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Cash crunch for Paris conference: UN climate chief

Bonn - Crunch climate negotiations opened in Bonn Monday with a UN official urging countries to replenish coffers for the critical Paris conference tasked with sealing a global carbon-curbing pact in December.

China passes yet another law on air pollution and coal use

Beijing - Legislators in China have approved amendments to the country's 15-year-old air pollution law that grants the state more powers to punish offenders, as well as allowing the state a clearer path to capping coal consumption, the biggest source of smog.

Nova Scotia woman forced to connect to power grid

Clark's Harbour - Cheryl Smith was building a small house close to Clark's Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada a year ago. The house remains unfinished as she has been denied an occupancy permit since her plans do not include hooking up to the electrical grid.

Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline

Washington - Alaska is often just a fuel stop for US presidents headed for Asia, but Barack Obama will spend three days in The Last Frontier next week and become the first sitting US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the setting of the most spectacular impacts...

Controversial badger cull to be extended

Bristol - The hotly debated issue of culling badgers in the U.K. has arisen again with plans by the British government to extend areas where shooting badgers is permitted to Dorset.

Metro Vancouver water restrictions to continue indefinitely

Due to an extremely hot summer Vancouver and area has had their water usage restricted since July 20 and it looks like that is going to continue. A spokesman for Metro Vancouver said a forecast for heavy rain over the weekend won't change the situation.

Op-Ed: NASA says 91.44cm sea level rise ‘locked in’ by existing warming

Sydney - The news isn’t great, but nobody would have expected it to be otherwise. An expected sea level rise of 3 feet, more or less, will definitely happen. NASA will be mounting a study to monitor and assess future sea level rises.

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Los Angeles - Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California's historic drought have produced a sizeable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said.

Invasive caterpillar spreads through U.K.

London - An invasive caterpillar, which munches through hedges and other plants, is crawling out of London and into the rest of the U.K. Experts are concerned about the devastation it will cause.

Opening of Crystal Geyser water bottling plant in Calif. opposed

A local citizens group in California is taking Crystal River bottling company to court, claiming the company doesn't have the proper permits and is in violation of land-use provisions by opening a water bottling plant during a drought.

Injured orca whale in B.C. waters cut by boater's propeller

A young killer whale, also known as an orca, has been spotted in Johnstone Straight off the coast of Vancouver Island with a fresh cut this week. The whale's flank and dorsal fin was cut but though a long wound it may not be serious.

Thailand destroys ivory stockpile amid junta crackdown

Bangkok - Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory Wednesday -- a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.

Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion

Montegut - Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, time seems to move more slowly. But it's not moving slowly enough to save a community of Native Americans living on a strip of an island that is being swallowed by the sea.

UK taken to court over allowing use of banned pesticides

The UK government's decision to permit the use of two of three banned pesticides linked to declining bee populations is being challenged in high court by the environmental group, Friends of the Earth (FOE).

Heavy rains trigger sewage spill on Hawaii's Waikiki Beach

Honolulu - Health officials are warning tourists and local beach-goers to stay out of the water on Hawaii's Waikiki Beach after heavy rains caused a 500,000 gallon sewage spill.

Video: Humpback whale doing back-flip caught on camera

If you've never seen a humpback whale do a backflip - and few have - you'll want to have a quick look at both a video and a photo that show just that. The woman who took the photo runs a whale cruise tour and she'd never seen a whale do a backflip.

Credit scheme backfired, hiking greenhouse gases: study

Paris - A global scheme meant to keep atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in check instead caused some 600 million tonnes of excess emissions, researchers said Monday.

Sumatran rhino declared extinct in Malaysia

The Sumatran rhino has been declared extinct by a recently published study and now their survival depends on fewer than 100 rhinos in Indonesia.

Newborn panda twins vocal, 'very, very active': U.S. zoo

Washington - Twin cubs born to a rare giant panda called Mei Xiang were doing well Sunday, vocal and "very, very active" after the surprise back-to-back births at the Smithsonian National Zoo, her handlers said.
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