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'Blast fishing' thrives in Libya's chaos

Tripoli - Residents of Tripoli's seafront wake up most weekends to loud blasts: fishermen using dynamite to maximise their catch, regardless of the damage they are causing to marine life.

Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites

Sydney - Financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to Aus$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) as they endure the driest conditions in half a century, the prime minister said Sunday.

Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

Brest - The sight of a basking shark's brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors -- it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe.

Pacific Ocean's warm waters spawn another big hurricane

La Jolla - Hurricane Lane is barreling west across the Pacific Ocean on a course that will bring it close to Hawaii next week. As of 8:00 p.m. PDT, Hurricane Lane is now a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Australian drought brings early start to bushfire season

Sydney - Large parts of Australia are caught up in a devastating drought, and it is set to intensify over the next three months, fueling unseasonable bushfires.

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Kochi - Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.

Tefe, a town afloat in the Brazilian Amazon

Tef - To get around town, the 60,000 people of Tefe -- in the heart of Brazil's Amazon -- hop into boats. Even the outside world is only reachable by water or air.

Drones fly to rescue of Amazon wildlife

Matupa - A hoarse sound abruptly wakes visitors staying at a floating house that serves as a base for environmentalists on the Jaraua river in the Amazon rainforest.

The art of living and thriving in the Amazon river basin

Matupa - Learning to swim in the Amazon river basin also means learning to avoid flesh-eating piranhas and snapping caimans.Residents of the Mamiraua and Amana Sustainable Development Reserves, deep in the Amazon rainforest, are experts at the art of survival.

City of London will be charging parking fees based on emissions

Starting on Monday, the City of London Corporation, the governing body of the Square Mile, London's financial and historic center, will begin introducing emissions based charges for parking in the district.

'Devastating' dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

Sarasota - A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace.

B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Vancouver - On Wednesday morning, he B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

State of emergency declared in Florida due to toxic red tide

Tallahassee - Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency in response to this year’s excessive red tide. The toxic algae bloom spreading across the West Coast of the state is leaving beaches covered with thousands of pounds of dead marine wildlife.

Nearly 600 wildfires burning across B.C. after lightning storms

There are nearly 600 fires burning across B.C. with the danger rating rated at ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ in virtually every part of the province. Of those fires, 47 are considered to be serious, and a potential threat to public safety.

New Caledonia protects huge swathe of coral reefs

Blanchot - New Caledonia agreed Tuesday to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world's last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough.

Borden Lake mine to become the world's first all-electric project

As the world’s fourth-largest gold mining company, Vancouver, British Columbia-based Goldcorp has received criticism about the impact it has on the environment. Partnering with mining-equipment company Sandvik, Goldcorp is out to change its image.

Bayer shares tumble on Monsanto's Roundup cancer verdict

Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 percent on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a man who said ingredients used in the weedkiller had caused his cancer.

Over 100 large wildfires blazing in U.S. as more fires erupt

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States on Saturday, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, say fire officials.

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

Aktau - The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal Sunday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon.

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Paris - Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy all across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic...

US giant Monsanto known for controversial chemicals

San Francisco - From "Agent Orange" and DDT to genetically modified crops, Monsanto has long been associated with controversial chemicals, but a US court order for it to pay damages because one of its herbicides may cause cancer could open the door to thousands more c...

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Wellington - New Zealand became the latest country Friday to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying they will be phased out over the next year as a "meaningful step" towards reducing pollution.

Brazil wrestles with ban of controversial weed killer

Bras - Brazil's government is contesting a court suspension of licenses for products with glyphosate, one of the most common industrial weedkillers and the subject of a high-profile US case against agrochemical colossus Monsanto.

Icelandic wildlife group calls for hybrid whale killing probe

Reykjav - Icelandic conservationists have asked prosecutors to probe whether the killing of a rare hybrid whale was illegal, a lawyer said on Thursday.

Death toll from California fires rises to 10

Los Angeles - The toll from the California wildfires rose to 10 Thursday after a heavy equipment mechanic assigned to the Carr Fire was killed in a road accident, authorities said.

California answer to EPA on auto emission rollbacks: Game on!

Sacramento - After the Trump administration proposed loosening auto exhaust standards and revoking California’s authority to set its own rules, the state's air pollution regulators published their response on Tuesday. Boiled down to the gist, it says: No dice.

'Hothouse Earth' is now a real possibility as climate runs amok

A new study out Monday warns of the possibility of out-of-control global warming, creating a "Hothouse Earth" if humans fail to band together to fight the worst effects of climate change.

California's Mendocino Complex fire now largest in state history

Two small blazes burning through Northern California have grown at breathtaking speed to form a massive inferno, quickly becoming the state’s largest active wildfire and setting a new mark for destruction.

Turkey moves historic bath house to avoid looming flooding of town

- Turkish authorities on Monday conducted a hugely sensitive operation to move a centuries-old bath house weighing 1,600 tonnes to new location to avoid being engulfed under floodwaters by a controversial dam project.

Europe bakes again in near-record temperatures

Paris - Europe baked in near-record temperatures on Monday but some respite was on the horizon after weeks of nonstop sunshine as people come to terms with what may prove to be the region's new normal in an era of climate change.
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