Australia diver makes miracle swim as huge shark stalks him

A diver separated from his boat off the coast of Australia has said he was lucky to be alive after being forced to swim miles back to shore - shadowed by a large tiger shark.


Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion - study

2017-10-21 16:20

Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters

First cat in space may finally get the recognition she deserves

2017-10-21 12:56

Currently, she’s a UFO: An underappreciated feline orbiter.

World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn

2017-10-20 13:14

Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat.

Huge cave found on moon, could house astronauts - Japan scientists

2017-10-21 10:44

Scientists at Japan's space agency have discovered a huge moon cave that could one day house a base that would shelter astronauts from dangerous radiation and wild temperature swings.

Record number of whales counted in Argentina's Patagonia

2017-10-21 09:14

Conservation groups say a record number of Southern right whales were counted this year in Argentina's Patagonia region

Insects decline dramatically in German nature reserves: study

2017-10-20 07:17

Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades.

For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice

2017-10-19 12:57

A shelter in Philadelphia is giving unadoptable cats a second chance, finding them jobs as green pest control at warehouses and factories in the city.

Norwegian firms signs deal with Iran for solar panels

2017-10-19 09:15

Norway solar panel maker Saga Energy has signed a deal, estimated to be worth about $2.94bn with Iran's state-owned company Amin Energy Developers to build solar power plants.

First floating wind farm starts operating in Scotland

2017-10-18 21:06

The world's first floating wind farm has started operations off the coast of Scotland, opening up the possibility of turbines at sea depths that would avoid spoiling views.

Australia rejects clean energy target for cheaper power

2017-10-18 16:48

The Australian government has rejected a plan to generate 42 % of country's power from wind and solar energy.

Dems slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout'

2017-10-18 13:21

Democrats and environmental groups are denouncing a Republican plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic national wildlife refuge.

Tigers from war-torn Aleppo settle into Dutch home

2017-10-17 17:35

Two tigers rescued from Aleppo have arrived in their new temporary home in the Netherlands to recover from their ordeal in the conflict-torn Syrian city.

'Hungry bear' crisis grips far east Russian region

2017-10-17 08:38

Large numbers of hungry, aggressive bears are approaching humans and have killed two people in Russia's far east due to depleting food sources, a forestry worker has told AFP.

Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica

2017-10-16 12:08

Australia and France kick off a fresh push to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of a landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit.

Israel to keep funding feeding ground for migrating pelicans

2017-10-18 22:45

Israel's ministry of agriculture says it will continue funding a pet project to feed thousands of Great White Pelicans who annually fly over the country.

The 'blue halo' effect: How some flowers seduce bees

2017-10-19 08:14

Hundreds of flower species have evolved the ability to project ethereal halos of blue light invisible to humans in order to lure pollinating bees, researchers reveal.

Russia's space agency says glitch in manned Soyuz landing

2017-10-18 19:29

Russia's space agency says a manned Soyuz rocket suffered a partial loss of pressure as it returned to Earth earlier this year.

Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact

2017-10-17 21:43

The environmental group Greenpeace has issued a report giving technology titans like Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei low marks for their environmental impact.

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple ancient Egypt: study

2017-10-18 06:52

Sun-choking debris cast off by volcanoes more than 2 ,000 years ago starved water feeding the Nile and hastened the downfall of ancient Egypt's last kingdom, researchers say.

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

2017-10-17 12:36

Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers say.

Neutron star smashup seen for first time, 'transforms' understanding of Universe

2017-10-16 18:55

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars, cataclysmic events now known to have generated at least half the gold in the Universe, excited research teams have revealed.

Hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

2017-10-15 22:15

Britain and Ireland are braced for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal's Azores islands.

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