Shanghai Sacred: inside China’s religious revival- photo essay

Photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley uncovers the spiritual landscape of Chinas largest city, revealing the spaces and rites of this cosmopolitan megalopolis that is home to 26 million people and to religious groups from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity to Bahaism, Hinduism to Taoism China is undergoing one of the great religious revivals of our time. […]

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Octopus farming is’ unethical and a threat to the food chain’

Mass-breeding of the highly intelligent creatures is ecologically unjustified, a new study says Plans to create octopus farms in coastal waters round the world have been denounced by an international group of researchers. They say the move is ethically inexcusable and environmentally dangerous, and have called on private companies, academic institutions and governments to block […]

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The plastic polluters won 2019- and we’re running out of time to stop them

Further steps have been taken to clean up beaches and seas in 2019 but much more needs to be done The beach at Muncar on the island of Java was revolting. The 400-yard wide, mile-long stretch of sand was feet deep in foul-smelling sauce sachets, shopping bags, nappies, bottles and bags, plastic clothes and detergent […]

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‘Mollah’s life was typical’: the deadly ship graveyards of Bangladesh

Khalid Mollah died while working among the thousands who dismantle old ships in Chittagong. Now the firm that sold the vessel for scrap is being sued Khalid Mollah was uneducated, illiterate and out of work when, in early 2009, he left his pregnant wife Hamida Begum to take the 200 -mile bus ride to Chittagong […]

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Back from the verge: the global effort to save coral from climate change

Underwater nurseries encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems As an ocean early warning system, coral reefs have been sounding the alarm for years. They have been bleached white by marine heatwaves and killed off en masse by a combination of factors including pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate […]

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Worker who raised alarm before deadly New Orleans hotel collapse to be deported

Honduran Delmer Joel Ramrez Palma, who has lived in New Orleans for 18 years, warned supervisors of safety concerns A construction worker who attempted to warn managers about building dangers and was seriously injured in last month’s deadly Hard Rock Hotel collapse in New Orleans, will be deported on Monday, his lawyers said this week. […]

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The ecological misfortune that turned a vast Bolivian lake into a salt desert

What was once the countrys second largest lake is now a salt flat and the vanish waters are taking an indigenous communities way of life with them The remainder of an ancient ocean at the heart of South America is fast becoming a memory: a white expanse of salt stretchings for miles, with just a […]

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Strong earthquake makes Indonesia, triggering brief tsunami warning

Authorities caution considerable damage to poorly constructed structures possible in Sulawesi from 6.8 -magnitude quake A strong 6.8 -magnitude earthquake has rocked eastern Indonesia, reportedly killing one person and triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent panicked residents fleeing to higher ground. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the […]

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Missing Kiribati ferry: Australia and US join search for survivors

Up to 100 people are feared to have been on Pacific island vessel when it capsized South Pacific Missing Kiribati ferry: Australia and US join search for survivors Up to 100 people are feared to have been on Pacific island vessel when it capsized Eleanor Ainge Roy @EleanorAingeRoy Mon 29 Jan 2018 01. 47 EST […]

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