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Airlift for thousands trapped by Canada wildfires

Canada began airlifting to safety up to 25,000 people from the city of Fort McMurray forced from their homes by raging forest fires in Alberta's oil sands region.

The human side of Alberta's catastrophic wildfire

"The fire is very large and very extreme," said a wildfire information officer on Thursday morning. This statement tells only part of the story, though. For the thousands of people who have fled for their lives, the story is never-ending.

India to spend $6 billion to create new forests

New Delhi - The Indian government has unveiled a plan to plant new forests, with a budget of $6.2 billion. If successfully implemented, the plan will see India's forest cover go from the current 21.34% to 33% of its land area.

Mexico fights to save species ensnared in China black market

San Felipe - The high-speed navy boat stopped on the moonlit waters of Mexico's Gulf of California as sailors looked through binoculars for small vessels conducting illegal activities under the cover of darkness.

Ft. McMurray engulfed by wildfire destroying 1,600 structures

Fort Mcmurray - A monster wildfire has engulfed the northern Alberta city of Ft. McMurray, forcing the evacuation of 88,000 people. So far, 1,600 homes and buildings have been reduced to charred rubble as the conflagration continues to burn unabated.

World Bank: Water scarcity is going to affect world economy

Based on a newly released report from the World Bank, bad water-management policies will exacerbate the impact of climate change, affecting the economies of some countries.

Obama drinks water in Flint, hits Republicans

Flint - A combative President Barack Obama visited crisis-hit Flint, Michigan, Wednesday where he conspicuously sipped filtered water to prove it was potable and attacked "corrosive" Republican attitudes toward "big government.

Floods following drought worsen Ethiopian hunger

- Stuck on a track in eastern Ethiopia, trucks carrying food for the starving are forced to turn back.After one of the worst droughts for decades, the rains have finally arrived, but now only add to the complication of the delivery of food aid.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Santiago - Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

Human exodus expected as parts of Middle East and Africa heat up

Parts of the Middle East and North Africa, home to 500 million people, could become uninhabitable by the middle of this century, forcing one of the world's largest human migrations to take place.

'Catastrophic wildfires' force thousands to flee in Canada

Edmonton - The Canadian city of Fort McMurray remained under threat from catastrophic wildfires Wednesday, authorities warned, after more than 80,000 residents were forced to flee the raging inferno sweeping through Alberta's oil sands region.

Norway's Solheim to head UN environment agency

New York - Norway's former minister for the environment and international development, Erik Solheim, was appointed on Tuesday to head the UN Environment Programme.

Indian police arrest forest guards over rhino poaching

Guwahati - Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested four forest guards on suspicion of helping to cover up rhino poaching in a national park visited by Britain's Prince William and his wife last month.

Drug used on cattle threatening thousands of vultures in Spain

Diclofenac is a powerful non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to reduce inflammation and as an analgesic in humans. Because of its extreme toxicity it has been banned for veterinary use in many countries.

India forest fires creep close to famous Shimla railway

Shimla - Forest fires raging in India's Himalayan region crept perilously close to a famous British-era railway track Tuesday, as panicked residents fought off blazes threatening to engulf their homes.

Mexico City bans 40% of cars again over air pollution

- Mexico City officials issued a new air pollution alert, meaning that 40 percent of vehicles will be banned on Tuesday, while industries will be required to cut emissions.

Heat and high winds leave BC with 40 active wildfires burning

Vancouver - A deadly combination of high winds, elevated temperatures and little snow this past winter has resulted in an early start to the wildfire season in British Columbia, Canada.

El Nino's impact is not over as it's sibling looms — Part 1

The current El Nino weather phenomenon which began last year has affected 60 million people worldwide, leaving many countries in desperate need of assistance. But even as El Nino begins to weaken, we are not out of the woods yet.

Chilean surfing star on quest to save hometown coast

El Valle - Ramon Navarro is one of the world's top big-wave surfers, but this fisherman's son still has a place in his heart for the spot where he learned his trade -- a stretch of Chilean coastline he is now fighting to save.
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