Asian beetle damages North America trees

Over the next two years, grounds crews in St. Louis will cut down nearly one out of every five trees, altering the U.S. city’s leafy landscape for at least a generation. The Midwestern metropolis made the tough decision with the knowledge that if it does not cut down the trees, ...

Aug 29, 2016

Lightning kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster. The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing a jumble of reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on ...

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 ...