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A rainbow-headed snake, a tiny frog and a lizard with dragon-like horns are among more than 150 new species confirmed by scientists last year in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region, researchers said on Monday.
 
Beijing authorities urge schoolchildren to remain indoors
Authorities in Beijing warned Wednesday that heavy pollution will persist this week, urging the suspension of outdoor school activities and construction projects.
 
Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt
The Arctic shattered heat records in the past year as unusually warm air triggered massive melting of ice and snow and a late fall freeze, U.S. government scientists said Tuesday.
 
If Santa is recruiting helpers to haul Christmas presents around the world this year he had better take a few extra, said researchers Monday who warned that reindeer are shrinking.
 
Researchers say seaborne radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected on Oregon shores.
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Smoking chimp from Iraq finds refuge in Kenyan wildlife sanctuary
Separated from his mother shortly after birth, Manno the chimpanzee was smuggled to Iraq and spent his days smoking cigarettes handed to him by amused zoo visitors and posing for pictures.
 
Despite rain, southern US still in grip of drought
Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.
 
Iconic 'Sentinel' hoodoo ends its watch over Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park officials say the iconic hoodoo known as "The Sentinel" has ended its watch.
 
Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centered on preserving the environment can boost the economy.
 
Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests
In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.
 
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