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California burns — and there's worse to come

Los Angeles - Wildfires are nothing new in California. But in the third year of a historic drought, the tinder-dry western US state is battling near-record numbers of blazes.And the normal fire season has only just begun.

Obama to create world's largest marine sanctuary

Washington - US President Barack Obama will create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific Ocean in a bid to protect sea life from climate change, the White House said.

New toxic spill traced to Mexico mine

- Civil protection authorities have confirmed new toxic spills in northwestern Mexico, where a massive acid spill from a copper mine contaminated waterways.

Global climate protest draws thousands around the world

Tens and tens of thousands of people gathered in hundreds of events in cities around the world today, in a call to action against climate change and other environmental issues impacting our planet.

Nun-killer arrested for link to three new killings in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - A man convicted of killing a US Amazon activist who was also a nun, was re-arrested in Brazil on suspicion of involvement in three new murders.

China insists wealthy countries should improve emission targets

Beijing - Wealthy countries should increase their emission commitments if a global pact on climate change is to be reached next year, China's top UN climate negotiator said Friday.

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

Washington - The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday.

Whaling meeting heaps pressure on Japan - but rejects sanctuary bid

Portoroz - The world's whaling watchdog agreed Thursday to toughen scrutiny of Antarctic hunts which Japan conducts in the name of science, but rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

Dhaka - Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations agreed Tuesday to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

Whaling: Greenland hunt gets okay, Iceland blasted

Portoroz - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) gave aboriginal Greenlanders the go-ahead Monday to kill hundreds of whales even as Iceland came under fire for contravening a ban on commercial hunting.

BP ruled grossly negligent in 2010 oil spill

New York - BP potentially faces billions of dollars in new fines after a New Orleans judge concluded it acted with "gross negligence" ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Greenpeace members defend daring French nuclear protest

Colmar - Greenpeace activists who launched an audacious break-in at France's oldest nuclear power plant to highlight weaknesses at atomic installations defended their actions at the start of their trial Thursday.

Op-Ed: Feds guilty of condoning unsafe mountaintop mining practices

Mountaintop removal mining (MRM) is an economically advantageous way for companies to extract coal from the Earth, removing over two-and-a-half-times the amount of coal per worker hour than can be done with underground mining. But there is a downside.

Mexico investigates huge fish kill in lagoon

Tlajomulco - Fishermen used shovels, wheel-carts and trucks in western Mexico to pull tons of dead fish out of a lagoon that has been the scene of four fish kills this year.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Marina Silva could become the world’s first ‘Green President’

Brazilia - Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva threatens the re-election of Dilma Rousseff and the 12-year hegemony of the Workers Party (PT). Her election on October 5 could transform the South American giant relations with the region and the world.

Brazil poll favorite rows back on gay marriage

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian surprise package Marina Silva, whom polls suggest could oust incumbent Dilma Rousseff in October presidential elections, rowed back on liberal social policy Saturday after dropping a program reference to gay marriage.

Arctic 30 welcome Greenpeace protest ship back to Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Greenpeace's protest vessel, the ice-breaker Arctic Sunrise, docked in Amsterdam, Holland, Saturday, almost a year after Russian authorities seized the ship and arrested its crew during Greenpeace protests against Arctic oil drilling.

Huge, venomous new jellyfish found off of Australian coast

With huge spiders and deadly snakes nature in Australia is already a bit unforgiving. Keesingia gigas is the name of a new type of jellyfish which is adding to the danger with venomous stings.

Studies find that empowering locals helps save the environment

Multiple studies have covered what happens when locals support their own environment instead of the government. According to these reports efficient, stable communities can protect the environment better than the big agencies.

Mining CEO says he would drink contaminated Mt. Polley water

Likely - President of Imperial Metals Brian Kynoch apologized for his company contaminating water around the Mt. Polley Mine. He also says that the water tailing off is "good" and "very close to drinking water quality." So good that he would drink it.

Aston Martin creates solar powered race car

Gaydon - Green energy is a big deal for many today. As such Aston Martin has created a race car powered by the sun and intends to use it in upcoming competitions.

No action from Shell, Nigeria on oil pollution report: Amnesty

Lagos - Nigeria and Shell have done almost nothing to ease oil pollution in the Ogoniland area of the Niger Delta, three years after a landmark UN report called for a $1 billion dollar clean-up, Amnesty International said Monday.

Celebrities join battle to stop Faroe Islands dolphin 'grind'

Copenhagen - Celebrities and animal lovers from around the world are flocking to the Faroe Islands in a bid to stop a controversial dolphin hunt that activists describe as an "archaic mass slaughter".

Sunlight-concentrating tool could cut solar power costs in half

Burlingame - Renewable energy is something that scientists, environmentalists and business people all want to improve. Inventors at the Glint Photonics start-up group claim they have made a breakthrough with a sun-concentrating device.

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

Kuala Lumpur - Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, as haze mostly from forest fires in Indonesia, obscured skies.

Goat brigade released to fight poison ivy in Boston

Boston - City officials brought in goats to clean up large patches of poison ivy scattered about Hyde Park. According to reports the animals are fast, clean and efficient in removing these and are not hurt by the ivy at all.

Texas’ emergency herbicide request refused by EPA

Houston - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied the emergency use request filed by the state of Texas to use hazardous herbicide propazine to kill superweeds infesting the state’s cotton.

Sponge developed by scientists can turn light into steam energy

Cambridge - Mechanical engineering department head Gang Chen worked with a team to produce a spongy structure which can convert sunlight into steam. Readers who understand how useful steam energy is can understand why this is important.

Firefighters battle wild blazes in Spain

- Spanish firefighters on Saturday battled forest blazes that have destroyed hundreds of hectares of parched land and forced scores of people from their homes, authorities said.
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.
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