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

Faroe Islands mass dolphin slaughter casts shadow over tradition

Copenhagen (AFP) Sept 20, 2021 Every summer in the Faroe Islands hundreds of pilot whales and dolphins are slaughtered in drive hunts known as the “grind” that residents defend as a long-held tradition. The hunt always sparks fierce criticism abroad, but never so much as last week when a particularly bountiful catch saw 1,428 dolphins massacred in one day, raising questions on the island itself … Continue reading Faroe Islands mass dolphin slaughter casts shadow over tradition

Hong Kong elite selects powerful new ‘patriots only’ committee

Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 19, 2021 Hong Kong’s political elite began selecting a powerful committee on Sunday which will choose the city’s next leader and nearly half the legislature under a new “patriots only” system imposed by Beijing. The financial hub has never been a democracy – the source of years of protests – but a small and vocal opposition was tolerated after the city’s … Continue reading Hong Kong elite selects powerful new ‘patriots only’ committee

Bees kill dozens of endangered penguins in South Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa (AFP) Sept 19, 2021 A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday. “After tests, we found bee stings around the penguins’ eyes,” said the foundation’s David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian. “This is a very rare occurence. We do not expect … Continue reading Bees kill dozens of endangered penguins in South Africa

Japan issues alert after volcano erupts

Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2021 Japan issued an alert on Friday after a volcano in the southwest of the country erupted, jettisoning large rocks hundreds of metres away from the crater, Kyodo news agency reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries after the eruption of Mount Otake in Kagoshima prefecture, according to Kyodo. The Japan Meteorological Agency set the alert level at three – … Continue reading Japan issues alert after volcano erupts

Faroe Islands to re-evaluate dolphin-hunting after outcry

Copenhagen (AFP) Sept 16, 2021 The Faroe Islands, an autonomous territory of Denmark, said Thursday it would take another look at the practice of dolphin-hunting after the slaughter of more than 1,400 of the mammals earlier this week sparked an outcry. “The government has decided to start an evaluation of the regulations on the catching of Atlantic white-sided dolphins,” the northern archipelago’s prime minister, Bardur … Continue reading Faroe Islands to re-evaluate dolphin-hunting after outcry

French forces kill IS Sahel jihadist leader wanted by US

Paris (AFP) Sept 16, 2021 France said Thursday its troops deployed in the Sahel region of Africa had killed the head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) extremist group who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi formed ISGS in 2015 after splitting with Al-Qaeda linked jihadists and pledging allegiance to the Islamic State … Continue reading French forces kill IS Sahel jihadist leader wanted by US

US firefighters optimistic over world’s biggest tree

Red Fir, United States (AFP) Sept 18, 2021 Firefighters battling to protect the world’s biggest tree from wildfires ravaging the parched United States said Friday they are optimistic it can be saved. Flames are creeping closer to the majestic General Sherman and other giant sequoias, as man-made climate change worsens California’s fearsome fire season. “We have hundreds of firefighters there giving it their all, giving … Continue reading US firefighters optimistic over world’s biggest tree

Damaged coral reefs cause decline in fisheries, risks for coastal communities

Washington DC (UPI) Sep 17, 2021 The degradation of the world’s coral reefs is causing a sharp decline in fisheries and putting coastal communities in peril, a new study has found. Fish catches along the world’s coral reefs peaked nearly two decades ago and have been diminishing since, according to a study published in the journal One Earth on Friday. The catch per unit effort, … Continue reading Damaged coral reefs cause decline in fisheries, risks for coastal communities

Outcry as Faroe Islands slaughter 1,400 dolphins in a day

Copenhagen (AFP) Sept 15, 2021 The government of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous Danish territory, faced an outcry on Tuesday over the culling of more than 1,400 white-sided dolphins in a day in what was said to be the single biggest hunt in the northern archipelago. “There is no doubt that the Faroese whale hunts are a dramatic sight to people unfamiliar to the hunts … Continue reading Outcry as Faroe Islands slaughter 1,400 dolphins in a day

New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 15, 2021 We’ve heard that rising temperatures will lead to rising sea levels, but what many may not realise is that most of the increase in energy in the climate system is occurring in the ocean. Now a study from UNSW Sydney and CSIRO researchers has shown that a relatively new ocean temperature measuring program – the Argo system of profiling … Continue reading New ocean temperature data help scientists make their hot predictions