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Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico drop 27 percent this year
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday.
 
Public advised to stay indoors due to poor air quality
The public is advised to stay indoors on Friday as air quality in 19 out of Taiwan's 22 cities and counties is unhealthy, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
 
Can this root vegetable end the plastic scourge?
From bags washing up on Bali's beaches to food packaging scattered across roads and clogging waterways in cities, Indonesia is facing a plastic waste crisis driven by years of rapid economic growth.
 
Another round of bickering is boiling over about temperature readings used in a 2015 study to show how the planet is warming.
 
China has established a single network to monitor air pollution levels across the country, as the government attempts to control the spread of information about the country's toxic smog in response to rising public anger.
 
Success! Honduras manages to stall the march of pine-munching beetles
Over the past three years, Honduras has lost a quarter of its pine forests to a plague of bark-munching beetles. Now though, after a long campaign that saw soldiers wielding chainsaws to contain the bug invasion, a little green is growing back.
 
Sunrise visitors overload Maui peak, leading to restrictions
Well before dawn each morning, throngs of tourists from around the world make their way to Maui's tallest peak, a dormant volcano, to see what Mark Twain called the "sublimest spectacle" he ever witnessed.
 
Deal allows Yellowstone bison slaughter
A deal disclosed Thursday will allow the mass slaughter of hundreds of wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park, while sparing 25 animals that American Indian tribes want to start new herds.
 
Massive lava stream exploding into ocean in Hawaii
A dramatic "firehose" stream of molten lava continued to shoot out of a sea cliff Wednesday on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact.
 
Economics ministry working on transition to gas-fired power plants
Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said on Thursday that the ministry is working to transform coal-fired power plants into natural gas-powered ones to ensure economic growth is not undermined by power shortages.
 
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