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China’s top steelmaking city Tangshan issues second-level smog alert from April 20

China’s top steelmaking city of Tangshan in Hebei province issued a second-level pollution alert on Friday in response to a wave of smog expected to blanket the region, the local government said in a statement via its social media account.


Second wave of twisters in U.S. South turns deadly as storm pushes east

A second wave of tornadoes and thunderstorms to hit the U.S. South and Midwest this week turned deadly on Thursday with three people reported killed, as the storms pushed eastward on Friday, officials and media accounts said.


Fukushima owner to allow overseas staff to work on disaster cleanup

Tokyo Electric Power plans to allow overseas workers coming to Japan under a new visa program to work on the cleanup of its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station north of Tokyo, a spokeswoman said on Friday.


Climate change protesters climb on train at London’s Canary Wharf

Two climate change activists climbed onto the roof of a train at Canary Wharf’s Docklands Light Railway station in London as part of a third day of action to pressure politicians to take more radical measures to protect the environment.


Brazil president says he wants the Amazon to be exploited ‘in a reasonable way’

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he wanted the country’s vast Amazon rainforest to be exploited “in a reasonable way” and criticized the creation of new indigenous reserves by previous governments.


Butterflies swarm Lebanon’s meadows in numbers unseen for 100 years

A vast number of migrating butterflies have swarmed across Lebanon this year after heavy winter rain in the Middle East led to an exceptional spring for wild flowers.


Climate-change protesters say they will target London’s Heathrow Airport

The Extinction Rebellion group of climate change campaigners said it planned to hold a protest at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday, opening a new front in its demonstrations that have caused transport snarl-ups in the British capital.


Endangered New Zealand Kakapo population boosted by record number of chicks

A record number of endangered flightless Kakapo birds have hatched during New Zealand’s unusually long 2019 breeding season, dramatically boosting the numbers of the rare native parrot.


Out of a drawer and into your nightmares comes a vicious ancient beast

When Ohio University integrative biologist Nancy Stevens peered into a drawer in the wooden cabinets on the top floor of a Nairobi museum in 2010, she saw a chunk of rock containing massive teeth and knew she had come across something important.


Schools evacuated, subway services halted as quake rocks Taiwan

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien on Thursday, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.