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US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:34AM UTC A Chinese fishing vessel is seen stranded after it ran aground at the Tubbataha reefs. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the United States will pay 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year.

Sea Shepherd to hunt toothfish poachers in Antarctic

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:27PM UTC Toothfish lying on deck (Photo: Supplied)

Marine conservation group, the Sea Shepherd, is gearing up for another Southern Ocean expedition in time for an Antarctic summer. The group suspects the Japanese will not return to kill whales this hunting season, but if they do, they will drive them back to Japan. The International Court of Justice declared in March this year Japanese whaling in the area is illegal.

September sets new global heat record

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 9:37AM UTC Floodwaters flow to a lower area as villagers rebuild an embankment in Bangladesh. Pic: AP.

September brought more record heat globally, and U.S. meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded.

Thilafushi: An island of trash in the Maldives

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 8:28AM UTC Pic: Dying Regime (Flickr CC)

The Republic of the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, both by landmass and population. It is also the country with the lowest elevation on Earth, rising to only 1.5 meters above sea level. Due to climate change, the Maldive Islands are under threat of rising sea levels. In

India launches index to measure air quality

By Sat, Oct 18, 2014 10:47AM UTC A thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as young ragpickers search for reusable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Pic: AP

India has launched an index to measure air quality across the nation that is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world.

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