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Mangroves on a mission
In this July 18 photo, a mangrove conservation worker prepares soil bags at a mangrove nursery in Kalpitiya, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests -- the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses. Mangroves also absorb carbon from the environment, mitigating effects of global warming and reducing the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis. Authorities have identified about 37,000 acres (15,000 hectares) of mangrove forests in Sri Lanka that are earmarked for preservation.
 
Maturing oyster recovery projects bring calls for funding
Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets.
 
Drought hits Northeastern US, could last months
At Lavoie's Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven't broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted.
 
Ghost orchid scientists aim to restore rare Florida flowers
Armed with an orange staple gun and dozens of burlap squares entwined with ratty green roots, Mike Kane wades hip-deep into the swamp to restore what generations of thieves have stolen.
 
As Democratic convention nears, excessive heat settles in
As thousands of delegates arrive in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, it's not just politics they have to contend with -- it's also the hot and sticky weather.
 
Cheering and whistle blowing filled the coast of Pompano Beach on Saturday as approximately 300 boats watched Lady Luck sink on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Philippines is reviewing its "crazy" commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, new President Rodrigo Duterte has warned.
 
Russia's massive wildfires put key climate resource in danger
Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.
 
Some 70 dead whales have been found in southern Chile less than a year after more than 330 whales washed up in a remote Patagonian inlet.
 
Sigourney Weaver honored with wildlife award
Actor Sigourney Weaver has been named the 2016 recipient of the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award by the Indianapolis Zoo.
 
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