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Irma weakens to tropical storm in Florida: forecasters

Miami - Irma weakened early Monday to a tropical storm as it continued on a northward path through Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.However, it was still producing "some wind gusts to near hurricane force.

Even short-term heat waves could lead to failure of coffee crops

Coffee drinkers around the world may not be concerned about how hot it may be outside when they have that first cup of coffee in the morning, however, as the world gets warmer, finding that cup of coffee could become a lot more difficult.

New malaria parasite weakness detected

Scientists report that a weakness with the parasite responsible for the cause of malaria has been detected, based on the development of the parasite being based on its ability to extract genetic material.

Photo Essay: Inside Cornwall's Eden Project Biome Special

Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall contains two enormous biomes. One contains of the structures draws on colorful plants from the Mediterranean. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment

Paris - At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of "neglected" tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are going without adequate medical care, eradication campaigners said on Wednesday.

Coffee rust disease continues to spread

Detroit - Coffee rust disease has ravaged Latin American plantations since late 2012 and there is no immediate cure or treatment on the horizon. An ecologist recommends dropping nasty chemicals and going back to ‘old ways’.

Inside London's hidden tropical treasure

London - There is always something to do or see in London. When visiting the Capital, as a tourist or not, it may sound easier to just focus on the usual routes. What about starting the day with something really different?

Documenting the loss of the Sahara's 'mega-fauna'

Covering most of North Africa, the Sahara Desert is the world's largest tropical desert, covering 3.6 million sq. miles, about the size of Brazil. Largely undeveloped, the Sahara has one of the harshest ecosystems to survive in, for humans and wildlife.

Chagas disease vaccine could be close

Scientists appear to be getting closer to a Chagas disease vaccine. Chagas disease causes fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Currently there is no vaccine available.

New malaria treatment in development

A new compound has shown some success for the treating of malaria. The drug targets a key part of the parasite that causes the malaria disease.

NWS: Slight chance of tropical formation this weekend

The National Weather Service, in its Tropical Weather Outlook, predicts a 30 percent chance of a tropical storm developing by Sunday

Australia's Great Barrier Reef damaged by Yasi but will recover

Record floods and Cyclone Yasi have taken a toll on the world's largest living formation but scientists are confident the Great Barrier Reef will recover.

Can a chimp beat scientists in 2010 hurricane predictions? Special

Washington - NOAA's track record in predicting the number of Atlantic hurricanes is so abysmal that a trained chimp could do better, says The National Center for Public Policy Research, and they're putting him to the test in storm, climate and weather predictions.

UPDATED: Second Tropical Depression Now Tropical Storm Bill

The second tropical depression of the 2009 hurricane season has now been upgraded to tropical storm status says the National Hurricane Centre. UPDATED: 11:00 PM EST

Reforestation Using Exotic Plants Can Disturb The Fertility of Tropical Soils

To improve depleted land, a range of reforestation programmes using rapid-growing forest species, such as eucalyptus, was undertaken since the mid-1970s.

Do Palm trees really lift spirits?

Palms are one of the most well-known and extensively cultivated plant families. They have had an important role to humans throughout much of history.

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