August 23, 2019

‘I am willing to give my life’: Hong Kong protesters aren’t backing down

LewisTsePuiLung/iStock(HONG KONG) -- Protesters who've taken pro-democracy demonstrations to the streets of Hong Kong every weekend since early June are preparing for another tumultuous weekend in the city of 7.4 million people as they refuse to buckle to Beijing's demands to curb their rebellion. Thousands of protesters are expected to take to the streets, possibly blocking major roadways, including those leading to Hong Kong International Airport. On Thursday, thousands of high schoo..
August 22, 2019

Elephants rescued from muddy mining pool in Malaysia, sticking together to climb out

iStock(MALAYSIA) -- Elephants trapped in a muddy hole were saved in Malaysia on Tuesday, and their rescue was captured on video by Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife. Indigenous people spotted the five elephants in an abandoned illegal mining pool in Pahang’s forest reserve, which is about 125 miles east of Kuala Lumpur, and alerted local media about the situation, Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife reported. The herd stuck closely together through the ordeal as an excavator dug a path for them to..
August 22, 2019

Expansive fires in the Amazon rainforest are ‘truly heart-wrenching,’ NatGeo explorer says

Brasil2/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Professionals who have spent years working and studying in the Amazon rainforest called this year's expansive fire outbreaks "truly heart-wrenching." Many are on edge due to the increasing scale of the forest fires, which are up 84 percent from the same time period last year, as smoke billows above 1.2 million square miles of land. Geothermal scientist, NatGeo explorer and conservationist Andres Ruzo, who has worked in the Central Peruvian Amazon at the Boiling R..
August 22, 2019

First manned Titanic expedition in 14 years reveals ‘shocking’ deterioration

eddyfish/iStock (FILE photo)(LONDON) — For the first time in 14 years, a manned dive has visited the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. The world's most famous sunken ship rests 12,500 feet down on the icy seafloor, some 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. This month, a deep-sea exploration team of experts and scientists completed five dives to the shipwreck over eight days, using a human-occupied submersible. They found the British passenger liner, the largest ship..