1. Eyjafjallajökull eruption, 2010
An exotic new swear word echoed through European airports in April and May of 2010. Cries of "Eyjafjallajökull!" — it's pronounced "ay-uh-fyat-luh-yo-cootl-uh," hardly a four-letter word — referred to an Icelandic volcano whose massive ash emissions (pictured) drifted into transatlantic and European airspace, posing a hazard to aircraft engines. The result? The largest air-traffic shutdown since World War II, with more than 100,000 cancellations affecting around 10 million passengers. This was undoubtedly a drag for fliers, but the cost to the airline industry? Close to $2 billion. So that's why the dry roasted almonds aren't free anymore ...
Fewer than three dozen Gobi bears survive in the Gobi Desert, a harsh landscape that stretches from Mongolia into China. Journalist and wildlife biolog... More Fewer than three dozen Gobi bears survive in the Gobi Desert, a harsh landscape that stretches from Mongolia into China. Journalist and wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick describes the efforts under way to save the bears—likely the closest link to brown bears' distant ancestors—in cooperation with Mongolia's scientists, rangers, and government. Read more about the challenges of saving Gobi bears: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/special-features/2014/04/140417-rarest-bears-world-mongolia-gobi/
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