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Climate change and hurricanes: Do we need a smoking gun?

PARIS -- Many climate scientists are convinced that mega-storms Harvey and Irma -- which left scores dead and caused massive economic losses -- were...

Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

LA SERENA, CHILE — Indigenous people who live on Chile’s Easter Island far out in the Pacific have voted to create a vast marine...

Scientists expose true extent of cuckoo’s cunning

PARIS — The common cuckoo, notorious for evading parental duty by hiding her eggs in the nests of other brooding birds, is even more...

Sea Shepherd pulls plug on Japan whale hunt

SYDNEY – Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday pulled the plug on its annual campaign to disrupt Japanese whaling, saying it can no longer...

Mexico helped push vaquita porpoise to brink of extinction – activists

MEXICO CITY – Mexican fishing authorities have boycotted the effort to save the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, environmentalists said Monday, calling them “accomplices”...

Fiona the baby hippo, or how animals go viral

WASHINGTON – First, Bao Bao and Bei Bei the pandas made a splash at the National Zoo in Washington. Then, April the Giraffe wowed...

‘Missing link’ bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

PARIS — An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilized remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago,...

Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg SCIENTISTS studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that...

Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS -- What’s made of sugar, can carry four people, and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose...

Small odds of reaching 2°C

PARIS — There is a 5% chance of limiting average global warming to under 2°C (3.6° Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue...

Other planets may never be as hospitable as Earth

PARIS — Scientists dealt a blow Monday to the quest for organisms inhabiting worlds besides Earth, saying our planet was unusual in its ability...

Earth’s 2017 resource ‘budget’ spent by next week — report

PARIS -- Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by...

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

OSLO -- Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the...

Duterte plans to increase taxes on mining

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said that he eyes an increase in taxes paid by mining companies. During a speech at a conference...

World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

TOKYO -- Bleaching has damaged the world’s northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists...

Study throw dog domestication theories to the wolves

PARIS -- From the tiny chihuahua to the massive Saint Bernard, domestic dogs today trace their roots to a single group of wolves that...

New study reveals how frogs flourished after dinosaurs croaked

MIAMI — A massive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago created room for frogs to colonize the Earth, said...

Are asteroids humanity’s ‘greatest challenge’?

PARIS -- Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummeled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the...

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert ‘global catastrophe’

UNITED NATIONS (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently urged countries to put aside national gain to save the oceans and avert a “global catastrophe”...

In the name of conservation: eavesdropping on fish sex

SCIENTISTS recently unveiled a unique new method for counting stocks of threatened fish — eavesdropping on their love calls when the fish gather in...

From trash to treasure

STUDENTS from three leading fashion schools in the country joined the Aboitiz Foundation’s recent Green Fashion Revolution, a fashion design competition that challenges participants...

Humans threaten crucial ‘fossil’ groundwater: study

VIENNA — Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study Tuesday that warned...

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

SYDNEY — The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin...

Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines

AN ENORMOUS black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria...

Key leopard population ‘crashing’

PARIS — The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out...

Strike force: world’s most venomous scorpion in action

PARIS — The world’s most lethal scorpion, the death stalker, has been caught on high-speed camera for the first time lashing out with its...

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall: conservation group

NAIROBI — The price of ivory has fallen by nearly two-thirds in the last three years, according to research conducted in China and published...

Planet protection plans: participate, pledge, preserve

ON MARCH 25, everyone is encouraged to participate in turning off their lights for just an hour — from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m....

Florida eco-friendly town opens for business

PUNTA GORDA — With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy...

Curbing pollution can prevent 3M Chinese deaths a year: study

PARIS — China can avoid three million premature deaths each year if it slashes a type of fine particle air pollution to UN recommended...

Humans threaten crucial ‘fossil’ groundwater: study

VIENNA — Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study Tuesday that warned...

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

SYDNEY -- The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin...

Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines

AN ENORMOUS black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria...

Key leopard population ‘crashing’

PARIS — The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out...

Strike force: world’s most venomous scorpion in action

PARIS — The world’s most lethal scorpion, the death stalker, has been caught on high-speed camera for the first time lashing out with its...

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall: conservation group

NAIROBI — The price of ivory has fallen by nearly two-thirds in the last three years, according to research conducted in China and published...

Planet protection plans: participate, pledge, preserve

ON MARCH 25, everyone is encouraged to participate in turning off their lights for just an hour — from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m....

Florida eco-friendly town opens for business

PUNTA GORDA — With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy...

Curbing pollution can prevent 3M Chinese deaths a year: study

PARIS -- China can avoid three million premature deaths each year if it slashes a type of fine particle air pollution to UN recommended...

Science unravels spiders’ monstrous food web

PARIS -- The world’s spiders eat 400-800 million tons of insects every year -- equivalent to the amount of meat and fish that humans...

A movement for earth conservation

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman A CLUSTER of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. But it...

Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year: WHO

GENEVA — More than one in four deaths in children under five are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization...

‘Our daily bread’ has hidden climate costs

PARIS — Nearly half the environmental impact of a loaf of bread comes from the “unsustainable use” of fertilizers on wheat crops, researchers said...

Run for the Earth

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo RUNNING enthusiasts and “eco warriors” are once again being summoned to the Nat Geo Earth Day Run 2017 which will...

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tires clogging oceans: report

GENEVA -- Invisible particles washed off products like synthetic clothing and car tires account for up to a third of the plastic polluting oceans,...