Aug 20, 2016

Australian mangrove die-off blamed on climate change

Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia’s remote north have died, scientists said, with climate change the likely cause. Some 7,000 hectares, or 9 percent of the mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, perished in just one month according to researchers from Australia’s James ...

Orchid species found in Philippine mountains

Aug 13, 2016

Orchid species found in Philippine mountains

Five new orchid species have been discovered in remote Philippine mountains, protected from poaching because of an insurgency in the region, conservationists said Friday. The species are found only in a mountain range on the rebellion-torn Mindanao area in the southern Philippines and have ...

Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

Jul 30, 2016

Florida algae bloom afflicts economy, sea life

Every night Tim Robinson sleeps in his boat, which floats atop a blanket of foul-smelling bright green slime. For houseboat dwellers such as Robinson, the toxic algae bloom spreading through Florida’s Lake Okeechobee — the nation’s second-largest freshwater lake — is more than just ...

Climate change implicated in France floods

Jun 25, 2016

Climate change implicated in France floods

The torrential rain that caused flooding in France recently bore the unmistakable fingerprint of climate change, according to research recently submitted to a scientific journal. Global warming, especially in the past 50 years, had almost doubled the likelihood of the kind of three-day downpour ...

51 dead in extreme weather in eastern China: Xinhua

Jun 23, 2016

51 dead in extreme weather in eastern China: Xinhua

Extreme weather, including hailstorms, heavy rain and a tornado, killed 51 and injured dozens in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. The storms hit Yancheng city in the province around 2:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, levelling homes, it ...

Jun 18, 2016

Overfishing threatens dozens of Philippines marine species

Dozens of fish species have disappeared or are on the verge of being lost from marine biodiversity hotspot the Philippines, an environmental group said on June 10, citing a new study. Fishermen reported that 59 coral reef species had gone missing from catches since ...

Waves of dead sea creatures hit Chile beaches

Jun 11, 2016

Waves of dead sea creatures hit Chile beaches

Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile’s Pacific beaches in recent months. Last year, scientists were shocked when more than 300 whales turned up dead on remote bays of the southern coast, the first ...