Environment

Soccer clubs to help refugees

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 9 (Reuters) — The initiative from FC Porto proposing that European soccer clubs should help refugees has been adopted unanimously by the European Club Association (ECA) after the election of a new Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday (September 8). As Europe struggles with a migration crisis with 380,000 people arriving in the continent by sea this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), European clubs have decided to […]

APEC cracks down on Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 31 (PIA6)  –  Anti-corruption authorities, customs bureaus and law enforcement agencies from the 21 APEC members are ramping up their collaborative efforts to combat illegal wildlife trafficking in the Asia-Pacific, coming against the backdrop of breaking global developments that have helped to serve as a rallying point for greater policy action. This development was shared by the APEC Pathfinder Dialogue II on Fighting Corruption and Illicit Trade from the ongoing APEC meetings in Cebu […]

Renewable energy produces unstable supply

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Sept. 8 (PNA) – While the Department of Energy is pushing for the generation of clean energy from natural resources, some experts are apprehensive with the unstable power produced by variable renewable energy (VRE) such as solar and wind due to its fluctuating nature. Raul Galano, head of the Visayas Systems Operations of National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) told reporters that variable renewable energy is named as such because of […]

Artists around the world react to image of drowned toddler on Turkish coast

SEPTEMBER 7 (Reuters) — An image of a three-year-old Syrian boy dead on a Turkish beach echoed across the world on Thursday (September 3) as it was reproduced in publications and social media across the world. Artists have joined in recreating and manipulating the haunting image to express their horror at the boy’s fate. Video showed a little boy wearing a bright red t-shirt and shorts lying face-down in the surf on a beach near […]

Australian sheep is unofficially the world’s woolliest

SEPTEMBER 7 (Reuters) — Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday (September 3), making him unofficially the world’s woolliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra on Wednesday (September 2) and was said to be struggling to walk under the weight of his coat. Four-time Australian Shearing Championship winner Ian Elkins was […]

El Niño seen strengthening, maybe one of biggest since 1950 – WMO

The current El Niño weather phenomenon is expected to peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts from the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday (September 1). Climate models and experts suggest surface waters in the east-central Pacific Ocean are likely to be more than 2 degrees hotter than average, potentially making this El Niño one of the strongest ever. “A mature and strong El Niño event […]

Taiwanese boy punches hole in $1.5 million painting

Organisers of an art exhibition in Taipei say that a painting worth around $1.5 million was damaged when a 12-year-old boy lost his balanced and unintentionally poked a hole in it on Sunday (August 23). “Flowers” by Italian master Paolo Porpora is part of a Taipei exhibit showcasing artwork painted by or influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, according to main organizer. The head of the exhibition co-organiser, TST Art of Discovery Co., said he didn’t […]

Wars improve air quality in the Middle East

AUGUST 25 (Reuters) — Amid the increase in death, displacement and overall chaos in the Middle East over the past five years.. Professor Jos Lelieveld of the Max-Planck Institute, says he has spotted one area where statistics indicate a decrease. He says, air pollution has declined significantly. Using satellite data Lelieveld says he’s found that the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East is drastically decreasing the level of air pollutants across the region. The findings […]

NASA releases images of Saturn’s moon

AUGUST 21 (Reuters) — NASA shed new light on Saturn’s orbiting moon Dione on Thursday (August 20), with pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft during its latest close approach to the icy world on Monday (August 17). The series of grey, black and white images show Dione’s icy terrain that NASA says shows the surface in “the best resolution ever.” But the latest images aren’t the work of the closest flyover for this particular NASA […]

Computer animation shows how Mars could look

AUGUST 17 (Reuters) — A German university has created a computer-animated video showing a simulated flight over a regions of Mars. Using data gathered from a High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express aircraft which is operated by the German Aerospae Center (DLR), scientists at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin were able to piece together and create a computer-animated video showing how the ground could look in a […]

Tips to conserve energy and save money

KALIBO, Aklan, August 17 (PIA6) — Did you know that at home or in government or private offices, people can do many things to help conserve electricity and in the process – pay lesser electric bills and therefore use the savings to buy other household or office needs? This and more were shared by officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) here when they recently conducted an IEC/Seminar on Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) for […]

New study confirms universe slowly dying

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (PNA/Xinhua) — An international team of astronomers have confirmed that the energy in the universe today is only about half of what it was two billion years ago and they’re continuing to fade. The universe is slowly dying, their study showed. The findings, presented at the ongoing International Astronomical Union’s 29th General Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii, reveal the extent to which the cosmos are apparently losing steam, which could help astronomers […]