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Small changes in oxygen levels have big implications for ocean life: Study

WASHINGTON: Even slight levels of ocean oxygen loss, or deoxygenation, have big consequences for tiny marine organisms called zooplankton, according to a study. Zooplankton are important components of the food web in the expanse of deep, open ocean called the midwater, said researchers from the University of Rhode Island in the US. Within this slice of ocean below the surface ...

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Japan announces IWC withdrawal, will resume commercial whaling

TOKYO: Japan is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, a government spokesman said Wednesday, in a move expected to spark international criticism. “We have decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters. “Commercial whaling to be ...

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‘Freegans’ find treasure in trash

SINGAPORE: A new movement in Singapore that seeks to reduce the amount of consumer waste in the affluent city-state is scavenging for unwanted goods, some in near-mint condition, that migrant workers can send home for the holidays. “Freegans”, broadly defined as people committed to cutting wasteful production and consumption, have connected with thousands of foreign labourers from lower-income countries, many ...

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Rare albino orangutan released back into the wild

JAKARTA: The world’s only known albino orangutan has been released back into the jungle more than a year after she was found emaciated and bloody in a remote corner of Borneo, an Indonesian NGO said Friday. Environmentalists rescued “Alba” from a cage where she was being kept as a pet by villagers in Central Kalimantan in April last year. She ...

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Global warming causing ‘feminisation’ of turtles: Study

LONDON: Up to 93 per cent of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species, according to a study. The sex of turtle hatchlings is determined by temperature, and at present about 52 per cent of hatching green turtles — one of seven species of sea turtle — are female. Researchers at ...

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Global warming ‘hiatus’ was never real: Study

MELBOURNE: There has never been a statistically significant ‘pause’ in global warming, scientists say. Many studies over the past decade have claimed to find a pause or slowdown in global warming and have typically posited this as evidence that is inconsistent with our understanding of global warming. The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, looked at how the ...

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Outcome of climate talks in Poland positive: India

NEW DELHI: India on Sunday termed “positive” the outcome of climate talks in Poland as it sets nations on the path for successful implementation of the historic Paris Agreement, and asserted it engaged in the negotiations “constructively” while protecting the country’s key interests. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries earlier Sunday finalised a set of rules that will make the 2015 ...

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UN climate talks run into overtime, but deal ‘in reach’

KATOWICE (POLAND): United Nations‘ climate talks to agree on the rules of the 2015 Paris Agreement dragged on into an extra day on Saturday as ministers tried to overcome the last political hurdles after working through the night. The schedule for the closing plenary, when sparks could fly among nations if there are issues in the text still open to ...

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Paris accord rulebook takes shape at UN climate talks

KATOWICE (POLAND): Negotiators from almost 200 countries are making a last-minute effort to resolve differences on the rules that will govern the 2015 Paris climate accord. Diplomats and ministers worked through the night to present fresh drafts on the rulebook and other issues Thursday to the chair of the UN climate talks in Poland. A Polish diplomat overseeing the two-week ...

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Arctic sea ice decline slows down temporarily: Nasa

WASHINGTON: The decline of the Arctic sea ice cover may have temporarily slowed down, despite climate change and global warming, a Nasa study has found. As temperatures in the Arctic have warmed at double the pace of the rest of the planet, the expanse of frozen seawater that blankets the Arctic Ocean and neighbouring seas has shrunk and thinned over ...

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