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The incredible voyage of the blackpoll warbler revealed

Each fall the blackpoll warbler flies non-stop from Canada, southwards across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, in just three days. What does the bird get up to? A science group have been finding out.

Casualties after Nepal quake topples landmark tower

Kathmandu - A landmark nine-storey tower collapsed in Kathmandu on Saturday after a massive earthquake hit the Nepalese capital, with several bodies seen at the site of the disaster, witnesses and television footage showed.

Deepwater Horizon continues to cause environmental problems

Oozing oil on once cherished marshland continues to be a problem on the U.S. coast as the effects of Deepwater Horizon continue to affect the environment and marine life.

Japan ousted by world body over bloody Taiji dolphin hunt

Taiji - Responding to pressure from conservationists, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended its Japanese member because it is involved in the controversial dolphin hunts that take place each year in Taiji.

Canadians set the nature challenge Special

Toronto - An environmental organization is calling on Canadians to put away their computers and turn off the television, and instead spend more time outdoors.

Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

The evidence is coming in fast and furious, showing us that the U.S. drilling boom is responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes being felt around the country.

Big Apple seeks to clean up its act for Earth Day 2015

For anyone who has ever been to our nation’s largest city, New York City, it’s evident that despite the landmarks and award-winning restaurants, the city could use a little cleaning up.

Chile volcano erupts for first time in decades

Metropolitana - A volcano in Chile that had been inactive for over 50 years suddenly erupted twice in the space of hours, blasting huge clouds of ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of around 5,000 people.

Op-Ed: Every weekend like Earth Day in Lençóis, Bahia, Brazil Special

While visiting a true Brazilian hidden gem, Chapada Diamantina in the state of Bahia, I encountered a group of local women doing early morning laundry when using water running down from the rocks.

Testing for glyphosate residues being recommended by EPA

Perhaps bowing to public concerns over the safety of the active ingredient, glyphosate, in Monsanto's Roundup. the Environmental Protection Agency is considering asking the federal government to test foods for glyphosate residue.

Saving Cotton Plants With Fungi

Scientists have analysed a beneficial fungus that can work as a disease control agent to protect cotton crops from pathogens.

Mega Expedition to set sail for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Los Angeles - On Monday, environmental campaigning organization, Ocean Cleanup, founded by young Dutchman, Boyan Slat, unveiled its Mega Expedition, a massive research undertaking to assess the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Costa Rica: Researcher discovers new species of glass frog

Heredia - Costa Rica is a tiny country that often seems cut off from the rest of the world, but sometimes it shares gifts with us, and when it does, they are amazing. Case in point: The recent discovery of a new species of glass frog, a living green jewel.

Thai customs seize African elephant tusks worth $6 million

Customs officials in Thailand have seized over four tons of ivory worth $6.0 million in what the customs department is calling the biggest ivory bust in the country's history.

California to be under revised mandates to restrict water usage

Sacramento - California's State Water Resources Control Board on Saturday released a revised plan for the state's first-ever mandatory water cuts. The plan will entail putting the state's water agencies in a nine-tier bracket, based on consumption in 2014.

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Naha - One man died and another was hospitalised Monday after a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan.

'Taco', the polar bear in Chile’s National Zoo is free at last

Santiago - After 16 years of captivity in Chile's National Zoo, Taco the polar bear died. During his confinement the animal endured summer temperatures that often reached 36 C in Santiago, the Chilean capital. Years of protests did not achieve Taco's freedom.

B.C. kills 84 grey wolves in first months of controversial cull

A wolf culling program is underway in the Canadian province of British Columbia and after three months 84 wolves have been killed. Some animal rights activists insist that the reasons given for the program by the government do not justify the slaughter.

Globe's record heat keeps on setting records

With only a four month start to the year 2015, global temperatures are already breaking records around the world. March temperatures set a new record as the hottest month ever, since record keeping began in 1880.
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