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Dozens of farmers and local officials stormed out of a meeting with France's new environment minister on Friday as he confirmed two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains.

New assessment of plastic pollution risk to sea turtles

Pollution of the oceans has been identified as a major risk in recent years. The impact is not only on the appearance of the seas, but the impact on sea creatures and the food chain. One marine animal impacted is the sea turtle.

Florence flooding causes hog lagoons to leak and overflow

Fears are growing about Hurricane Florence's pollution risks from hog excrement to toxic coal ash seeping into rivers and also into peoples' homes.

Carbon taxes necessary in climate fight: World Bank chief

Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution, the World Bank's chief executive said Wednesday at a G7 environment meeting in Canada.

Even moderate warming could melt Antarctic ice sheet: study

Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts warned on Wednesday.

Microplastics may enter foodchain through mosquitoes

Mosquito larvae have been observed ingesting microplastics that can be passed up the food chain, researchers said Wednesday, potentially uncovering a new way that the polluting particles could damage the environment.

Historic tornado outbreak brings death, destruction to Richmond

Multiple tornadoes spun across the Richmond area Monday as the remnant of what was once Hurricane Florence traveled well to the west of Central Virginia. At least one fatality has been confirmed and extensive damage has been reported.

Documentary director opens up about 'Living in the Future's Past' Special

Acclaimed director and cinematographer Susan Kucera chatted with Digital Journal about her new documentary "Living in the Future's Past."

Melting permafrost threatens climate rescue plan: study

Global targets aimed at warding off runaway planetary warming could be breached sooner than expected, experts warned Monday, as gases released by melting permafrost threaten to undermine human efforts to avert climate disaster.

Dominica's beloved wildlife still shaky a year after Maria

'Sad' parrots and 'stressed-out' frogs might be unlikely contenders for concern in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster.

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline

A new study has drawn a connection between levels of air pollution and cognitive decline. This is of a major societal concern, given that the majority of the world’s population live in areas that exceed WHO pollution recommendations.

Typhoon Mangkhut rips through northern Philippines 14 dead

North and South Carolina were hit by the hurricane Florence coming from the Atlantic Ocean and it is still raining in the area but Typhoon Mangkhut has now hit and passed right through the north part of the large north island in the Philippines of Luzon.

Typhoon makes landfall in China after killing 59 in Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China late Sunday after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau after killing at least 59 people in the northern Philippines.

Mangkhut barrels toward Hong Kong after devastating Philippines

The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, leaving destruction and death in its wake. Now Mangkhut is on a collision course with Hong Kong and on a direct path with two nuclear power plants.

Shell Canada gives up exploration permits for protected area

Shell Canada Ltd. has voluntarily given up it offshore exploration rights, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.

'End of the world': terror in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut

Bebeth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her lifetime, but nothing prepared her for the terror of Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it roared over her Philippines home Saturday packing winds of more than 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour.

Tropical Storm Helene heading toward The United Kingdom

While the East coast of the U.S. is being battered by Tropical Storm Florence, another Atlantic tropical Storm, Helene, is on track to brush by the western edge of the United Kingdom late Monday.

Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth's rainforests, resources

In the Brazilian state of Para, every week, authorities receive alerts showing them which parts of the Amazon forest have been chopped down, with photos to back it up.

Governor Brown — 'We're launching our own damn satellite'

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans today to launch a satellite to monitor heat-trapping emissions, fulfilling a pledge he made immediately after the election of Donald Trump.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut smashes into Philippines

Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines on Saturday with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction.

Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals

Zero fossil fuel energy, zero gas-guzzlers on the road, zero waste, zero CO2 emissions -- dozens of cities, regions and companies made "zero" pledges Thursday at a global climate summit in San Francisco.

Florence is going to sit in place, producing 'extreme rainfall'

Storm surges of nine to 13 feet and rainfall up to 40 inches: those are two of the direst warnings about Hurricane Florence's impact on parts of North and South Carolina. The massive storm has forced more than one million people to flee.

Colombian zoo celebrates birth of endangered spider monkey

A zoo in Colombia is celebrating the birth of a baby spider monkey, a rare species in danger of extinction.

German police evict forest activists in anti-coal fight

German activists living in treehouses to protect an ancient forest from being razed for a nearby coal mine on Thursday vowed to resist as police began evicting them, in a major escalation of the long-running environmental battle.

Evacuations start as Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on Philippines

A super typhoon roared toward the Philippines on Thursday, prompting thousands to evacuate ahead of its heavy rains and fierce winds that are set to strike at the weekend before moving on to China.

Is North Carolina going to heed the science on global warming?

In 2012, North Carolina legislators passed a bill banning policymakers from using up-to-date climate science to plan for rising sea levels on the state’s coast. With Hurricane Florence knocking on its door, that 2012 decision may prove to be wrong.

IWC vote backs new quotas for aboriginal whale hunts

In a rare moment Wednesday, the International Whaling Commission voted overwhelmingly to back whale hunting, but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.

World faces uphill climate fight as US efforts fall short

The United States will fall short on its Paris commitment to cut greenhouse gases, making the uphill battle to avoid runaway global warming that much harder, according to a report released hours ahead of a major, solutions-oriented climate summit in Sa...

Several nuclear power plants are in Florence's potential path

Potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Florence is barreling its way across the Atlantic and has set its eye on the Carolina coast and Mid-Atlantic region. Two at-risk nuclear power plants are directly in its path.

Millions at risk as Philippines braces for strong Typhoon Mangkhut

Millions of people are at risk from a strong typhoon set to smash into the northern Philippines this weekend which could bring floods, landslides and huge waves to the disaster-prone nation, rescue workers said Wednesday.

IOC backs daylight savings to ease Tokyo 2020 heat fears

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday backed calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety in soaring temperatures.

US to miss Paris climate pact target by a third

The United States will fall short by a third on its commitment under the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released Wednesday in San Francisco.

White House moves to roll back methane restrictions

The EPA thinks the previous administration went overboard on rules about greenhouse gases, and it's about to correct that. After earlier moves on carbon dioxide pollution from autos and coal plants, this time it's all about methane.

Tuesday update on dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Florence

Millions of Americans throughout North and South Carolina and Virginia are in the bulls-eye as they prepare for Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that's expected to bring massive amounts of rainfall, flash flooding, and horrific winds.

Most EU countries miss air quality targets: report

Most EU countries fail to meet the bloc's air quality standards and more than 1,000 Europeans die prematurely each day, ten times more than in road accidents, a watchdog said Tuesday.

Do not underestimate the threat of Florence — It is dangerous

As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast of the United States, the governors of Virginia, North and South Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting hundreds of thousands of residents in coastal areas.

California Climate Summit will 'take ambition to the next level'

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures designed to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045. This action is a call to arms as Brown hosts the Global Climate Action Summit this week.

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change: UN chief

With 2018 shaping up as the fourth hottest year on record, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world must take action in the next two years to avert the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change.

Greenhouse gases from rice paddies may be 2x higher than thought

The way some irrigated rice paddies are managed worldwide, with cycles of flooding followed by dry periods, may lead to twice the planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution as previously thought, researchers said Monday.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045: governor

California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

Category 4 Hurricane Florence to hit East Coast later this week

Hurricane Florence is now a major Category 3 hurricane and forecasters now say the storm could mount a direct, devastating hit on North and South Carolina as the most powerful storm to hit the area in three decades.