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Cameras catch glimpse of world's rarest rhino

Hidden cameras in the jungles of Indonesia's Java island have captured rare footage of the world's most threatened rhino, boosting efforts to save it from extinction, conservationists said Thursday.

Two camera traps set up in the remote Ujung Kulon national park yielded new footage of the endangered Javan rhinoceros, said Adhi Hariyadi, leader of the project by the environmental group World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Exxon to cut funding to climate change denial groups

The oil giant ExxonMobil has admitted that its support for lobby groups that question the science of climate change may have hindered action to tackle global warming. In its corporate citizenship report, released last week, ExxonMobil says it intends to cut funds to several groups that "divert attention" from the need to find new sources of clean energy.

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'Climate Change Already Affecting U.S. Water, Land, And Biodiversity' Report Finds

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) has released "Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3 (SAP 4.3): The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States." The CCSP integrates the federal research efforts of 13 agencies on climate and global change. This report is one of the most extensive examinations of climate impacts on U.S. ecosystems.

The report finds that climate change is already affecting U.S. water resources, agriculture, land resources, and biodiversity, and will continue to do so.

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US: Lightning strike leaves area powerless

Thousands of people in the Danbury area were without power for much of Tuesday afternoon after lightning hit a transmission line, officials said.

Mitch Gross, a spokesman for Connecticut Light & Power, said the lightning strike set off a chain reaction that resulted in the loss of power at six substations.

The outage affected such a wide area, Gross said, that officials could not say exactly where it occurred.

"We believe it was a lightning strike that hit a transmission line," Gross said. "That, in turn, created problems at substations in the area."

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UK: Lightning triggers power cuts

Residents in almost 3,000 homes and businesses in Yarmouth and Lowestoft woke to find they had no electricity this morning after a lightning strike on an overhead cable.

The strike happened at 3.58am, leaving 2,766 customers unable to boil the kettle for a morning cuppa.

Power was restored to most people by 7.37am, but EDF Energy engineers are still working to reconnect the final 163 customers in Bradwell and Belton.

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New campaign takes cocaine impact to Europe

London - A picture campaign highlighting the devastation caused in Colombia by the production of cocaine for markets in Europe and America came to London on Wednesday before heading across Europe.

Shared Responsibility, a collection of photographs with captions showing the wholesale destruction of the rainforest for plantations of coca plants, aims to raise the guilt factor among cocaine users.

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Snowstorms batter Mongolia killing 21 with 100 missing

At least 21 people are reported dead and 100 are missing after snowstorms battered Mongolia over the past two days, the Xinhua news agency cited the country's emergencies officials as saying Wednesday.

Seven provinces in west and central Mongolia were hit hardest, with wind speeds reported at up to 40 meters per second. Buildings and power transmission lines have also been damaged.

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6,000 tons of salmon are moved from Chile volcano

First they saved the people. Then they rescued the dogs and cats. Finally they went in for the fish - 6,000 tons of them - threatened by a volcanic eruption in southern Chile.

Some 600,000 salmon were being moved by boats Tuesday from a fish farm just eight miles from the Chaiten volcano, according to Carlos Odebret, a spokesman for Salmon Chile, the association of private salmon industries.

He said that farm was the last of several to be evacuated because officials recently reduced the size of the prohibited-entry zone around the volcano, making it accessible again to workers.

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After Quake, Attention Grows On Early-Warning Systems

Early in May, NASA earth scientists monitoring infrared images of the earth noticed unusual patterns in southwestern China. One sent an email to colleagues, noting: Something is happening in Sichuan province.

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Study finds Indonesia 'mud volcano' collapsing

An Indonesian "mud volcano" that has oozed sludge for two years is collapsing under its own weight, worsening an environmental disaster that has displaced thousands, a study said Wednesday.

Sudden collapses of up to three metres (9.8 feet) have been recorded at the centre of the volcano in East Java, the study by Durham University and the Bandung Institute of Technology found.

"Such sudden collapses could be the beginning of a caldera -- a large basin-shaped volcanic depression," the institute said in a statement, adding that the caldera could be as much as 146 metres deep.

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Gas flows from the crater surrounded by hot mud in Porong, Sidoarjo district. An Indonesian "mud volcano" that has oozed sludge for two years is collapsing under its own weight, worsening an environmental disaster that has displaced thousands, a study said Wednesday.