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The gray wolf population in Wyoming has grown enough to be removed from the endangered species list and will stop receiving federal protection next month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.

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Court throws out new air pollution rulesupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 13:23:00

A divided federal appeals court has ruled that federal regulators went too far with new rules to control air pollution in parts of the eastern United States.

Pregnant 17.5-foot python had 87 eggsupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 07:54:00

University of Florida researchers examine the carcass of a Burmese python.

Scientists examine record python found in Florida in effort to stop snakes' spreadupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 07:54:00

University of Florida researchers examining the carcass of a large, pregnant Burmese python said Monday they found a record 87 eggs inside, giving them important clues about the reproductive capability of the dangerous, invasive species.

NASA scientist links climate change, extreme weatherupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 00:39:00

What do the 2010 heat wave in Russia, last year's Texas drought, and the 2003 heat wave in Europe have in common?

Pennsylvania court strikes down key part of law limiting local control of frackingupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 14:01:00

A Pennsylvania court has struck down a controversial provision of a state law that stopped municipalities from controlling where natural gas companies could drill.

'Whale Wars' star Paul Watson skips bail, court seeks his extraditionupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 08:03:00

A German court Wednesday reactivated a request to extradite controversial conservationist and "Whale Wars" star Paul Watson to Costa Rica after Watson's lawyer told the court he had skipped bail.

Lemurs found to be 'most threatened mammals' in the worldupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 17:50:00

Well-known among youth as the ring-tailed critters singing "I like to move it, move it" in DreamWorks' "Madagascar" or the white-and-brown puppet host of the PBS show "Zoboomafoo," lemurs are a fan favorite.

Thousands show up for panda cubsupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 06:10:00

Fans greet 12 giant panda cubs born in 2011 at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in China.

Japan's rare baby panda dies week after birthupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 06:10:00

The first giant panda to be born in Japan in 24 years has died just one week after generating huge excitement in the country as locals celebrated the rare birth.

Three anti-whaling activists detainedupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 02:23:00

Japan holds three Australian anti-whaling activists accused of illegally boarding a Japanese ship. Kyung Lah reports.

South Korea says it may resume whaling, prompting outcryupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 02:23:00

South Korea is considering hunting whales in the waters off its shores for what it says are scientific purposes, drawing criticism from environmental groups and countries around the Pacific Rim.

Jagger urges leaders to 'Plant a Pledge' to plug emissions gap updated: Fri Jun 22 2012 05:53:00

"We are reaching the tipping point and the tipping point according to most scientists will be in less than 10 years. We don't have much time," says human rights and environmental campaigner, Bianca Jagger.

'World's greenest buildings' get seal of approvalupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 06:27:00

A rigorous green certification system is recognizing the next phase of eco design, which its founders describe as "the world's greenest buildings."

Poland's shale gas potentialupdated: Mon May 28 2012 04:04:00

Is Poland the "El Dorado" of shale gas? CNN talks to Chevron, which is investing in the controversial energy source.

Poland has great 'fracking' potential with shale gas reservesupdated: Mon May 28 2012 04:04:00

Poland may be sitting on a vast natural resource that could make it energy independent.

Smog-eating tiles gobble up air pollutionupdated: Tue May 08 2012 11:14:00

Can the roof of your house help you breathe easier by reducing the amount of harmful pollutants from urban air?

CNNMoney: Empire State Building cuts energy use 20%updated: Mon May 07 2012 19:16:00

The Empire State Building is on an energy diet.

CNNMoney: Obama administration tightens fracking rulesupdated: Fri May 04 2012 12:25:00

The Obama administration tightened rules on hydraulic fracturing Friday, requiring the disclosure of chemicals used in the process when done on federal and American Indian lands.

Photographer's images of global warmingupdated: Fri May 04 2012 08:23:00

Photographer Roger Moukarzel's exhibition showcases his work highlighting the effects of global warming in Sweden.

Fracking in New York: Risk vs. Rewardupdated: Wed May 02 2012 14:39:00

The battle over hydraulic fracturing in the state of New York pits farmers against environmentalists, neighbor vs. neighbor, as gas companies wait to find out if they'll be able to unlock the natural gas trapped in the Marcellus Shale formation thousands of feet below the earth's surface.

Conservationists in a flutter: How saving rare butterflies can generate profitsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 09:35:00

One of the UK's most critically endangered butterflies is making a comeback thanks to a profit making partnership between private landowners and conservation organizations.

Save the whales? There's an app for thatupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 07:49:00

A new iPhone app is making waves in the commercial shipping world by providing an early warning system that aims to reduce maritime collisions with endangered whales.

Tracking Rwanda's mountain gorillasupdated: Wed Apr 18 2012 23:20:00

Take a journey of discovery to north western Rwanda in search of the majestic mountain gorilla.

Mountain countries seek to unite, air concerns about climate changeupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 14:12:00

Mountain countries from around the world are seeking a common voice in global climate change negotiations to draw attention to the vulnerabilities of mountain areas.

Climate scientists and smear campaignsupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 08:36:00

Imagine you are sitting in your office simply doing your job and a nasty e-mail pops into your inbox accusing you of being a fraud. You go online and find that some bloggers have written virulent posts about you. That night, you're at home with your family watching the news and a talking head is lambasting you by name. Later, a powerful politician demands all your e-mails from your former employer.

Orangutans stressed by eco-touristsupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 23:44:00

Gorillas put off their food and stressed out orangutans, could nature tourism be bad for wild animals' health?

Land owners in dark on fracking problemsupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 15:53:00

Land owners get rich from fracking, but don't know about violations in their backyards. CNN Money's Poppy Harlow reports.

Concerns over 'insanity' of Shell South Africa fracking plansupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 15:53:00

South Africa has an energy deficit on its hands. Too many people want fuel for their cars and electricity for their homes, and the country is struggling to keep up with demand.

'Little guy' wins high court fight over property rights updated: Wed Mar 21 2012 17:57:00

The Supreme Court gave an Idaho couple another chance Wednesday to challenge a government ruling barring construction of their "dream house," an important property rights defeat for the Obama administration.

Ribbit! Frog species found in New York City has a croak of its ownupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 17:40:00

Amid the skyscrapers, sidewalks and subways of New York City, scientists have discovered a new species of frog within view of the Statue of Liberty. In fact, the researchers who discovered the frog say the center of its range is Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Replanting Brazilian forestsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 23:20:00

Brazilian ranchers forced to replant after deforestation turn to seed collectors. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Loggers become seed collectors to replant Brazil's rainforestsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 23:20:00

Santino Sena wades through a knee-deep swamp, snatching up green seeds about the size of ping-pong balls that float on the surface of the water.

Gabon's Leatherback Turtlesupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 06:22:00

Inside Africa heads to the coast of Gabon in central Africa, in search of the endangered leatherback turtle.

Brazil vote sparks fears for future of rainforestupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 12:23:00

Brazil stands at a crossroads in its efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest as the government considers controversial legislation governing land use.

Florida group rebuilds vital coral reefsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 21:42:00

It was more than 40 years ago, but Ken Nedimyer still remembers the first time he went diving in the Florida Keys.

CNN Hero: Ken Nedimyerupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 21:42:00

Ken Nedimyer and his nonprofit are working to restore endangered coral reefs in the Florida Keys.

CNNMoney: America's oil boom - at a costupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 06:18:00

The United States is undergoing an energy boom -- but the oil and gas industry says it could be much, much bigger.

Australia delays decision on koala listingupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 03:16:00

The Australian government has angered koala conservationists by again delaying a decision on whether to add the national icon to the country's endangered species list.

Air pollution may increase stroke, heart attack riskupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:38:00

A brief uptick in traffic-related air pollution may be enough to increase a person's short-term risk of stroke, new research suggests.

Contentious meeting reflects N.Y. community divided by medical mysteryupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 17:09:00

A community meeting Saturday at a school where over a dozen children have developed tic-like symptoms quickly became contentious, further dividing an already-polarized community.

CNNMoney: 'Bayou Billionaires' brings gas boom to reality TVupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 11:01:00

The fracking-led oil and natural gas boom that's received widespread attention in the mainstream press has moved to a new medium: reality TV.

Reward offered in deaths of sea lionsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 17:21:00

The environmental group Sea Shepherd has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for shooting at least seven sea lions in Washington's Puget Sound.

CNNMoney: Obama's energy plan: The winners, and winnersupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 07:53:00

President Obama's half dozen energy proposals will, by and large, benefit nearly all players in the energy space and result in lower prices for consumers, analysts say.

Beijing's New Year surprise: PM 2.5 readingsupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 01:30:00

Beijing ushered in the Year of the Dragon with a bold move.

Truth Squad: Did public dollars unearth new energy resources?updated: Wed Jan 25 2012 01:25:00

President Barack Obama made a pitch for continued federal support of energy research during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

CNNMoney: Energy plays key role in Obama's State of the Unionupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 22:27:00

For the third year in a row energy played a central role in President Obama's State of the Union address, with the president leaning hard this year on the twin themes of increased domestic oil and gas production and the need to invest more in renewable sources.

Gorillas filmed up close in the wildupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 11:20:00

CNN films gorillas up close in Rwanda - one of three countries where mountain gorillas can be observed in the wild.

Sea Shepherd: Whalers attack with grappling hooksupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 06:18:00

Three anti-whaling activists were injured in a clash with Japanese whalers off the coast of Antarctica on Wednesday when the Japanese crew used grappling hooks against pursuit boats, the conservation group Sea Shepherd said in statement.

War over whaling in Japanupdated: Wed Jan 18 2012 06:18:00

Sea Shepherd president Paul Watson discusses Japan's plans to resume whaling.

U.S. closes door to four snake speciesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 17:00:00

U.S. Interior Department announces it is banning the importation of four snake species. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

U.S. bans imports of 4 exotic snake speciesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 17:00:00

The United States is banning the importation of four species of snakes and their eggs, the Interior Department announced Tuesday.

EPA, job killer or people saver? updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 13:16:00

The way some Republicans talk about the Environmental Protection Agency, you would think it was created by a bunch of pot-smoking hippies communing at a nudist camp in northern California -- when in fact, the EPA was created by one of their own, Richard Nixon, in 1970.

EPA: Job killer or people saver?updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 13:16:00

LZ Granderson looks at calls by Republican candidates to limit or shut down the Environmental Protection Agency.

Whales, sharks threatened by stricken cruise liner, says green groupupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 03:32:00

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace has warned that if oil leaks from the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia it could cause an environmental disaster, threatening marine life including birds, whales and sharks.

Japan hands over whaling activists to Australiaupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:06:00

Japan on Friday handed over to Australian authorities three anti-whaling activists held aboard a Japanese vessel after illegally boarding the ship to protest Japan's annual whale hunt in Atlantic waters.

CNNMoney: Heating homes with gas gets cheaperupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 14:14:00

Good news for homeowners: Natural gas prices are the lowest they've been in years. And they're expected to fall even further, thanks to growing production and slack demand.

CNNMoney: Foreign firms invest big in U.S. energy boomupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 16:33:00

Foreign firms, hungry to cash in on the American energy boom, have invested nearly $6 billion in U.S. gas and oil drilling in the last few weeks.

Japan to hand over detained whaling activists to Australiaupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 06:45:00

Japan said Tuesday that it would hand over to Australian authorities three Australian anti-whaling activists being held aboard a Japanese vessel, but that it would press on with its annual whale hunt in the seas near Antarctica.

'Little guy' fight over property rights reaches high courtupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 16:19:00

Chantell and Mike Sackett call their legal challenge against federal regulators a "David vs. Goliath" fight over property rights.

CNNMoney: Can a cleaner environment create jobs?updated: Mon Jan 09 2012 07:30:00

The tactic du jour for environmentalists trying to sell a skeptical public on tighter regulations is this: spin the thing as a job creator.

Japan holds 3 Australian anti-whaling activists who boarded shipupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 06:12:00

Three Australian activists are being held aboard a Japanese ship Monday after illegally boarding the vessel to protest Japan's annual whale hunt in Antarctic waters.

Protecting babies from neurotoxinsupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 11:35:00

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized a rule that for the first time requires U.S. coal and oil-fired power plant operators to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Belugas trapped in icy Arctic waters at risk of deathupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 12:37:00

Prisoners in ice, more than 100 Beluga whales in far eastern Russia risk death unless rescued soon.

EPA limits mercury emissions from plantsupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 19:21:00

The EPA unveils new standards on toxic pollutants from coal power plants.

EPA requires limit on mercury emissions from power plantsupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 19:21:00

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized new federal standards on toxic pollutants and mercury emissions from coal power plants Wednesday, a move being praised by environmentalists but criticized by others, who predict lost jobs and a strain on the nation's power grid.

CNNMoney: Ohio set to see oil boom thanks to frackingupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 08:31:00

Ohio hasn't been an oil powerhouse for nearly 100 years.

Canada: First out of a sinking Kyoto ship?updated: Tue Dec 13 2011 11:43:00

For Canada, the cost of either meeting its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, or failing to do so, was too much to bear.

China shifts carbon emissions positionupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 08:46:00

China is open to accept a legally binding global agreement to reduce carbon emissions. CNN's Robyn Curnow explains.

Delegates at climate talks agree to extend efforts of Kyoto Protocol updated: Sun Dec 11 2011 08:46:00

An agreement reached Sunday in South Africa will help tackle the challenges of climate change for years to come, the United Nations' chief said.

Japan says some tsunami reconstruction funds going to whalingupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 01:30:00

The Japanese government has affirmed that $29 million from its budget for post-earthquake and tsunami reconstruction is going toward extra security measures for the country's whaling fleet, angering environmental activists like Greenpeace.

CNNMoney: Big Oil sees energy bonanza aheadupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 13:59:00

Just three years after fears of an energy supply shortage, executives of the world's leading oil companies now foresee a bonanza of oil and natural gas on the horizon.

Amazon deforestation at record low, Brazil saysupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 12:30:00

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has decreased to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1988, according to official estimates.

The death of Zé Cláudio and Mariaupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 12:30:00

VICE visits the hometown of two environmental activists who were murdered in May outside their home in the Amazon.

Climate change a 'hot button issue'updated: Mon Dec 05 2011 05:28:00

Todd Stern talks to CNN's Robyn Curnow about the politicalization of climate change in the U.S.

Seeking a solution to global warmingupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 11:29:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports from the 17th U.N. Climate Change Summit in Durban, South Africa.

Could big cities lead the fight against climate change?updated: Mon Nov 28 2011 06:33:00

They are the world's cultural capitals, the nerve centers of innovation and the engine rooms of economic growth, but could cities also hold the key to cutting carbon emissions long-term?

New e-mail leak from UK climate research centerupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 09:43:00

A second batch of e-mails thought to originate from the UK research unit involved in the "Climategate" controversy in 2009 has been posted on the Internet.

CNNMoney: Clean fracking: Moving to replace chemicalsupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 11:41:00

Last summer a Halliburton executive did the unthinkable: He took a big ol' swig of hydraulic fracturing fluid.

Airlifting rhinos to safe locationupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 05:57:00

Video shows how the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project helped move black rhinos to a safer, more spacious location.

Using vacation photos to save the whalesupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 09:05:00

Onetime nursery school teacher Gale McCullough explains how the photo site Flickr helps her global whale research.

How Flickr can help save the whalesupdated: Sat Oct 22 2011 09:05:00

Want to help save the humpback whale? Pick up a camera and start taking pictures, says Gale McCullough, a "fluke matcher" at Allied Whale, a research group.

New climate study deals blow to skeptics updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 10:06:00

An independent study of global temperature records has reaffirmed previous conclusions by climate scientists that global warming is real.

Truth Squad: Can Perry's energy plan create 1.2 million jobs?updated: Wed Oct 19 2011 03:12:00

Gov. Rick Perry touted part of his plan to boost the economy at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, saying his energy strategy would create 1.2 million jobs. Last week, Perry said his plan would focus on tapping unexplored domestic sources for oil and gas. To do this, he said, regulations on oil and gas producers would need to be changed. Fewer rules would free up drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, and expand clean-coal technology resources, he said.

Climate change is shrinking species, study warns updated: Mon Oct 17 2011 13:09:00

Climate change is shrinking many plant and animal species and is likely to have a negative impact on human nutrition in the future, according to a new study.

Philippe Cousteau with sea turtles: Part 2updated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:08:00

Environmentalist Philippe Cousteau takes a look at a baby sea turtle on Cape Island, South Carolina.

Investigators search for cause of Texas chemical plant fireupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 18:01:00

Crews sprayed foam Wednesday to extinguish pockets of fire remaining at a Texas chemical plant two days after a massive blaze sent bright flames and thick plumes of smoke high into the sky.

Japan will hold winter whale hunt, despite protestsupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 22:59:00

Japan says it will hunt whales in the Southern Ocean this winter and will send a Fisheries Agency ship to guard its whalers against promised intervention by a conservation group.

CNNMoney: Final fracking report due before Christmasupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 10:44:00

The subcommittee created earlier this year by President Obama to study shale gas drilling is expected to produce a final report before Christmas. The subcommittee will recommend ways that regulators and the industry can reduce the environmental impact of fracking.

CNNMoney: Global energy use to jump 53%updated: Tue Sep 20 2011 14:58:00

Global energy use is expected to jump 53% by 2035, largely driven by strong demand from places like India and China, according to a report Monday.

W.V. couple: Our tap water ignitesupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 11:52:00

One couple is struggling to determine why their home smells like natural gas and why the tap water ignites. WDTV reports

U.S. beefs up conservation efforts for endangered sea turtlesupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 20:04:00

The government has revised its rules on sea turtles to try to decrease the number killed every year and reduce the threats they face.

Why a green economy is still part of jobs solutionupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 11:58:00

Unlike in previous jobs speeches, where he's been a cheerleader for clean energy and a green economy, President Obama didn't say the word "green" once in his address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night. That seems to fit the mood of the country, but in fact, Obama is missing a stimulus program in every American gas tank.

CNNMoney: Big Oil: To create jobs, let us drill moreupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 05:44:00

With job creation taking center stage in American politics, the oil industry Wednesday made a pitch for drilling more widely. With looser restrictions, the industry says it could deliver 1.4 million new jobs, boost tax rolls by $800 billion, and increase domestic energy production almost 50%.

When it comes to energy waste, tech is hero and villainupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 13:23:00

Let's take a little quiz. Which piece of home technology do you think uses the most electricity?

Humans hooked on fish as demand reaches historic highupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 10:16:00

The world's appetite for fish is now at an all time high according to the United Nations. Figures from the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) state fish is currently the most-traded food commodity, worth around $102 billion in 2008.

People.com: 5 Things to Know About the Capybara, the World's Largest Rodentupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 10:33:00

Mysterious sightings in California have sparked a renewed interest in the "master of the grasses"

Battling the bushmeat tradeupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 06:47:00

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse travels through the rainforests of Cameroon, to look at the growing and illegal commercial trade of bushmeat.

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