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Genetic Tweak Makes Plants Use 25% Less Water

Researchers have unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield.

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New Zealand Summer Heatwave Sets All-Time Record

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.

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger Disemboweled, Hung Up in Indonesia

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.

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Antarctic Sea Ice Shrinks for Second-Straight Year

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.

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Antarctica: A Laboratory for Climate Change

A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica's King George Island.

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'Beast From the East' Sends Siberian Cold Blast across Europe

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.

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Japan Confirms Oil from Wrecked Tanker Hitting Its Beaches

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.

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Seychelles Designates Huge New Marine Reserve

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.

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Philippine Fisherman Eaten in Rising Croc Attacks

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.

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Cape Town Now Faces Dry Taps by July 9

Residents of drought-stricken Cape Town received good news Tuesday when city officials said they now face losing piped water to their homes by July 9 -- a month later than last forecast.

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