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Gulf of Maine's wild blue mussels disappearing as ocean warms

The Gulf of Maine has historically been home to one of the richest shellfish populations in the U.S. But a recent study by marine ecologists has found that their numbers have declined by over 60 percent in the past 40 years.

French environment minister announces partnerships in Iran

Tehran - French Environment Minister Segolene Royal met with her Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Sunday to announce plans for a number of joint projects addressing energy, water shortages and pollution.

Indonesian fires send smoke and haze across Southeast Asia

Air quality in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels on Friday as the acrid smoke from Borneo and Sumatra's slash and burn fires drifted across the Island.

Hurricane Lester, Tropical Storm Madeline strengthen in Pacific

Washington - Hurricane Lester and Tropical Storm Madeline both picked up strength in the Pacific on Saturday, the US National Hurricane Center said, with both possibly heading towards Hawaii.

Keeping elephants at bay with chili powder and condoms

The ultimate elephant repellent has been found to be chili powder inside condoms, with the condoms placed at key locations. There's a reason for this, and it's to do with protecting elephants from poachers.

When death comes to stay: one Italian village's story

Saletta - Nowhere was hit harder by the earthquake that brought death and devastation to a remote corner of central Italy this week than Saletta.And if you listen to the locals, the tiny mountain hamlet is never going to recover from the wounds it has suffered.

USDA: Bird flu strain that hit U.S. last year found in wild duck

The same strain of avian flu virus that led to the deaths of 50 million chickens and turkeys in the U.S. last year has been found in the country for the first time in nearly 14 months, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Conflict and drought threaten Mozambique's Gorongosa park

Gorongosa - Passing through the aged faded gates into Gorongosa National Park, it's difficult to imagine you've just entered Mozambique's largest wildlife sanctuary.

Hurricane Gaston weakens to tropical storm

Washington - Hurricane Gaston weakened to a tropical storm Thursday, just hours after becoming the third hurricane of the Atlantic season, the US-based National Hurricane Center said.

Study confirms the release of ancient carbon in Arctic permafrost

Researchers have confirmed that ancient greenhouse gasses locked away in Arctic permafrost are seeping free as the Arctic region warms up faster than any other place on Earth.

New study assesses our ability to deal with invasive species

An international team of researchers has come up with a global assessment on how invasive alien species could spread in the 21st century due to increasing globalization and a changing climate.

Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples

Yangon - A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said.

At least two dead in Italian earthquake: media

Rome - At least two people died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, local media reported.

Massive crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is widening

Scientists have been monitoring a massive crack in one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves for some time. In the last five months alone, the fracture has grown an extra 22 kilometers, and it's only a matter of time before it breaks free.

18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake

Rome - A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead and many more unaccounted for.

Bosnian pine is Europe's oldest living thing at 1.075 years old

It may not be the oldest tree in the world, but a Bosnian Pine found in the highlands of northern Greece can claim to be the oldest tree on the continent. Scientists who examined the elderly pine say it is 1,075 years of age.

Environmentalists oppose renewing Nestle Ontario water permit

Toronto - An environmental group argues that the Ontario government should not renew a water-taking permit in the south-western Ontario town of Aberfoyle which ran out on July 31.

Op-Ed: Solution to packaging pollution? Wrap your food in milk protein

Sydney - Packaging pollution is one of the biggest problems on Earth. Plastic packaging of food in particular is an absolute environmental disaster. Finally, there is a major breakthrough in packaging which could quite literally change the world.

Bactrian deer manage to survive bloody conflict in Afghanistan

Decades of unrelenting war and general lawlessness, coupled with a loss of habitat and unregulated hunting in Afghanistan had conservationists believing the Bactrian deer had disappeared. But despite the chaos, this rare creature has survived.
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