Colombian farmers under pressure from frosts linked to climate change

SIBATE, Colombia (Reuters) - Potato farmer Pedro Gomez stared out across rows and rows of ruined potato plants, the usually green foliage brown and withered by heavy frost. “They are very significant losses for the farmers who benefit from these crops, which is the only thing they can grow here,” he said. Just a few…

Govt shuts down illegal brick kilns in 5 districts: DoE

The government has shut down all illegal brick kilns in five districts -- Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Munshiganj, and Manikganj in line with a High Court directive. The Department of Environment said this in a report sent to the attorney general’s office today for placing it before the High Court, Deputy Attorney General Abdullah-Al-Mahmud Bashar told…

Military moves in to help evacuation from Australian bushfires

Tens of thousands of holiday makers raced to evacuate popular seaside towns on Australia's east coast on Wednesday, fleeing ahead of advancing bushfires, as military ships and helicopters planned missions to rescue thousands more trapped by the blazes. Long queues formed outside supermarkets and petrol stations near high-danger areas as both residents and tourists sought…

Smoke threat recedes as Australian Open approaches

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fears of disruption to the Australian Open from bushfire smoke receded on Saturday but some players were clearly concerned about the conditions their colleagues were forced to play in earlier in the week. FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open Previews - Melbourne, Australia - January 16, 2020 General view of flags infront…

'It was going for my throat': Florida python hunters wrestle invasive snakes

OCHOPEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Thomas Aycock’s life flashed before his eyes one night in the Everglades as a 13-foot Burmese python squeezed his arm and a leg in its coils. Aycock, who was trying to bag the snake by himself, still recalls feeling its tail across his back. “I knew what it was doing, it…