diamond engagement ring that Sinatra gave Barbara in a champagne glass has already sold, fetching $1.7 million in a battle between two […]

NEU senior HS students win top prize in DOST-ACER Philippines science competition

  (Eagle News) — New Era University made it to the top three winners of this year’s “IMake, WeMake: Create, Innovate, Collaborate” project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with ACER Philippines. Three senior high school students from Grades 11 and 12 from NEU competed along with representatives from 16 other schools in the competition that challenges young Filipinos to use their creativity. With their submitted prototype for the “Automated Irrigation […]

Earth needs climate ‘reality check’, space pioneer warns

KATOWICE, Poland (AFP) — The world needs a “reality check” on the threat posed by climate change, NASA astronaut Mae Jemison said Tuesday at a UN summit to chart mankind’s path away from runaway global warming. Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, brought a little galactic perspective to the COP24 talks in Poland, calling on delegates from nearly 200 countries to tackle “the most difficult problem we’ve ever faced.” “When people say save the […]

Siberian region fights to preserve permafrost as planet warms

by Maria ANTONOVA Agence France-Presse YAKUTSK, Russia (AFP) — Eduard Romanov points to a spot on a block of flats where a major supporting beam has sagged and begun to crack, destabilizing the nine storeys of apartments above. In Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk, one of the coldest on Earth, climate change is causing dangerous melting of the frozen ground, or permafrost, on which the buildings stand. “Since the year before last, the building has […]

Forest farm resort sa Antipolo City, tagapagtaguyod ng agri-tourism

  Hindi na kayo lalayo pa dahil dito sa Antipolo Rizal matatagpuan ang Phillip’s Sanctuary Forest Farm Resort. Perfect ito para sa mga malalaking pamilya, company outing o team building dahil sa kanilang mga outdoor activities. Kabilang na rito ang obstacle courses, rope courses, fishing, zipline, camping, swimming, bike trail, at kayaking/ rafting. Tampok rin dito ang “farm to table” na sariwang prutas na maari ninyong pitasin at kainin.

The Terminator insists US will help battle climate change

by Patrick GALEY Agence France-Presse KATOWISE, Poland (AFP) — Governments must protect citizens from the killer effects of climate change, movie tough guy-turned-statesman Arnold Schwarzenegger told AFP, insisting the United States was committed to a greener future despite Donald Trump reneging on the Paris agreement. In an interview on the sidelines of a UN climate summit in Poland this week, the Terminator actor and three-time Mr. Universe winner said he was on an “environmental crusade” […]

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

  NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — India’s environmental watchdog has slapped New Delhi’s government with a $3.5 million fine for failing to enforce rules to reduce smog in the world’s most polluted major city, officials said Tuesday. The National Green Tribunal penalized the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it emerged some polluting industries were still burning harmful waste in the open. The tribunal, a national body tasked with ruling on environmental matters, […]

Turning the page: Japan’s last pager service ends after 50 years

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — The end of the pager era is nigh in Japan after five decades as the country’s last provider announced on Monday it would be scrapping its service next year. Tokyo Telemessage, the only pager service provider left standing, said it had decided to terminate its service to Tokyo and three neighboring regions in September 2019 — describing the development as “very regrettable.” “Pagers were once a huge hit… but the number […]

NASA’s first asteroid sample-collector arrives at target, Bennu

by Kerry SHERIDAN Agence France Presse TAMPA, United States (AFP) — NASA’s first-ever mission designed to visit an asteroid and return a sample of its dust back to Earth arrived Monday at its destination, Bennu, two years after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The $800 million unmanned mission, known as OSIRIS-REx, made a rendez-vous with the asteroid at around 12:10 pm (1710 GMT), firing its engines a final time. “We have arrived,” said Javier Cerna, […]

Disappearing Arctic sea ice threatens Canada’s polar bears: expert panel

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — A committee of wildlife experts warned Monday that Canada’s largest land predator, the polar bear, was at risk of disappearing from its vast Arctic landscape as melting Arctic sea ice makes hunting prey a challenge. “It is clear we will need to keep a close eye on this species,” Graham Forbes, co-chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) said in a statement. “Significant change is […]