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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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Hemingway House Staff and 54 Cats Defy Irma

Before making its second landfall in Florida near Naples Sunday, Hurricane Irma battered Key West as a Category 4 storm, leaving uprooted trees and waterfront streets underwater. But Hurricane Irma’s wrath and mandatory evacuation orders in Key West were not enough to deter staff at Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum —and its 54 six-toed cats […]

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In Keys, damage– and possible deaths

KEY WEST, Fla. — As the waves and winds began easing Sunday, residents of Old Town emerged not knowing exactly what to expect from the most powerful hurricane to strike the Florida Keys in more than a half century. But all in all, many in Key West seemed relieved that the damage from a Category […]

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Meteorologist vs. Hurricane Irma In Key West Video Goes Viral

A video of a meteorologist fighting against Hurricane Irma in Key West, Florida, went viral Sunday as the winds nearly knocked the reporter off his feet. With more than 200,000 views and over 11,000 up votes, it became one of the top-trending clips on Reddit, though not much information was included with the short clip. […]

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Storm surge: What happens when the sea rises up during a hurricane?

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricanes are often defined and categorized by their wind speed, but the real danger comes not from furious winds but from the sudden, often fatal rise of the sea. There is more loss of life through drowning than any other of the various deadly hazards posed by these tropical storms. Storm surge […]

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Race to rescue survivors from ruins of Mexico quake

Race to rescue survivors from ruins of Mexico quake Police, soldiers and emergency workers raced Friday to rescue survivors from the ruins of Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in a century, which killed at least 61 people. In the southern region hit hardest by the quake, emergency workers looked for survivors — or bodies — in […]

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Bahamas narrowly escapes the worst of Hurricane Irma

Bahamas narrowly escapes the worst of Hurricane Irma The Bahamas had a close call but ultimately escaped the worst of Hurricane Irma’s destructive wrath, with no casualties or major infrastructure damages yet reported Friday. The storm passed through the southeast islands including Mayagua, Inagua, Crooked Island Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Islands, on Thursday and […]

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Hurricane Irma forces Disney, Universal, SeaWorld closings in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Irma has forced Florida attractions — including Walt Disney World’s four theme parks — to close their doors to guests for multiple days, starting Saturday evening. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Magic Kingdom and Epcot at 9 p.m. All […]

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