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Fire ants, including two queens, make way to Kyoto via China

via The Japan Times    Oct 15, 2017

Nearly 2,000 fire ants have been discovered in Kyoto in a shipping container that arrived from China, local authorities said Saturday.The ants, including two queens, ...

NASA satellite spots seasonal spikes in carbon emissions, including in tropics due to El Nino

via The Japan Times    Oct 13, 2017

Firemen spray water in an attempt to extinguish bush fires on peat land in Siak Riau province, Indonesia, in 2014. A new NASA satellite finds another thing to blame on El Nino: A recent record high increase of carbon dioxide in the air. The satellite details how the super-sized El Nino a couple years ago added 2.5 billion tons of carbon into the air, making the natural phenomenon the main factor in the biggest jump in heat-trapping gas levels in modern record. | AP

Data from a circling NASA satellite show spikes in carbon emissions worldwide, particularly in winter, along with new insights into the rising levels of pollutants ...

Capital punishment ‘inadmissible’ under any circumstance and Catholic guide needs updating: pope

via The Japan Times    Oct 12, 2017

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with members of Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization in the Synod Hall at the Vatican Wednesday. | REUTERS

Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close ...

Messi hat trick punches Argentina’s World Cup ticket

via The Japan Times    Oct 11, 2017

Lionel Messi (10) and his Argentina teammates celebrate World Cup qualification after beating Ecuador in Quito on Tuesday. | REUTERS

When it really mattered and when the pressure was most intense, Lionel Messi delivered for Argentina.On the brink of being eliminated from World Cup qualifying ...

‘King Kazu’ wants to continue reign

By Andrew Mckirdy
- via The Japan Times    Oct 08, 2017

Kazuyoshi Miura performs the 'Kazu Dance' after scoring at age 50 on March 12. | KYODO

Fifty-year-old soccer legend Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire any time soon, even joking that the day he stops will be “the ...

Pesticide linked to decline in bee populations found in 75% of honey samples worldwide

via The Japan Times    Oct 06, 2017

Volunteers check honey bee hives for queen activity and perform routine maintenance as part of a collaboration between the Cincinnati Zoo and TwoHoneys Bee Co. at EcOhio Farm in Mason, Ohio, in 2015. A new study published Thursday in the journal Science found something in the world's honey that is not quite expected or sweet: the controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids. Scientists say it is not near levels that would come close to harming humans, but it is a big worry for bees, which already are in trouble. | AP

When researchers collected honey samples from around the world, they found that three-quarters of them had a common type of pesticide suspected of playing a ...

Striker Yoshinori Muto aims to impress Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic in New Zealand friendly

via The Japan Times    Oct 05, 2017

Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto is hoping to get a chance to impress Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic as competition for places in next year’s World Cup ...

America and the World in Transition

By Richard N. Haass
- via Foreign Affairs    Nov 23, 2016

As the incoming Trump administration sorts itself out, U.S. allies should develop policy proposals for dealing with pressing global challenges and consider what more they can do on behalf of common...

The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

By James McBride
- via Foreign Affairs    Jul 20, 2016

Bruno Kelly/Reuters

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed in recent decades, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has caused a shrinking of states interested in playing host and a search f...

What Does the TPP Mean for Latin America?

By Shannon K. O'Neil,Danielle Renwick
- via Foreign Affairs    May 19, 2015

Mexico, Peru, and Chile would benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership if their economies can begin to produce more value-added goods in a competitive way, says CFR's Shannon  K. O’Neil.

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