Researchers have unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield.Full Story
New Zealand has sweltered through its hottest summer on record and can expect more of the same if climate change continues unabated, the government's scientific agency said Tuesday.
Daily temperatures averaged 18.8 Celsius (65.84 Farenheit), 2.1C more than normal, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said.Full Story
Villagers in a remote Indonesian community disemboweled a critically endangered Sumatran tiger and then hung the big cat from a ceiling after it attacked a pair of locals, a conservation official said Monday.Full Story
Sea ice cover in Antarctica has dropped to its second-lowest on record, Australian authorities said Friday, adding that it was not yet clear what was driving the reduction after several years of record-highs.Full Story
A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica's King George Island.Full Story
Europe remained Wednesday gripped by a blast of Siberian weather which has killed at least 24 people and carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches in snow.Full Story
Oil that has washed ashore on several southern Japanese islands is likely from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea last month, Japan's coastguard said Friday.
Analysis of samples of heavy fuel that began washing up on remote Okinoerabu and Yoron islands this month found similar components to the fuel used by the Sanchi tanker, coastguard spokesman Takuya Matsumoto said.Full Story
A vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced Thursday.
The 210,000-square-kilometer (81,000-square-mile) zone -- an area equivalent to nearly half of the Black Sea -- is intended to protect both the sea and the archipelago's economy, which relies on fishing and tourism.Full Story
A crab fisherman has been killed and half-eaten by a huge saltwater crocodile, the latest in a growing number of attacks on a remote Philippine island, police said Wednesday.Full Story