October 17, 2019

Great News: African elephant poaching rates are falling!

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By Steve Williams From Care2 Over the past six years African elephant poaching has fallen by half, giving conservationists a reason to be optimistic. This news come from a new study appearing in the journal “Nature Communications“. The research team, which brings together scientists from the University of York, University of Freiburg and experts from the […]

Join the ride as China celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival

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Canoes, steamed rice and a poet characterizethis centuries-old tradition. And it has nothing to do with dragons. By Sandra Sparrowhawk From Reuters Community Friday June 7th 2019 marks the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese calendar — a yearly celebration known as Duanwu in mainland China and Taiwan, Tuen Ng in Hong […]

Spectrum of the seas celebrates inaugural season in China

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First Quantum Ultra Class Ship is Royal Caribbean’s Third New Ship to Homeport in Shanghai Shanghai, June 3, 2019 – Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, made its highly anticipated debut in China today. The first Quantum Ultra Class ship sailed into Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal in Shanghai after completing a 46-night Global Odyssey that […]

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage

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Photos of celebrations in Taiwan after it became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage on Friday, becoming the first country in Asia to do so. Thousands of people filled the streets of the nation’s capital city, Taipei, to celebrate the new law. The bill, which will go into effect on […]

China’s rover finds mysterious minerals on the far side of the moon

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By Christine Fisher From engadget Early this year, China’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander made history when it became the first spacecraft to touch down on the far side of the moon. Now, according to a study published in Nature, the lander’s rover, Yutu-2, may have detected the first signs of lunar mantle material. If the minerals it found prove to be […]

China throws trade war tariff exclusion lifelines that it thought it would never need

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By Finbarr Bermingham From South China Morning Post Beijing has been working on the exemptions for six months Roll-out signals trade war has gone further than China expected When officials in Beijing started consulting lawyers six months ago about protecting Chinese industries from potential tariffs on imports from the United States, they were not certain […]

Trump: Farmers to get $15B amid China trade war

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From Newsmax President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration was planning to provide about $15 billion in aid to help U.S. farmers whose products may be targeted with tariffs by China amid a deepening trade war. “We’re going to take the highest year, the biggest purchase that China has ever made with our […]

China retaliates against Trump, hikes tariffs on $60B of US goods

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From Newsmax Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese products. Duties of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee, China’s Finance Ministry […]

You need to up your recycling game. Here’s why (& how)

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By Angela Horn from Care2 As I write this, I have four separate recycling bags in my walk-in-closet-slash-storage-area. And that’s not including the growing pile of brown paper bags I keep forgetting to return to the guys that deliver our organic veggies every week. The first bag contains our general recycling (paper, recyclable plastics, glass […]

China and the Caribbean’s future

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By Tennyson Joseph from Trinidad Daily Express China’s highly anticipated second Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum (BRF) wrapped up on April 27. Initially not including Caribbean nations, the country’s signature policy has gained increasing momentum in the region since 2017. So far, several Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica and Grenada, etc, have […]