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FILE - A man with a seagull on his head smiles at tourists near the harbor in Sydney, April 22, 2014.

Study: 90% of Seabirds Have Eaten Plastic

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Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Areas are spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, source of livelihood for fishermen and herders who have called the marshes home for generations More

FILE -  In this June 7, 2015 file photo, smoke rises from the Bogus Creek Fire, one of two fires burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Alaska.

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

They're seeing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more wildfires, erosion of glaciers, shorelines More


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Methane-Powered Tractor That Could Go Into Production Within Five Years
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Video A Bicycle That Cannot Be Stolen

A Bicycle That Cannot Be Stolen
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Video Electronic Jacket Helps Keep Motorcyclists Safe

An electronic safety jacket for motorcyclists
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Video Sao Paulo Mall Reduces Carbon Footprint By Composting

Waste from mall composted and used in rooftop garden that grows vegetables for employees

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Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
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Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
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Video Sea Level Rise between 1992 and 2014

A NASA visualization of the change in sea levels over the last two decades.
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Video NASA Predicts Sea Level Rises

NASA's predictions for sea levels in the 21st century.
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Video NASA's Earth Observing Fleet

This animation shows the orbits of NASA's fleet of Earth remote sensing observatories as of February 2015.
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Video Dogs Being Trained to Detect Prostate Cancer

Many urologists agree that the current, so-called PSA test for detecting prostate cancer is often unreliable, but it remains widely used because there are no other tests. Researchers in Britain say this method may soon be replaced with dogs trained to sniff out the type of cancer that, according to the American Cancer Society, affects one in every 7 men. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
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Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
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Video Portable Device Turns Organic Waste into Biogas

Remote communities in developing countries often have trouble securing regular supplies of energy for cooking and lighting. But energy is available everywhere organic waste is degrading. It's just a question of how to harness it. An isolated Palestinian village in the West Bank has been successfully testing a device that turns food waste and manure into biogas. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Video Teen Develops Handgun Unlocked by Fingerprint

The United States has the highest civilian firearm ownership rate in the world, and a recent study ranked it in the top tier of countries in public mass shooters per capita. In fact, in the first 204 days of this year, there were 204 mass shootings in the United States -- attacks in which four or more people were killed or injured.

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