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  1. Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement

    Environment

    TAORMINA, Italy —President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, saying he would decide in the coming days whether the United States would pull out of the 195-nation agreement.

    President Donald Trump, right, arrives to a G7 session with outreach countries in Taormina, Italy, on Saturday. Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina, Sicily. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
  2. To catch a poacher: Florida wildlife officers set up undercover gator farm sting

    Wildlife

    To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, state wildlife officers created the ultimate undercover operation.

    To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set up an undercover operation. They created their own alligator farm, complete with plenty of real, live alligators, watched over by real, live undercover wildlife officers. It also had hidden video cameras to record everything that happened. That was two years ago, and on Wednesday wildlife officers announced that they arrested nine people on  44 felony charges alleging they broke wildlife laws governing alligator harvesting, transporting eggs and hatchlings across state lines, dealing in stolen property, falsifying records, racketeering and conspiracy. The wildlife commission released these photos of alligators, eggs and hatchlings taken during the undercover operation. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  3. Pope Francis presents Trump with a 'politically loaded gift': His encyclical on climate change

    Global Warming

    VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to make his point with a gift.

    Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Wednesday.  [Evan Vucci/Pool via The New York Times]
  4. Drought forces tougher watering restrictions around Tampa Bay

    Water

    Water restrictions will go into effect next month as the region grapples with the driest dry season on record in 103 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District said Tuesday.

    Clouds build in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday ahead of storms forecast to bring much-needed rain. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties that runs through Thursday morning. Forecasters say the best chance for severe storms is Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by localized flooding, frequent lightning, gusty winds and dangerous surf.
  5. Florida's ailing springs subject of clash over how much water to divert for development

    Water

    BROOKSVILLE — All over Florida, clashes are erupting over how much water can be diverted from the state's springs to keep development going. The latest battleground was Tuesday's meeting of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

    A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs on Kings Bay.
  6. Veteran big game hunter dies after elephant, felled by gunfire, collapses on him

    Wildlife

    Theunis Botha led his first guided hunting safari through South Africa's grasslands in 1989. A college student at the time, he used the money he received to help put himself through school.

    Big game hunter Theunis Botha, shown here with elephant tusks, was killed during a hunt in west Zimbabwe.
  7. Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier in British Columbia

    Wildlife

    RICHMOND, British Columbia — A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada's West Coast.

    A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada's West Coast. [Photo from video]
  8. Says Florida woman who hit 9-foot alligator on I-75, 'Are you kidding me?'

    Wildlife

    SARASOTA — A mother of four escaped serious injury when her SUV hit a 9-foot alligator crossing Interstate 75.

    Jennifer Rosinski's Ford Escape struck this alligator as it tried to run across Interstate 75 near North Port in Sarasota Couonty late on Tuesday. [Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosinski via Palm Beach Post]
  9. The Avon Park wildfire we could smell from Tampa Bay now 50 percent contained

    Wildlife

    Folks who smelled smoke while leaving their homes in the immediate Tampa Bay area on Thursday shouldn't have been alarmed. There was no wildfire in their backyard.

    Clearwater Beach is lost in a smokey haze from a wildfire at the Avon Park bombing range Thursday morning. [JIM DAMASKE | TIMES]

  10. Egmont Key makes historic preservation list because it is threatened by climate change

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — Every year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation picks 11 properties to highlight as the most threatened historic properties in the state.

     Egmont Key off the coast of Fort DeSoto in Tampa Bay. Each year the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation picks 11 properties to highlight as the most threatened historic properties in the state.
This year, Egmont Key became the first property to make the list because authorities said it is threatened by climate change and rising seas. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]