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Tim, one of Africa’s last big tusker elephants, dies at 50

Tim, one of Africa’s last big tusker elephants, dies at 50

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Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Tim, one of Africa's last remaining big tusker elephants -- often fondly called Big Tim -- has died at the age of 50, Kenyan wildlife officials said. The Kenya Wildlife Service said on Wednesday the bulky elephant who for decades roamed the remote wilderness of southern Kenya and survived wounds inflicted by poachers died of natural causes a day earlier at his home in Amboseli National Park. Born in December 1969, Tim lived longer than his handlers expected, as big tuskers are often poached for their ivory before they're able to pass on their big-tusked genes to offspring. Tim's tusks were so large they nearly touched the ground as he walked. Dr. Paula Kahumbu of Wildlife Direct, who tracked him for years, described him in a tribute as "probably the biggest tusker in Afri...
Climate change: Last decade confirmed as warmest on record

Climate change: Last decade confirmed as warmest on record

Science
The 10 years to the end of 2019 have been confirmed as the warmest decade on record by three global agencies. According to Nasa, Noaa and the UK Met Office, last year was the second warmest in a record dating back to 1850.The past five years were the hottest in the 170-year series, with the average of each one more than 1C warmer than pre-industrial. The Met Office says that 2020 is likely to continue this warming trend.2016 remains the warmest year on record, when temperatures were boosted by the El NiƱo weather phenomenon. Today's data doesn't come as a huge surprise, with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) signalling at the start of last December that 2019 likely marked the end of the warmest decade on record.
Climate change: Last decade UK’s ‘second hottest in 100 years’

Climate change: Last decade UK’s ‘second hottest in 100 years’

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A series of new records for high temperature were broken in the UK in 2019, concluding a record-breaking decade, the Met Office has said.The last decade was the second hottest in the past 100 years in the UK, with eight new high-temperature records set.Four new UK records were set last year alone, including the highest winter and summer temperatures ever recorded.Dr Mark McCarthy, from the Met Office in Exeter, said it was "a consequence of our warming climate".The 2010s were the second hottest and second wettest of the "cardinal" decades (those spanning years ending 0-9) in the last 100 years of UK records. In both cases, the 2010s were slightly behind 2000-2009, which holds the record for the hottest and wettest decade.The Met Office said this was partl...
New Zealand volcano: Divers deployed to find last two missing bodies

New Zealand volcano: Divers deployed to find last two missing bodies

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New Zealand police deployed divers to look for two bodies near White Island volcano, after six bodies were retrieved in a recovery operation. The volcano erupted on Monday with 47 people there. Eight people were missing on the island, presumed dead. Another eight have already been confirmed dead and around 20 remain in intensive care with severe burns. The retrieval on Friday was launched despite the risk of another eruption. The search for the two remaining bodies will continue on Saturday morning, police said. The recovery of the bodies from White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, was delayed over safety concerns for the members of any search operation.Speaking to reporters after the bodies were retrieved, Prime...
Rangers 1-1 Young Boys: Rangers hang on to reach last 32

Rangers 1-1 Young Boys: Rangers hang on to reach last 32

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Rangers survived a late own goal and nerve-ridden finale to progress to the Europa League last 32 as group runners-up after a draw with Young Boys.Steven Gerrard's men led Group G by a point before kick-off and, with Porto beating Feyenoord, needed a draw at Ibrox to guarantee qualification.They were cruising through in top spot thanks to Alfredo Morelos' first-half finish. But the hosts were left hanging on as Borna Barisic stabbed into his own net before Ryan Jack was dismissed in stoppage time. Rangers survived to secure European football beyond Christmas for the first time since 2010-11, and will be unseeded in Monday's draw.Morelos' crucial strike saw him finish as the top scorer in the ...