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Top News: Environment

Flood-hit New Zealand braces for more rain

Wellington - Flood-hit regions of New Zealand were warned to expect more wild weather Sunday after a deluge forced evacuations and emergency declarations in parts of South Island.

Fukushima — Robot finds possible fuel debris on Friday probe

Tokyo - An underwater robot captured images inside reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant on Friday that appears to be melted fuel debris. On Saturday, a third exploration hopes to reach the basement of the reactor pedestal.

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 living with spectre of killer quake

Toukyo - For modern Olympic host cities, the twin threats of terrorism and financial ruin constantly loom.But spare a thought for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who face the added risk of a devastating earthquake or tsunami.

South Miami is first city in state to mandate solar panels

Miami - South Miami, Florida has become the first city in the state to require new homes to include rooftop solar installations, thanks to a teenage girl who helped to write the measure.

Firefighting planes battle flames near Croatia's Dubrovnik

Zagreb - Firefighting planes were dispatched to battle a fresh blaze near Croatia's Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik on Thursday as scores of emergency personnel remained on duty further north.

Russia dismisses Netherlands court award over Greenpeace ship

Moscow - Russia on Thursday dismissed an international court ruling it must pay the Netherlands 5.4 million euros ($6.25 million) for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship.

Canada's Mackenzie River Basin releasing methane gas

Frozen Arctic permafrost has acted like a tight-fitting stopper, keeping huge quantities of heat-trapping methane gas stored in layers of gas and oil buried deep beneath this barrier for millennia. Global warming has changed all that.

Massive wildfire near Yosemite forces thousands from homes

Mariposa - A massive wildfire in California's Central Valley has forced the evacuation of 4,000 people since the fire began on Sunday, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for Mariposa County Tuesday night.

Montenegro wildfires rage but 'under control' in Croatia and Portugal

Podgorica - Firefighters in Montenegro battled for a third day Wednesday to douse wildfires along the Adriatic coast, while blazes ravaging parts of neighbouring Croatia as well as Portugal were brought under control.

No respite for tens of thousands of Canadians fleeing wildfires

Montr - Tens of thousands of people who fled wildfires in western Canada were unable to return home Tuesday as the massive blazes raged on.

Selling $600 frogs -- to save them from poachers

Quito - Poachers in Ecuador have long known the hefty prices their country's rare frogs can fetch. But now environmentally conscious firms are starting to sell the amphibians too -- to try to save them from the black market and threatened extinction.

7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia: US scientists

Washington - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Monday off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific.

Chilean capital shakes off rare snow storm

Santiago - The Chilean capital Monday shook off a rare snow storm that had left as many as 350,000 homes without power.The snowfall blanketed Santiago in white on Saturday, delighting children but wreaking havoc on the city's electricity grid.

Malaysia arrests Vietnamese man for 'ivory smuggling'

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have arrested a Vietnamese man and seized a stash of elephant ivory worth almost $70,000, an official said Monday, highlighting the country's role as a hub for the wildlife-smuggling trade.

Artificial intelligence is aiding dairy farming

Suita - Cow gait is a problem for dairy farm productivity. A new artificial intelligence tool uses images allow to allow for the early detection of the serious diseases and enable dairy farmers to take action more quickly.

Canada fires drive thousands more out of their homes

Montr - Thousands of people fled their homes in western Canada over the weekend as strong winds fanned forest fires that have ravaged British Columbia province for more than a week.

Climate change will force airlines to rethink long-range plans

Just last month, airlines in Phoenix, Arizona were forced to cancel some flights because it was too hot for planes to take off. Now, a new study suggests this is going to occur more often as the planet continues to warm.

Digital technology helps with fish conservation

Conservationists are harnessing digital technology to assess the numbers of threatened and endangered species. One application includes the digital recording of fish songs to track populations.

Trump administration quickly OKs first Arctic drilling plan

Eni S.p.A., an Italian multinational oil, and gas company has received federal approval to drill for oil in federal waters offshore Alaska, as President Trump makes good on his promise to make America energy independent.
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