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'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study

'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study

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A new study suggests that ingesting even a single piece of plastic can be deadly for sea turtles.Researchers found there was a one in five chance of death for a turtle who consumed just one item - rising to 50% for 14 pieces. The team found that younger turtles are at a higher risk of dying from exposure to plastic than adults. The authors say their research raises concerns over the long term survival of some turtle species.The never ending surge of plastic into the world's oceans is taking an increasing toll on iconic marine species. While it has been relatively straightforward for researchers to document the threat to animals who become entangled in plastic and drown, determining the impact of consumed plastic is much harder.The authors of this study es...
Hurricane Florence could kill 'a lot of people'

Hurricane Florence could kill 'a lot of people'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Hurricane Florence, which is nearing the US East Coast, could kill "a lot of people", officials warn.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) says storm surges could bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas.Nearly 1.7m people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.Strong winds and heavy rains have already begun lashing North Carolina's coastline, leading to some early flooding.Some 11,000 power outages had already been reported in the state. Reuters news agency reports.Latest updatesFlorence was 155 miles (250km) east of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina at 17:00 EDT (21:00 GMT), and is projected to make landfall on Friday at 08:00 loc...
Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

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Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer "field survey".A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total.The team left Japan in November 2017 for the Southern Ocean and returned in March 2018.Japan says its whaling programme is for scientific purposes, despite a 2014 UN ruling against its "lethal research" and widespread condemnation.In a new research plan published after the UN ruling, Japan said it was "scientifically imperative" to understand Antarctica's ecosystem through collecting and analysing animals.How many whales did Japan catch?The country's New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A) s...
Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

Hawaii volcano: How many people do volcanoes kill?

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Media playback is unsupported on your device With its red-hot rivers of lava and clouds of ash, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has captured the world's attention. But how dangerous are such eruptions?Every year about 60 volcanoes erupt. Some take us by surprise but others are regular offenders.Kilauea is one of the world's most active - its present eruption began 35 years ago, but there has been an increase in activity in recent weeks. Its lava flows have quite literally been erupting in people's backyards, but thankfully only one serious injury has been reported - a man hit by projectile molten rock as he sat on his balcony.This could appear to suggest that volcanoes aren't all that dangerous, but much of the world's population lives close to an ac...
Dust storms kill nearly 100 in northern India

Dust storms kill nearly 100 in northern India

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At least 95 people have died and scores more injured in fierce dust storms that hit the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The storms on Wednesday disrupted electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock. Many of the dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed after being struck by intense bursts of lightning.Dust storms are common in this part of India during summer but loss of life on this scale is unusual. Sixty-four people died in Uttar Pradesh, 43 of them in Agra district which is home to the Taj Mahal monument. Officials say the death toll could increase. Falling trees and walls killed many people in the state. The state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to personally monitor relief operations.Relief commissioner Sanjay K...