ARTICLES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT

Small island states seek economic overhaul

2014-08-25 15:03

Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies.

GPS measures west US drought, finds Earth rising

2014-08-22 13:21

Scientists using GPS technology to study the extent of the western US drought say the water shortage is causing parts of the Earth's crust to rise.

Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river

2014-08-22 09:13

Thieves who tapped an oil pipeline in northern Mexico caused a spill that contaminated the San Juan River, a key irrigation source for farmers says.

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13 000 evacuations

2014-08-20 12:01

Californian authorities say they have issued more than 13 000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction.

Glacial melt mostly caused by man-made damage

2014-08-15 14:39

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study says.

Penguin habitats at risk

2014-08-15 08:18

A study has found that penguins' existence is affected by habitat loss, pollution and fishing and more marine protected areas need to be established, the environmental affairs department says.

Just one major storm floods Long Island

2014-08-14 09:25

New York's heaviest downpour on record has dumped a summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island in a matter of hours, swamping highways, flooding basements and causing at least one death.

DRC urged to do more to stop illegal logging

2014-08-13 10:55

The DRC takes pride in recent steps to prevent illegal logging in its vast equatorial forests, but experts argue these measures are far from enough to stop a thriving business.

Drought may reverse drop in Nevada tree beetles

2014-08-11 14:33

Scientists say there's been a significant reduction in the amount of Nevada forest under assault from bark beetles and similar bugs, but they fear lingering drought will further weaken the trees.

Canada sends icebreakers to Arctic to gather data

2014-08-10 20:36

Canada has sent two icebreakers to the High Arctic to gather scientific data in support of its plan to bid for control of the sea floor under and beyond the North Pole.

Red tide destroying fish population in Florida

2014-08-08 10:29

The largest red tide bloom seen in Florida in nearly a decade has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore.

Environmental concerns over airport runway expansion

2014-08-05 10:31

Twenty three members of the public have raised concerns about environmental destruction and noise pollution after a proposal to realign the runway at the Cape Town International Airport.

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Hundreds of pet rats removed from US apartment

2014-08-02 13:29

Animal control officers are working to remove approximately 300 rats from an Ohio studio apartment and will put them up for adoption around the country, a humane society officer says.

No walk in the park for SA's game rangers

2014-08-01 10:51

Game rangers In South Africa put their lives at risk every time they step out and respond to a poaching incidents. Many of them don't receive the recognition they deserve.

Dead fish delight birds, disgust beach goers

2014-07-31 09:19

Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up in the town of Seaside providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beach.

Paris tourists share picnics with rats

2014-07-30 11:51

On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the Tuileries garden. It's a stone's throw from the Louvre museum, with just one drawback, the rats.

Act now on climate or see costs soar: White House

2014-07-29 13:02

Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the US more in the long run, the White House says in a report meant to bolster actions to address global warming

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze descends

2014-07-29 09:18

Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo Island is 'unhealthy', with one town reaching 'very unhealthy"'levels as haze, mostly from forest fires in Indonesia.

California wildfires claim 13 homes

2014-07-28 15:23

Wildfires burning near Northern California vineyards and in the Yosemite National Park area are threatening hundreds of homes even as crews work to contain them.

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

Heat waves persist with tragic consequences

2014-07-25 08:42

Leaving children in parked cars in the blazing heat of summer: it's so obviously wrong, yet it happens with astonishing regularity, with tragic results.

China shuts large coal plant to curb smog

2014-07-24 10:38

Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media report.

Exercise slows physical, mental decline after menopause

2014-07-23 17:00

Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don't, according to a new review.

 

Kenya recycles global e-waste

2014-08-22 22:34

Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law

Silva's economic proposals for Brazil

2014-08-21 14:45

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva has little experience with economic policy, but her advisers promise a more business-friendly approach.

Brazil praised for saving forests

2014-08-18 11:40

Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a study says.

Employees benefit from natural light

2014-08-15 09:48

Workers exposed to sunshine sleep better and have a better quality of life, researchers say.

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2 000 years

2014-08-14 12:45

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, has been warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper says.

China urges public to walk, ride bikes

2014-08-13 21:26

China has issued a behavioural standards guide to combat pollution and reduce environmental damage.

EC cuts fish quotas for 10 countries

2014-08-11 16:37

The European Commission has cut this year's fishing quotas for 10 member countries, to compensate for overfishing in 2013.

Forests for the future: Kenya's carbon credit scheme

2014-08-10 21:52

When 61-year old Mercy Joshua was young, the vast forests of southeastern Kenya teemed with wildlife, but decades of unchecked deforestation by locals have devastated the land.

Greenpeace ship returns to warm welcome

2014-08-09 19:11

Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship has arrived home to a warm welcome in The Netherlands, almost a year after it was seized by Russia during a protest against Arctic oil drilling.

India's monkey men keep naughty macaques at bay

2014-08-08 09:12

The Indian government has hired 40 'monkey wallahs', an Indian term that roughly translates as monkey men, who mimic the aggressive sounds of monkeys who wreck havoc on the local environment.

Dhaka's residents fight over vanishing green spaces

2014-08-04 15:17

When a private sports club in an upmarket Dhaka neighbourhood 'grabbed' a children's park for development this year, it sparked a wave of enraged protests rarely seen in impoverished Bangladesh.

Toxic algae cause 400 000 to go without water

2014-08-04 10:58

Health authorities have tested water for toxins in Ohio, as some 400 000 people remain without safe drinking water for a second day following the discovery of high toxin levels from algae on Lake Erie.

Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment

2014-08-02 12:30

Australia has launched its 'Green Army' which plans to recruit up to 15 000 young people for projects to conserve and rehabilitate the environment, the biggest land care mobilisation in the nation's history.

Isolated Indians make contact with outside world

2014-07-31 11:53

Isolated native people likely fleeing attacks in Peru have turned up in Brazil's Amazon rainforest where they made contact with the outside world.

Isolated indigenous communities under threat

2014-07-30 13:55

Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a regional human rights body has warned, urging that inhabitants these areas be left alone.

US plans wide seismic testing of sea floor

2014-07-29 14:03

The US is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers.

US plans to ban import of boa constrictors

2014-07-29 11:46

A US proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators.

UK re-opens fracking proposals

2014-07-28 16:30

Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses to explore for shale gas in the UK, three years after the fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.

5 things to know about coal & climate change

2014-07-28 14:28

Here are 5 things to know about how US coal exports shift the global warming problem onto other countries.

Geneticists offer clues to better crops

2014-07-27 19:53

Scientists have laid bare the genetic codes of African rice and a type of wild tomato, data they said should help breed more resilient crops.

Nasa reveals 2012 secret

2014-07-25 09:50

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilisation back to the 18th century", Nasa says.

How our animals are dying

2014-07-25 07:26

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45%, researchers say.

Romania opens plastic bridge in litter protest

2014-07-24 08:31

A western city in Romania has inaugurated a 23m bridge made of more than 157 000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.

Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

2014-07-23 14:03

A rhino poacher has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns.

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