The final of the men's 2,000-meter kayaking fours China City Games in Nanchang, China ended in bloodshed early this week when the Nanchang squad retaliated violently after a collision with a team from Guangzhou. The Guangzhou boat reportedly rammed the Nanchang team after a lane violation, and the Nanchang kayakers fought back with their paddles. One blow landed squarely enough to send Guangzhou team captain to the hospital, "covered with blood."
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Nine days after a team of climbers including world-renowned alpinist Park Young-Seok went missing on Annapurna, searchers have no idea what may have befallen the men. The Korean climbers were attempting a new route on Annapurna's South Face when they encountered falling rock on October 18th and radioed their decision to abort the climb. When nothing was heard from Park in the following days, The North Face and the Korean Alpine Federation dispatched search parties. A team of Sherpas identified... Read More
Scientists from the National Wildlife Health Center have identified a fungus that causes a deadly and highly contagious disease that has decimated bat populations across the United States. In a study published yesterday in Nature, the team recreated fungal infections with Geomyces destructans and noted the same syptoms—namely a white fuzz that grows on the noses of infected bats—that biologists have observered among bats populations affected by white-nose syndrome in the wild. The ... Read More
A judge in California has ruled against three groups who sued to stop a controversial project to restore a lagoon near Malibu's world-famous Surfrider Beach. The pro-restoration side hopes to dredge a channel that would better connect Malibu Lagoon, which is badly polluded, to the Pacific Ocean and remove a series of footbridges that they say keep the lagoon from properly draining. In June, three environmental groups won an injunction against the project, claiming that it would disrupt endange... Read More
The worst flooding in Thailand's history has breached a dike at one of Bangkok's two main airports and threatens to inundate downtown Bangkok. Residents of the city's northern neighborhoods, parts of which are under several feet of water, are being evacuated. Bangkok's mayor has warned that up to five feet of water could inundate the downtown area this weekend as sea levels rise and imperil hundreds of thousands of the city's nine million residents. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport is still oper... Read More