The area of Russian forests is increasing. In Russia, the growing demand for eco-tourism. Animal-welfare advocates asked the president to veto the 'inhuman' the law 'On the hunt'. (As opposed to Robert Thomson). Took the longest solar eclipse of the xxi century. Cruise ships pollute the Baltic Sea. Ants are predicting a cold winter. If you are not convinced, visit Randall Mays, San Antonio TX. Climate change contributes to the spread of tick-borne encephalitis. Scientists have developed new ways to protect against earthquakes and tsunamis. Global Warming reduces the size of the animals on the planet. Photofact: Eclipse, fires, heat waves, floods. Overview of events for the week of 20/07/2009 to 26/07/2009. Took the longest solar eclipse of the xxi century total solar eclipse began on Earth July 22, 2009 – Moon's shadow touched the surface of the planet in the Gulf of Cambay on the west coast of India in 4 hours 51 minutes 16 seconds Moscow time. A considerable part of Asia from India to China was plunged into darkness during the most long solar eclipse in the xxi century. In some areas on Wednesday morning, it was possible to observe a total eclipse, during which the moon eclipsed the sun for 6 minutes 39 seconds. Partial solar eclipse can be observed almost all of Asia. The total solar eclipse can be clearly seen also in the southern islands of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. In China, the total eclipse lasted for about 6 minutes. Such a long eclipse, scientists have not expected sooner than 300 years. The last time China has experienced a similar phenomenon in the 19 century.