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May, 31, 2016

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On the heels of two record-setting years for global heat, 2016 is likely to set a new high for the planet in modern times, U.S. scientists said Thursday.
 
Measurements show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.
 
Scientists said Thursday they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red -- a color that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal.
 
A city in western India has suffered through the country's highest temperature in history -- a scorching 51 degrees Celsius.
 
Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years without "now or never" funding to improve water quality as climate change ravages the World Heritage-listed site, scientists warned Thursday.
 
Anna Fernando struts down the black-and-white tiles of a trendy coffee shop in the Lebanese capital, dressed in high heels and a strapless ball gown of caramel gauze ribbons.
 
Central Park re-opens secret sanctuary after 80 years
Eighty years after it was shut off to the world, New York has reopened a secret woodland sanctuary a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue, just in time for summer.
 
Ivy League dorm chef graduates to a hungry new world
As a student at Columbia University, Jonah Reider wowed foodies and rankled city health officials by opening an exclusive supper club in his dorm.
 
Longest pizza record set
Neapolitan pizza makers set the record for the longest pizza in a Guinness World Record along the seafront of Naples, Italy on Wednesday, May 18. For the wood-fired pizza, which measured two kilometers, they used 2,000 kilograms of flour, 1,600 kilograms of tomatoes, 2,000 kilograms of mozzarella, 200 liters of oil and 30 kilograms of fresh basil. The record-breaking snack measured up at exactly 1,853.88 meters, smashing the previous record of 1,595.45 meters set at last year's World Expo in Milan, Italy's food and agriculture board Coldiretti said.
 
All fired up
Members of the emergency services get involved in a rescue training situation at Minsk international airport, Belarus, Thursday, May 19. Rescue services conducted training extinguishing various types of fires, searching for victims, and the emergency removal of the aircraft from the airfield.
 
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