Recommended 20 happy habits

1. Be grateful. 要学会感恩。 Slow down, look around you, and pay attention to the little details in your life – the delicate purple flower on the sidewalk, the beautiful sunset, the hot shower that washes away your long day, and the smile in your partner’s eyes… 让自己变慢脚步,看看你的四周,关注生活中的细微之处:人行道上淡紫色的花,美丽的日落,洗去你一天疲惫的淋浴,伴侣眼中的笑容。 When you have a grateful heart that is appreciative of life’s beautify, wonder and blessings, you’re automatically filled … Continue reading Recommended 20 happy habits

Antidepressants make crayfish bolder, increasing risk of predation

Washington DC (UPI) Jun 15, 2021 When exposed to antidepressants, crayfish are less inhibited, emerging more readily from hiding to hunt for food. This bold behavior, observed in lab tests at the University of Florida, could put the freshwater crustaceans at greater risk of predation. Though the latest experiments – the results of which were published Tuesday in the journal Ecosphere – were performed in … Continue reading Antidepressants make crayfish bolder, increasing risk of predation

Vietnam’s pangolin defender wins top environmental prize

Hanoi (AFP) June 15, 2021 A Vietnamese conservationist working to save pangolins from the devastating multi-billion-dollar wildlife trade won a prestigious award Tuesday for his role in rescuing over a thousand of one of the world’s most endangered creatures. Highly prized in China and southeast Asia for their flesh, pangolins are seen as a delicacy for the mistaken belief that they can cure anything from … Continue reading Vietnam’s pangolin defender wins top environmental prize

‘No time to waste’ warns Japan climate activist

Tokyo (AFP) June 16, 2021 Kimiko Hirata has spent nearly half her life fighting to wean Japan off its dependence on coal, and now isn’t the time to slow down, the award-winning activist warns. “I’m hopeful, but we have no time to waste,” said Hirata, the international director of Japan’s Kiko Network NGO. “Our future will be gone if we don’t act now,” she told … Continue reading ‘No time to waste’ warns Japan climate activist

Sri Lanka arrests captain over ship fire pollution

Colombo (AFP) June 14, 2021 The Russian skipper of a container ship that caught fire and burned for almost two weeks before sinking off Sri Lanka’s coast has been arrested and is expected to be charged with marine pollution, police said Monday. The island nation is seeking $40 million in damages from the operators of the ship, which released tonnes of plastic raw materials that … Continue reading Sri Lanka arrests captain over ship fire pollution

Chinese scientist at center of virus controvery denies lab leak theory

Washington (AFP) June 15, 2021 The Chinese scientist at the center of theories that the coronavirus pandemic originated with a leak from her specialized lab in the city of Wuhan has denied her institution was to blame for the health disaster. “How on earth can I offer up evidence for something where there is no evidence?” Dr Shi Zhengli told the New York Times in … Continue reading Chinese scientist at center of virus controvery denies lab leak theory

Masks off, mortarboards on: Wuhan sheds Covid for mass graduation

Beijing (AFP) June 15, 2021 A huge red banner welcomed nearly 9,000 students in Wuhan for a massive graduation ceremony over a year after the city was battered by the first global outbreak of Covid-19. Students in navy gowns and mortarboards sat in crowded rows, without social distancing or face masks, beneath the sign that read: “Welcoming the graduates of 2020 back home. We wish … Continue reading Masks off, mortarboards on: Wuhan sheds Covid for mass graduation

UK’s G7 gives a taste of upcoming climate conference

Carbis Bay, United Kingdom (AFP) June 12, 2021 Britain is using its G7 summit to mobilise allies ahead of the COP26 conference in November in Glasgow amid pressure from environmental groups to make the meeting count. The climate emergency, with the Covid-19 pandemic, is high on the agenda at the summit for wealthy nations in bucolic Cornwall in southwest England this weekend. On Friday, British … Continue reading UK’s G7 gives a taste of upcoming climate conference

Across US West, drought arriving dangerously early

Los Angeles (AFP) June 12, 2021 Lakes at historically low levels, unusually early forest fires, restrictions on water use and now a potentially record heat wave: even before summer’s start the US West is suffering the effects of chronic drought made worse by climate change. Eighty-eight percent of the West was in a state of drought this week, including the entire states of California, Oregon, … Continue reading Across US West, drought arriving dangerously early

France breaks up eel smuggling ring serving Asia

Paris (AFP) June 11, 2021 French officials said Friday they had broken up a smuggling operation that shipped millions of baby eels to Asia where they are a prized delicacy that can command up to $5,000 euros per kilogram. The inquiry began in 2017 when customs officers seized nearly 800 kilos of the silvery eels near the southwestern city of Bordeaux destined for China, as … Continue reading France breaks up eel smuggling ring serving Asia

Machine Learning Model Doubles Accuracy of Global Landslide ‘Nowcasts’

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 11, 2021 Every year, landslides – the movement of rock, soil, and debris down a slope – cause thousands of deaths, billions of dollars in damages, and disruptions to roads and power lines. Because terrain, characteristics of the rocks and soil, weather, and climate all contribute to landslide activity, accurately pinpointing areas most at risk of these hazards at any given … Continue reading Machine Learning Model Doubles Accuracy of Global Landslide ‘Nowcasts’