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7.3-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami threat

That quake hit about 240 kilometres (150 miles) west of the town of Abepura in Papua province, at a relatively shallow depth of 21 kilometres, according to the USGS. WT24 Desk A powerful 7.3 magnitude quake struck a remote part of eastern Indonesia on Monday and was felt as far away as the holiday island of Bali and northern Australia, ...

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Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again

Floating boom is designed to trap 1.8 trillion items of plastic without harming marine life – but broke apart last time WT24 Desk A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in a second attempt to clean up a huge island of garbage swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, AP reports. Boyan Slat, creator ...

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Canada becomes first G7 country to ban shark fin imports

Measure which also bans sale of fins awaits royal assentShark fin soup has long been seen as a delicacy in Asia WT24 Desk It was on a family visit to Hong Kong that Kristyn Wong-Tam noticed her uncle – a well-regarded chef – was the only person at the table not touching a bowl of shark fin soup, The Guardian reports. ...

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Greenpeace serves BP ‘climate injunctions’ at end of oil rig protest

Activists spend seven days occupying BP rig in Cromarty Firth, leading to 14 arrests Greenpeace has ended its protest against BP drilling for oil in the North Sea by handing in “people’s climate injunctions” at the company’s headquarters. WT24 Desk Greenpeace protesters spent nearly seven days occupying an oil rig rented by BP in the Cromarty Firth in northern Scotland last ...

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Ammonia pollution damaging more than 60% of UK land – report

Study finds most sensitive plant and wildlife habitats are worst affected, yet government has no clear plans to monitor impact WT24 Desk Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, mostly from farms, is harming more than 60% of the UK’s land area and hitting the most sensitive habitats for plants and wildlife hardest, a government report has found, despite there being no clear plans to monitor ...

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Heathrow third runway expansion plans revealed

Plans unveiled to lower M25 and reroute rivers as campaigners warn of environmental impact WT24 Desk The scale of the disruption from Heathrow airport’s expansion project has been revealed with the publication of detailed plans to lower the M25 for the third runway to cross, reroute rivers, replace utilities and relocate enormous car parks, The Guardian reports. A 12-week public ...

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Heat wave claims 70 lives across three districts in Bihar

No heat stroke deaths have so far been reported from Jehanabad and Arwal so far, as per the divisional office of the health department. WT24 Desk The 45°C heat wave sweeping across Bihar claimed at least 70 lives in the past 24 hours in three districts of the Magadh division, which includes Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Arwal, and Jehanabad. There were ...

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Hundreds of dolphins have died along Gulf Coast since February, scientists say

At least 279 animals have been stranded, triple the usual figure, and 98% have died, prompting investigation WT24 Desk At least 279 dolphins have become stranded across much of the US Gulf Coast since the start of February, triple the usual number, and about 98% of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said, AP ...

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