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Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Sydney - Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour, as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to climate change.

B vitamins may offer protection against air pollution

Based on a small clinical trial involving people, B vitamins could offer some protection against the impacts of air pollution.

Xcel Energy to invest billions in new wind farms in seven states

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. announced this week it is proposing to build 11 wind farms in seven states in the Southwest, the Upper Midwest, and Colorado, using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large part of it.

Thousands of underground gas bubbles set to explode in Siberia

As many as 7,000 massive underground methane bubbles, formed by thawing permafrost are set to explode in Siberia. Such explosions, while releasing greenhouse gases, can create massive craters and poses a major safety risk to the local people.

Satellite images confirm there is less sea ice globally in 2017

It is unusual for the NSIDC to release data for both poles at the same time, but 2017 has been an "exceptional" year. However, new satellite data shows that there is less sea ice globally than at any time in the entire 38-year satellite record.

Building of coal fired power stations in decline

London - There has been a significant decline in the number of coal-fired power stations in pre-construction globally, according to a new report from several environmental organizations.

India's Ganges River joins list of rivers given legal rights

New Delhi - A court in northern India has ruled the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers living entities, bestowing on them the same legal rights as human beings, meaning that if anyone harms or pollutes the rivers, the law would view such an act as criminal.

New Zealand's 'green' image under threat: OECD

Wellington - New Zealand's strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its "clean, green" reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

Two reports, one conclusion — Energy shift must start now

Berlin - If the world wants to prevent a dangerous increase in global temperatures, all countries must shift away from energy production using fossil fuels, according to two separate international reports.

Wildfires rage in Boulder, Colorado and western North Carolina

A wildfire near the city of Boulder, Colorado prompted the evacuation of 426 homes on Sunday, while a wildfire in Western North Carolina, near Nebo in McDowell County, continues to rage almost unabated.

El Nino conditions fueling torrential rains and flooding in Peru

Lima - The most recent record-tying El Nino that ended in the spring of 2016 left behind enough of a warm water bulge to ensure this year's La Nina failed to develop - But it does set the stage for El Nino conditions, as Peru is experiencing now.

More rain looms as Peru struggles with disastrous floods

- Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country's woes.

Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy from raindrops

Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate energy from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.

California's Salton Sea may get $400 million make-over

Sacramento - On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown's administration floated a proposal for a plan that would cost taxpayers about $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest manmade lake.

One of last vaquita porpoises found dead in Mexico

Mexico - Environmentalists said they have found the body of a baby vaquita marina porpoise, one of the last of its kind, washed up dead in northern Mexico.

First fluorescent frog found in Argentina

Buenos Aires - The first naturally fluorescent frog was discovered recently in Argentina -- almost by chance, a member of the team of researchers told AFP Thursday.

Using microbes to measure ecological health

There are different measures of the state of an environment, such as toxins in soil or gasses in air. One measure, that can be qualified, is the microbial population since living entities directly signal the ‘health’ of a given locale.

Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say

Washington - US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking outcry among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet.

Euro MPs approve 'conflict minerals' crackdown

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.
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