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  • *Asia is hardest-hit region, U.N. report says. GENEVA, Nov 23- Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a U.N. report said on Monday. A recent peak year was 2002, when drought in India hit 200 million and a sandstorm in China...

  • HELENA, Mont.— A retired clergyman and an attorney want Montana voters to pass a law requiring power companies to buy and sell more renewable energy to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide— a gas tied to climate change— in the atmosphere. John Soderberg, former minister of the Bozeman United Methodist Church, and lawyer Russ Doty have submitted the ballot measure...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- French drugmaker Sanofi and Britain's AstraZeneca said on Friday they had agreed a direct exchange of 210,000 chemical compounds from their respective libraries in a new twist on the drive to boost open innovation. In a bid to increase the number of leads for new medicines, and save both time and money, pharmaceutical companies are experimenting...

  • Genetically modified fish gets OK for sale in US Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    Genetically modified salmon are in tanks at the AquaBounty farm in Waltham, Massachusetts.

    AquaBounty has received approval from the FDA to sell its AquAdvantage salmon in the US, but critics have denounced the 'frankenfish.'

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 19- Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.9 percent in 2014, according to a network of local environmental organizations, which expressed concern that only one sector, though a large one, showed a decline. The drop last year to 1.558 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent resulted solely because Brazil managed to reduce deforestation...

  • October was hottest ever recorded: NASA and NOAA Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | 2:28 PM ET
    People at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on Oct. 5, 2015.

    Global average temperature last month was a bigger jump from the average than September's, according to NOAA and NASA.

  • Big ideas: The de-extinction of woolly mammoths? Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    A digitally-generated image of a woolly mammoth.

    Some of the biggest futuristic minds set sail recently. Here were some of their bold predictions.

  • IOWA CITY, Iowa— Iowa regulators disclosed Tuesday they are withholding legally-mandated funding for a second state energy research center— one that studies climate change— even though critics say they have no authority to do so. The Associated Press reported Monday that the Iowa Utilities Board, under new chairwoman Geri Huser, was withholding $4.4 million...

  • El Nino on track to be one of the 'worst ever': UN Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 1:16 PM ET
    A wooden boat is stranded on the riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province, on Oct. 5, 2015.

    Severe droughts and flooding in warmer regions may leave millions at risk of disease, starvation and conflict.

  • TOMS RIVER, N.J.— New Jersey officials and environmentalists have vastly different assessments of the health of Barnegat Bay. "Barnegat Bay is a resilient, very strong ecosystem," said Thomas Belton, the DEP's Barnegat Bay research coordinator. Determining the health of Barnegat Bay will influence several other environmental, political and business decisions.

  • FACTBOX-Deciphering the jargon of U.N. climate talks Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 17- Representatives and leaders from almost 200 governments will meet in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 to agree a global accord to slow climate change. UNFCCC- The United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty agreed in 1992. Its aim is to prevent dangerous human interference with the world's climate system.

  • How Dewar's is marketing to the subconscious mind Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | 3:06 PM ET
    Dewar’s “White Label” Scratched Cask invites consumers to experience how it's made in its virtual experience.

    Brands are using psychological techniques such as games and experiential marketing to chance perception and build affinity.

  • NFL's 'Color Rush' leaves out colorblind viewers Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    The New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills line up during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 12, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    The NFL's "Color Rush" campaign introduced controversy Thursday on Twitter from colorblind users who could not distinguish between the two uniforms.

  • Gusty, cold wet weather sweeps toward East Coast Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | 9:43 AM ET
    Waves crash over the banks of the St. Joseph River channel Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in St. Joseph, Mich.

    High winds, snow and rain swept across the Great Lakes and are now headed for the East coast, says NBC News.

  • But crab pots are sitting empty on docks, boats are idled and fishermen are anxiously waiting for California authorities to open the lucrative Dungeness crab season. California has delayed the Nov. 15 start of its commercial crab season after finding dangerous levels of a toxin in crabs. Officials in Oregon and Washington are testing crab samples and will...

  • How Mother Nature helps prevent climate change Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Large floating contraptions, used by scientists to predict the acidity in the oceans, sit offshore the scientific outpost of Ny-Alesund. The cold water at the poles is able to absorb more carbon dioxide than tropical waters and therefore increases acidity quicker. Though it is a relatively small amount, the effects on the ocean's chemistry can be dramatic.

    Earth's land and ocean absorb about half of all carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, but that may not last.

  • The huge machines that may mine the seafloor Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 | 3:52 PM ET
    The collecting machine will draw ground up rock from the surface into the pumps that carry it up to the ship.

    Nautilus Minerals just debuted the equipment that may make it the first company to seriously mine the ocean floor.

  • Millions warned to watch for severe weather Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 | 3:55 PM ET

    From San Antonio to Chicago to Cincinnati, millions are expecting wind, flurries or thunderstorms.

  • Watch the 'world's only true jetpack' fly in NYC Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    JetPack still from video

    JetPack Aviation says it is the only company that makes a jet turbine-powered backpack.

  • This proposed bill could shut down SeaWorld Friday, 6 Nov 2015 | 5:49 PM ET
    Killer whale Tilikum appears during a performance in the show "Believe" at SeaWorld on March 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

    A piece of legislation proposed on Friday that would ban the capture and display of orcas could spell trouble for entertainment giant SeaWorld.