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Heatwaves, drought may curb global power output

PARIS, FRANCE -- Thousands of power plants worldwide face sharp reductions in electricity output by mid-century due to more frequent heatwaves and drought driven...

Tiniest chameleons have fastest tongues

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES -- The tiniest chameleons on Earth lash out their tongues with amazing speed, going from zero to 60 miles (97 kilometers)...

Australian giant monitor lizards trained to avoid eating toxic toads

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Australian scientists on Wednesday said they had devised an “innovative method of conservation” through feeding giant monitor lizards small cane toads...

The Five Key Decisions Made in the UN Climate Deal in...

ENVOYS to the United Nations (UN) climate talks handed down a 31-page document on Saturday outlining their boldest steps yet to rein in global...

Big Oil, make way for Big Solar. The Winners and Losers...

SAVING the world isn’t going to be cheap. If you sell oil, coal or old-fashioned cars, that threatens disaster. For makers of stuff like...

Whales under threat as climate change impacts migration

PUERTO LOPEZ, ECUADOR -- The sight of thousands of whales surfacing, jumping and playing off the coast of South America as they migrate toward...

Fighting climate change with ‘poop power’

WASHINGTON -- The stench of clogged toilets fills the air at the US capital’s wastewater treatment facility. And for good reason -- it’s one...

Good COP, bad COP: Will Paris climate summit prevail?

PARIS — “Copenhagen.” The mere mention of the Danish capital’s name can send a chill down the spine of even the toughest climate negotiator. It...

Tahiti pearls, mainstay of French Polynesian economy, endangered

VAIRAO, FRANCE — The black pearl of Tahiti is at the heart of French Polynesia’s economy but is now highly vulnerable to climate change,...

Panama turtle eggs could ‘fry’ from rising temperatures: eco group

PUNTA CHAME, PANAMA — Sea turtle eggs laid in the sand of beaches in Panama risk getting fried before hatching because of rising temperatures,...

The unbearable lightness of Chinese emissions data

By David Stanway and Kathy Chen BEIJING -- To get a sense of how hard it is to measure greenhouse gas emissions in China, it...

How does climate change make people poorer?

BARCELONA -- A new report from the World Bank finds that the poorest people are more exposed to climate-related shocks such as floods, droughts...

Agusan Marsh: A biodiversity hot spot

LONG BEFORE 6.17-meter crocodile “Lolong” became an icon of Agusan del Sur and landed in the Guinness Book of World Records, the province was...

Crocs rest with one eye open for threats: Australian researchers

SYDNEY — Saltwater crocodiles can rest with one eye open to watch for threats, Australian scientists said last week, with further research likely to...

Sunscreen ingredient is toxic to coral, killing off reefs

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according...

Carbon from Indonesia fires exceeds US emissions: green groups

JAKARTA — Fires raging across huge areas of Indonesia are spewing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every day than the US economy, according...

Climate change clips wings of migratory birds: ornithologist

KRYNICA MORSKA, POLAND — It takes the dexterity of a lacemaker to remove the tiny bird caught in nets strung between pine trees on...

Is climate change killing American starfish?

FORKS, UNITED STATES -- On the remote rocky shores of the western United States, low tide brings visitors to wave-splashed tide pools to marvel...

I’m all ears: fossils reveal human ancestors’ hearing abilities

WASHINGTON --   Two-million-year-old fossils including the three tiny bones of the middle ear are helping scientists figure out the auditory abilities of early...

Fish scales to fangs: Surprising tale of how teeth got their...

WASHINGTON -- The origins of the enamel that gives our teeth their bite is no ordinary fish tale. Scientists said last week that fossil and...

West Virginia engineer proves to be a David to VW’s Goliath

MORGANTOWN, W.V. — Daniel Carder, an unassuming 45-year-old engineer with gray hair and blue jeans, appears an unlikely type to take down one of...

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may live long and prosper

WASHINGTON -- Rising temperatures at the top of the world may be bad news for Arctic denizens like polar bears, but good news for...

Rate of global forest loss halved: UN report

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA -- The rate at which the world is losing its forests has halved, but an area of woodland the size of...