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A massive bug infestation and cut-down of pine trees in a national park in Honduras has stunned residents and sparked a warning from experts that a localized spike in temperatures will ensue.
 
Uncharted waters: Restoring deep Gulf fouled by BP spill
Far offshore and a mile deep in the dark world below the Gulf of Mexico's gleaming surface, the catastrophic BP oil spill of 2010 did untold damage on the ocean floor. But scientists are unsure they can do much to heal places in the deep that were hurt the most as they undertake what's being called the largest ecosystem restoration effort ever.
 
Scientists find huge sponge, world's largest
Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
 
Idea for Burt's Bees land to become park becoming partisan
A congressional field hearing in the coming week on a proposal to create a national monument in northern Maine underscores how partisan lines have been drawn as Republican lawmakers try to rein in the expansion of public lands by Democratic President Barack Obama.
 
Whale-finding phone app grows in use, steering mariners away
PORTLAND, Maine -- With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive.
 
Chelsea Flower Show bemoans 'lost generation'
Britain has a "lost generation" with no gardening skills, the Royal Horticultural Society warned on Monday, as its sprawling Chelsea Flower Show got under way with an inauguration by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Poland starts logging primeval forest despite activist pleas
Poland on Tuesday began logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, which includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland, despite fierce protests from environmental groups battling to save the World Heritage site.
 
Insect feces threatens to damage marble at India's Taj Mahal
Swarms of insects breading in a polluted river near the Taj Mahal are threatening the intricate marble inlay work at the 17th century monument to love by leaving green and black patches of waste on its walls, archaeological experts said Monday.
 
Fate of primeval forest in balance as Poland plans logging
It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam beneath towering oak trees up to 600 years old.
 
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.
 
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