Two fishermen who were rescued in Siberia after spending three months stranded in the taiga are suspected to have killed and eaten one of their companions. Alexei Gradulenko, 35, and Alexander Abdullaev, 37, were picked up by helicopter months after getting lost on the remote Sutam River in temperatures that dipped below -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Police in Neryungri in northern Russia's Sakha Republic say they've launched a murder investigation after finding a wooden stake and a bloodstained... Read More
New research presented at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco has determined that mercury from the ocean is most likely seeping into cloudbanks that roll in from the coast. Though mercury had previously been detected in California fog, its source was a mystery.
Though the concentration of mercury isn’t high enough to harm anyone walking through it, its presence suggests that the element is beginning to accumulate in the coast’s water cycle. Mercury also accu... Read More
A new study warns that populations of African lions are in danger of becoming extinct due to human development. Satellite data, studied by researchers at Duke University, show that about 75 percent of Africa’s open savannah has disappeared in the last 50 years, given over to farming or settlement. Over that same period, lion populations have dropped by two-thirds to as few as 32,000. According to the study, African lions are now divided up into 67 different areas, only 10 of which are we... Read More
The largest solar power plant in Africa will be built in Ghana, according to Blue Energy, the British renewable energy developer behind the planned plant. The project is expected to cost around $400 million, and it should be finished October 15, developers say. The plant, which will be built in Western Ghana, near the village of Aiwiaso, is predicted to increase the country’s electricity capacity by six percent, while also creating 500 construction jobs and 200 permanent, plant-related j... Read More
Climate activist and newly-released prisoner Tim DeChristopher has given up his job at a Salt Lake City Unitarian church after the Federal Bureau of Prisons barred him from social justice work. DeChristopher, who is serving out the remainder of his two-year sentence in a halfway house, had planned on working in the church's social justice ministry. "The Bureau of Prisons official who interviewed Tim indicated he would not be allowed to work at the Unitarian church because it involved social ... Read More