Environment

Escalation of stray dogs worry BCC

Bulawayo City Council authorities have expressed concerns over the increasing number of stray dogs in the city. Latest council minutes states that the Committee considered the matter and Councillor Monica Lubimbi observed that there were a lot of stray dogs resulting in dogs bites. “It was very difficult to ascertain if these stray dogs had been vaccinated against rabies. A ...

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Mt Hope installed as ‘UK’s highest peak’

Britain has a new tallest mountain. Mt Hope, which is sited in the part of the Antarctic claimed by the UK, was recently re-measured and found to tower above the previous title holder, Mt Jackson, by a good 50m (160ft). Hope is now put at 3,239m (10,626ft); Jackson is 3,184m (10,446ft). The map-makers at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) were ...

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California’s Thomas Fire scorches area larger than New York City

The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City. The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres in the past week. Fanned by strong winds, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history after it grew by more than 50,000 acres in ...

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US firm picks UK for weather satellites

A miniaturised instrument to monitor the weather will be the first payload to fly on one of the UK’s new publicly funded demonstration satellites. US-based Orbital Micro Systems will launch their microwave radiometer aboard the 30cm-long spacecraft next year to retrieve temperature, humidity and precipitation measurements. If successful, OMS plans a 40-strong constellation of similar satellites. OMS is moving into ...

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Mnangagwa blames poor transport for Tsholotsho crash

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has urged the Ministry of Health and Child Care to provide decent transport for its workers on duty to avoid tragedies like the one that claimed 21 lives in Tsholotsho on Saturday. The President said ferrying 76 people in a lorry was dangerous and the practice must immediately stop. He said the ministry must hire buses when the ...

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‘Shame and anger’ at plastic ocean pollution

Scientists who advised the Blue Planet II documentary team say they feel “shame and anger” at the “plague of plastic” impacting the natural world. Even in the remote waters of Antarctica, they have found evidence of plastic killing and harming seabirds. Wandering albatrosses – which have the longest wingspan of any birds alive today – are thought to be especially ...

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Ocean plastic a ‘planetary crisis’ – UN

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned. Lisa Svensson said governments, firms and individual people must act far more quickly to halt plastic pollution. “This is a planetary crisis,” she said. “In a few short decades since we discovered the convenience of plastics, we are ruining the ...

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Clean air target ‘could be met more quickly’

Targets for reducing illegal levels of NO2 pollution from vehicles will be achieved more quickly than the government expects, a study says. Researchers say government projections of future NO2 are too pessimistic, because they ignore the latest real world data. They say cities may achieve roadside emissions standards several years earlier than ministers expect. The research is published in the ...

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Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat

The red kite has become more common in the UK in the past 30 years, thanks to conservation schemes. But, while numbers of the birds of prey are on the rise, scientists say human factors threaten to derail progress. Post-mortem tests on wild red kites found many had been poisoned by lead shot, rat poison or pesticides. The study, published ...

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Residents protest over smelly Harare water

Residents of Glen Norah today 13 November 2017, protested against poor quality of Harare water which is coming from the tap with a sewer smell. The protest was also triggered by engagement of Well-cash Debt Collectors which charged 10% administration costs on residents in violation of Sections 8 and 9 of the Legal Practitioners Act. Residents expressed reservations with the ...

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