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Fishing nets pose grave threat to New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin

Fishing nets pose grave threat to New Zealand's yellow-eyed penguin

Science
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- New research details the threat posed to New Zealand's hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, by fishing nets. Scientists at the University of Otago argue the problem warrants immediate government action.Researchers conducted a review of the human threats facing the iconic penguin species. They found set nets, or gillnets, kill the most yellow-eyed penguins each year.Some 330 commercial fishing boats deploy the walls of thin, nylon nets in the waters surrounding New Zealand."Diving birds like penguins are unable to see the fine mesh underwater, and become entangled and drown," Dr. Ursula Ellenberg said in a news release.During the last two decades, the hoiho population has declined 76 percent. Only 246 breeding pairs remain on New Zealand's South Island.On land, local groups have w...
North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said.Earlier the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000km (620 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan.The launch, early on Wednesday, is the latest in a series that have raised international tensions.North Korea's last ballistic missile launch was in September and came days after its sixth nuclear test.Mr Mattis was speaking at the White House as he briefed President Donald Trump and senior officials on the missile launch."It went higher, frankly, than any previous shots they have taken," he said, adding that the North was building "ballistic missiles that threaten everywhere in the wor...
Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat

Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat

Science
The red kite has become more common in the UK in the past 30 years, thanks to conservation schemes.But, while numbers of the birds of prey are on the rise, scientists say human factors threaten to derail progress.Post-mortem tests on wild red kites found many had been poisoned by lead shot, rat poison or pesticides.The study, published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research, suggests poisoning of red kites may be slowing their rate of recovery in England.Dr Jenny Jaffe of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), who worked on the study, said birds of prey, and especially scavengers, would eat animals that contained lead shot, leading to lead poisoning.''That can be changed by changing the shot gun cartridges to non lead, which a lot of countries do,'' she told BBC News. ''And, there i...
Trump emissions threat to US car industry

Trump emissions threat to US car industry

Science
The US car industry will be wrecked if President Trump relaxes emissions standards, California's governor says.Jerry Brown said China would dominate car manufacture because it was heavily promoting the electric vehicles that would dominate the future.He said huge investment was needed on electric vehicles, along with federal rules to encourage their purchase.He said President Trump and US car-makers were "half asleep" and hadn't understood the scale of the challenge.He told BBC Radio 4's Costing the Earth: "There will be a serious threat to the US auto industry. "The Chinese have taken over the world in wind turbine production, and photovoltaic."They're going to take over the American car industry - and the people in Detroit are half asleep. They have to wake up - and I'm hoping they will....
KPMG faces threat to Bank of England audit

KPMG faces threat to Bank of England audit

Business
KPMG is facing a battle to remain as auditor to the Bank of England‎ as rivals plot to end its decade-long tenure in the prestigious role.Sky News has learnt that officials from Britain's central bank contacted other accountancy firms in recent days to signal a contest that will threaten KPMG's hold on a position it has held since just before the run on Northern Rock in 2007.The review has been triggered by rules dictating that the Bank should put its audit work out to tender every five years, according to insiders.A source said the tender was issued on Monday using the Crown Commercial Service Framework, a Government-recommended process.KPMG's audit work for the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street spans the decade of the banking crisis and its aftermath, a period which has seen the Bank take