US reduces Indonesian debt in exchange for wildlife protection
The United States has struck a deal to reduce Indonesia's debts in exchange for Jakarta pledging about $12 million for programmes to protect endangered species and their habitats on Sumatra island, conservationists ...
Israeli swimmers battle plastic bags to take open water record
Six Israelis on Saturday claimed the world open water relay record after swimming 380 kilometres (236 miles) home from Cyprus in a challenge also meant to highlight ocean pollution.
Climate change will cause 'serious economic losses' in Pacific
The Pacific region faces serious economic losses due to climate change and it is critical that nations causing the problem step in to help, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.
Earthquake rattles Greece, Turkey
An earthquake beneath the sea shook northern Greece and western Turkey Saturday, with more than 100 people reportedly injured in Turkey.
Bighorn sheep went extinct on desert island in Gulf of California, study finds
Using ancient DNA analysis and other techniques, a research team led by conservation biologists at the University of California, Riverside has determined that bighorn sheep, so named for their massive spiral ...
NASA satellite catches birth of Tropical Storm Wali near Hawaii
The first tropical cyclone of the season has formed in the Central Pacific Ocean as NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead. Tropical Storm Wali formed southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii, and now that it's ...
When the isthmus is an island: Madison's hottest, and coldest, spots
As Dane County begins the long slide into winter and the days become frostier this fall, three spots stake their claim as the chilliest in the area.
Jeju Island is a live volcano, study reveals
In Jeju, a place emerging as a world-famous vacation spot with natural tourism resources, a recent study revealed a volcanic eruption occurred on the island. The Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral ...
Brother of Hibiscus is found alive and well on Maui
Most people are familiar with Hibiscus flowers- they are an iconic symbol of tropical resorts worldwide where they are commonly planted in the landscape. Some, like Hawaii's State Flower- Hibiscus brackenridgei- are en ...
Two Indonesian volcanoes erupt, flights disrupted
Two volcanoes erupted in Indonesia on Monday, with one forcing flights to be rerouted and stopping thousands of people who had already been evacuated from returning home.
Smaller islands host shorter food chains
That smaller islands will typically sustain fewer species than large ones is a widespread pattern in nature. Now a team of researchers shows that smaller area will mean not only fewer species, but also shorter ...
Octopus got your tongue?
It's an unusual coupling: A linguist and a marine biologist are working together to investigate the human tongue. In their study, the USC Dornsife researchers are using two species of octopus and tiny worms ...
New action plan to save Madagascar's at-risk lemurs
Contrary to the film of DreamWorks' imagining, Madagascar is not ruled by King Julien and his colony of lemurs. In fact the status of the lemurs on the island – the only place on earth that they exist – ...
Marshall Islands says climate change behind floods
Officials in the Marshall Islands blamed climate change Wednesday for severe flooding in the Pacific nation's capital Majuro which has left 1,000 people homeless.