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Our Daily Planet: Bumblebee Decline and Alaska's Petroleum Battle

Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Bumblebee Decline: Four bumblebee species may be as good as gone, according to a new study.

Australian Floods: Video footage shows the devastation of the flooding in Australia, which was caused by a strong La Nina and monsoonal winds. As if the flooding wasn't bad enough, the waters are also crawling with crocodiles and snakes.

Sue the State: The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that anyone can sue the state if they believe it's acting in a way that harms the environment.

Alaska's Petroleum Battle: You've probably heard of ANWR, Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the battle over whether or not to drill for oil there. But there's another battle brewing nearby in public land called the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Brave Baby Penguin: At a zoo in Germany, one little baby penguin decided to a take stroll -- right through a lion's den.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Sewer Spelunking and the Chilean Earthquake

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at bisrael@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.