JAKARTA (Reuters) – As Indonesia prepares to host thousands of competitors and fans at next month’s Asian Games, pollution concerns have flared following a spell of unhealthy air in Jakarta and forest fire hotspots near the second venue, Palembang in South Sumatra. A view of Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia July 17,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An alliance of Washington, D.C., public and private groups on Tuesday launched a three-year census that aims to count all the cats in the capital, hoping to help develop ways to manage feline populations throughout the United States. FILE PHOTO: A cat looks out a window at a cat cafe in New
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese artist Brother Nut can point to some success from his Beijing exhibit that used 10,000 bottles of yellowish water to raise awareness of contaminated rural ground water, although it did not go down so well with Beijing authorities. The central government acknowledges that years of unbridled economic development has resulted in
HONOLULU (Reuters) – A blob of hot volcanic lava struck an ocean tour boat just off the Big Island of Hawaii on Monday, injuring nearly two dozen people in the worst casualty incident to date from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano. A hole, punched through the roof of a tourist boat, is seen,
GAZA (Reuters) – Maher Taha, his wife and six children sit enjoying the breeze on beach in Gaza, doing their best to ignore the rubbish and raw sewage floating a few yards off shore. Palestinians swim to cool off in the Mediterranean Sea as others enjoy their time on a beach in the northern Gaza
MABI, Japan – (Reuters) – When Isao Akutagawa moved to the sleepy riverside town of Mabi in western Japan 45 years ago, it seemed like the perfect suburb to raise his children. Land was cheap and he could drive to his job in nearby Kurashiki City. As he built his home next to rice paddies
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The German transport ministry confirmed on Sunday that the country’s federal motor vehicle authority (KBA) is conducting an official hearing into the emissions technology used in three models of car made by Opel. The Opel development centre is pictured in Ruesselsheim, Germany July 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Weekly Bild am Sonntag reported
GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population, may lift a ban on hunting for sport in the face of what the government says is growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a move sure to provoke protest from animal welfare groups. FILE PHOTO: A young bull elephant is seen in the Okavango
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Despite advances in predicting where hurricanes are heading, forecasters are still struggling to determine a crucial factor in deciding emergency measures and evacuations: their intensity. FILE PHOTO: Hurricane Harvey is pictured off the coast of Texas, U.S. from aboard the International Space Station in this August 25, 2017 NASA handout photo.
(Reuters) – A firefighter was killed on Saturday while battling a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park, California state fire officials said, bringing to at least 10 the number of such deaths this year as wildfires rage across the U.S. West. Braden Varney was killed on the fireline while operating a bulldozer at the Ferguson
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Heavy rain and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate, state media reported on Saturday. Firefighters rescue a stranded woman on a flooded street, following heavy rainfall in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China July 11, 2018.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean fishermen were working Thursday to recover hundreds of thousands of salmon that escaped from a fish farm as environmentalists warned of possible risks if they are eaten by humans, the government said. A storm on July 6 damaged nine enclosures at Marine Harvest’s Punta Redonda Center near the southern city of
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eight black rhinos have died in Kenya while being transported by the state wildlife service between two national parks, Tourism Minister Najib Balala said on Friday in a statement. FILE PHOTO: Photographers and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) personnel watch a female black rhino cross a road during a rhino translocation exercise In
LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland committed to divesting public funds from fossil fuel companies on Thursday after parliament passed a bill forcing the 8.9 billion euro ($10.4 billion) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to withdraw money invested in oil, gas and coal. Members of Ireland’s Dail (Parliament) passed the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, which requires the
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves. A giant iceberg is seen behind an Innaarsuit settlement, Greenland July 12, 2018. Picture taken July 12, 2018.