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Documentary reveals the true life of Winter the dolphin

Clearwater - She is one of the most famous dolphins in the world. But a new documentary says that Winter, the star of Dolphin Tale 1 and 2, isn't leading the glamorous life.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

The world's rarest bird needs a new home

The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird,will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home according to a new study. Conservationists are recommending that a new home be found.

Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Six more Napa buildings declared uninhabitable

Napa - Napa city officials have red-tagged six more downtown buildings, raising the number of buildings rendered unusable by Sunday's early-morning earthquake to more than 120.

Op-Ed: From the Faroese perspective - the pilot whale hunt Special

Cooperation rather than confrontation – in this way, whale defenders and the Faroese might jointly contribute to an accelerated end to the pilot whale hunt. Here are some local points of view on it.

Brazilian Feds arrest destroyers of Brazilian Amazon rainforest

With the Brazilian rainforest under attack, Brazil's Federal Police have dismantled the largest destroyer ($220m (£134m)) of their beautiful Amazon Rainforest. Fourteen arrest warrants, 22 search warrants, and four suspects are in process.

Wild ginseng poacher heads to jail as Feds crack down

Bryson City - Billy Joe Hurley, 46, of Bryson City, North Carolina was broke and quite simply just trying to make a living. Unfortunately he chose to continue to illegally poach wild ginseng, putting the species at risk, despite several arrests and warnings.

British badger cull target announced

A target number of badgers to be killed in this year's pilot cull has been announced by Natural England and authorization letters have been issued to approved persons.

Study shows southwestern U.S. on verge of a 'megadrought'

Due to human-caused climate change, the very real possibility of the southwestern region of the United States experiencing a prolonged drought has been estimated at 50 percent. The chance of the region having a "megadrought" lasting 30 years is also high.

Op-Ed: Why is obvious human-induced climate change ignored?

Human activity, at least in one way, obviously changes the local climate. As more local climates are warmed by human activity, the globe will eventually grow hotter. Why is it ignored?

Oil companies fracking dangerously close to water sources

According to a new study performed by researches at Stanford University, oil and gas companies are fracking much closer to underground water sources than previously thought.

Napa quake caused $300 million in private property damage

Napa - Sunday's early morning earthquake caused $300 million worth of damage to private property in the city of Napa, officials said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: What the world does not know about Fukushima could kill us

How big does a cover-up have to get, and how many children have to die before the world wakes up to the truth about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Almost from the onset of the earthquake and resulting tsunami, the world has not been told the truth.

ExxonMobile to pay $1.4 million after 2012 pipeline spill

The Department of Justice announced today that ExxonMobile Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for its alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 Northline crude oil spill in Louisiana.

Dandruff fungus found in deep-sea vents

A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents.

Gaping 30 metre wide sinkhole appears in Durham and gets bigger

Bishop Auckland - A gaping void has appeared suddenly in County Durham in the countryside of north-east England — safety officials have estimated the sinkhole to be 100ft (30 metres) wide — and it's getting bigger.

NEB begins talks with First Nations over controversial pipeline

Edmonton - Canada's National Energy Board began hearings today in Edmonton with First Nations groups as part of its review process regarding Kinder Morgan's proposed Alberta to B.C. coast pipeline expansion project.

The Great Barrier Reef: The battle rages on

Once again, serious questions are being raised about the decision to allow the dumping of dredge spoil in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
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