Thursday, January 21, 2016
"A sunburnt country ... with a pitiless blue sky," so the famous poem goes, but where once Australia could rely on "steady, soaking rain," a trend of hotter and drier weather as the climate warms is making it more vulnerable to severe bushfires.
U.S. government scientists are widely expected to announce Wednesday that 2015 was the planet's hottest year in modern times, amid mounting concerns over the pace of climate change worldwide.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Millions of Hindu men trudge the steep, three-hour climb to a hilltop temple to worship a celibate god every year.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan on Saturday, freeing up federal aid to help an area affected by contaminated water, the White House said.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Rare footage of an elephant herd roaming through Cambodia's biggest forest sanctuary signals the success of a 14-year conservation program and raises hopes for the endangered species' survival, an environment group said Friday.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Human-driven climate change may have put the next ice age off by about 50,000 years, said scientists Thursday, highlighting our species' ever-more dominant influence on Earth's natural cycles.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The lowly vulture is a dirty scavenger to many, but Peruvian environmental authorities have recast the birds as superheroes and outfitted them with high-tech gear in a bid to crack down on illegal garbage dumps.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The idea of growing fruit trees on the top of buildings, or producing fruit and vegetables inside multistory buildings using artificial light, might have been viewed as a fanciful idea once -- but not anymore.
Monday, January 11, 2016
The main street of this dusty South African town is lined with empty buckets, marking each residents' place in line as they wait for their daily water ration to be brought in by unreliable trucks.
Laura Gideon and her family endured the sickening stench from an out-of-control natural gas leak for about a month before they could no longer tolerate the nausea, headaches and nosebleeds.