Oldest city in the Americas under threat from squatters

Having survived for 5,000 years, the oldest archeological site in the Americas is under threat from squatters claiming the coronavirus pandemic has left them with no other option but to occupy the sacred city. The situation has become so bad that archeologist Ruth Shady, who discovered the Caral site in Peru, has been threatened with […]

COVID-19 was circulating silently in Wuhan even after the city reported no cases

COVID-19 may have continued to spread silently in Wuhan, China, during the spring of 2020, even after official government tallies had suggested the coronavirus had been stamped out, a new study suggests. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was first discovered in Wuhan in December 2019, and the city soon became the epicenter of what […]

Mexico City ban on single-use plastics takes effect

A customer receives his order of fried plantains, served on a non-biodegradable disposable plate along with a plastic fork, from a street vendor in central Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. The few street food vendors out working on New Year’s Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic said they were either unaware of or were still […]

Sydney records hottest November night as heatwave sweeps city

A fiery sunset over the Members’ Stand during the one-day cricket match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the sweltering city Sydney recorded its hottest November night as Australia’s largest city suffered through a weekend heatwave that saw daytime temperatures peak above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The overnight temperature […]

3 quakes shake Alaska’s largest city, but no damage reports

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Three earthquakes early Saturday morning shook Alaska’s largest city, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The strongest of the three, at magnitude 5.0, was recorded just before 3:30 a.m.. The Alaska Earthquake Center says that was followed by a magnitude 3.9 quake minutes later. The third earthquake was magnitude […]

Red maples doing better in the city — ScienceDaily

A team of researchers have examined whether urban red maples — a resilient native tree known to thrive in urban environments — acclimate to environmental shifts and whether that response is impacted by the size of the city. They found that trees in larger cities are actually healthier and more productive than those in less […]