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Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

There is a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake Chivero, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Harare, the Kuimba Shiri bird sanctuary has been drawing tourists for more than 15 years.

11 Jul 2020 2:05 pm
Brazil Amazon deforestation up in June, set for worst year in over a decade

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rose for the 14th consecutive month in June, preliminary government data on Friday showed, heaping further pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro who is under fire for worsening destruction of the rainforest on his watch.

10 Jul 2020 10:06 pm
How good gut bacteria helps reduce heart disease risk

Researchers have discovered that one of the good bacteria found in the human gut has the potential to reduce the risk of heart disease. The bacteria's activity in the intestines reduces the production of a chemical that has been linked to the development of clogged arteries, the study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, said.

10 Jul 2020 6:00 pm
Air pollution increases risk of Covid-19, deaths: Study

Air pollution in Bengaluru is linked to the loss of an estimated 6,300 lives in the first half of 2020 and 3.7 per cent decline in the city's annual GDP despite strictly enforcing Covid-19 related lockdown, a study has revealed. According to a new online tool by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace-Southeast Asia, research shows that long-term air pollution exposure increases the risk of severe Covid-19 infections and death.

9 Jul 2020 6:06 pm
Siberian temperatures hit June record, fires spread: EU data

Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June amid a heat wave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known. Global temperatures last month were on par with a 2019 record, and exceptional warmth was recorded over Arctic Siberia.

7 Jul 2020 2:05 pm
Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana's famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world's largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000.

2 Jul 2020 6:06 pm