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In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test -- growing California flowers and grasslands with extra heat, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to mimic a not-so-distant, hotter future.
 
World's largest gorillas 'one step from going extinct' due to illegal hunting
The world's largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are now critically endangered, officials said Sunday.
 
Decision looms on fate of last wild red wolves
The fate of the world's remaining wild population of red wolves will be decided soon.
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Government urged to enforce Indigenous Peoples Basic Law
"Some things, once lost cannot be returned. Is it worth destroying millions of years of natural environment and tribal village culture to build a hotel?" the film director Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑) once remarked when asked about the costs of tourist developments on aboriginal land.
 
Lun Lun the giant panda gives birth to twins — again! — at Atlanta zoo
Atlanta's zoo says a 19-year-old giant panda has given birth to a set of twins.
 
Debate peaks over vast swath of coastal Southern California oil land
The vast, dusty stretch of land in one of Southern California's wealthiest beachfront communities is littered with rusting pipes from once-thriving oil production.
 
Deal with oil giant grants reprieve to whales
A decade ago, there were just 115 western gray whales left in the world, and their feeding grounds near Russia's Sakhalin Island, north of Japan, were being drilled for oil.
 
The world edged closer to a 2020 goal to repair vast areas of damaged natural lands and forests, officials announced Saturday at the world's largest conservation meeting.
 
When lightning strikes
In this image, made available by the Norwegian Environment Agency, Monday, Aug. 29, shows some of the more than 300 wild reindeer that were killed by lighting in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday, Aug. 26, in what wildlife officials say was a highly unusual massacre by nature.
 
US gov't seeks ban on Hawaii dolphin swims
U.S. federal officials are seeking a ban on swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins, saying the encounters popular with tourists are harming the nocturnal creatures' sleeping habits.
 
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