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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,...

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming

PARIS -- Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature...

Amazon forest was transformed by ancient people: study

MIAMI — Long before European settlers arrived in the Americas in 1492, the Amazon rainforest was transformed for thousands of years by indigenous people...

Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai

PARIS — Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century’s end even as the average number of mild days per year...

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

BEIJING — China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information...

Nature’s tradeoffs: brawn vs. brains, looks vs. loyalty

PARIS -- Biologists assessing the natural world sometimes sound like hard-nosed executives weighing the costs and benefits of an investment opportunity. Species, they reason, can’t...

Some dino eggs took months to hatch, perhaps leading to extinction:...

WASHINGTON — The eggs of nonavian dinosaurs took three to six months to hatch, a long incubation period that could help explain dinosaurs’ mass...

Sea of Galilee draws faithful despite receding waters

SEA OF GALILEE, ISRAEL — On the shimmering Sea of Galilee, where the Christian gospels say Jesus walked on water, 150 Nigerian pilgrims aboard...

Kenya’s Maasai break with coming-of-age tradition to save the lion

KIMANA, KENYA -- Under the shadow of a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, hundreds of Maasai boys brave the morning chill to take part in a...

Whales in the wild: rare gem amid Thailand mass tourism

GULF OF THAILAND — Piercing the water’s surface with its almond-shaped mouth, a giant Bryde’s whale opens wide for one, two, three seconds, gulping...

A reindeer’s perilous journey in Swedish Lapland

DIKANÄS, SWEDEN — A herd of reindeer moves silently down the mountain, their silver coats and majestic antlers blending into the Swedish tundra as...

Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL, UKRAINE — Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor to ensure...

China to burn, not bury, as it tackles trash challenge

WUJIANG, CHINA — Thousands of tons of urban waste are hidden behind scrubbed white walls at a new power plant on the outskirts of...

Indonesia, Vietnam look to blaze trail for solar in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA -- Indonesia and Vietnam are looking to join Thailand in blazing a trail for solar power in Southeast Asia, introducing targets to fire...

Dolphin born at Ocean Adventure

ON AUG. 7 at around 12:55 p.m., one of Ocean Adventure’s resident dolphins, 14-year-old Hali, gave birth to the park’s newest resident. A little over...

Antarctic glacier thinning more rapidly than thought: study

PARIS — A large glacier in West Antarctica lost up to half a kilometer in thickness in seven years, thinning more quickly than scientists...

10,000 endangered frogs die in Peru

LIMA, PERU — Peru is investigating what killed some 10,000 Titicaca water frogs, a critically endangered species affectionately known as the “scrotum frog,” in...

David Attenborough calls for peepholes in zoos

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — Veteran British naturalist David Attenborough called Monday for gorillas in zoos to be kept behind walls with peepholes rather than...

August shatters global heat records for 16th month in a row

MIAMI -- Last month was the hottest August in modern times and marked the 16th month in a row when global records for heat...

Sexploits of Diego the Tortoise save Galapagos species

PUERTO AYORA, ECUADOR — He’s over 100 years old, but his sex life is the stuff of legend. Diego the Tortoise is quite the...

Warming oceans are ‘sick,’ global scientists warn

HONOLULU — Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the...

Moon is key to when jellyfish hit beach: Israeli study

JERUSALEM -- Swimmers wanting to avoid being stung by jellyfish may want to watch the sky as much as the sea after Israeli researchers...

Giant cruise ship heads to Arctic on pioneering journey

LOS ANGELES -- It is a voyage explorers only dreamed of not so long ago. But thanks to climate change, a luxury cruise ship has...