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Solar Impulse readies for its 'Moment of Truth' flight

Nanjing - The Solar Impulse 2 was set to take off from Nanjing, China on Tuesday, heading out on a six-day journey to Hawaii, but a bad weather forecast has dampened the chances of a takeoff. The two-man team is left to sit tight and wait for a favorable window.

Op-Ed: World leaders ignore climate change as hundreds die

Denver - In India hundreds are dying from extreme heat. Rain, floods and tornados are lashing Midwestern states in the U.S. In Colorado, the menace is less dramatic: overgrown lawns and grumbling about Seattle-like days in Denver.

New campaign to save bees from pesticides

In 2013 neonicotinoid pesticides were temporarily banned in Europe due to a 'high acute risk' to honey bees. An environmental organization wishes the matter to be extended to a complete ban.

Op-Ed: Luxury hotels linked to palm oil plantations, forest destruction

If you remember those quaint drawings of big fish eating progressively smaller fish, until there's only one big fish at the end, you have the general gist of how palm oil companies often destroy rain forests.

Thousands evacuated in Nepal after river blocked by landslide

A mountain river in Nepal was blocked by a huge landslide on Sunday, forcing the evacuation to higher ground of thousands of families along the river say government officials.

Woman chains herself to ship in protest of drilling in Arctic

Seattle - The "Shell No" protest is still active in Seattle, Washington today. The Coast Guard says it has no plans to remove a woman who chained herself to a Royal Dutch Shell ship last night in protest on the company's plans to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Criminal charges possible in California coast oil spill

Goleta - State and county officials in California say they're considering criminal charges stemming from Tuesday's 20,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach off the Santa Barbara coast.

These plantable coffee cups offer seeds for thought and gardening

San Luis Obispo - We Americans love our coffee. In fact, we love it so much that on average, we drink more than three cups daily, and that means 400 million cups for the whole population per day.

Over 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled on California coast

Tuesday's pipeline rupture is now in its third day as cleanup crews work feverishly to contain what has turned into a major emergency. The original estimate of the numbers of gallons of oil released was far smaller than originally thought.

Japan aquariums vow to stop buying Taiji dolphins from cruel hunt

Taiji - Bowing to pressure amid threats of expulsion from the world's leading zoo organization, aquariums in Japan have voted to stop buying live dolphins from Taiji, where the annual slaughter of hundreds of cetaceans has drawn widespread criticism.

World's first ocean cleaning system to be deployed in 2016

Seoul - Dutch-registered nonprofit, The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the oceans will be deployed next year.

Controversial B.C. wolf cull to continue despite reports findings

A B.C. Ministry of Environment report released through the Freedom of Information Act shows the government blames the decline of the caribou population in the province on humankind, not on wolves. However, a controversial wolf cull will continue.

Australian town caught up in curious 'spider rain' phenomenon

Goulburn - Millions of tiny spiders began raining down on a town in New South Wales, Australia a few days ago, almost blotting out the sun and covering everything with their mounds of silken parachutes. Residents didn't know what to think of the "spider rain."

IMF: Fossil fuel subsidies outpace spending on health care

A recent IMF report argues that governments around the world are spending trillions of dollars in subsidies, many of them “hidden”, to support the fossil fuel industry.

Lion caged for 10+ years feels grass for the first time

A lion in Brazil that hasn't felt grass in more than 10 years was filmed feeling grass after it arrived at the Ranch of the Gnomes.

Vancouver Aquarium to long weekend boaters: Avoid killer whales

The Vancouver Aquarium issued a warning to long-weekend boaters to steer clear of the orca killer whales spotted in waters near Nanaimo. Porpoises and dolphins were also seen in coastal waters near communities.

Florida dad catches 2-m shark in backyard canal where sons play

Miami - A South Florida dad was stunned when he caught a 2-meter shark he believes was a bull shark in the backyard canal where his sons often play. He captured the incident on his phone camera before he returned the fish to the water.

Farmers eat rats, trade tails for rice in Philippines

Farmers in Philippines hit by El Niño triggered drought are trading rat tails for rice as part of a government program and eating their meat.

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.
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