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Droves of baby starfish are returning to Oregon and Northern California's shores after a wasting disease decimated whole populations of the creatures over the past two years along the West Coast.
 
Mindful of egrets
An egret protects its eggs on a tree on the banks of the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Friday, May 6. During this time of the year, hundreds of egrets build their nests in thickly populated trees along the Brahmaputra.
 
Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash -- roughly 19,000 per minute.
 
In nation of Palau, Jellyfish Lake losing namesake
The big question at Palau's Jellyfish Lake: Where are all the jellyfish?
 
Mounds of dead ocean creatures wash up on Chile's Pacific beaches
Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.
 
The "Paris Agreement," which has attracted global attention and concerns the fate of mankind, has been open for signatures from Earth Day, April 22. Following the agreement Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) (台灣永續能源研究基金會) conducted a public opinion poll, releasing its "2016 Survey on Taiwanese People's Attitudes toward Climate Change and Energy" results, according to a press release from the TAISE.
 
Group of rescue lions explores new home in South Africa sanctuary
Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday.
 
Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires
Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year's haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry's expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy and green groups are skeptical.
 
Thirty-three rescued lions airlifted to new South African home
The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.
 
Kenya burns ivory to protest poaching
Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.
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