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American judge OKs US$20 billion settlement from BP's 2010 oil spill
A U.S. federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated US$20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation's history.
 
Man-made global warming is making America sicker, and it's only going to get worse, according to a new federal government report.
 
Satellites key to tracking harmful emissions: space agencies
Satellite technology plays a crucial role in measuring greenhouse gas emissions globally, the heads of several space agencies agreed Sunday as they vowed to work together to develop a coordinated monitoring system.
 
Mexico parrot species thrives in US cities
U.S. researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red-crowned parrot -- a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country.
 
Sack gardens provide a new farming option for urban households
Harriet Nakabaale, 45, a resident of Kawaala, a Kampala suburb, lives in a small one-bedroom house set on a plot of land measuring 9 meters wide and 15 meters long. This is typical for many peri-urban poor households who cannot afford the luxury of spacious lawns and tree-lined driveways.
 
Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky
The skimmer is lowered from the rear of the icebreaker, its weight pushing massive pieces of ice under the water and forcing the spilled oil up to the surface, where the sticky black goo can be sucked up.
 
China dams blamed for exacerbating SE Asia water shortage
As China opened one of its six dams on the upper Mekong River last month to help parched Southeast Asian countries down river cope with a record drought, it was hailed as benevolent water diplomacy.
 
India's once-shiny Golden Temple dulled by air pollution
The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.
 
Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected: study
Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica's western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end of the century, according to a new study.
 
Last year, a South African lion earned the nickname "Spook" -- "Ghost" in the Afrikaans language -- after it escaped from a national park and eluded searchers for more than three weeks. Now Spook has broken out again.
 
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