• A new global fund on climate change that aims to channel $100 billion a year in aid to poor countries selected officials from South Africa and Australia as its leaders at its first meeting Thursday.

    In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT
  • In an undated photo provided Monday, Aug. 21, 2012, by Captain David Anderson's Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, Calif., spectators watch whales off the coast of southern California.

    Tourists from around the world have been flocking to Monterey Bay to catch a glimpse of the massive marine mammals, including impressive numbers of blue whales, the largest animals on earth.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT
  • The "wave glider", which from above looks like a yellow surfboard, picks up signals from tagged fish up to 1,000 feet (330 metres) away as part of efforts to understand the giant predators.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 25, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT
  • In this photo taken July 17, 2012, Cargo Custom office Director Chalida Phungravee, left, talks with her staff at a cargo warehouse at Suvarhabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

    The trade's Mr. Bigs, masterful in taking advantage of pervasive corruption, appear immune to arrest and continue to orchestrate the decimation of wildlife in Thailand, the region and beyond.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 25, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT
  • This April 10, 2008 file photograph shows three right whales cresting their tails on the surface near Provincetown, Mass., in Cape Cod Bay. A study off the Massachusetts coast has concluded that increasing amounts of underwater noise, largely from shipping traffic, is surrounding rare right whales in an "acoustic smog," making it harder for them to communicate.

    Increasing amounts of underwater noise, largely from shipping traffic, are enveloping rare right whales in "acoustic smog" that makes it harder for them to communicate.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 25, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT
  • In this undated photo taken by Masaki Iwata of Univesrity of the Ryukyus and released by the university, a normal adult pale grass blue butterfly suckles nectar from a flower. Japanese researchers said they found mutations in butterflies caused by radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

    Radiation that leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant following last year's tsunami caused mutations in some butterflies — including dented eyes and stunted wings — though humans seem relatively unaffected, researchers say.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT
  • In this Aug. 19, 2003 file photo, the Ibardin lake, which provides drinking water to the southern French cities of Hendaye, Biriatu and Urrugne, is almost dry due to the recent heat wave, near the French-Spanish border.

    The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT