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UN reports see a lonelier planet with fewer plants, animals


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports on biodiversity....

Most of over 150 stranded whales die on Australian beach


PERTH, Australia (AP) -- More than 150 whales have become stranded in Hamelin Bay in western Australia, and only 15 of them were still alive on Friday, authorities said....

Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told


HOUSTON (AP) -- A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property....

Residents near Harvey-damaged chemical plant wary of water


CROSBY, Texas (AP) -- The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug. 29....

Species battle pits protected sea lions against fragile fish


NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below....

30 treated for gas exposure as Indonesia volcano belches


JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Thirty people were treated for sulfur gas poisoning after Mount Ijen in eastern Java belched toxic fumes from its crater, Indonesia's disaster agency said Thursday....

Study: 'Legacy' nitrogen also feeds Gulf of Mexico dead zone


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" will be an unwanted summer visitor for decades, Canadian scientists say. They say the oxygen-starved patch would persist even if farmers could immediately end all fertilizer runoff....

False stories claim NASA 'confessed' to spreading lithium


Some websites are falsely claiming that NASA has "confessed" to "dosing Americans" with lithium and other chemicals....

US-Russian crew blasts off for International Space Station


MOSCOW (AP) -- Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are on their way to the International Space Station....

Report: Coal's tipping point near, but climate goals are not


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Declines in coal power plant construction in China, India and the U.S. are projected to push the heavily-polluting fuel over the edge- but not fast enough to meet international climate change goals, environmental groups said Wednesday....