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Op-Ed: EPA takes major step to rescind hotly contested clean water rule

Washington - A major legal step was taken on Tuesday by the EPA to rescind a contested Obama-era regulation designed to limit pollution in about 60 percent of the nation's bodies of water.

Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family

Paris - Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder.

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

Madrid - A wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control, officials said Tuesday after evacuating over 2,000 people including tourists.

French PM says ban on 'bee-killer' pesticide will go ahead

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighed in on a row between his environment and agriculture ministers on Monday to rule that a pesticide found harmful to bees would be banned in 2018 as scheduled.

Spain firefighters gain upper hand over blaze near nature reserve

Mazag - Spanish firefighters on Monday beat back a wildfire which threatens a renowned national park that is home to endangered species and has forced the evacuation of over 2,000 people from homes, campsites and hotels.

Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve

Madrid - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.

Fire licks Spanish nature reserve, 1,800 evacuated

Madrid - Hundreds of firefighters battled Sunday to contain a fire after it broke out at a nature reserve in southern Spain, prompting the evacuation of more than 1,800 people, authorities said.

Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj

Firozabad - Hanuman Prasad Garg doesn't blame rising fuel prices or pressure from cheap knock-offs for the slow demise of the glass industry where Indian artisans have forged bangles for centuries. He blames the Taj Mahal.

Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj

Firozabad - Hanuman Prasad Garg doesn't blame rising fuel prices or pressure from cheap knock-offs for the slow demise of the glass industry where Indian artisans have forged bangles for centuries. He blames the Taj Mahal.

Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj

Firozabad - Hanuman Prasad Garg doesn't blame rising fuel prices or pressure from cheap knock-offs for the slow demise of the glass industry where Indian artisans have forged bangles for centuries. He blames the Taj Mahal.

Global pact on environmental rights to be presented to UN

Paris - Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

Global green pact supporters launch Paris campaign

Paris - Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger

Paris - Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Bid for environmental rights pact to kick off in Paris

Paris - Politicians, legal experts and activists will launch a campaign in Paris on Saturday for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

Yellowstone grizzly bear removed from endangered list

Washington - Grizzly bears native to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area are being removed from the endangered species list, the US government said Thursday, calling efforts to replenish the population a major success.

Whales shrank before populations crashed: study

Paris - The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers said Thursday.

Bolivian glacier samples ready for global ice archives

La Paz - Scientists studying global warming recently climbed Bolivia's towering Mount Illimani and extracted samples of glacier ice packed with thousands of years of climate data.

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Varsovia - Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, on Wednesday called for the vast woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, which bans an...

Antarctic researchers take icy plunge to mark solstice

Sydney - Antarctic researchers welcomed the winter solstice with an exhilarating plunge into icy waters Wednesday as they look forward to brighter days after weeks of darkness.

Airport in Kazakh capital renamed after president

Astana - The airport in oil-rich Kazakhstan's capital Astana has been renamed after long-reigning President Nursultan Nazarbayev, state media reported on Wednesday, citing a government resolution that will fuel accusations of a leadership cult.

Growers at Bordeaux winefest unite against climate change

Bordeaux - This is the wine industry's new normal: heavy rains, floods, hailstones, drought and sometimes even frost.

In the Red Sea, coral reefs can take the heat of climate change

Eilat - In the azure waters of the Red Sea, Maoz Fine and his team dive to study what may be the planet's most unique coral: one that can survive global warming, at least for now.

Oil giants endorse carbon tax after Trump's Paris exit

New York - Major oil producers, including for the first time ExxonMobil, expressed support on Tuesday for a new US carbon tax, which could help cut emissions despite President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Op-Ed: DOE — 'CO2 not main cause of climate change, it's something else'

U.S. Department of Energy Chief, Rick Perry said on Monday that he does not believe carbon dioxide is contributing to climate change, a statement that is in line with the belief of Environmental Protection Agency's head honcho, Scott Pruitt.

EU 'deeply regrets' US Paris climate pact withdrawal

Luxembourg - The European Union on Monday blasted US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Paris climate change pact and said Brussels would continue to lead efforts to prevent global warming.

Deadly wildfires around the world

Paris - Portuguese firefighters kept up the battle Sunday after one of the worst wildfire disasters in recent history killed more than 60 people. Here is a rundown of some of the deadliest wildfires around the world over the past two centuries.

Hawaiian canoe comes home after epic round-the-world odyssey

Los Angeles - A traditional double-hulled canoe has returned to Hawaii after concluding a three-year epic journey around the globe, the first trip of its kind by such a boat.

From luxury hotels to slums, Haiti puts used soap to good use

Port-au-prince - A Haitian program to recycle used soap bars from luxury hotels has proven a win-win-win proposition, reducing waste, helping fight water-borne disease and giving employees like Magoiana Fremond the chance to send her kids to school and let them "eat ev...

As homelands devastated, Indonesian tribe turns to Islam

Indonesia - Indonesian tribesman Muhammad Yusuf believes his conversion from animism to Islam in a government-supported programme will eventually make his life easier.

Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for health chief

Chicago - The chief of Michigan state's health department and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over the Flint water contamination scandal, the most serious criminal offenses leveled so far.
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Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
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Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
Ugandan tortoises can grow up to be quite a bit larger and stronger than most breeds. However they u...
Ugandan tortoises can grow up to be quite a bit larger and stronger than most breeds. However they usually eat plants and don't bother people.
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Larger areas of what used to be layers of thick grass destroyed by landscaping machinery and creeks' banks with their ner, more regular shapes, Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam, BC.
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My home in Alberta on the farm
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Harvesting sugar cane in Florida's Everglades Agricultural Area.
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A tweet raising concerns about the environmental impact of tofu.
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
Map showing fracking sites in Gulf of mexico (2010 to 2014).
Map showing fracking sites in Gulf of mexico (2010 to 2014).
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A donkey transports firewood on the Mount Elgon slopes in Kapchorwa, eastern Uganda October 20, 2010. Transportation is a major problem in the area which has a poor road network.
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Live Green Toronto Festival sign
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Boyan Slat, teenage founder of the innovative The Ocean Cleanup initiative who has become the youngest recipient of a prestigious UNEP environmental award.
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Locals rely on the area for their livelihoods which may explain part of why they care for the environments.
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No pool exists that could possibly replicate the natural conditions of the ocean for captive orcas.
No pool exists that could possibly replicate the natural conditions of the ocean for captive orcas.
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Scene from a video showing an old shipwreck leaking oil into the North Sea environment.
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Residents of West Point, Liberia, hope that one day they will be relocated from the beach as the continuous environmental degradation has resulted in most of the land eroding into the Atlantic Ocean.
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The DoNation team
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A small picture of the beautiful Webb Island in Antarctica. Scientists caution that tourism could damage many of these beautiful areas.
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