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Nobel laureate wants global environment court

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkul Karman proposed in Honduras on Tuesday the creation of a global tribunal to prosecute executives of multinational firms who damage the earth. Karman, of Yemen, made the suggestion in the Central American country that Amnesty International last year described — along with its neighbor Guatemala — as the most dangerous […]

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Two graphs that explain why California’s wildfires will only get worse

Risks are growing while environmental protections are disappearing. Wildfire Pixabay The deadly wildfires ripping through Northern California are just the latest in a season of record-defying natural disasters in the United States. As the death toll passes 40, reports of Californians hiding in pools as their houses burn and scenes of devastated homes and vineyards […]

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The year’s most awe-inspiring—and devastating—wildlife photos

These are 2017’s big winners. The good life Grand title winner 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Also winner of the 15-17 years old category). Nelson, a teenager from the Netherlands, captured this image of Caco—a lowlands gorilla—in Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo. Caco is enjoying a ball-shaped breadfruit in the […]

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Dolphin diets show how climate change could alter food chains off the California coast

Scientists studying dolphins dining off the California coastline have found that the marine food web is starting to look a little threadbare. The length of food chains in that web appears to have gotten shorter in response to environmental changes — such as those caused by El Nino events. The findings, published this week in […]

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Every reptile on earth in new catalog

  BEER-SHEVA, Israel (Press Release) – An international team of 39 researchers has produced the most comprehensive catalog and atlas of every reptile on earth, including 10,000 species of snakes, lizards, and tortoises. According to the just published study in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the new Atlas of Life was created by linking the reptile […]

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A rescue dog named Frida has become a national hero in Mexico

The Sept. 19 earthquake in central Mexico killed more than 300 people and destroyed many buildings in the nation’s capital, Mexico City. In the days that followed, rescue crews went out to search for survivors trapped under collapsed buildings. And one rescuer, in particular, got a lot of attention. Her name is Frida. She’s 8 […]

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Cruise ship carries thousands of hurricane evacuees to Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sandra Rivera was down to her last cans of tuna and corned beef, her final precious bottle of water, when a man knocked at the door of her aunt’s house in Rincon, Puerto Rico. “A guy came, Harry, and said, ‘Sandra, (your daughter) Rebecca has arranged for you to get on […]

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Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days

Sydney and Melbourne could regularly face 50 degree Celsius (122F) days within 25 years even if Australia meets its Paris global warming targets, a new study warned Wednesday. Other areas across the country should also prepare for extreme heat, said the research led by the Australian National University (ANU) and supported by the Centre of […]

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Mimi’s Ark: ‘Siberian Cupcakes’ in East S.D. County

  By Mimi Pollack SANTA YSABEL, California — There are five luscious Siberian cupcakes residing near this town in San Diego’s east county. What are Siberian cupcakes? They are domesticated Russian foxes. The co-founder of the Judith A Bassett Canid Education and Conservation Center, Amy Bassett, came up with the clever name. She and her […]

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California Becomes First State to Ban the Sale of Non-rescued Animals

After a bill was unanimously passed in the Senate earlier this week, California has become the first state to ban the commercial breeding of dogs, cats, and rabbits. The legislation, AB-485, is a direct blow against the use of puppy mills: facilities that breed animals in crowded, dirty, and inhumane conditions. style=”display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8420654331411867″ data-ad-slot=”1313712966″> Now, […]

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No more monkeying around: ‘monkey selfie’ case settled

A bizarre two-year court battle over who owns the copyright of a “monkey selfie” which went viral was finally settled on Monday — in favour of a British nature photographer. A crested black macaque with a goofy grin snapped itself in Indonesia while staring down the lens of camera belonging to David Slater in 2011. […]

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Death of a dynasty: west North America lost over 95% of its monarch butterflies in 35 years

The end is nigh for the monarch butterfly. Image credits Billings Brett / USFWS. Tradition dictates that every year, the American West Coast dons a fluttery, black-and-orange coat with the migration of the monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). But in recent decades, that coat has become thinner and frailer, an indication that something isn’t quite right […]

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Dog Insists On Saving Every Stranded Earthworm, Gently Lifting Them Onto the Grass

This 2-year-old pup does not care how small an animal is – she is determined to save every single one of them. Whenever Holliday the German shepherd/border collie mix goes on a walk with her owner Caitlyn Beebe, she makes sure to rescue all of the earthworms that are stranded on the hot dry pavement. […]

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Two law enforcement officials die after head-on crash during Irma’s approach

Two law enforcement officials died after their vehicles crashed head-on in a rural county southeast of Tampa, Fla., Sunday morning as Hurricane Irma bore down on the state, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The drivers were Hardee County Sheriff’s Deputy Julie Ann Bridges, 42, of Wauchula, Fla., who was headed home in her marked […]

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