Fracking resumes in Texas

Denton, a North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted lawmakers to limit such power, says a driller plans to start fracking gas wells within days.


Two new quakes strike off Solomon Islands

2015-05-23 13:00

Two strong 6.8-magnitude earthquakes have struck off the Solomon Islands, geologists say, but no tsunami warning has been issued.

Woman chains herself to Shell ship

2015-05-23 09:53

A woman has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Shell's exploratory oil drilling north of Seattle.

California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts

2015-05-23 08:43

California has given the green light to farmers for voluntary water cuts trying to avoid deeper drought losses.

Endangered antelope dying in Kazakhstan

2015-05-22 21:15

Endangered saiga antelope are mysteriously dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan.

Alaska's popular walrus webcam streams again WATCH

2015-05-22 18:04

Popular webcam streaming images of Pacific walruses from remote Alaska island returns.

Dogs domesticated over 27 000 years ago - study

2015-05-22 14:26

Man's best friend may have been his companion for far longer than believed, scientists report, publishing an analysis that dates domesticated dogs to over 27 000 years ago.

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Tea industry urged to share benefits with Khoi, San

2015-05-22 06:45

The Department of Environmental Affairs has urged the rooibos and honeybush tea industries to negotiate benefit sharing deals with the Khoi and San communities.

Scientists discover secrets of plankton

2015-05-22 10:05

A world of diversity has been discovered in plankton, the tiny plants, viruses and embryonic fish that are a favourite food of whales.

Little penguins from Aus go on display in NY

2015-05-21 15:33

Two dozen of the world's smallest penguins have taken up residence at the Bronx Zoo in New York as part of a breeding programme.

UN climate fund passes financing threshold with Japan deal

2015-05-21 14:29

The UN’s fund for climate aid to developing countries says it now has enough cash to kick off projects before a key climate summit in Paris.

Gusts of opposition hit Kenyan wind farm project

2015-05-21 11:47

A planned $144m wind farm in central Kenya has run into opposition from farmers who fear being forced to sell their land and allege that the wind turbines could cause health problems.

Indonesia sinks foreign boats to deter illegal fishing

2015-05-21 08:45

Indonesia has sunk 41 foreign boats across the archipelago, reports say, as part of an ongoing push to stop illegal fishing in its waters.

Activists demand Kenya probe after Asia ivory seizures

2015-05-20 16:56

A leading Kenyan wildlife protection activist demanded a government investigation after Singapore seized the biggest illegal shipment of ivory and other exotic animal parts in more than a decade.

Saving secrets of the Namib desert

2015-05-20 13:52

At first sight this desert seems devoid of life - but if you know where to look - this shy, secretive desert comes alive with unique creatures that thrive in its harsh environment.

Men used kittens as greyhound bait

2015-05-20 13:03

Two men have been charged in Australia with using kittens as live bait to train greyhounds, following allegations that piglets, rabbits and possums were also used in the sport.

Israel leads the way in dairy tech

2015-05-19 21:15

Decades ago Israeli dairy farmers confronted a quandary - how could they provide milk to a fast-growing population in a country that is two-thirds desert, with little grazing land?

California oil clean-up starts, sticky crude collected

2015-05-22 12:12

More than 31 00 litres of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 15 km of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky crude that escaped from a ruptured pipeline.

Visitors flock to see Cape gannet colony

2015-05-21 21:08

Visitors from the United States, Europe and Asia are flocking to see the Cape gannet colony at Lambert's Bay as it is one of only six breeding spots for the gannet.

The efficacy of trading rhino horn debunked

2015-05-21 14:47

A group of local and international experts converged in Cape Town to discuss the legal and illegal trade in endangered wildlife.

WATCH: US hunter finally bags his black rhino in controversial conservation hunt

2015-05-21 12:38

The Texan hunter, who bid an estimated R3.9 million to kill one of the most endangered species in the world, has hunted and killed a black rhino in Namibia - and he says he has no regrets.

More questions than answers in California oil spill

2015-05-21 10:32

Tens of thousands of litres of spilled oil from a broken underground pipeline has threatened protected waters and wildlife in California’s southern coast, as US federal and local authorities rushed to contain its spread.

Zambia lifts ban on hunting of big cats

2015-05-20 21:16

Zambia has lifted a ban on the hunting of big cats that was imposed over allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions, officials say.

EU concerned about farming impact on its wildlife

2015-05-20 14:49

About half of wild birds have a secure status as EU programmes to protect endangered species have boosted numbers, but some of their habitats are cause for major concern largely because of intensive farming, an EU report has found.

Greenpeace: Dozens of Chinese boats fishing illegally in West Africa

2015-05-20 13:03

At least 74 Chinese vessels have fished illegally on prohibited fishing grounds off the coast of West Africa, according to a study.

Zambia lifts ban on big cat trophy hunting

2015-05-20 11:57

Zambia has lifted the ban on the hunting of leopards and will allow lion hunting next year after it established that the population of the big cats was higher than previously thought.

New Cape diving beetle an 'evolutionary relic'

2015-05-19 22:02

A new diving beetle species has been discovered in the Noordhoek area of Cape Town and has been described as an evolutionary relic.

Indian public campaigns to send 'killer' tiger home

2015-05-19 19:48

Indian wildlife lovers have launched a campaign to move a tiger back to the wildlife reserve where he grew up after he was placed in captivity following the death of a forest guard.


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