Galapagos Islands: outcry after Ecuador allows US military to use airstrip

Political row sparked after government dedicated US permission to use island for anti-narcotics flights The Galapagos Islands are at the centre of political row in Ecuador after the government agreed to allow US anti-narcotics planes to use an airstrip on the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Dozens of people demonstrated outside the […]

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Land opposed could award thousands of indigenous Americans new rights in Canada

A British Columbia supreme court ruling allowing a Native American in the US to hunt in Canada could give tens of thousands new rights When Rick Desautel shoot the elk perched high on a immerse hillside, he followed his typical routine: he retrieved the fallen animal, garmented it and packed out the meat to his […]

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Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 – in paintings

Winter solstice, night lights and interesting islands are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month Dust blowing out of the Copper River valley on Alaska’s south coast. The dust plume was likely comprised of fine-grained loess, which was formed as glacial ice moved over the area and ground the underlying rock […]

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‘The water took everything’: Buzi evacuees tell of Cyclone Idai ordeal

People rescued by boat are arriving at Beira in hope of first aid, shelter and reunion with their families Standing in the fishing port in Beira, Mozambique, Jose Mala scans the faces of those evacuated by boat from Buzi , one of the towns hardest hit by Cyclone Idai, searching for anyone he knows. He […]

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How Spanish flu helped create Sweden’s modern welfare country

The 1918 pandemic ravaged the remote city of stersund. But its legacy is a city and nation well-equipped to deal with 21 st century challenges On 15 September 1918, a 12 -year-old boy named Karl Karlsson who lived just outside Ostersund, Sweden, wrote a short diary entry:” Two who died of Spanish flu interred today. […]

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Underwater with Sri Lanka’s sperm whales- in paintings

A newly identified population in the Indian Ocean is attracting the attention of scientists, conservationists and soon, tourists, too. How will this whale weather the new cyclone of attention? Every March, vast numbers of sperm whales gather in the deep waters north-west of Sri Lanka. Andrew Sutton’s photos are vivid evidence of a little-known population- […]

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‘Barnacled angels’: the whales of Stellwagen Bank- a photo essay

Off the tip-off of Cape Cod, pods of humpbacks return every summer to feed. For the past 18 years, Philip Hoare has been joining them to witness this incredible display At the tip-off of Cape Cod, a sandy spit reaches out into the Atlantic, like an limb, towards a vast underwater plateau where humpbacks assemble […]

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Oceans’ last chance:’ It’s taken years of negotiations to set this up’

Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope The leatherback turtle is one of our planet’s most distinctive creatures. It can live for decades and grow to weigh up to two tonnes. It is the […]

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Super rich buying up Italy’s manors under new tax regime

You get the same sort of tax savings you get in Jersey but you get to live somewhere you actually want to live Luxury Tuscan estate agent Ian Heath is developing a taste for private planes.” It’s not that unusual anymore ,” Heath says of hitching a ride on a billionaire’s plane to the Italian […]

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How animal trash is helping turn China’s lakes green

Animal husbandry is contaminating Chinas water and has been linked to turning lakes bright green, a phenomenon known as eutrophication The farm, located at the end of a narrow dirt path, announces its presence with a piercing stench. At first, the caretaker of the collective facility in Kunming says the farm recycles all the animal […]

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