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A typhoon is expected to lash Japan with heavy rains Sunday, potentially weighing on turnout as millions of voters head to the polls in the world's third-biggest economy.

Canada's methane emissions 25 - 50 percent higher than feared

The Canadian oil and gas industry and federal government may be underestimating Alberta's emissions of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat.

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms

As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi.

Could regreening the Earth fight climate change? (Part 1)

Planting trees and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective as ceasing all oil use across the planet in reducing CO2 levels, according to a new study by an international team of scientists led by scientists from The Nature Conservancy.

New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog

India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant and banned the use of diesel generators in New Delhi as air quality plummeted in the world's most polluted capital on Wednesday, the start of the Diwali festival.

Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm

Some 216,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity and 20,000 without running water in Ireland on Tuesday, the day after Storm Ophelia hit the country, claiming three lives.The outages mainly affected the south and west of Ireland.

Storm brings 'apocalyptic' skies to Britain

The sun shone red and the sky darkened to a foreboding orange and brown across parts of Britain on Monday, as a storm swept air and dust in from southern Europe.

Three killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

Ireland was hit by an "unprecedented storm" on Monday that left three people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools and government offices.

Innovations in wind power inspired by owl feathers

Scientists have devised a mathematical solution to minimize noise and to maximize the aerodynamics in relation to porous airfoils (2-D wings). This will improve wind turbines and air vehicles.

Ireland closes schools as rare hurricane approaches

Ireland has ordered all schools to close Monday as the country braces for an "unprecedented storm" with the arrival of Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean.

Met Office — 'Danger to life' from winds with Hurricane Ophelia

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been very busy, with storms breaking records left and right. Hurricane Ophelia is no different, being on an unusual track to make landfall on the west coast of Ireland.

Smallscale farmers try to solve Amazon's big problems

In western Brazil's Amazon, the very people tasked with looking after the world's greatest rainforest are themselves wondering if they have a future."We are just trying to survive," said Cleyton de Oliveira, 24.

Azores, Ireland on hurricane alert as Ophelia strengthens

Hurricane Ophelia strengthened to a Category 3 storm as it passed near the Portuguese Azores archipelago on Saturday en route for Ireland.

Financial losses from climate change for businesses

Among the myriad of factors that businesses need to consider when performing future financial modeling is the impact of changing climate, especially hurricane-related financial loss. A new method to calculate this has been put forward.

California fire toll rises to 33, winds cause concern

The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 33 on Friday as firefighters made some progress in containing the infernos but said intensifying winds were a concern.

Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean

British tycoon Richard Branson called Friday for rebuilding the hurricane-thrashed Caribbean with more durable housing and sustainable energy, to limit the damage of future storms.

Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino

A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it.

Toxic fumes sicken 20 at EU HQ, summit plans unchanged

Twenty people were taken ill due to noxious fumes in the kitchens of the EU's new Europa building in Brussels on Friday but officials insisted a summit of the bloc's leaders at the venue next week will go ahead as planned.

Green vineyards stand out in black of California fires

Odd pockets of lush green -- grape vines, believe it or not -- stand out amid the ashen landscape left by northern California's wildfires.It turns out vines are pretty sturdy when it comes to surviving flames, and they act as a sort of fire wall.

Chile penguins win battle in war against mine

They may be less than a meter tall but they have conquered a Goliath: Chile's vulnerable Humboldt penguins have thwarted -- for now at least -- a billion dollar mining project in one of the country's most depressed regions.

Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

At least 37 people were killed and another 40 are missing as floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said Thursday.

Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws

Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales.

Death toll in California fires stands at 21 with over 500 missing

The death toll from the devastating wildfires that continue to spread across Northern California has risen to 21 as of Wednesday., while the number of people unaccounted for has risen to over 600.

Solar panels shine in darkest Amazon, the 'last frontier'

In the darkest reaches of Brazil's Amazon, solar panels are bringing light -- and could help save the rainforest.Aurelio Souza is working to install solar panels in villages along the remote Purus and Ituxi rivers in the western Amazonas state.

French lawmakers back oil, gas production ban by 2040

France's lower house of parliament gave its overwhelming backing Tuesday to a ban on producing oil and gas on French territory by 2040.

21 dead in 'catastrophic' California wildfires

More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless.

French, Belgian nuclear plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace

International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by the Greenpeace group.

Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court

Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents.

Two confirmed dead as wildfires continue to rage in wine country

There are now 14 wildfires burning across eight counties in California this afternoon, forcing the evacuation of over 20,000 people and causing the death of two. Altogether, since 10 p.m. last night, 57,000 acres have been burned.

Trump environment chief: US to end Obama climate plan

The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

Wolf attacks raise howls of protest from French farmers

Animal lovers may be delighted that wolves are roaming the French mountains once again -- but the predators' increasing attacks on sheep have farmers longing to get their guns out.

California's famed wine country engulfed by massive wildfires

Strong winds caused four wildfires to break out Sunday night in California's Napa and Sonoma Counties, forcing people to flee for their lives in the middle of the night.

Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state

Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country.

Tropical Storm Nate headed for U.S. Gulf Coast

New Orleans and states from Louisiana to Florida are now bracing for a pounding as Tropical Storm Nate is predicted to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane.

Business urged to take govt role in clean energy quest

The global fight for clean energy rests with businesses and ordinary people as governments lag behind, experts told an environmental conference in Argentina Friday ahead of a keynote speech by former US president Barack Obama.

Britain announces plan to ban antique ivory trade

Britain on Friday outlined plans for a near-total ban on trade in antique ivory, bowing to pressure from campaigners who say that poachers are exploiting loopholes in the current regulations.

Puerto Rico's hurricane-wracked environment faces long recovery

Bees fly around, disoriented, searching for flowers to pollinate. The trees have no leaves and once-lush mountains are a mass of dry branches.

Gulf Coast prepares for soon-to-be Hurricane Nate

Tropical Storm Nate is already eyeing the Gulf Coast of the U.S. The storm is packing 40 mph (65 kph) winds and is "expected to become a hurricane" before it makes landfall Sunday somewhere between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle.

Tropical storm kills 20 in C. America, heads for US

A tropical storm churning north along Central America killed at least 20 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras on Thursday, with forecasters predicting it could strengthen into a hurricane as it heads for Mexico and the United States.

Green fingers: Japan sending garden-repair teams abroad

Tokyo plans to send green fingers to every corner of the world on a mission to spruce up Japanese-style gardens that have fallen into disrepair.