ANTARCTICA

Research stations in Antarctica have polluted surrounding ocean areas with heavy metals, fuel components and carcinogenic compounds, a new study shows. Pollution has accumulated due to poor waste management for decades.

FRENCH POLYNESIA

Corals are believed to reproduce only at night in reefs near French Polynesia doing the writing in broad daylight. It’s unclear why, but researchers suggest this could help the species thrive in warm waters.

GERMANY

Paleontologists unearthed the first complete fossil of a 150 million-year-old man in Bavaria tortoise. It had stubby limbs and a flattened shell, suggesting that unlike modern sea turtles, this ancient reptile lived on shallow shores.

INDIA

A team of scientists in the Thar Desert discovered a completely new dinosaur species: Tharosaurus indica. This long-necked herbivore lived more than 167 million years ago and is now the oldest known member of its family.

PORTUGAL

Archaeologists found 3,000-year-old mummified bees in rocks off the southwest coast of Portugal. Probably buried by a sudden frost or flood, the insects were remarkably well preserved in bulb-shaped cocoons. It is the first nest so old that it has been found with intact mummified specimens.

United Kingdom

London Mayor Sadiq Khan successfully expanded the city’s ultra-low emissions zone to include all boroughs. He Stricter rules on car exhaust gases. They have been politically divisive but have led to a 26 percent reduction in harmful polluting emissions.

US

A Montana judge ruled that children have a constitutional right to a clean, healthy environment. This is a great victory by 16 young people from Montana who sued their state, as well as by the growing movement for legal protection against harms related to climate change.