Wind turbines contribute to climate change: study

Wind turbines, designed as an alternative to fossil fuels, still contribute to climate change due to the way they redistribute heat and moisture in the atmosphere, according to a study published Thursday (Cct 4). Researchers from Harvard University found that powering the entire United States with wind energy would cause a 0.54 degree Celsius ground […]

Wetlands disappearing three times faster than forests: Study

Wetlands, among the world’s most valuable and biodiverse ecosystems, are disappearing at alarming speed amid urbanisation and agriculture shifts, conservationists said Thursday, calling for urgent action to halt the erosion. “We are in a crisis,” Martha Rojas Urrego, head of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, told reporters in Geneva, warning of the potential devastating impact […]

NPC most common cancer among Malaysian Chinese

  KUALA LUMPUR: Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) is a type of nose cancer that  is most common among Malaysian Chinese, followed by the Malay and Indian community, said Ipoh Pantai Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant and Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr Rekha Balachandran. She said there was also high incidence of NPC among the ​​​​Bidayuh in Sarawak. “Heredity, lifestyle […]

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

  GENEVA: Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk. The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each […]

Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia: study

  PARIS: Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday. The link remained even after heavy drinking, smoking and other well established risk factors for dementia were ruled out, the researchers reported in medical journal BMJ Open. Worldwide, about seven percent of people over […]

Microplastics may enter foodchain through mosquitoes

  PARIS: Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment. Microplastics — tiny plastic shards broken down from man-made products such as synthetic clothing, car tyres and contact lenses — litter much […]

Melting permafrost threatens climate rescue plan: study

  PARIS: Global targets aimed at warding off runaway planetary warming could be breached sooner than expected, experts warned Monday, as gases released by melting permafrost threaten to undermine human efforts to avert climate disaster. Under the current rescue plan, outlined in the 2015 Paris climate treaty, countries have agreed to limit global temperature rises […]

African tourism alarmed by rhino, elephant losses

Animal conservation in Africa has suffered several setbacks in recent months prompting experts at an African tourism conference this week in Cape Town to warn about the cost to the travel industry. “Obviously it’s negative,” said the African Tourism Association’s (ATA) managing director Naledi Khabo, who spoke at the inaugural event organised by Airbnb. “Whether […]

African tourism alarmed by rhino, elephant losses

Animal conservation in Africa has suffered several setbacks in recent months prompting experts at an African tourism conference this week in Cape Town to warn about the cost to the travel industry. “Obviously it’s negative,” said the African Tourism Association’s (ATA) managing director Naledi Khabo, who spoke at the inaugural event organised by Airbnb. “Whether […]

For sea turtles, just one plastic piece can cause 20 per cent deaths

  LONDON: Consuming just one piece of plastic waste could significantly increase the risk of death for a sea turtle, according to a study on link between sea turtle mortality and plastic debris ingestion. According to Xinhua news agency, researchers found there was a one-in-five chance of death for a turtle which consumed just one plastic […]