Environment

Prehistoric and endangered Atlantic sturgeon washes up on East Coast beach

A rare Atlantic sturgeon that lived on Earth with the dinosaurs washed up on a beach on the East Coast. A photographer snapped photos of the prehistoric and endangered fish on Assateague Island, which runs between Maryland and Virginia. Atlantic sturgeon can be found from Canada to Florida. They first hatch in freshwater rivers and …

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The sudden death of Quebec’s Fred la marmotte casts a shadow on Groundhog Day

Fred la marmotte, the province’s famous furry oracle in Val-d’Espoir, Que., was found dead overnight Thursday, hours before he was able to predict whether it would be an early or late spring. The organizer of Thursday’s Groundhog Day event in Val-d’Espoir announced the sombre news following some 40 minutes of festivities, including music and dancing. …

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Thailand Says Stay Indoors As Air Pollution Spikes

Air pollution in Bangkok and neighboring Thai provinces spiked past safe levels. Bangkok: Air pollution in Bangkok and neighboring Thai provinces spiked past safe levels on Thursday, prompting authorities to urge people to stay indoors and avoid strenuous outdoor activity. The concentration of small and hazardous airborne particles known as PM2.5 in the capital was …

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World’s largest, rarest ocean stingrays spotted and tagged in Mozambique

For the first time in scientific history, the wild smalleye stingray has been located and tagged by researchers. The smalleye species is known for being the world’s largest and rarest marine stingray — and was finally spotted in Mozambique. National Geographic explorer and ray expert Andrea Marshall set out off the coast of the Bazaruto …

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Air pollution causes chess players to make more mistakes, study finds Air pollution

Chess experts make more mistakes when air pollution is high, a study has found. Experts used computer models to analyze the quality of games played and found that with a modest increase in fine particulate matter, the probability that chess players would make an error increased by 2.1 percentage points, and the magnitude of those …

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada purchases land for protection in southern Alberta

A herd of elk are seen on a property in the Waterton Park Front in Alberta in this handout photo provided Jan. 30.Sean Feagan/NCC/The Canadian Press A property that includes fescue grasslands, forests and wetlands near Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta has been purchased by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The organization said …

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Somerset estate offers rare peek into life of beavers with launch of online tour | Wild life

They can be seen chugging around their watery domain like small furry tugboats, gnawing away at saplings or nuzzling up to each other. The sound of babbling water and birdsong provides a pleasing soundtrack. A new online tour is being launched on Thursday of an enclosure on the Holnicote estate in Somerset that is home …

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