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Warming oceans triggering population explosion of marine animals

Along the Central and Northern California coastline, observers are seeing an explosion of bright pink, inch-long sea slugs in the tide pools. Scientists are saying the "population boom" of these sea slugs this far north was predicted in 2011.

Millions of gallons of BP oil found on ocean's floor

While Gulf Coast residents are feeling pretty good about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, thinking it's now less harmful than originally thought, scientists have found almost 10 million gallons of BP's oil, sitting on the bottom of the Gulf.

Mali turns to environmentally friendly mud homes to save trees

In Mali's poorest villages, building a house can be a costly venture. It often involves cutting already depleted forests for wood and saving enough money to have corrugated sheetmetal shipped in for a roof.

Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on hunters' use of 'unfair drones'

While some states have already banned or regulated the use of drones for hunting, even more states have bills on the books regarding the use of this controversial procedure. Alaska is one such state that has banned the use of drones for hunting wildlife.

Amazing feats of the magnetic turtles

Loggerhead sea turtles use the Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way home, according to a new study. This navigational feat is achieved over great distances and across choppy waters.

Op-Ed: New Yorkers told to stay off roads, transit as blizzard strikes

New York City - There was a time, not too long ago, when the U.S. Post Office took great pride in delivering the mail to every American, six days a week without fail.

Obama plans offshore gas/oil drilling from Virginia to Georgia

Washington, D. C. - Energy companies have long sought the opening of the Atlantic Coast for offshore oil and gas drilling, and the Obama administration gave them approval today. The proposed 2017-2022 offshore plan is the second time Obama has recommended this move.

New York defends storm shutdown

New York - New York authorities on Tuesday vigorously defended a decision to shut down America's biggest city for a winter storm that skirted the Big Apple, dumping the worst snow on Long Island and New England.

U.K. dumps consortium charged with cleaning up nuclear site

Following the recommendations of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the British government sacked the consortium responsible for cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site, saying not enough progress had been made.

Northeastern U.S. prepares for 'historic' storm

New York City - As much as three feet of snow is expected Monday and Tuesday along a 250-mile stretch of the U.S. northeast coast as a massive winter storm brings enough heavy winds and driving snow to potentially shut down several of the nation's greatest cities.

Oceans are warming so rapidly they are breaking scientific charts

Earlier this month the NOAA and NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, shattering the previous records in 2005 and 2010. Now comes the news that global warming is heating the world's oceans at an unprecedented pace.

Hoopoes engage in strange egg-licking behaviors

Hoopoes have a remarkable habit. They cover their eggs with a secretion from their beaks. The secretion is packed with beneficial bacteria, which protects the eggs. A new research study has been looking into this behaviour further.

Op-Ed: Have we learned anything from the latest oil spill?

Glendive - One news source in Montana is expounding on the lessons learned from the 2011 ExxonMobil oil spill. But are the lessons, whatever they may be, really going to change the way we are letting these events impact the environment?

Chinese city bans the smoking of bacon because of air pollution

Chongqing - It may seem odd to hear that smoking bacon would cause a rise in air pollution, but if everybody and his neighbor is doing it, then maybe there is some substance to the story of one Chinese city where smoking bacon has been banned.

Yet another huge saltwater spill in ND oil patch

Williston - Cleanup began this morning in western North Dakota after nearly three million gallons of brine spilled from a pipeline. The brine, a toxic byproduct of oil and gas production is much saltier than ocean water and may contain petroleum and other residues.

New understanding about how white-nose syndrome kills bats

Madison - Researchers have developed an explanation of how white-nose syndrome kills bats. The fungal infection has been devastating bat populations across in North America.

Hundreds of dead fish in Cape Breton, fisheries seeks answers

For reasons unknown hundreds of dead mackerel have washed up on the shores Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton. The fish began washing up on the lake shore a week ago and by Monday a local said there were hundreds of them.

New study shows global warming science based on 'serious errors'

A major peer-reviewed paper on climate physics is rocking the very foundations of climate change science tonight. The paper exposes major errors in the general-circulation models the UN's IPPC climate panel relied on to formulate their predictions.

Mongolia’s 'Sutton Hoo' threatened by Canadian mine

Ulan Bator - A bid by a Canadian gold mining company to strip-mine part of northern Mongolia’s protected Noyon Mountain Forest which includes the country’s cultural equivalent to England’s Sutton Hoo site or Egypt’s pyramids is causing outrage in the country.
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