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Scientists use undersea drones in  effort to help predict hurricanes
As Hermine worked its way up the East Coast, scientists deployed several underwater drones they say will help them better understand what sustains and strengthens hurricanes and tropical storms -- and ultimately better protect life and property.
 
Plenty of garbage, under the sea
Scuba divers remove a piece of garbage from the bottom of the sea near the Green Island in Taitung County on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Taitung County government mobilized over 100 people to clear the sea floor near the island of garbage on Thursday. The county government pointed out that the amount waste in the sea increased after Typhoon Nepartak hit the island in July. Over 500 kilograms of garbage was removed on Thursday.
 
U.S. federal authorities took most humpback whales off the endangered species list Tuesday, saying their numbers have recovered through international efforts to protect the giant mammals.
 
Morocco's mosques are going green for climate conference
Two months before it hosts the COP22 climate conference, Morocco is preparing to launch an ambitious project to turn its mosques green as a commitment to clean energy.
 
In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test -- growing California flowers and grasslands with extra heat, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to mimic a not-so-distant, hotter future.
 
World's largest gorillas 'one step from going extinct' due to illegal hunting
The world's largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are now critically endangered, officials said Sunday.
 
Decision looms on fate of last wild red wolves
The fate of the world's remaining wild population of red wolves will be decided soon.
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Government urged to enforce Indigenous Peoples Basic Law
"Some things, once lost cannot be returned. Is it worth destroying millions of years of natural environment and tribal village culture to build a hotel?" the film director Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑) once remarked when asked about the costs of tourist developments on aboriginal land.
 
Lun Lun the giant panda gives birth to twins — again! — at Atlanta zoo
Atlanta's zoo says a 19-year-old giant panda has given birth to a set of twins.
 
Debate peaks over vast swath of coastal Southern California oil land
The vast, dusty stretch of land in one of Southern California's wealthiest beachfront communities is littered with rusting pipes from once-thriving oil production.
 
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