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Invasive species battle goes high-tech
A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant wing-like nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.
 
In conservation victory, milu deer return to China
The newborn fawn walks unsteadily among the trees that were once part of the Chinese emperor's hunting grounds, where more than a century before its forebears died out in their native China.
 
Key South African leopard population 'crashing,' science journal warns
The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned Wednesday.
 
Say hello to Billy
Billy, a male Asian elephant, roams in his habitat at the Elephants of Asia exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday, April 18.
 
'River piracy' sees glacier melt rerouted
Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call "river piracy" and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to another.
 
Vermont forests' bird population drops 14.2% over 25 years: study
The bird population in Vermont's forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies say.
 
Scientists seek the holy grail of climate change
Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans.
 
Whale cams reveal secret habits
Whale cams have revealed the secret feeding habits of the giant mammals in frozen Antarctica, details on their social lives, and even how they must blow hard to clear sea ice to breathe.
 
Oil company finds another problem in Alaska marine pipelines
A petroleum company under investigation for leaks in two underwater pipelines in Alaska's Cook Inlet confirmed Friday it has an issue with a third.
 
California declares drought officially over after 5 years
California Governor Jerry Brown declared Friday the official end of the state's drought that lasted more than five years.
 
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