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Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO

Geneva - Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.

What are elephants good for besides ivory? How about their skin?

Deep in the jungles of Myanmar, endangered Asian elephants are facing the same threat as African elephants, only it is far worse. Besides taking tusks, poachers there are skinning the elephants to feed a growing demand for skins in China.

Transatlantic mission to study effect of marine plastic pollution

A British led expedition has begun to sail to the Falkland Islands to study the effects of plastic pollution on tiny creatures in the depths of the seas.

What happened to Dunkin' Donuts' vow to get rid of Styrofoam cups?

In 2010, Dunkin' Donuts said it was looking for a replacement for its iconic Styrofoam coffee cups because they were environmentally unfriendly. After six years, the company is still using them. What gives?

Fuel tanker fire extinguished in Gulf of Mexico

Mexico - A massive fire that burned for more than 24 hours aboard a fuel tanker ship loaded with thousands of barrels of oil on board was put out without having caused spills, a Mexican state-owned oil company said.

New report on poaching paints grim and short future for elephants

Experts are now warning that the African elephant could go extinct within the next 25 years unless something is done to put a stop to illegal poaching and its illicit ivory trade.

Fuel tanker burning in Gulf of Mexico

Mexico - A fuel tanker ship burned out of control Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico and started to leak, setting the water on fire, authorities said.The state-owned Pemex ship has been on fire for 24 hours just off the eastern port city of Veracruz.

Indonesia struggles to tap volcano power

Indonesia - Columns of steam shoot from the ground at an Indonesian power plant sitting in the shadow of an active volcano, as energy is tapped from the red-hot underbelly of the archipelago.

Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive

Johanesburg - Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile.

Rising ocean temperatures threatening Maine lobster industry

A new study released by the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is warning that baby lobsters will not be able to survive in the Gulf of Maine's warming ocean waters

Albania seeks to liberate chained bears

Tirana - The two five-year-old Albanian bears carry physical and mental scars from their days of mistreatment and captivity -- Pashuk has marks from the tight chain on his neck, while Tomi is an alcoholic.

Heavy downpours in U.S. bring flooding and sewage overflows

Record rainstorms and flooding the past year in the United States have continued to make the national news, causing billions of dollars in damage and the deaths of dozens of people. But the overflow of untreated sewage is usually ignored.

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Johanesburg - Thousands of conservationists and government officials open talks in Johannesburg on Saturday to thrash out regulating international trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.

Op-Ed: Trump details his 'America-first energy plan' at conference

As the keynote speaker at the annual Shale Insight conference in downtown Pittsburgh, Thursday night, Donald Trump outlined his plans for pushing his fossil fuel agenda.

Canadian and U.S. tribes join forces against any more pipelines

Citing further damage to the environment, aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern U.S. have signed a treaty to jointly fight any proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude oil from Alberta's oil sands.

Television energy consumption ratings 'are flawed'

U.S. consumer groups have reacted with anger to news that energy ratings applied to many television sets in the U.S. are flawed. These days many people take power consumption into account when purchasing a new set.

Siberian region to slaughter 250,000 reindeer by Christmas

Russian region of Yamalo-Nenets plans to slaughter 250,000 reindeer by Christmas because of overpopulation and fears of an anthrax outbreak. The animals will be electrocuted, have their throats slit and blood will be drained for export to China.

How CITES works, and 5 species to look out for

Johanesburg - The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is a treaty to protect wild animals and plants against over-exploitation through commercial trade.

Fall forecast for the U.S. and Canada — Hold on to that sunscreen

Fall, also called autumn, officially arrives on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10:21 a.m. EDT, but we may not notice any change in the temperature until the coming weekend in the Northeastern part of the United States and into Canada..
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