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

Climate change biggest threat to natural World Heritage sites

Geneva (AFP) Dec 2, 2020 Climate change has become the biggest threat to UN-listed natural world heritage sites like glaciers and wetlands, and has pushed Australia’s Great Barrier Reef into “critical” condition, conservationists said Wednesday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) revealed in a new report that shifts due to the changing climate now imperil a full third of the 252 UNESCO-listedhttp://dlvr.it/RmvYLL Continue reading Climate change biggest threat to natural World Heritage sites

African cocoa producers unleash PR offensive on chocolate giants

Abidjan (AFP) Dec 2, 2020 The world’s two biggest cocoa suppliers, Ivory Coast and Ghana, have taken a tussle with chocolate multinationals to the battlefield of public opinion. In an unprecedented move, the cocao boards of the two West African countries have publicly accused US chocolate giants Mars and Hershey of sidestepping a deal designed to shore up income for poor farmers. Both companies deny … Continue reading African cocoa producers unleash PR offensive on chocolate giants

Allies raise a glass to Australia amid China wine dispute

Sydney (AFP) Dec 2, 2020 Australia’s global allies voiced support for the country’s beleaguered wine industry Wednesday, vowing to down a glass to lessen the impact of choking Chinese sanctions. China on Friday announced it would impose anti-dumping tariffs on Australian wine, the latest salvo in a barrage of trade sanctions that critics say are politically motivated. In response, supporters including Taiwan andhttp://dlvr.it/Rmqn74 Continue reading Allies raise a glass to Australia amid China wine dispute

Hong Kong, Singapore ‘travel bubble’ delayed indefinitely

Singapore (AFP) Dec 1, 2020 Hong Kong and Singapore on Tuesday indefinitely delayed a “travel bubble” in a new blow to their hard-hit tourism and aviation industries as the Chinese city battles a coronavirus surge. The arrangement allowing people to travel between the financial hubs without quarantining had been due to launch on November 22, but was postponed for two weeks as Hong Kong saw … Continue reading Hong Kong, Singapore ‘travel bubble’ delayed indefinitely

‘I died too’: A year after outbreak, Wuhan kin struggle to move on

Wuhan, China (AFP) Dec 1, 2020 Wuhan native Liu Pei’en shut down his investment business and converted to Buddhism to try to make sense of his father’s death last January from suspected Covid-19. Zhong Hanneng still struggles to sleep or eat following the death of her son from the disease nearly 10 months ago, and says friends and relatives are shunning her family because of … Continue reading ‘I died too’: A year after outbreak, Wuhan kin struggle to move on

Caribbean coral reefs under siege from aggressive algae

Baltimore MD (SPX) Dec 01, 2020 Human activity endangers coral health around the world. A new algal threat is taking advantage of coral’s already precarious situation in the Caribbean and making it even harder for reef ecosystems to grow. Just-published research in Scientific Reports details how an aggressive, golden-brown, crust-like alga is rapidly overgrowing shallow reefs, taking the place of coral that was damaged bhttp://dlvr.it/Rmm0Wv Continue reading Caribbean coral reefs under siege from aggressive algae

An escape route for seafloor methane

Boston MA (SPX) Dec 01, 2020 Methane, the main component of natural gas, is the cleanest-burning of all the fossil fuels, but when emitted into the atmosphere it is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. By some estimates, seafloor methane contained in frozen formations along the continental margins may equal or exceed the total amount of coal, oil, and gas in all … Continue reading An escape route for seafloor methane

European rights court OKs climate lawsuit against 33 nations

Strasbourg, France (AFP) Nov 30, 2020 Europe’s top rights court said Monday that it would give priority status to a lawsuit filed by six young Portuguese citizens against 33 nations they say are not fulfilling obligations to limit climate change. It is the first such lawsuit heard by the European Court of Human Rights, whose rulings must in theory be applied by all Council of … Continue reading European rights court OKs climate lawsuit against 33 nations

New Zealand lays charges over volcano deaths

Wellington (AFP) Nov 30, 2020 New Zealand’s workplace safety watchdog handed down criminal charges Monday over last year’s White Island volcanic eruption that claimed 22 lives and left dozens more with horrific burns. WorkSafe had investigated why 47 people, mainly Australian tourists, were on the island in December 2019 when a column of burning ash and steam blasted from a volcanic vent. Chief executive Phil … Continue reading New Zealand lays charges over volcano deaths