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The panda is no longer endangered, conservation group says

Pandas no lopnger endangered- The giant panda has been officially removed from the endangered species list, the international body for species protection said on Sunday.

The iconic conservation species native to China, has been taken off the list -- officially known as the Red List of Threatened Species -- after decades of work by the Chinese government and conservationists. The black and white bear will now move up to the "vulnerable" designation, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Eastern gorilla now critically endangered due to illegal hunting

Eastern gorillasHumanity has moved a step closer to wiping out our closest evolutionary relatives, with four of the six great ape species now listed internationally as critically endangered.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the eastern gorilla, the largest living primate, as critically endangered in its latest “red list” of threatened species. The eastern gorilla has suffered a 70% population collapse over the past 20 years, primarily due to illegal hunting.


Oklahoma Quake Triggers Closing of Fracking Waste-Disposal Wells

Oklahoma earthquake damageOne of the strongest earthquakes among many in Oklahoma since the introduction of hydraulic fracturing struck early Saturday near a complex of oil-storage facilities, leading state regulators to order the suspension of about 37 wastewater-disposal wells.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the state’s oil industry, is contacting the operators of the wells in a 500-square-mile area around the town of Pawnee, Governor Mary Fallin said in a Twitter post. Oil storage and pipeline facilities at Cushing, Oklahoma, 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Pawnee, were undamaged, according to the commission and four of the companies that operate there.


US and China ratify Paris climate deal

US and China sign climate dealThe two largest contributors to global carbon emissions, China and the United States, have ratified the hallmark Paris agreement to battle climate change.

The countries' ratification could help put the pact into force before the end of the year.

President Xi Jinping of China an US President Barack Obama called Saturday's announcement a milestone. Obama said the climate deal is "the moment we finally decided to save our planet".


5.6 Oklahoma Earthquake Felt From Nebraska to Texas

Fracking earthquakesA record-tying earthquake in the edge of Oklahoma's key energy-producing areas rattled the Midwest from Nebraska to North Texas on Saturday and likely will focus fresh new attention to the practice of disposing oil and gas field wastewater deep underground.

The United States Geological Survey said a 5.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 7:02 a.m. Saturday in north-central Oklahoma, on the fringe of an area where regulators had stepped in to limit wastewater disposal. That temblor matches a November 2011 quake in the same region.


South Carolina Accidentally Kills Millions Of Honeybees With Zika Spraying

SC accidentally kill millions of honey beesIt was quieter than usual in parts of Dorchester County, South Carolina on Monday. Silence had replaced the familiar buzz as millions of the usual noisemakers lay silent on the ground — dead.

It was an unanticipated massacre, collateral damage in the war against the Zika virus.

County officials had been targeting mosquitos when they blanketed a 15-square mile area with pesticide on Sunday. But they ended up killing at least 2.5 million honeybees as well.


1,000-acre fire in Southern California forces hundreds of evacuations

Southern California fireA new fire in Southern California has quickly burned 1,000 acres on Tuesday forcing hundreds of evacuations in a rural area south east of Los Angeles, fire authorities said.

The Bogart Fire was first reported to the Riverside County Fire Department about 12:30 p.m. The fire quickly grew to 1,000 acres and destroyed at least one building. Most of the 700 evacuations were lifted by late Tuesday evening. The fire is 10 percent contained, authorities said.



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