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The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at a record pace last year, U.S. government scientists reported, raising new concern about one of the top greenhouse gases and the effects of global warming.
 
Prayers, cheers as total eclipse darkens swath of Asia
People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday, briefly plunging cities into darkness and startling wildlife.
 
'ISLANDS' innovate to confront natural disaster
In January 2015, Madagascar was hit by a cyclone called Bansi. The toll: generalized flooding, entire regions isolated, around 150, 000 victims. Two weeks later, during a trip to Anatananarivo, the aftermath was still visible. The number of victims continued to rise as many regions were still inaccessible. There is an emergency fund which can be drawn upon in such situations, but the sum allocated to it is insufficient.
 
Data shows no pause in global warming
Climate change doubters may have lost one of their key talking points: a particular satellite temperature dataset that had seemed to show no warming for the past 18 years.
 
In the swampy Florida Everglades, egrets and herons build nests that hang precariously close to alligators swimming beneath, ready to swallow any weak chicks that fall into the murky waters.
 
Mainland China on Saturday set less ambitious climate change goals for this year than it achieved in 2015, as the world's biggest polluter struggles to wean itself off harmful fossil fuels.
 
The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for hundreds of Yellowstone-area grizzlies, opening the door to future hunts for the fearsome bears across parts of three states for the first time since the 1970s.
 
The effects of climate change on food production could cause 500,000 extra deaths by 2050 compared to a world without global warming, according to a study released Thursday.
 
Turtles are key as Kenya balances ecology, development
A turtle drags itself along a white sandy beach, splashes through the gentle warm Indian Ocean and then vanishes with a plop, becoming one of 13,750 turtle success stories on a stretch of Kenyan coastline facing pressure from developers.
 
On a farm in the heart of Hawaii's ongoing dengue outbreak, coffee grows wild among the ferns, and vanilla vines climb guava trees. It's hard to know where nature ends and the farm begins, and that's the way organic farmers there like it.
 
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