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As a result, the 77 workers there will keep their jobs, and the 104 bears living there will continue to have a home.
The fires were fueled by a record-breaking, scorching heat wave - caused and worsened by climate change.
Mercury pollution, caused by coal-fired power plants, is a growing worldwide problem.
2012 - a year marked by droughts, brushfires, and crop damage, was the hottest year on record for the lower 48 U.S. states.
One hundred and thirty fires blazed across New South Wales, Australia's most heavily populated state, as emergency teams evacuated national parks and fought to get the flames under control.
There may not yet be the political will in Congress to pass significant climate change legislation. But efforts to address this issue will continue to get strong support from Mother Nature.
The Kulluk drilling rig, owned by oil company Shell ran aground off Alaska after breaking away from tow boats due to near-hurricane condition winds.
Most factory farms are controversial enough in the way that animals are handled there.