Environment

TOKYO (Reuters) – In the final New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market on Friday, the owner of an international sushi restaurant shelled out more than $300,000 for a prime bluefin tuna and said he was “very happy” with the result. The world’s largest fish market, one of Tokyo’s most popular tourist sites,
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia’s world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals. The predator starfish feeds on corals by spreading its stomach over them and using digestive enzymes to liquefy tissue,
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RAMAT GAN, Israel (Reuters) – Ten overweight hedgehogs have had to go on strict diets and exercise regimes after they ate so much on the streets of Israel they struggled to curl up into a ball to fend off predators. Animal lovers found them waddling around and brought them into the hospital Ramat Gan zoo.
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GALWAY (Reuters) – Homes and business on Ireland’s west coast suffered flood damage and 27,000 were still without electricity on Wednesday after Storm Eleanor brought heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilometers per hour. The storm hit Ireland’s fourth largest city, Galway, particularly hard as high tides late on Tuesday forced road closures
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Bitterly cold conditions have prompted authorities across Canada to issue extreme weather alerts, including one in the nation’s capital Ottawa, where the government scaled back a New Year’s Eve party and moved a hockey tournament indoors. The Canadian government on Friday canceled a New Year’s Eve outdoor concert on Parliament Hill
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – A New Year’s Day cold snap in the southern U.S. Plains poses a threat to winter wheat, particularly in Kansas, the country’s biggest producer of the grain, agricultural meteorologists said. Farmers in Kansas grow hard red winter (HRW) wheat, the largest U.S. wheat class that typically is milled into flour for bread.
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