Environment

Siberian tiger gives birth to quadruplets in northeast China

Reuters – A Siberian tiger gave birth to four cubs on Friday in Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. The four cubs are doing well and expected to make their debut before the public in May, according to Wang Zhanjun, a breeder in the park. “Normally, they should be with their mother. But the mother isn’t very motherly, so we have taken them away for artificial feeding and will put them back […]

Baby pandas enjoy lives in “kindergarten” in southwest China

Reuters – For those baby pandas that lack of cares from their mothers after birth, a kindergarten could be another anchor for them. Currently, three baby pandas have been living in the kindergarten at China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Ya’an City of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. In order to improve their health quality, staff at the center has used trees to make the climbing frames for these baby pandas. During the […]

Rare Sumatran rhino dies in captivity in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) – After four days of treatment, a young Sumatran rhinoceros succumbed to a leg infection in Indonesia on Tuesday (April 5). Ten year-old female Sumatran rhino, Najaq, died following efforts from environmentalists to keep her alive as she was suffering from an infection. “It’s because the rhino lived in the wild so we didn’t clearly know the status of its health at that time, but we noticed that she had a wound […]

2016, possibly the hottest year

QUEZON City, Philippines – According to the PAGASA, the year 2016 can possibly considered as the hottest year in history, with an average temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. (Eagle News Service Described by Jay Paul Carlos, Video Editing by Dexter Magno, Uploaded by Lovely Ann Cruz)

Boat Responsibly: Satellite Devices Track Fishing Boats in the Philippines

Mindoro – Our boat fights the fury of Amihan, the northeast monsoon. I’m just fighting to keep my dinner down. It’s night and we’re on the Princess Camile, a tuna vessel going head-to-head with angry six-foot waves. I gaze out at the darkness. I have no idea where we are – but a little gadget attached to our boat mast does. To track the routes of fishing boats in the Mindoro Strait, WWF and NAVAMA have […]

Recent discoveries of Mayan artifacts give archaeologists a glimpse into ancient daily life

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (Reuters) – Archaeologists said on Tuesday (April 5) they expect 180 artifacts unearthed from 14 sites near an ancient Mayan city known as T’hó, located in the Yucatan state capital of Merida, will shed light on pre-Hispanic life in southern Mexico. During a news conference held at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, archaeologists said the 14 peripheral sites are part of 223 sites located close to T’hó. Four of […]

Sea lion rescued from restaurant released back to wild

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States (Reuters) – A young California sea lion found malnourished and injured inside a waterfront San Diego restaurant was returned to the wild on Tuesday (April 5) after eight weeks of rehabilitative care at SeaWorld’s animal rescue center. The female sea lion pup, nicknamed Marina, made headlines when she was discovered huddled in a choice booth at the Marine Room, a white-tablecloth eatery known for its gourmet seafood menu. She was […]

Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites: WWF

by Mariëtte Le Roux Mining, oil exploration, illegal logging and other industries threaten almost half the natural World Heritage Sites the UN seeks to preserve for future generations, conservation group WWF said Wednesday. The 114 threatened sites provide food, water, shelter and medicine to over 11 million people — more than the population of Portugal, according to a WWF-commissioned report. “Despite the obvious benefits of these natural areas, we still haven’t managed to decouple economic […]

Climate change may threaten $2.5 trillion in assets

Eagle News International — Climate economists are warning that trillions of dollars’ worth of financial assets may be under threat from global warming’s effects by 2100. A team warned that if warming reaches 2.5 degrees Celsius (4.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial revolution levels by 2100; investments worth some $2.5 trillion dollars may be in danger. This was equal to half the current estimated stock market value of fossil-fuel companies. But even if the 2 degrees […]

A stunning time-lapse of the Earth as seen from space

Reuters – A video released by NASA on Monday (April 4) shows a spectacular view of the Earth as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). The video shows city lights and lightning flashes as the ISS circles the Earth. NASA describes the ISS as a “microgravity laboratory”, occupied by six people travelling at a speed of 5 miles per second and orbiting the Earth every ninety minutes. The space station has been occupied continuously […]

Fossilized blood vessels ‘oldest in world’

KRASIEJOW, Poland (Reuters) — Polish scientists say they have discovered the world’s oldest preserved fossils of blood vessels and fragments of fossilized animal proteins inside 240 million-year-old bones. The discovery was made by a joint team of scientists from the University of Silesia, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the Polish Academy of Sciences and a facility promoting the study of prehistoric fossils, the Science and Human Evolution Park in Krasiejow. Millions of years ago southern Poland […]