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Online rhino horn auction set to open in South Africa

Johanesburg - An online auction of rhino horn is set to open Monday, after a court in South Africa gave the go-ahead for the sale, which has outraged conservationists.

South Asia floods claim more than 750 lives

New Delhi - More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said Monday, with monsoon rains also causing the deaths of hundreds of animals, including rhinos and a tiger.

Drone technology offers new ways to manage climate change

When the Earth turns dark during this year's total solar eclipse, millions of sky-gazers will be relaxing and enjoying the unusual phenomenon, however, climate scientists will be using drone technology to study the sun's influence on weather patterns.

Freeze-dried foam developed to soak up carbon dioxide

Researchers have developed a novel technology to help address future environmental concerns. This is a macroscale foam that can rapidly soak up carbon dioxide.

Schools are looking to digital security solutions

Schools and colleges need to be safe environments where students can study and interact with each other safely. Such education institutions also need to be safe from break-ins or from dangerous events, like fires. There are several digital solutions.

South Africa gives go-ahead to rhino horn auction

Johanesburg - A South African court on Sunday gave the go-ahead for an online auction of rhino horns that has outraged conservationists.

Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floods

New Delhi - Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued.

Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico

La Ventosa - Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa.

Tech solutions to monitoring harmful algae blooms in US waters

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) that pose risks to human and environmental health are expected to increase because of climate change, according to researchers at Tuft's University. Science and Technology are now being used to mitigate the effects of HABs.

Melting of Greenland glacier to speed up: study

Miami - The Greenland ice sheet is likely to melt faster in the years to come, despite a recent slowdown, researchers said Wednesday after making a new discovery about the way glaciers move.

Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials

Poland - It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

Death of baby dolphin triggers outrage in Spain

Madrid - Spanish animal lovers reacted with fury on Wednesday after a baby dolphin approached a holiday beach, where it died as bathers played with it and took pictures.

US Wildfire threat levels - How technology helps in preparedness

At the end of last week, U.S. fire managers raised the National Fire Preparedness Level status to its highest level for the first time in two years as California and a number of other Western states are at high risk for lightning storms.

Fire-hit Greece calls off EU help as PM says conditions improve

Atenas - Greece on Wednesday called off a request for European assistance in battling wildfires as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said firefighters had gained the upper hand in halting a destructive blaze near Athens after three days.

Bianca Jagger leads Nicaragua canal protest

- Celebrity rights activist Bianca Jagger lent star power on Tuesday to a protest against the building of a major canal in her native Nicaragua.The 72-year-old is a former actress and ex-wife of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.

Op-Ed: Big Oil goes green? It’s happening, but in tiny doses

OK, given that oil is sacred to the cows of the financial world, never to be questioned or to provide a rational statement on any subject – Why is Big Oil investing in green energy? It looks almost like sanity, so there must be something wrong with it.

Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching

Toukyo - Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewellery.

Greece asks EU for air support to battle fires

Atenas - Greece on Tuesday pleaded for assistance from European neighbours to help battle wild fires including a blaze ravaging a forest near Athens.

At least 221 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods

Dhading - At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million have been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday, as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing.
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