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Vegetation will release far less extra carbon dioxide in a warming world than previously assumed, giving humans a bit more room in the fight against climate change, scientists reported Wednesday.
 
Rapid melt of NZ glaciers ends hikes onto them
New Zealand is renowned for its wondrous scenery, and among the country's top tourist attractions are two glaciers that are both stunning and unusual because they snake down from the mountains to a temperate rain forest, making them easy for people to walk up to and view.
 
Mexico City extends air pollution alert into a 4th day
An air pollution alert in greater Mexico City was extended Thursday, its fourth day, with authorities saying that despite slight improvements smog levels remained at almost 1 1/2 times acceptable limits in some areas.
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One in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.
 
Legless hound leaves South Korea for new life in United States
A dog that was left in a garbage bag behind a meat market in South Korea has a new life -- and new limbs -- on the other side of the world in Arizona.
 
Extremely rare whales make a big showing in Cape Cod Bay: scientists
Cape Cod is seeing a lot more of some singularly welcome tourists: endangered right whales enticed by the fine dining possibilities of its plankton-rich bay.
 
Ice arch collapse caught on film in Patagonia
A fragile arch of ice at the tip of a glacier in southern Argentina spectacularly collapsed into the water Thursday, a natural display that happens just once every several years.
 
The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at a record pace last year, U.S. government scientists reported, raising new concern about one of the top greenhouse gases and the effects of global warming.
 
Prayers, cheers as total eclipse darkens swath of Asia
People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday, briefly plunging cities into darkness and startling wildlife.
 
'ISLANDS' innovate to confront natural disaster
In January 2015, Madagascar was hit by a cyclone called Bansi. The toll: generalized flooding, entire regions isolated, around 150, 000 victims. Two weeks later, during a trip to Anatananarivo, the aftermath was still visible. The number of victims continued to rise as many regions were still inaccessible. There is an emergency fund which can be drawn upon in such situations, but the sum allocated to it is insufficient.
 
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