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Unraveling the Mysteries of an Undersea Volcano

Unraveling the Mysteries of an Undersea Volcano Washington, 17 Mar (ONA)--- Kavachi, a highly active submarine volcano in the Pacific near the Solomon Islands, showed increased activity in 2024, with satellites capturing images of discolored plumes of water. The volcano, rising 1,200 meters from the seafloor, has erupted at least 39 times since 1939, with the latest period starting in 2021. Images from NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites showed similar underwater plumes near Kavachi on various dates in February and March. These plumes contain particulate ...

Iceland Volcano Erupts, Prompting Evacuation of Blue Lagoon

Iceland Volcano Erupts, Prompting Evacuation of Blue Lagoon Reykjavík, 17 Mar (ONA)--- Iceland's world-famous Blue Lagoon and the nearby town of Grindavik were evacuated following a volcanic eruption in the country's Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland's public broadcaster (RÚV ) reported. Lava appeared to be flowing rapidly towards north of the town Grindavík, just as it did during the eruption on 8 February, according to the Icelandic Met Office . The lava was also flowing toward the Grindavíkurvegur road, the main road leading to Grindavik. Iceland is one of ...

EEA Warns of "Catastrophic" Climate Change Risks in Europe

EEA Warns of "Catastrophic" Climate Change Risks in Europe Brussels, 11 Mar (ONA) --- The European Environment Agency (EEA) today warned that Europe could confront "catastrophic" situations as a result of climate change. "The extreme heat, drought, wildfires and floods that we have experienced in recent years in Europe will worsen, including in optimistic scenarios of global warming, and will affect living conditions across the continent," writes the agency in a press release presenting its first report on the assessment of climate risks on the European continent. "These ...

19 Killed in Floods, Landslides in Western Indonesia

19 Killed in Floods, Landslides in Western Indonesia Jakarta, 10 Mar (ONA) --- At least 19 people have killed in flash floods and landslides in Indonesia's western Sumatra Island. Besides, seven others are still missing. The most of the casualties occurred in the Selatan area of Pesici. A total of 16 bodies have been recovered from there and seven others are still missing. Three bodies were found in Pariaman area. The floods had receded, but tens of thousands of houses remained submerged. The search and rescue operations for the missing persons are ...

Arctic Could Become 'Ice-Free' Within A Decade: Study

Arctic Could Become Ice-Free Within a Decade: StudyWashington, 6 Mar (ONA) --- A groundbreaking study from the University of Colorado Boulder predicts that the Arctic could experience summer days devoid of sea ice in the next few years.Published in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, the research suggests this ice-free scenario could occur over a decade earlier than previously projected, marking a significant acceleration in Arctic ice loss.The findings indicate that by mid-century, the Arctic may witness an entire month without floating ice during September, with the potential ...

Study Explores World’s Best Wildlife Photography Destinations

Study Explores World’s Best Wildlife Photography Destinations Nairobi, 6 Mar (ONA) --- A recent study conducted by Cape Town-based travel portal Go2Africa has unveiled Kenya as the ultimate global destination for wildlife spotting and photography.The study, which analyzed approximately 70 million images on Flickr, identified the top ten destinations with the highest number of wildlife photographs.Half of the images originate from African countries such as Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, and South Africa, with Kruger National Park boasting the highest count at 40,965 ...

At Least 35 Die due to Surprise Snowfall, Heavy Rains in Pakistan

At Least 35 Die due to Surprise Snowfall, Heavy Rains in Pakistan Islamabad, 5 Mar (ONA) --- At least 35 people died while dozens more were injured as freezing rain and unexpected snowfall hit remote areas of Pakistan over the weekend. Twenty-two children were among the fatalities, many of whom were crushed in landslides that buried their homes, disaster management authorities said. The extreme weather hit Pakistan's northern and western regions, clogging roads and damaging hundreds of houses, BBC news reported. Experts were surprised by the snow as Pakistan ...

UN Warns of Climate Change Impact on Farms and Rural Households

UN Warns of Climate Change Impact on Farms and Rural Households Rome, 5 Mar (ONA) --- Women who run farms and rural households in poor countries suffer more from climate change and are discriminated against as they try to adapt to other sources of income in times of crises, the United Nations warned today. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “The Unjust Climate,” found that female-headed rural households lose on average 8% more of their income during heat waves and 3% more during floods, compared to male-headed households. That ...

Scientists Reveal Secrets of Earth's Magnificent Desert Star Dunes

Scientists Reveal Secrets of Earth's Magnificent Desert Star Dunes London, 4 Mar (ONA) --- Scientists have conducted the first comprehensive study of star dunes, unveiling the internal structure and formation timeline of these towering desert wonders. Focusing on Morocco's Lala Lallia dune, standing at 330 feet (100 meters) tall and 2,300 feet (700 meters) wide, researchers utilized ground-penetrating radar and luminescence dating. The study revealed that Lala Lallia formed over about 900 years, accumulating 6,400 metric tons of sand annually as winds shape the ...

Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Biggest City

Earthquake Shakes Kazakhstan's Biggest City Astana, 4 Feb (ONA) --- An earthquake jolted Kazakhstan's biggest city of Almaty today, sending dozens of people scurrying to safety outdoors as sirens went off. The quake of magnitude estimated at about 5 in Almaty by Kazakhstan's emergencies ministry, was also felt in Bishkek, the capital of neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. --- Ends/Thuraiya/KH ...

Volcano on Uninhabited Galapagos Ecuadorian Erupts, Sends Lava Flowing to Sea

Volcano on Uninhabited Galapagos Ecuadorian Erupts, Sends Lava Flowing to Sea Quito, Ecuador, 4 Mar (ONA) --- A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, lighting up the night-time sky as lava tumbled down its sides toward the sea. The La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island began erupting last Saturday around midnight in what officials with Ecuador’s Geophysical Institute said could be its largest eruption since 2017. The 1,476-meter (4,842-foot) volcano last erupted in 2020. Images shared on social media taken by visitors to the ...

Massive Blizzard Hits Western United States

Massive Blizzard Hits Western United States California, 3 Mar (ONA) --- A massive blizzard is pounding parts of California and Nevada in the western United States. The snowstorm has closed major roads, shut down ski resorts and left tens of thousands of homes without power. The blizzard was especially severe in the mountainous Sierra Nevada region, where wind gusts reportedly reached 305km/h (190mph), BBC news reported. People have been warned of a "high to extreme avalanche danger" there, including the greater Lake Tahoe area. A power outage map ...

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Suffers ‘Extensive’ Coral Bleaching

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Suffers ‘Extensive’ Coral Bleaching Canberra, 29 Feb (ONA)--- The southern Great Barrier Reef is suffering from extensive coral bleaching due to heat stress, the reef’s managers said, raising fears that a seventh mass bleaching event could be unfolding across the vast, ecologically important site. Aerial surveys conducted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Australian Institute of Marine Science found bleaching was “extensive and fairly uniform across all surveyed reefs.” The teams flew over 27 inshore reefs ...

Google Implements Virtual View Project Covering Oman Roads

Google Implements Virtual View Project Covering Oman Roads Muscat, 29 Feb (ONA) --- Acting in cooperation with the National Survey Authority and the Ministry of Defence, Google company began implementing a project to cover the roads of the Sultanate of Oman with the Virtual Street View feature. The project is being carried out with the support and supervision of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology. The service offers innovative experience to users, allowing them to use panoramic images to explore main streets and cities of Oman. The users can now ...

World Must Act to Stem Surge of Polluting Trash, UN Warns

World Must Act to Stem Surge of Polluting Trash, UN Warns Nairobi, 28 Feb (ONA) --- The world generated 2.3 billion tonnes of municipal waste last year (2023) and the pile of trash is set to grow another two-thirds by 2050, the United Nations (UN) said today, warning of devastating costs for health, economies and the environment. Pollution is set to escalate, according to new research by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with projections suggesting the greatest growth in rubbish will be in regions that currently rely on open dumping and burning—practices that emit ...

Vietnam's 'Rice Bowl' Cracks in Monster Heat Wave

Vietnam's 'Rice Bowl' Cracks in Monster Heat Wave Hanoi, 28 Feb (ONA)--- Southern Vietnam, including business hub Ho Chi Minh City and its "rice bowl" Mekong Delta region, suffered an unusually long heat wave in February, weather officials said today. Several areas of the delta are also suffering drought and farmers are struggling to transport their crops due to low water levels in the region's canals. The intense period of heat began on 9 February 2024 with temperatures reaching up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit)—an "abnormal" high for February in ...

Australia Orders Evacuation of 30,000 amid Victoria Bushfires

Australia Orders Evacuation of 30,000 amid Victoria BushfiresCanberra, 28 Feb (ONA) --- Australian authorities today issued evacuation orders for around 30,000 people and closed numerous schools and daycare centers in Victoria due to severe fire danger. The warning, classified as "catastrophic," stems from forecasts of temperatures nearing 40 degrees Celsius coupled with strong winds, primarily affecting the area around Bayindeen, northwest of Melbourne. Concerns are high that the fire, already scorching 213 square kilometers since last Thursday, could spread to nearby ...

Climate Change Reducing Fish Weight in Oceans: Study

Climate Change Reducing Fish Weight in Oceans: Study Tokyo, 28 Feb (ONA) --- A recent study by University of Tokyo researchers suggests that climate change is causing a decline in fish weight in the western North Pacific Ocean. Published in Fish and Fisheries, the study indicates that warmer waters are reducing food supplies, leading to competition among fish species and ultimately a decrease in weight. Factors contributing to this phenomenon include warmer waters limiting food availability and the replacement of larger plankton with smaller, less nutritious ...

Oil Spill Spreads across Caribbean from Tobago to Bonaire

Oil Spill Spreads across Caribbean from Tobago to BonaireThe Caribbean, 27 Feb (ONA) —- Oil leaking from a capsized barge off the coast of Tobago has spread hundreds of miles to reach the Caribbean island of Bonaire.Officials on Bonaire, which is located 50 miles (80km) north of the Venezuelan coast, said the oil posed a "serious threat to both humans and nature".The island is the latest to have been contaminated with oil from the barge which ran aground earlier this month, BBC news reported.It is still unclear who owns the barge and what may have caused it to sink.The authorities on ...

Parliament Adopts Law to Restore 20% Of EU’s Land and Sea

Parliament Adopts Law to Restore 20% Of EU’s Land and SeaBrussels, 27 Feb (ONA)--- The European Parliament (EU) has passed a groundbreaking law aimed at restoring 20% of the EU’s land and sea by 2030, with a further goal of complete ecosystem restoration by 2050.The law, agreed upon with member states, targets degraded ecosystems across all EU countries to bolster climate resilience, biodiversity, and food security.To meet these ambitious targets, member states must improve habitats covered by the law, prioritizing Natura 2000 areas until 2030.Additionally, measures to enhance ...

Fourteen Shipwrecks Uncovered in Bahamas

Fourteen Shipwrecks Uncovered in BahamasNassau, 25 Feb (ONA) --- In a significant discovery in the northern Bahamas, a new chapter of transatlantic voyages during the 18th and 19th centuries has been unveiled.Led by British marine archaeologist Carl Allen, the Bahamas Lost Ships Project has revealed 14 shipwrecks, shedding light on an undisclosed maritime route referred to as the "highway to horror."Dating from 1704 to 1887, these wrecks were crucial in transporting goods between New Providence, Cuba, and New Orleans.The Bahamas Lost Ships Project has meticulously documented ...

Raging Bushfires Destroy Homes in Australia

Raging Bushfires Destroy Homes in Australia Canberra, 25 Feb (ONA) --- Days-long bushfires in Victoria state, Australia, have destroyed several homes, with more threatened by "extreme" heat forecasted this week, authorities stated today.Premier Jacinta Allan expressed concern for affected families as over 2000 people evacuated to Ballarat due to the emergencies.The nation is experiencing an El Niño weather pattern, amplifying fire risks. With over 15 fires burning, emergency teams are on high alert, especially with a significant blaze near remote ...

Space Mission Embarks on Deciphering Moon’s Radio Code

Space Mission Embarks on Deciphering Moon’s Radio CodeWashington, 22 Feb (ONA) --- Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 launched to the Moon’s South Polar region as part of NASA’s CLPS initiative, aiming to reduce costs for lunar missions.Among the payloads is ROLSES, a radio observation instrument. ROLSES will study the lunar surface's radio environment, distinguishing natural and human-generated activity.By analyzing dynamic spectral patterns, it can differentiate sources like Jupiter, the Sun, and lunar lander emissions.This data will inform future lunar observatory designs, crucial for ...

ADHD Traits May Boost Survival Abilities: Study

ADHD Traits May Boost Survival Abilities: Study London, 22 Feb (ONA) --- A recent study suggests that traits associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have provided various advantages to people’s ancestors. While ADHD traits like impulsivity and distractibility pose challenges in modern life, they may have aided hunter-gatherer people in ancient history in foraging for food efficiently.The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, analyzed data from 457 adults who played an online foraging game.Participants with ADHD-like symptoms were more ...

Wild Geese on Rise Amid Conservation Efforts in Eastern Türkiye

Wild Geese on Rise Amid Conservation Efforts in Eastern Türkiye Istanbul, 19 Feb (ONA) --- The measures taken on the shores of Lake Erçek in eastern Van, Turkey which is one of the most important routes in the journey of migratory birds, increased the number of wild geese seen in the region. Lake Erçek, where most of the hundreds of bird species recorded in Türkiye reside, was registered as a "sensitive area to be strictly protected" in 2020. Thanks to the measures taken by the relevant institutions and security forces per the decision, the diversity and ...

Rescue Efforts Save Trapped Ice Floe Victims in Russia

Rescue Efforts Save Trapped Ice Floe Victims in Russia Moscow, 18 Feb (ONA)--- At least 75 people have been rescued after being trapped on an ice floe that broke away from the shore of Sakhalin island in the Russian Far East. Sakhalin, Russia’s largest island, is a 1,000-kilometer strip of land (621 miles) that lies off the east coast of Russia and just north of Japan. Emergency services said a 50-meter ice floe broke off near the village of Starodubskoye in the Sea of Okhotsk between Russia and Japan, stranding more than 80 fisherman a kilometer ...

Canada's 'Last Chance Lake' Holds Clues to Origin of Life on Earth": Study

Canada's 'Last Chance Lake' Holds Clues to Origin of Life on Earth: Study Ottawa,18 Feb (ONA)--- Canada's 'Last Chance Lake' in British Columbia's province is making waves in scientific circles with its record-breaking levels of concentrated phosphate, potentially shedding light on Earth's earliest days. Researchers believe its chemical makeup resembles ancient carbonate-rich lakes, theorized as potential "cradles of life." Published in Nature, the study suggests this unique environment could provide insight into life's origins. Notably, the lake's mineral ...

Volcano Erupts In Southern Japan

Volcano Erupts In Southern Japan Tokyo, 15 Feb (ONA) --- Sakurajima volcano has erupted in southern Japan, sending plumes of lava and clouds of ash high into the sky. The column of ash rose to more than 16,000 feet and large boulders fell nearly a mile from the crater. Footage of the eruption showed forks of lightning sparking through the clouds of debris. The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned people living on the lower flanks of the 3,665-foot mountain to be ready to evacuate if the eruptions intensify. The agency also warned that the most powerful eruption of ...

Global Warming, Deforestation, Fires Combined Could Hasten Amazon Demise: Study

Global Warming, Deforestation, Fires Combined Could Hasten Amazon Demise: StudyBrasília, 15 Feb (ONA) --- A study published in Nature warns that South America's Amazon rainforest faces collapse due to climate change-driven droughts, heatwaves, deforestation, and fires.The researchers estimated that 10% to 47% of Amazon's current forest cover will face these combined stressors by 2050.Ecologist Bernardo Flores of the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, lead author of the report said that it is time to declare a “red alert” for the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical ...

Artificial Intelligence Regulations Receive Initial Endorsements: EU

Artificial Intelligence Regulations Receive Initial Endorsements: EUBrussels, 14 Feb (ONA) --- Two key groups of lawmakers in the European Parliament ratified a provisional agreement on landmark artificial intelligence (AI) rules, paving the way for the world's first legislation on the technology.The AI Act, aiming to set guardrails for AI applications across various industries including banking, automotive, and security, was endorsed ahead of a vote scheduled for April.These rules will regulate foundation models or generative AI systems, such as those developed by Microsoft-backed ...