Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

Sep 10, 2016

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

The pistachio trees at the village in southern Iran are long dead, bleached white by the sun — the underground water reserves sucked dry by decades of over-farming and waste. The last farmers left with their families 10 years ago, and the village has ...

Lightning kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

Aug 30, 2016

Lightning kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

A freak lightning storm has killed 323 reindeer in a remote mountainous area of Norway, officials said on Monday. Dead animals were found lying on top of each other, many with their antlers entangled, after the thunderstorm on the Hardanger plateau in southern Norway ...

Asian beetle damages North America trees

Aug 27, 2016

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 ...

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 ...