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Australia announced plans Friday to explore concepts such as firing salt into clouds and covering swathes of water with a thin layer of film in a bid to save the embattled Great Barrier Reef.

Sweden's farmers count cost of historic drought

As an unprecedented drought scorches large swathes of Sweden's green pastures, farmers are having to send their animals to slaughter because they have no hay left to feed them."This is the worst thing I've ever experienced...

France to send two Canadair planes to Sweden to help combat wildfires

France is to send two Canadair planes to Sweden to help put out the wildfires raging across the country as a result of the current drought, Swedish authorities said on Thursday.

Indonesia's 'child' of Krakatoa spews ash and lava

An Indonesian volcano known as the "child" of the legendary Krakatoa erupted on Thursday, spewing a plume of ash high into the sky as molten lava streamed down from its summit.

Fast-moving Oregon wildfire forces evacuations, leaves one dead

A fast-moving fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest killed one person, forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday.

Official Guatemala volcano death toll rises to 121

The death toll from the violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano on June 3 has risen to 121, after the identification of five cadavers recovered from the devastated zone, a forensics institute said Wednesday.

Sweden struggles to contain ferocious wildfires

Dozens of forest wildfires raged across Sweden Wednesday, prompting Stockholm to ask for emergency EU help to fight the blazes, which broke out during an extreme heatwave in the Nordic region.

Forest fire threatens California's fabled Yosemite

A vast fire in northern California has destroyed 50 km2 (more than 12,000 acres), left one person dead and is threatening Yosemite National Park, authorities said Tuesday.

Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears

In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast "dead zone" the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame.

Extremely dangerous California wildfire burns near Yosemite

A deadly California wildfire more than doubled in size and raged through more than 14 square miles of brush and forest Monday, blanketing much of Yosemite National Park in smoke and forcing the closure of a major access road to the park.

'Lava bomb' from Hawaii volcano injures 23 on boat

A projectile from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii struck a boat carrying people watching lava from the two-month-old eruption, injuring 23, the fire department said.

Crews battle dozens of forest fires in northeastern Ontario

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number of wildfires burning, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in some areas of Northeastern Ontario.

U.K. goes 1000 hours without using coal

The U.K. has gone beyond 1,000 hours without using coal. This is a further sign of a reduction with fossil fuel use as well as signal of Britain's green energy shift accelerating.

California wildfire season is mirroring 2017 and that's not good

The most important issue facing California lawmakers today is wildfires. And as the issue rises over Sacramento like the smoke from last year's blazes, the state is now forced to look at the possibility 2018 will be a repeat of last year.

Creating clean energy in Arizona: Interview Special

The Arizona Corporation Commission is to develop a new rule directing utilities to meet a new clean energy standard by 2050. The aim is for utilities in the state to source most electricity from renewables. A leading analyst looks at the implications.

California reaches reduction in GHG emission levels early

Meeting the reduction in greenhouse gas emission goals as set forth in the Paris agreement signed in December 2015 has been hard for many countries, but one U.S. state has met its emission goals ahead of schedule.

Odds of El Nino forming this winter rises to 70 percent

An El Niño watch was issued in the latest outlook from NOAA, indicating an increasing chance for El Niño conditions to develop later this year.

10 dead, hundreds of houses destroyed in Afghan landslide: officials

At least 10 people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan after melting snow triggered a landslide, officials said Thursday.

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll tops 200

Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed more than 200 people.

Mexico earthquake unearths ancient temple

A devastating earthquake that struck central Mexico last September gave way to a fascinating discovery: remnants of a rain god temple within an Aztec pyramid.

Hurricane Chris could impact southeastern Newfoundland Thursday

Hazardous weather warnings have been issued along the northeast coast of the U.S. and on up into the southern coasts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland overnight and into Thursday as Hurricane Chris accelerates northeastward.

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200

Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed nearly 200 people.

Ecuador court upholds $9.5 bln damages ruling against Chevron

Ecuador's highest court upheld in a ruling released Tuesday a $9.5 billion damages award against oil giant Chevron over decades of pollution that harmed indigenous people.

Chris finally becomes hurricane as it moves away from U.S. coast

Chris is no longer a tropical storm. The National Hurricane Center's 5:00 p.m. advisory upgraded Chris to a Category 1 Hurricane this afternoon as the storm begins to show movement to the Northeast.

Illegal ivory openly sold across Europe: study

Traders are selling illegal ivory openly across the European Union through a loophole allowing trade in "antique" items, the campaign group Avaaz charged Tuesday.

The 'Soul' of the Pacific Northwest is dying of starvation

The Southern Resident orca pods of the Pacific Northwest are in a tough spot - literally. The orca's primary food source is disappearing, while pollution, oil tankers and marine ecosystem collapse are all factors.

Taiwan shuts down for Typhoon Maria

Schools and offices in Taiwan will close Tuesday and flights have been cancelled as Typhoon Maria churns towards Taiwan bringing torrential rains and powerful winds.

Cyprus clifftop villas raise fears for endangered seals

In a string of caves along the coast of Cyprus, a colony of monk seals -- the most endangered mammals in the Mediterranean -- has found refuge.

Strengthening T.S. Chris remaining stationary off East Coast

Tropical Storm Chris is remaining stationary, just 215 miles off the coast of North Carolina today, but its winds are strengthening - as expected- in preparation for Chris becoming a hurricane.

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156

Hopes of finding survivors were fading on Tuesday as rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades.

Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo

Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese premier cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said Monday.

T.S. Chris to become Hurricane — Warning out for Maritimes

Tropical Storm Chris is expected to be upgraded by Monday, July 9, to a Category 1 Hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Chris is gaining strength and could impact the coastal U.S. on up to possibly the Canadian Maritimes.

Landslide warnings as Japan digs through rain devastation

Desperate relatives braced for bad news Monday as rescuers dug through landslides in the wake of severe floods that have killed 100 people and left swathes of central and western Japan under water.

Official death toll from record Japan rains rises to 75

The death toll in record rains that have devastated parts of Japan rose to 75 on Monday, according to an official tally, as rescue operations continued.

'I don't know where to start': Rains devastate Japan town

Masanori Hiramoto stood before his traditional home in the Japanese town of Mihara, speechless at the destruction caused by record rains that have killed dozens of people."I have lived here all my life.

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay — for now

Because of their role in global pollution, plastics are hugely controversial.But the resilient, supple, light and malleable materials play a key role in our lives and, according to experts, will remain crucial for a long time to come.

Toll nears 60 as Japan scrambles to rescue flood victims

The death toll from record rains that have devastated parts of Japan rose Sunday to at least 57, officials said, as rescue workers and troops struggled in the mud and water to save lives.

NHC says Tropical Storm Beryl will weaken as it nears Caribbean

After just barely reaching hurricane status on Friday, the National Hurricane Center has downgraded Beryl to a Tropical Storm, forecasting it will weaken as it approaches the eastern Caribbean Sea islands early next week.

Fast-moving wildfire at Oregon-California border out of control

A wildfire that leaped over the Klamath River before surging into the woodlands near the Oregon-California border claimed the first fire-season fatality in the state Friday morning and kept fire crews racing to contain it all day.

5.9-magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan Saturday evening outside of Tokyo, swaying buildings in the capital, but no tsunami warning was issued.

Twenty dead as record Japan rains prompt mass evacuations

The death toll from record downpours in Japan jumped to at least 20, with more than 1.9 million people ordered to evacuate on Saturday, as heavy rain continued to strike large areas in the west of the country.