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Chinese Elephants on Epic Journey May Be Headed Home

Chinese Elephants on Epic Journey May Be Headed Home

For more than a year, a herd of elephants has been on a mysterious journey through southern China. Now, after what is likely the longest-ever trip made by elephants in the country, the wanderers may finally be heading home. The 14-strong herd was guided across the Yuanjiang river in the province of Yunnan, China Sunday […]

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    New Polar Bear Hotel Criticized for Animal Cruelty

    New Polar Bear Hotel Criticized for Animal Cruelty

    A new hotel is sparking controversy with its central conceit: a polar bear enclosure visible from all of its 21 rooms. The Polar Bear Hotel opened Friday in the city of Harbin, China, as Reuters reported. It is fully booked through a trial period, but has been widely criticized by animal welfare advocates. “Polar bears […]

    China Experiences Worst Sandstorm in a Decade

    China Experiences Worst Sandstorm in a Decade

    Beijing skies turned yellow Monday as air pollution reached hazardous levels after the worst sandstorm in a decade coincided with an industrial boom following last year’s COVID lockdown. The sandstorm clouded northern China from Xinjiang in the far west to the Bohai Sea in the east, canceling flights and closing some schools, The New York […]

    China’s Five-Year Plan ‘Underwhelming’ on Climate

    China’s Five-Year Plan ‘Underwhelming’ on Climate

    On Friday, China set out an economic blueprint for the next five years, which was expected to substantiate the goal set out last fall by President Xi Jinping for the country to reach net-zero emissions before 2060 and hit peak emissions by 2030. While the plan calls for a “major push” on clean energy development, […]

    Massive Fleet of Chinese Fishing Boats Threaten Galapagos Islands

    Massive Fleet of Chinese Fishing Boats Threaten Galapagos Islands

    Ecuador authorities are keeping tabs on a fleet of roughly 260 fishing boats near the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ecuadorian boats are patrolling to try to stop the fishing boats from entering the area, according to Reuters. The ships are just outside the perimeter of the 188-mile-wide economic zone. “This fleet’s size […]

    Don’t Plant Mystery Seeds From China, Agriculture Authorities Warn

    Don’t Plant Mystery Seeds From China, Agriculture Authorities Warn

    At least 27 states have warned their residents not to plant any seeds they receive from mysterious, unsolicited packages that appear to have been sent from China, The New York Times reported Sunday. Agriculture officials also told anyone who received one of the packages to alert authorities. They are worried the seeds could harm the […]

    This App Plants Trees When People Make Lower-Carbon Choices

    This App Plants Trees When People Make Lower-Carbon Choices

    By Harry Kretchmer Since its launch in 2016, over half a billion people have used Ant Forest to convert lower-carbon activities such as using public transport into real trees. The game is helping China lead the way in re-greening the planet and is serving as a model for tree-planting schemes elsewhere. It’s the kind of […]