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Mexico City emits new pollution alert for high ozone levels
Mexican authorities have issued a new smog alert for the capital after ozone levels rose above 150 percent of acceptable limits.
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World's smallest porpoise nearer extinction in Mexico
Environmentalists warned Friday that Mexico's vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, was close to extinction as the government reported that only 60 were now left.
 
Experts: Mexico's Vaquita porpoise headed toward extinction
The population of Mexico's endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, has fallen to alarmingly low levels and is heading toward extinction soon if drastic measures aren't taken, scientists warned Friday.
 
The rare birth of a Sumatran rhino in Indonesia has been hailed a victory for the critically endangered species, which has been almost wiped out in the wild by poaching and habitat destruction.
 
Experts say climate change is contributing to the wildfires raging across Canada, and the increasing frequency of such fires may overwhelm one of Earth's most important ecosystems, the boreal forest.
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Free at last
"Lei Chi," a Malayan gharial with a deformed mouth, is seen in this undated photo provided by the Taipei Zoo. Zookeepers said the 44-year-old freshwater crocodilian was previously kept in tanks of various sizes over the years, .............
 
Over 80 percent of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday.
 
Chile fishing crisis traps tourists, empties markets
A fishing ban sparked by mass deaths of sea creatures in Chile has left tourists stranded and markets empty on an island cut off by protest blockades.
 
Royal Botanical Gardens: Mixed report on the world's plants
A report billed as the first comprehensive look at world's plants finds a planet slowly being ravaged by changing land use, mostly conversion of forests to agriculture to feed a growing population, and climate change.
 
Indian coral tree shows first flowers in 10 years
A 100-year-old Indian coral tree in Taitung, believed to be the only one of its kind left in the Southeastern Taiwan county, has bloomed bright red flowers for the first time in a decade.
 
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