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Rio official blames financial troubles for pollution woes

Rio De Janeiro - Raw sewage and garbage litter Rio's Guanabara Bay, the Olympic sailing venue in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, with pollution one of several major headaches for organizers and athletes ahead of the Games.

Christo artwork a 'waste of public money': Watchdog

Rome - An Italian consumer group said Saturday it suspected artist Christo's popular floating walkway on a lake had involved an unreasonable waste of public money.

Op-Ed: UK's Brexit vote will undermine environmental regulations

Reverberations from the Brexit vote continue to be felt in just about every aspect of life in the UK, EU and for that matter, around the world. But the environment was low on the list of priorities for voters in their decision to leave the EU.

California fire destroys 80 buildings, closes highways

Los Angeles - A fast-spreading fire in central California has destroyed at least 80 buildings and is threatening 1,500 more, prompting the evacuation of 10 neighborhoods, the authorities said Thursday night.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first-ever Atlantic flight

Seville - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain Thursday after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

Honduras denies murdered activist was on army 'hit list'

Tegucigalpa - Honduran authorities on Wednesday denied a British newspaper report alleging their military had issued orders to kill a high-profile environmental activist who was murdered at her home in March.

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Madrid - The Solar Impulse 2 plane went through "a long night of turbulence" over the Atlantic, its weary pilot said Wednesday as he continued on the challenging leg of its sun-powered trip around the world.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fin

Hong Kong - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it will ban carrying shark fin on all its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered species of the predator.

Exotic pet trade sends Florida bird rescues soaring

Miami - In this small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Solar-powered plane more than halfway across the Atlantic

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world.

Great Barrier Reef bleaching could cost a million tourists

Sydney - Severe coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could cost it more than a million visitors a year and huge sums in lost tourism revenue, a survey said Tuesday.

Four, including German national, die in U.S. heatwave

Los Angeles - At least four people, including a German man, have died from the blistering heat that has gripped the western United States and sparked wildfires and evacuations across the region, authorities said Monday.

Japan says ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line

Toukyo - Japanese regulators said Monday that two ageing nuclear reactors can stay on line for up to 20 more years -- the first such exception under tighter safety rules imposed after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft was flying over the western Atlantic Monday morning on one of the most difficult legs of its record-breaking bid to cross the globe using only solar energy.

Dead trees, dry earth: Western U.S. a tinderbox

Los Angeles - Tens of millions of dead trees, record temperatures in June and persistent drought can only mean one thing for the American West this fire season: it's going to be a tinderbox.

Obama touts environmental record on family outing to national parks

Esbon - President Barack Obama and the first family celebrated America's cherished natural heritage Saturday during a weekend tour marking the 100th anniversary of the nation's vaunted national park system.

Thousands flock to Christo work to walk on water

Iseo - Thousands of people stepped out onto the latest work by renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in northern Italy Saturday, seizing their chance to "walk on water".

Famed artist Christo invites public to walk on water

Iseo - Renowned artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff can walk on water. And thanks to him so can you.

Frozen in time: India's last taxidermist keeps on stuffing

Mumbai - When Santosh Gaikwad, India's last-known practising taxidermist, first started stuffing animals 13 years ago he would keep dead birds in his family's freezer at home, much to his wife's consternation.

'Abnormal is the new normal': May breaks another global heat record

Washington - Last month was the hottest May in modern history, marking the 13th consecutive month that global temperature records have been shattered, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

Killing Nemo: Cyanide threat to tropical fish

Paris - Many of the real-life Nemos swimming in children's fish tanks are caught using cyanide, said research Thursday which highlighted the danger to corals.

Artists, scientists urge North America to save Monarch butterfly

- Some 200 intellectuals, scientists and artists from around the world urged the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada on Wednesday to save North America's endangered migratory Monarch butterfly.

Shifts in environment help track disease spread

London - British scientists have developed a model to predict outbreaks of certain diseases, including Ebola and Zika viruses. The model is based on factors like changes in climate, population growth and land use.

Norway MPs vote to go carbon neutral by 2030

Oslo - Lawmakers have voted for Norway, a major energy-producing nation, to become carbon-neutral by 2030, two decades ahead of schedule, as a result of the UN's December 2015 climate accord.

Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft reaches Statue of Liberty

New York - The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft flew by the Statue of Liberty early Saturday, ending the US portion of its bid to circle the globe using only solar power.

Scientists turn CO2 into stone to fight climate change

Washington - Scientists have turned carbon dioxide into stone in a matter of months by pumping it deep underground, offering a revolutionary new way of storing the greenhouse gas to tackle climate change.

Guatemalan drug lords burning down forests to land planes

Drug traffickers burning down Guatemalan forest to make clandestine landing strips for planes carrying US-bound cocaine have razed an area twice the size of Manhattan this year, officials say.

U.S. top court rejects Ecuador challenge to $96 mn Chevron award

Washington - The US Supreme Court has rejected Ecuador's appeal against a $96 million award it has been ordered to pay Chevron in a dispute over the development of oil fields in exchange for cheap domestic crude.

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

Port Macquarie - A sweet, sickly smell filled the air as Sherwood Robyn, a 12-year-old koala, was brought into a small examination room at Australia's first hospital for the furry marsupials.From afar, she appeared in fine health.

Renewable energy sources grew at record pace in 2015: study

Paris - Developing countries spent more on renewable power than rich ones for the first time last year, driving the fastest increase in sources of green energy on record, a study said Wednesday.
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