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Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.
 
20 quakes in Hualien overnight worry scientists
Geoscientists are looking into whether Taiwan has entered a relatively active seismic period, after the Hualien (花蓮) region saw more than twenty earthquakes continuing through the night until early Thursday morning.
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Whale carcass brings disruption
The massive, reeking carcass of a 12-meter gray whale rotted Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot, luring dozens of gawkers while authorities decided whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into pieces and load them on trucks.
 
Cambodian Royal Turtle nearly extinct
Cambodia's Royal Turtle is nearly extinct, with fewer than 10 left in the wild, because increased sand dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest have shrunk its habitat, a conservationist group warned Monday.
 
In a basement of Dresden University, German scientists are busy refining a technique that could save millions of fluffy chicks from being shredded to death moments after they hatch.
 
US 6-year-old boy skips birthday gifts, donates to sea turtle rescue instead
A Massachusetts 6-year-old's love of sea turtles prompted him to forgo birthday gifts this year and ask instead for money he could donate to sea turtle rescue efforts.
 
175 states sign landmark Paris climate change pact
The historic agreement on climate change marked a major milestone on Friday with a record 175 countries signing on to it on opening day. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and quickly, to fight a relentless rise in global temperatures.
 
Even half a degree makes a huge
A jump in global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius would double the severity of crop failures, water shortages and heatwaves in many regions compared to a rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a study released Thursday.
 
Decades ago, the sight of seagrass swaying beneath the waters off south Florida conjured romance for those who dangled their fishing lines in hopes of catching redfish, snook or mangrove snapper.
 
Bleaching hits 93% of Barrier Reef: scientists
Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday, as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country.
 
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