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Caroline Kennedy slams Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter

NBC News, Reuters: Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan, has weighed in on the issue of Japan’s controversial annual dolphin hunt criticizing the ‘inhumaneness’ of the slaughter.

Hundreds of dolphins have been rounded up in a secluded bay for this year’s hunt, according to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Photo: Fishermen hunt dolphins at a cove in Taiji, western Japan, on Monday (Adrian Mylne / Reuters)

Hawaii warns molasses spill could draw sharks
Reuters: Hawaii’s health officials have warned swimmers, snorkelers and surfers to stay out of waters near Honolulu after a leak of 1,400 tons of molasses earlier in the week killed hundreds of fish. The officials say this spill could draw sharks.
So many fish have died that the Hawaii Department of Health has tripled cleanup crews to three boats. Hundreds of fish have been removed and thousands more are expected to be removed, a statement from the department said.
Photo credit: Dennis Oda / The Star-Advertiser via AP

Hawaii warns molasses spill could draw sharks

Reuters: Hawaii’s health officials have warned swimmers, snorkelers and surfers to stay out of waters near Honolulu after a leak of 1,400 tons of molasses earlier in the week killed hundreds of fish. The officials say this spill could draw sharks.

So many fish have died that the Hawaii Department of Health has tripled cleanup crews to three boats. Hundreds of fish have been removed and thousands more are expected to be removed, a statement from the department said.

Photo credit: Dennis Oda / The Star-Advertiser via AP

BP Gulf of Mexico fund running out of cash
BBC News:BP’s compensation fund that it set up to pay claims related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is running out of cash.
The oil giant announced that the fund, which originally had $20bn, has just $300m left.
The deadline for business to claim loss of earnings due to the spill is not until April next year.
Photo: Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire May 5, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. (Getty Images)

BP Gulf of Mexico fund running out of cash

BBC News:BP’s compensation fund that it set up to pay claims related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is running out of cash.

The oil giant announced that the fund, which originally had $20bn, has just $300m left.

The deadline for business to claim loss of earnings due to the spill is not until April next year.

Photo: Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire May 5, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. (Getty Images)

Singapore smog from Indonesia fire could last weeks

BBC: Singapore’s prime minister has warned that the haze engulfing the city could last for weeks, as air pollution in the city-state soars to record levels. The pollution standards index peaked at 371 Thursday, breaking previous records and going well above hazardous levels. It eventually fell to about 300.

The haze is caused by illegal forest fires in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, but the two neighbors have accused each other over who is responsible for the smog.

Photo: Office workers return from a lunch break in front of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore on June 19, 2013. (Roslan Rahman / AFP - Getty Images)

Texas man pleads guilty to smuggling snakes on several planes

AP: An East Texas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes on several planes from South America to the U.S.

According to prosecutors, the eco-tourism guide, who faces up to five years in prison, bought seven live snakes in August 2012 in a market in Lima, Peru. He then smuggled them in his jacket on flights from Lima to Miami and then to Dallas.

Study: Andes glaciers vanishing rapidly
LiveScience:The glaciers of the Andes Mountains have retreated at an unprecedented rate in the past three decades. More ice has been lost than at any other time in the past 400 years.
The retreat is worse in the Andes than average glacier loss around the world, researchers reported Tuesday.
Photo: Part of the Pastoruri glacier is seen atop Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, or ”White Mountain Range.” The largest glacier chain in the tropics, the range is melting fast. (Karel Navarro  /  AP file)

Study: Andes glaciers vanishing rapidly

LiveScience:The glaciers of the Andes Mountains have retreated at an unprecedented rate in the past three decades. More ice has been lost than at any other time in the past 400 years.

The retreat is worse in the Andes than average glacier loss around the world, researchers reported Tuesday.

Photo: Part of the Pastoruri glacier is seen atop Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, or ”White Mountain Range.” The largest glacier chain in the tropics, the range is melting fast. (Karel Navarro  /  AP file)

Greenhouse gases hit a record high in 2011
BBC: Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2011, the World Meteorological Organization reports. In an annual report released Tuesday, the organization said carbon dioxide levels reached 391 parts per million in 2011.
The organization estimates that 375 billion tons of carbon have been released into the atmosphere since 1750; half of that amount is believed to remain present in the atmosphere.
Photo: WMO and NOAA operate monitoring stations around the world. (SPL)

Greenhouse gases hit a record high in 2011

BBC: Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2011, the World Meteorological Organization reports. In an annual report released Tuesday, the organization said carbon dioxide levels reached 391 parts per million in 2011.


The organization estimates that 375 billion tons of carbon have been released into the atmosphere since 1750; half of that amount is believed to remain present in the atmosphere.


Photo: WMO and NOAA operate monitoring stations around the world. (SPL)

Study: Half of Great Barrier Reef coral lost in last 27 years

BBC: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its coral cover in the past 27 years, a study shows. Results from the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, show that coral cover declined from 28% to 13.8% between 1985 and 2012. Researchers attribute the decline to storms, a coral-feeding starfish and bleaching linked to climate change.

Photo: A Harlequin Tuskfish shows off its tusks at Heron Island, a popular diving spot in the southern Great Barrier Reef. (Courtesy: Caitlin Seaview Survey)