DEFORESTATION TRENDS ‘ALARMING,’ UN SAYS, WHILE PANDEMIC ACCELERATES DESTRUCTION IN TROPICS BY 150%

Sat 23 May 2020: A mass amount of forest land is still being lost each year despite a slowdown in deforestation trends in recent years, a United Nations agency report said Friday, while the destruction of tropical forests has accelerated rapidly during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Some 420 million hectares of forest have been lost […]

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OVER TEN BILLION DIRHAMS ($2.7BN) FOOD WASTE PER YEAR IN UAE

Sat 09 May 2020: Emirati specialists have confirmed that food waste in the country is estimated at more than ten billion dirhams per year (more than $2.7 billion) and that 30 per cent of this waste occurs during the month of Ramadan. “The amount of food waste and excess in the country exceeds ten billion […]

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MAMMAL FOSSIL THAT COEXISTED WTIH DINOSAURS FOUND IN MADAGASCAR

Thu 30 April 2020: The skeleton of a mammal nicknamed “crazy beast” that existed alongside dinosaurs has been unveiled by a team of researchers. Palaeontologists* from Monash University in Victoria have revealed the full fossil skeleton of the bizarre creature, which lived around 66 million years ago on the island of Madagascar, off the east […]

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COVID-19: GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS ARE SET TO DROP A RECORD 8% THIS YEAR

Thu 30 April 2020: COVID-19 is expected to cause global energy emissions to fall a record eight percent this year due to an unprecedented drop in demand for coal, oil and gas, the International Energy Agency said Thursday. IEA executive director Fatih Birol said the coronavirus crisis marked a watershed moment for the global energy […]

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‘DISRESPECT FOR ANIMALS’ CAUSED PANDEMIC, WORLD RE-NOWNED PRIMATOLOGIST JANE GOODALL SAYS

Sun 12 April 2020: World-renowned British primatologist Jane Goodall says the coronavirus pandemic was caused by humanity’s disregard for nature and disrespect for animals. Goodall, who is best known for trail-blazing research in Africa that revealed the true nature of chimpanzees, pleaded for the world to learn from past mistakes to prevent future disasters. During […]

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CANADA INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN GAY ‘CONVERSION THERAPY’

Tue 10 March 2020: (AFP) The Canadian government on Monday announced a bill to ban so-called “conversion therapy,” which tries to change the sexual orientation of young LGBT people. The bill would create five new offenses in the Canadian criminal code, including prohibiting subjecting a minor to the practice, either in Canada or abroad. An […]

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BATMAN! HOMEMADE BATMOBILE TOWED BY POLICE IN MOSCOW

Thu 27 February 2020: A homemade vehicle bearing a striking resemblance to the “Batmobile” featured in a recent Batman film has been seized in central Moscow, Russia’s interior ministry announced. Traffic police brought the all-black, lowrider vehicle with giant wheels to a screeching halt as it cruised down one of the main roads into the […]

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ARCTIC ‘DOOMSDAY VAULT’ STOCKS UP ON MORE FOOD SEEDS

Tue 25 February 2020: An Arctic “doomsday vault” is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe. The seeds are to be deposited in the vault inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, about […]

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