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India's once-shiny Golden Temple dulled by air pollution
The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.
 
Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected: study
Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica's western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end of the century, according to a new study.
 
Last year, a South African lion earned the nickname "Spook" -- "Ghost" in the Afrikaans language -- after it escaped from a national park and eluded searchers for more than three weeks. Now Spook has broken out again.
 
Worst bleaching on record for Great Barrier Reef
Aerial surveys of Australia's Great Barrier Reef have revealed the worst bleaching on record in the area's iconic pristine north, scientists said Tuesday, with few corals escaping damage.
 
Arctic sea ice reaches new record low mark for wintertime: experts
The growth of Arctic sea ice this winter peaked at the lowest maximum level on record, thanks to extraordinarily warm temperatures, U.S. scientists said Monday.
 
Mostafa Tolba, an Egyptian scientist and former executive director of the U.N. Environment Program whose call for "development without destruction" helped bring about the agency he led for 17 years, died Monday at the age of 93, a U.N. official said.
 
Bison coming 'home' to Montana Indian reservation
Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.
 
Mainland poachers caught with big coral haul
A mainland fishing boat has been caught for illegally harvesting coral and endangered turtles in waters around the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the disputed South China Sea, Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Sunday.
 
Algaculture helps to diversify fishermen's income
Birisoa has been in the sea for two hours. The water reaches his waist level, but he does not seem to mind. A member of the "Vezo" tribe, an ethnic group of fishermen from southwestern Madagascar, Birisoa is very familiar with the ocean.
 
Efforts restarted Sunday to remove oil and fuel from a container ship that split in two off Taiwan's northern coast and created a massive oil slick that has stood for two weeks.
 
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