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US probes unusual rise in humpback whale deaths

Investigators are probing an unusually high number of humpback whale deaths since 2016 off the US Atlantic Coast, where many appear to have been killed by colliding with boats, officials said Thursday.

Philippine minister bans new open-pit mines worth $8 bn

Philippine socialite-turned-environment minister Regina Lopez caused ire in the mining industry Thursday by announcing a ban on new open-pit mines, a move that threatens over eight billion dollars in investments.

Home-made bricks for a habitat on Mars

Scientists said Thursday that they have manufactured tiny bricks out of artificial Martian soil, anticipating the day when humans may construct colonies on the Red Planet.

Rare vaquita porpoise found dead in Mexico

An endangered vaquita porpoise was found dead in the Gulf of Mexico, the country’s environmental protection authority said Wednesday, bringing to four the number of dead vaquitas found in 2017.

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