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A 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Sarangani Province in Mindanao, Philippines Saturday morning prompting the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to raise a tsunami warning which was lifted later at around 7:00 a.m.

Britain's report into air pollution and diesel to be revealed

The British Government has failed in a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy. The forthcoming publication is being heralded as a success by environmental pressure groups.

Environmental damage posed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline revealed

A new briefing paper has been released detailing how Dominion Energy's proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will involve blasting, excavation and the removal of mountaintops along a 38-mile-long stretch of Appalachian ridgelines as part of the construction.

Trump to sign orders expanding drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

With one day left to rack up as many accomplishments within the first 100 days of his presidency as possible, Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that could lead to the expansion of offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans today.

El Salvador bans metal mining in world first

El Salvador on Thursday became the first country in the world to ban the mining of metals in what campaigners called a landmark move for environmental protection.

Looking to the future of the planet in new documentary

What does the future hold for the planet? There are myriad possibilities and some of this in our hands. A new docudrama from National Geographic shines a light on the year one million for a round of speculation and debate.

British government loses court case over air pollution plans

Britain's government must publish proposals to tackle air pollution months earlier than it wanted, a top court ruled Thursday, saying the plans cannot be delayed until after June's general election.

Unusually large number of whale deaths seen along Atlantic coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries (NOAA) has declared an "Unusual Mortality Event," based on the higher-than-normal number of deaths and strandings of humpback whales seen along the Atlantic coast recently.

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef.

Spills on Enbridge's old Line 5 pipeline tops one million gallons

An aging oil and gas pipeline passing through an environmentally sensitive stretch of the Great Lakes has had at least 29 leaks in its 64-year-old history, spilling more than one million gallons of oil and gas, according to a report released this week.

Air pollution in Toronto subways same as in Beijing: study

A study of air pollution in three Canadian subway systems showed the air quality in Toronto’s subway system is the worst. An author of the report compared the pollution in the subway system in Canada’s largest city to a day in Beijing.

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

The presidents of Ukraine and Belarus toured Wednesday the site of the Chernobyl plant to mark 31 years since the "unhealing wound" of the world's worst civil nuclear accident spewed radiation across Europe.

China plans to use 20 percent non-fossil fuel by 2030

China's state planner said that the country aims to have non-fossil fuels produce about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030 and to contribute to more than half of demand by 2050.

Study finds Earth's 'pristine' groundwater at risk of pollution

Contamination brought about by human activity is creating a looming threat to the planet's groundwater resources, warns researchers in a new study published on Tuesday.

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin Day.

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake: USGS

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso.It had a depth of 9.

Adidas plans to sell shoes made from ocean plastic

Adidas plans to sell at least one million pairs of shoes partially made with ocean trash by the end of 2017. Each pair of shoes will use an average of 11 plastic bottles.

Almost no recycled plastic bottles get recycled into new bottles

We have all seen the label on our plastic bottles of sodas, water or juice, proudly informing us the bottle is recyclable. We are led to believe we are using a recycled product. But this is not true.

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.

Assessing the ‘health’ of rivers using DNA analysis

How healthy is a river? One answer is to assess the biodiversity of the waterway. This involves assessing the biodiversity. Current methods involve multiple testing, assessing microscopic marine life. A new method has been proposed based on DNA.

Wildfires raging across Florida force evacuation of thousands

Over 115 wildfires raged across Florida on Saturday, reports the Florida Forest Service. Over 30,000 acres have been burned and 7,000 homes have been evacuated.

Two new studies: Surface of Antarctica 'swimming in meltwater'

For the first time ever, the network of streams, ponds, and lakes across Antarctica's surface have been mapped, and the extent of the water flow is astounding and worrying to scientists.

Britain's first coal free day since the Victorian era

The U.K. experienced its first day of power generation during which time no coal was used. This is the first day that coal played no part since the early days of the Industrial Revolution.

Rattled residents force Massachusetts to drop snake island plans

Timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts are going to have to fend for themselves, now that a state plan to set aside an island in a state reservoir as a protected habitat for them has been struck down by worried citizens.

Alaskan whale deaths in 2015 could have been due to toxic algae

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are saying a toxic algae bloom could have caused the deaths of 44 whales in 2015 in the Gulf Coast of Alaska, but they are not ruling out other possibilities.

Salamanders in Europe set to be wiped out by fungus

Scientists have called for urgent action to be taken to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly fungal infection.

Louisiana's disappearing coastline under 'state of emergency'

On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an emergency proclamation declaring the Louisiana Coast in a state of crisis and emergency. The emergency proclamation was sent to President Trump and members of Congress.

Pesticide maker pushes Trump administration to scrap risk studies

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump Administration to scrap the regulations and ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of pesticides that are harmful to almost 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.

Endangered Galapagos tortoises saved from suspected traffickers

Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said.

Rover Pipeline company flagged after two spills Into wetlands

After getting federal approval in February this year to start construction of a pipeline through Ohio, Energy transfer Partners has been cited with two violations by the Ohio EPA for spilling over two million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands.

Over 13 million people will be affected by rising seas in U.S.

Climate change-induced sea level rise is usually thought of as a coastal problem. Many coastal cities in the U.S. are already studying where to build coastal defenses. However, sea level rise will impact cities far inland, according to a new study.

Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril

Swans glide peacefully over green river waters in the central Croatian area of Karlovac, a tranquil spot popular with fishermen and swimmers that environmentalists fear could be devastated by hydropower projects.

Satellite images shows Larsen C ice shelf crack spreading rapidly

The latest images from NASA's Terra Satellite shows the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is spreading rapidly, raising the possibility that an iceberg may soon be calved.

Second lease of life for abused circus bears in Ukraine

Dental treatment by the best vets, open-air accommodation and fresh fish instead of dubious leftovers and abuse -- life has changed markedly for brown bears rescued from Ukrainian circuses and restaurants.

Okefenokee wildfire grows to over 30 square miles in size

Lightning started a fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near the Georgia-Florida state line on April 6. The fire has now grown to cover about 30 square miles (80 square kilometers) of public lands, threatening nearby towns.

March was second hottest month in 137 years globally

The past several years have seen the average global temperature creeping up, and this past March was no exception. March ended up being the second hottest on record, following the second hottest February and third hottest January.

Oil well in Alaska shut down after oil spill — still spewing gas

Federal regulators are preparing to shut down an oil well on Alaska's North Slope near Deadhorse tonight. The wellhead cracked Friday and sent up a plume of crude oil before it froze and the initial leak stopped. It is still spewing natural gas.

Bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital

Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads.

6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile: USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries.

Op-Ed: Paris Agreement — Trump plans to pull U.S. out next week

Despite the great strides being made in embracing renewable energy sources, and the further belief by the majority of Americans that climate change is a real threat to the Earth, our president may still pull us out of the Paris Agreement next week.

Drought intensifies in parts of Florida, creating water shortage

As the drought in central and parts of southern Florida intensifies, water is becoming scarce. On Thursday, South Florida water managers issued a water shortage warning, affecting close to 10 million residents.
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