Why Bhutan's Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by China

Tiny Bhutan is feeling the squeeze as its giant neighbours China and India vie for territory.

bbcnews
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Central Asia risks becoming a hyperarid desert in the near future

We found evidence of irreversible ecological breakdown millions of years ago – this time round, we should heed the warning signs.

Natasha Barbolini, Senior postdoctoral fellow in palaeoecology, Stockholm University • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

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Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India's Kaziranga park

Eight one-horned rhinos have been killed after rains left 85% of the Kaziranga park under water.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 19, 2020 ~2 min

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Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

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In pictures: Rare solar eclipse darkens Asia on the summer solstice

Skywatchers photographed the "ring of fire", where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 21, 2020 ~1 min

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Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on global commerce in wildlife. But many accounts focus on demand from Asia, ignoring the role of US and European consumers.

Candace Famiglietti, Doctoral Student, Global Governance and Human Security and Research Associate, Center for Governance and Sustainability at John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
June 19, 2020 ~10 min

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Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor of Wildlife and Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

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What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.

Akito Y Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Insects, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

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