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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Thirty-one percent of cacti, some 500 species, face extinction due to human encroachment, according to the first global assessment of the prickly plants, published Monday.
US, Chile declare marine reserves, fight overfishing
U.S. President Barack Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 500,000 square kilometers (200,00 miles) of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration.
A monkey that sneezes when it rains and a "walking" fish are among more than 200 species discovered in the ecologically fragile eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to conservation group WWF.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Patches of tropical rainforest in the southern Philippines harbor some of the world's rarest birds, but nature lovers toting long-lens cameras now share them with people wielding chainsaws, traps and torches.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
The U.S. government set a new ozone standard Thursday, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Tourists replace rebels as Sri Lanka park blooms
Lokaiya Peremadasa shudders as he recalls the havoc Tamil rebels used to wreak on his beloved wildlife park during Sri Lanka's brutal 37-year-long civil war.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Earth is on track for average warming of 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100, outstripping the U.N. target, said an analysis Thursday of country pledges for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
New York City faces an increased risk of flooding, similar to what occurred during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, as global warming causes more frequent storms and sea levels to rise, scientists said.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
New Zealand to create massive marine sanctuary
New Zealand unveiled Monday plans to create a South Pacific marine sanctuary the size of France, saying it would protect one of the world's most pristine ocean environments.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
'Super blood moon' shines bright across most of world
Skygazers were treated to a rare astronomical event Monday when a swollen "supermoon" and lunar eclipse combined for the first time in decades, showing Earth's satellite bathed in blood-red light.
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