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Grim search for bodies continues in earthquake-hit central Italy

Amatrice - Searchers are looking for at least 10 residents missing in the wreckage of Amatrice following last week's powerful earthquake that killed hundreds of people and destroyed several historic towns in Italy's central mountains, 65 miles east of Rome.

French environment minister announces partnerships in Iran

Tehran - French Environment Minister Segolene Royal met with her Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Sunday to announce plans for a number of joint projects addressing energy, water shortages and pollution.

Obama establishes world's largest marine reserve in Hawaii

Miami - President Barack Obama on Friday burnished his environmental legacy by establishing the world's largest marine reserve, home to thousands of rare sea creatures in the northwestern Hawaiian islands.

Cruise ship with 1,070 on board attempts Northwest Passage route

The once pristine Arctic will soon be a thing of the past, now that climate change and melting ice is the new norm. Last week, the Crystal Serenity, a luxury cruise ship, began a month-long trip through the once-impassable Northwest Passage.

Nicaragua refinery fire under control: officials

Managua - Firefighters have contained a massive refinery fire on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, officials said Sunday.

Oil from refinery blast slickens Nicaragua habitat: environmentalists

Managua - A massive refinery fire in Nicaragua caused an oil spill that has contaminated sensitive nearby coastal habitat, a nonprofit group here said.

Indonesia in haze warning as fires flare

Jakarta - Indonesia warned Friday that haze from forest fires was floating over a key waterway towards its neighbours, and that the number of blazes was rising.

July was Earth's hottest month in modern times: US

Miami - Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the Earth's hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said Wednesday.

India court lifts ban on large diesel cars in Delhi

New Delhi - India's top court Friday lifted a ban on the registration of new high-end diesel vehicles in New Delhi after carmakers said they had been left stranded with thousands of unsold SUVs.

Not all is green in Mexico City's Aztec garden district

Mexico - Colorful gondolas lazily ferry tourists around the floating gardens of Mexico City's Xochimilco district, but not all is green in this idyllic vestige of the Aztec empire increasingly choked by urbanization.

Tractors bigger threat to wildlife than climate: study

Paris - Farming and hunting pose a more immediate threat to wildlife than climate change, researchers said, in a controversial plea to redirect resources earmarked for species conservation.

Cambodia seizes 600 kilograms of ivory from Africa

Phnom Penh - Cambodian customs Friday seized more than 600 kilograms of illegal ivory in a container packed with corn that had languished unclaimed at a port for two years after being shipped from Africa.

The Thai village using poop to power homes

Amphoe Hankha - Nestled in a deep pocket of forest that lies off Thailand's electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop.

A car cocktail: Ford, tequila-maker mix for auto parts

Mexico - Booze and driving are a bad combination, but US auto company Ford and Mexico's tequila maker Jose Cuervo have found a way to mix together.

Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up, report says

Paris - In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air -- the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.

Dwindling prey bad news for big cats

Paris - The world's top land carnivores such as tigers, lions and jaguars are coming under threat as their prey dwindles in number, according to the first global study of feeding patterns.

Russia anthrax outbreak infects 21

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday confirmed 21 cases of anthrax, including one fatality, after an unusual heatwave melted permafrost in its remote far north, releasing potentially lethal spores from the soil.

Massive fires rage in California

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters continued to battle huge wildfires in California on Monday, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry.At least one person has died in the blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Anthrax outbreak kills boy in northern Russia

Moscow - A 12-year-old boy has died in an anthrax outbreak in remote far northern Russia while dozens have been hospitalised on suspicion of infection, the region's governor said Monday.

U.S. scientists hope prehistoric fish can solve modern problem

Chicago - A giant prehistoric fish once thought to be extinct could be the solution to the worsening invasion of non-native Asian carp that is choking U.S. rivers and crowding out local species.

Mexico launches drones to protect endangered porpoise

- Mexico's government has launched drones to back last-ditch efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Mystery of missing Jai, India's most beloved tiger

Mumbai - A massive search operation is underway in India for the country's most famous tiger, with millions of adoring fans worried sick about the big cat known as Jai who went missing three months ago.

Op-Ed: Are U.S. retirement funds harming rainforests?

Some years ago ‘ethical investment’ was a big deal and people were keen to know where their money was being held. Things have drifted a bit since then, and one example which many are unaware of is where their retirement funds are invested.

Northern Vietnam struck by powerful storm, one dead

Hanoi - A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam on Thursday killing one person, delaying flights and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.

Grain drain, Laos' sand mining damaging the Mekong

Vientiane - Grain by grain, truckload by truckload, Laos' section of the Mekong river is being dredged of sand to make cement -- a commodity being devoured by a Chinese-led building boom in the capital.

Spain calls in army as wildfire reaches nature reserve

Barcelona - Spanish troops intervened Tuesday as a wildfire near the eastern city of Valencia spread to a nature reserve after laying waste to some 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land, regional authorities said.

Round-the-world trips that made aviation history

Abu Dhabi - Whether in aircraft or hot-air balloons, with or without stop-offs, and sometimes solo: round-the-world trips by air have produced several records since 1924.

Raging wildfire engulfs California homes, film set

Santa Clarita - Thousands of firefighters battled to contain a blaze tearing through suburban Los Angeles, destroying homes and a popular filming location and threatening actress Tippi Hedren's animal sanctuary.

Solar Impulse 2: Flying the flag for solar power

Paris - In its round-the-world tour, the plane Solar Impulse 2 has become a showcase for Sun-powered technology, featuring innovations which could have a bright commercial future.What's new about it?

Solar Impulse 2: A shining global tour

Abu Dhabi - Solar Impulse 2 took off on March 9, 2015 from Abu Dhabi for the first round-the-world flight using only solar energy, a huge bet on current technology.
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Hurricane Earl causing unruly weather near Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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A man wears two face masks while walking on a street during a hazy day in downtown Shanghai
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Trees planted for the Live Green Toronto Festival.
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Heavy duty machinery ready to be removed after the project, Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam, BC.
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Live Green Toronto Festival sign
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton. Elder Betty Letendre gives the opening blessing.
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Heavy smog at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, December 6, 2013
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Harvesting sugar cane in Florida's Everglades Agricultural Area.
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