Small Chance of Avoiding ‘Dangerous’ Global Temperatures

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New studies suggest our chances of keeping global temperatures from reaching “dangerous” levels are growing slim. The Paris Agreement, an international plan to combat climate change, aims to keep Earth’s temperatures within 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels. Scientists warn the effects of temperatures hotter than that would be “dangerous.” The … Continued

Scientists Say Giant Black Swans of Legend Were Real

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New Zealand may have once been home to enormous, jet-black swans. Legends from an indigenous group of people from the nearby Chatham Islands speak of a swan-like bird known as the Poūwa. Some experts assumed the Poūwa was actually just the Australian black swan, but scientists at the University of Otago … Continued

Researchers Identify New Shark Species

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Attention all shark fans. Researchers recently identified an entirely new species of shark. The newly discovered species called the Etmopterus lailae is a little on the smaller side, coming in at about one foot long and weighing around two pounds. But what it may lack in size the shark makes up … Continued

‘Beached Sperm Whale’ Appears Along River Bank in Paris

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A rotting whale carcass is not a sight one would expect to see while walking along the River Seine in central Paris but pictures seem to show just that. Except it wasn’t actually real. The 17-meter sperm whale is an exhibition by Belgian art group, Captain Boomer Collective. The artificial … Continued

Video of Boat Dragging Shark Sparks Outrage

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A viral video of a shark being dragged by a speedboat has sparked shock and outrage on social media. The video, which was first posted on July 24 to Instagram, appears to show the shark with a rope tied around its tail. Its body continuously flips and flails as the boat … Continued

Penguins Killed in UK Zoo by Wild Fox

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Eight penguins have died in a British zoo, after being attacked by a wild fox. The fox recently broke into the Penguin Bay water enclosure at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, killing five adults and three infant Humboldt Penguins. The Bay has been closed while additional security measures are being … Continued

New Species of Sunfish Found After Years-Long Search

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The ocean has given up another one of its mysteries, the hoodwinker sunfish. It’s the first time a new ocean sunfish species has been found in 130 years. Marianne Nyegaard from Australia’s Murdoch University searched for the elusive species for years. She suspected its existence after studying DNA samples and finding … Continued

Million-Year-Old Fossil Found by 9-Year-Old Boy

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A 9-year-old New Mexico boy discovered a million-year-old fossil by accident. Now, 10 years old, Jude Sparks tripped and fell over the fossil while on a walk with his family last November. The Sparks family didn’t know what they had found at first, so they contacted biology professor Peter Houde at … Continued

Bears Scares 209 Sheep to Death in Pyrenees

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Farmers have blamed a bear for scaring more than 200 sheep to death in southwest France. The sheep belonged to a farmer in the Couflens area of France, in the Pyrenees mountain range near the border with Spain. After a brown bear reportedly attacked one of the flock, 209 of the … Continued

Orca Calf Dies at SeaWorld

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A killer whale calf has died at SeaWorld in Texas. Three-month old Kyara was the last calf born in captivity as part of SeaWorld’s killer whale breeding program. In a statement, SeaWorld said the killer whale died July 24. It went on to say the calf had been receiving aggressive treatment … Continued