Crop-devouring caterpillars spreading across Taiwan

An invasive caterpillar species -- the fall armyworm -- has spread to almost every city and county across Taiwan, including several outlying islands. Since the first report of the crop-destructing ...

Next invasion of Taiwan from China could be fall armyworm

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In addition to fears of the spread of African swine fever, a new scourge from China could soon be threatening the livelihood of Taiwanese farmers, the fall armyworm. The fal...

United Nations to offer first report on global biodiversity

Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is. The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at t...

Wild raccoon moves into German zoo; keepers can't expel it

BERLIN (AP) — A wild raccoon has moved into Heidelberg Zoo in Germany and keepers can't kick him out. German daily Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported Friday that zoo staff recently discov...

Alien species alert for Northern Taiwan: Breeding season for Spot-legged tree frogs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – With the breeding season of spot-legged tree frogs at its peak, people are encouraged to report sightings of the animal by phone or via a Facebook fan page. The spot-le...

Asia bracing for destruction by alien pest: fall armyworms

THA MUANG, Thailand (AP) — Fall armyworms, a longtime American pest, are munching their way around the globe, raising alarm now in Asia after entrenching themselves in Africa. Expert...

4-meter python cut in half by train in southern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- While working on an electrification project in southern Taiwan on Wednesday evening (Jan. 16), workers stumbled upon the body of a massive python which had been cut in half by ...

Review: In 'Valerian,' cosmic splendor struggles for liftoff

When even most of the good spectacles carry a strong whiff of prepackaging, try taking in the air of Luc Besson's sci-fi extravaganza "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." I...

AP PHOTOS: As Indonesia cuts forests, fake nature thrives

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's capital is lush with fake greenery even as the country is cutting down its precious tropical forests at a record rate. Jakarta's gleaming air-co...

Scientists say 'alien' fungus threatens European salamanders

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's salamanders could be decimated by a flesh-eating alien species that has already wreaked havoc in some parts of the continent, scientists said in a study published Wednesday. ...

European proposal to ban American lobsters to move forward

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An arm of the European Union says there's enough scientific evidence to move forward with a review of Sweden's request to declare the American lobster an invasive species.The p...