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Image Cache: This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth's dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world's most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016 — and they're absolutely spellbinding.

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On the climate and energy front, 2016 was a year of contradictions. Again and again, our planet smashed global temperature records. The fingerprints of climate change were visible in extreme weather from the North Pole to Louisiana. But the clean energy sector also hit some major milestones. Wind and solar power expanded rapidly as costs fell, demonstrating that a high-tech, low-carbon future is within reach.

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US President Obama has designated 1.65 million acres in Southeastern Utah and Nevada as National Monuments, protecting the land from private development and granting the US federal government broad control to protect it. The new monument includes Bears Ears Buttes in Utah, and Gold Butte near Las Vegas.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just released its annual "Arctic Report Card", a comprehensive overview of what's happening at our planet's North Pole. If it were an actual report card, the Arctic would be on the verge of failing.

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It should be obvious to everyone at this point that humans are having an enormous impact on the planet. But how much, exactly, does our collective footprint weigh? It may sound odd, but a new scientific paper is offering an answer to that very question: A staggering 30 trillion tonnes.

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Trump may never remove that dumb tweet about climate change being a Chinese hoax, but there are signs that the US president-elect is warming up to the notion that maybe — just maybe! — global warming isn't a liberal conspiracy. The latest signal came on Monday, when Trump met with former US presidential candidate and noted climate activist Al Gore to discuss our ever-warming planet.¬†

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Over 80,000 acres of land stand torched as dozens of wildfires rage across the southeastern United States this last week. The apparent cause? An unsavoury combination of drought, carelessness and arson.

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An estimated 20 billion barrels of oil valued at up to $US900 billion ($1.2 trillion) has been discovered in a West Texan shale formation, the US Geological Survey announced this week. Three times the size of the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota, it could be the largest such deposit ever assessed in the United States.

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Seabird poop: Good for ruining your picnic at the beach, and apparently good for keeping the Arctic cool, too. But if the birds want to stop their summertime home from melting away, they're going to have to start taking laxatives.