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Top News: Environment

Two-year moratorium needed to protect bluefin tuna populations

An environmental group is warning that Pacific bluefin tuna could become extinct unless a two-year ban on commercial fishing is enacted.

Top cocoa grower Ivory Coast stung by caterpillar invasion

Abidjan - Cocoa crops in the world's top producer, Ivory Coast, are being ravaged by caterpillars but authorities are playing down the new scourge, saying they have it under control.

Russian wildfires put key climate resource at risk

Moscow - Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

Arctic becoming unsuitable for migratory shorebird breeding

Global warming is on a course that could make much of the Arctic region unsuitable for the millions of migratory shorebirds that travel north each year to breed.

How can the Internet help save the bees?

Wurz - Around the world bee populations are in decline, a result of pesticides, mite infestation and climate change. The Internet could help in the battle to save the bees.

Port of L.A. breaks ground for terminal powered by renewables

The Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the United States by container volume, and the 16th busiest in the world, is breaking ground for the world's first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewables.

In hot Acapulco, too many bodies in morgue's fridges

Acapulco - Morgue workers lift a dismembered male body dumped on the street of a poor Acapulco neighborhood in broad daylight, then pick up his severed leg and a bag containing his head.

China firm fined for pollution in landmark case

Bejing - A Chinese environmental group has won a landmark public interest lawsuit against a glass manufacturer, with the firm fined more than $3 million for excessive pollution, a court said.

France wants climate deal to take effect by November

New York - France's ecology minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday she wants to see the Paris climate deal take effect by November, just before a new round of climate talks opens in Morocco.

June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the Earth

Last month proved to be the hottest June in modern history, and was the continuation of an unprecedented streak of 14 months with above-average temperatures across the globe.

United global thinking needed for El Niño devastation

The devastating effects of the El Niño weather formation require a coordinated international response, according to the United Nations. The key requirements are outlined in a new report.

EU defies Brexit with UK greenhouse gases targets

Brussels - The EU unveiled national targets Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, insisting Britain is still legally required to help the bloc meet its UN goal despite being set to leave.

Cost of global warming's economic impact? $2 trillion+ by 2030

Rising temperatures brought on by climate change may end up costing the world's economy in excess of $2 trillion in lost productivity by the year 2030, according to a number of studies.

Feather-degrading bacteria harming birds

An explanation has been provided for a serious disease of birds where the feathers rot away and fall off. This disease is caused by feather-degrading bacteria. The solution requires a joined-up approach to conservation.

Vietnam looks to curb air pollution from motorbikes

Motorbikes account for the vast majority of vehicles used on the streets of Vietnam. With air pollution on the rise in major Vietnamese cities, government officials are trying out new methods to fix the air quality.

Canada gets new UNESCO site — Mistaken Point, Newfoundland

Mistaken Point, Newfoundland, a small Canadian headland on the Avalon Peninsula in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sunday.

3D printed turtle eggs to be used to detect poaching

A conservation group has created 3D printed sea turtle eggs containing GPS trackers. The eggs are set to be deployed this fall in Central America during an arribada, or mass nesting event when 90 percent of eggs will be poached from certain beaches.

Why do great white sharks congregate between Mexico and Hawaii?

Every winter, great white sharks swim for 30 to 40 days to congregate at a particular spot halfway between Mexico and Hawaii. No one knows why, but marine biologists are looking into it.

Millions in U.S. facing dangerous heat and humidity by 2050

The dog days of summer across the U.S. have brought us some of the hottest days we have seen so far this year. And when those high temperatures are combined with high levels of humidity, most people opt for a cool drink and the A/C.
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