Category archives: Place

Is this starved polar bear which died as ‘skin and bones’ the 'categorical proof' that climate change is wiping out the species?

Experts found the carcass of a polar bear in Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean Lack of sea ice and seals forced the bear to search further afield for food Scientists claim climate change has reduced sea ice to record lows and is to blame for the death of this animal But some experts add that commercial trade in Canada is also to blame for falling polar bear numbers The skin […]

Fukushima radioactive water leak an 'emergency'

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater. A barrier built to contain the water has already been breached, the Nuclear Regulatory Authority warned. This means the amount of contaminated water seeping into the Pacific Ocean could accelerate rapidly, it said. There has been spate of water leaks and power failures at the plant, devastated by […]

Jihadists focus on prison breaks

Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a director at the New America Foundation and the author of “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden — From 9/11 to Abbottabad.” Bailey Cahall is a research associate at the New America Foundation. (CNN) — In an attack orchestrated by a Pakistani Taliban commander, around 250 prisoners, most of them militants, were freed this week at the central prison in Dera Ismail […]

The oddest-looking hotel you’ll see this year

Is it a donut? A horseshoe? A bowlegged cowboy? Sheraton’s latest China property is anything but conventional Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t accuse China’s architects of playing it safe or being boring. Last month, the world watched (with some skepticism) as China broke ground on the world’s tallest building — the construction team behind the projected 838-meter Sky City plans to whip it up in an unbelievable 10 […]

Is this the world's coolest water slide? 35mph chute lets swimmers whizz down a Mayan Temple into shark infested waters

One of the world’s largest water parks has created life-sized Mayan temple Indiana Jones-style ride sends visitors plummeting at 35mph Welcome to a real-life Temple of Doom where you can re-enact Indiana Jones’ wildest adventures by sliding down a Mayan temple into shark infested waters. The water slide styled as a Mayan temple sends thrillseekers hurtling up to 35-miles-per-hour down a 60-foot-long chute. The ride finishes underwater by going through […]

China: how hot would you have to be to get into this swimming pool?

  China’s heatwave is no joke. It is making some people get into this pool:   NewsPoint featured the above video of “China’s Dead Sea” in Sichuan province, ostensibly so-called because it is a saltwater pool and not because it is so jampacked as to promote the end of life. But the heatwave is serious (triple-digit temperatures for more than a week) and has been blamed for more than 10 […]

Telangana: Protests over new state in southern India

Protests are being held in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, a day after the announcement that it will be split to form a new Telangana state. Anti-Telangana protesters have ransacked the ruling Congress party office in Anantapur district and thrown stones at the police. In the southern and coastal region of the state, businesses and schools are shut and transport disrupted. The state has seen protests for and […]

The Alaskan village set to disappear under water in a decade

Almost no one in America has heard of the Alaskan village of Kivalina. It clings to a narrow spit of sand on the edge of the Bering Sea, far too small to feature on maps of Alaska, never mind the United States. Which is perhaps just as well, because within a decade Kivalina is likely to be under water. Gone, forever. Remembered – if at all – as the birthplace […]

Met Office issues amber warning amid torrential downpours and thunderstorms after 2.5in of rain falls in just hours

•Downpours have caused flash-flooding in the South East and the Midlands •Market Bosworth in Leicestershire endured 61mm of rain yesterday •The average rainfall for July was 80mm according to experts •Met Office has increased weather warning to amber •It urged residents in the Midlands and north of England to be prepared The Met Office has issued an ‘amber warning’ following a night of torrential rain, thunder and lightning across the […]