The CITES convention agrees in principle to limit the trade in five types of shark and two types of manta ray in a crackdown on the trade in shark meat and fins.
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The Royal penguin that washed up on a beach in New Zealand is the second from Antarctica to arrive there in as many years.
Students in 21 schools in Shanghai were ordered to stop wearing uniforms that were found to contain the dye. The incident is the latest in quality-related hazards in the country.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the tremor's magnitude was 6.9 and was centered very deep in the earth.
Air quality readings put the Chinese capital's air in the hazardous zone; visibility is less than 200 yards in some parts of the city.
The air quality level in China's capital, already famously poor, literally went off the charts on Saturday. Officials are warning people to stay indoors.
By 2100, U.S. temperatures are projected to rise 3 to 5 degrees, under the most optimistic estimates — and 5 to 10 degrees if global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase.
Ice shifted overnight near Inukjuak, Quebec, allowing a pod of orcas to escape the dwindling hole they used for air and swim away.
The Kulluk, the Shell oil-drilling rig that washed aground last weekend, is afloat and being towed to shelter on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. The craft began its 30-mile trip late Sunday night. Examinations of the vessel have not found any signs of a leak.
Salvage crews are waiting for better weather to closely inspect the grounded Kullak oil drilling rig, stuck onshore near Kodiak Island, Alaska.
The pace of destruction of the Brazilian Amazon is at its lowest rate in more than two decades, says a new government report. According to data, 4,656 square kilometers of the rainforest were deforested in the 12 months through July 2012 — a 27 percent decrease from the previous year.
One of the 13 coal mines singled out by inspectors was once owned by Massey Energy, the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine, the scene of a deadly 2010 explosion. Two others are owned by Murray Energy, whose Crandall Canyon coal mine experienced two collapses in 2007, killing nine miners and rescuers.
Residents of Zimbabwe's second largest city are flushing the toilets at the same time tonight. The action isn't some form of protest, but the result of 72 hours of water restrictions thanks to a severe drought.
The growing drought in the U.S. makes soil so dry it's pulling away from house foundations. That leads to cracks and gaps underneath the ground, prompting expensive home repairs to shore up houses.
The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final trip next month, to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. But at 78 feet wide, Endeavour can't squeeze through highway overpasses. So its planned 12-mile route must be cleared of trees in the medians and sidewalks.
More than three-quarters of the land in the lower 48 states is suffering through conditions ranging from "abnormally dry" to "exceptional drought."
There's been another increase in the area of the lower 48 states suffering "exceptional" drought conditions.
Haboobs — huge dust storms — are hitting the city more often than they used to. Scorching temperatures, even by Arizona standards, and unusually dry conditions are combining to create more of the dirt clouds.
The rocks, floating in the waters near New Zealand, must have been created by an underwater volcano. The floating mass is about 200 square miles larger than New Jersey.
The company was accused of illegally importing ebony and rosewood. It turned the case into a high-profile debate about government regulation. But now it has settled and agreed to pay penalties.