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Top News: Environment

Op-Ed: ‘Tis the season to go green — How to recycle old holiday cards

Every year we receive dozens of holiday cards from family and friends. What can we do with them after the holidays are over?

Review: 'Torrid Talks — Why Aristotle Was Wrong'

Cairns - The Cairns Institute recently hosted a TEDx event, titled 'Torrid Talks — Why Aristotle Was Wrong,' consisting of a succession of short talks by 15 Queenslanders.

Where did all that BP oil go? Scientists find out

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lasted 83 days before the well-head was sealed off, and in that time, 172 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. But one question has plagued officials for years. Where did all the oil go?

Reef 2050 'will not save Australia's Great Barrier Reef'

The Australian government's plan to save the iconic Great Barrier Reef is less than adequate, failing to address the major reasons behind the reef's decline, say scientists from the Australian Academy of Science.

Climate change fears prompt effort to make Florida two states

The Mayor and City Comission of South Miami passed a resolution on Oct. 7 in favor of splitting the state of Florida into two states. No, it has nothing to do with politics, say city officials. It's because of climate change.

Deadly virus is killing frogs throughout Spain

Several frog, toad, newt, and salamander populations are being attacked by an emerging pathogen in a major national park in Spain.

Mountaintop removal now linked to over 60,000 new cancers

Almost 1.2 million people live in the Appalachia region of the Eastern United States. The region is best known for the mountaintop removal mining (MTR) that is carried out by coal companies to extract the fossil fuel needed to meet our coal demands. .

Bee Lawns: The little change which could save a species Special

A new trend in ‘bee lawns’ has seen lawn maintenance flipped on its head in a bid to preserve the population of the struggling insect.

The Torrid Zone: A new global dynamic

Cairns - A conference titled 'The Future of Tropical Economies' was recently held in Cairns, Australia and focused on the quality of life for all those residing within the Torrid Zone.

Turks and Caicos sign green energy agreement

Turks and Caicos is the latest territory to join the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge, committing to making the transition from fossil-fuel dependency to 100 percent renewable energy.

Plant science aims to help with world hunger

Three leading scientists have said that basic plant science and its application to agriculture, emphasizing can help to deal with global food demands.

B.C. government wages war on the European gypsy moth

An invasive species has invaded the city of Surrey, British Columbia, and could very well become a threat to the ecology and economy of the region. The invasion of the European gypsy moth has been taken quite seriously by the B.C. government.

FTC warns manufacturers not to stretch the truth on plastic bags

If you've seen the term "oxodegradable" on your plastic bag and assume it will quickly decompose, think again. The Federal Trade commission says that these claims are often deceptive.

New plan for stewardship and conservation in Canada

Toronto - The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) are to work together in order to “enhance the stewardship and conservation practices” in Canada.

Extinction clock running down with death of white Rhino

The extinction clock is winding down today for the Northern white rhino, one of the two sub-species of white rhinos. On Saturday, workers at a Kenya game reserve found Suni, one of two male Northern white rhinos, dead in his enclosure.

Op-Ed: When is 'extinct' really 'extinct'? The missing snail row

The Aldabra banded snail was last sighted in 1996 and declared extinct in 2007, with the blame placed squarely on climate change. However, it has since been "rediscovered." This has led to a debate about the accuracy of the original research.

Oil laden Russian ship off B.C. coast being towed by Coast Guard

Canada's CBC News has reported that a Russian ship floundering off the B.C. coast is now secured to a tow line from a Coast Guard vessel. There were concerns the fuel-laden ship could run aground and reports say those concerns still exist.

Russian ship hauling bunker and diesel fuel adrift off B.C. Coast

A Russian container ship laden with some 450 tonnes of fuel is powerless and drifting in a storm off of the coast of B.C., toward Haida Gwaii. The ship has eleven crew members, including a captain who is reportedly injured.

Japan's nuclear reactors near active volcanoes 'unsafe'

The unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake in Central Japan on Sept. 27 has renewed concerns over nuclear power plants' safety. A prominent vulcanologist is disputing the decision to put two Sendai nuclear power plant reactors back on line.
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