2016/12/19 by Alister Doyle
REINDEER are shrinking on an Arctic island near the North Pole in a side-effect of climate change that has curbed winter food for animals often depicted as pulling Father Christmas’ sleigh, scientists said this week. The average weight of adult reindeer on Svalbard, a chain of islands north of Norway, has fallen to 48kg (106 lb) from 55kg (121 lb) in the 1990s as part of sweeping changes to Arctic life as temperatures rise, they said.
2015/06/29 by AP
TAMA the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral yesterday. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. She quickly attracted tourists and became world famous.
2015/06/29 by AFP
FOR many residents of Yulin, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends — and consume copious amounts of dog meat.
2015/06/01 by Steve Gorman
MORE than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds, mostly pelicans, have been collected dead and alive from California’s oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum pipeline ruptured there, wildlife officials said this week.