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Activists confront Antarctic poaching vessel

2014-12-18 10:23

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd says it confronted a ship known for poaching Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic, as part of its efforts to target illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Greenland ice loss may be worse than predicted

2014-12-17 07:38

A warming planet means that inland lakes may become far more common on Greenland, leading to swifter ice loss and faster sea level rise than previously predicted, scientists say.

Thai wind company appoints new CEO after scandal

2014-12-16 09:10

Thailand's biggest developer of wind farms, Wind Energy Holdings, has appointed a new chief executive, the company say.

US study: All-electric car may not be so green

2014-12-16 06:50

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment, but they're not, a study shows.

Factbox: What was agreed at Lima climate talks

2014-12-15 10:25

UN climate negotiations have wrapped up in Lima with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed in Paris next year.

Everest trekkers cut off by snowfall

2014-12-15 07:58

Dozens of foreign hikers and Nepali guides have returned from a trekking trip to the base camp of Mount Everest after being cut off by heavy snowfall.

Queen Elizabeth growing magic mushrooms

2014-12-12 20:57

Magic mushroom can be found growing in Queen Elizabeth II's garden at Buckingham Palace.

Kangaroos' eating habits creating havoc for snakes, lizards

2014-12-12 16:05

Kangaroos are eating up grassland in Canberra, Australia's capital, threatening the survival of lizards, says a university study released Friday.

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens dolphins

2014-12-11 16:11

An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warn, branding the leak an ecological 'catastrophe'.

Plastic litter choking world's oceans

2014-12-10 22:40

There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more.

Clean-up of Israeli desert oil spill could take years

2014-12-10 16:45

Ecologists say it could take years to clean up a massive oil spill that flooded an Israeli nature reserve with up to five million litres of crude and threatened to spread to the Red Sea shore.

Poland rejects El Salvador toxic waste

2014-12-08 21:55

Poland has decided to refuse a shipment of toxic waste from El Salvador for destruction because of the local community's concerns.

Dogs recruited in fight against fire ants in Sydney

2014-12-08 10:12

Special sniffer dogs have been brought to Sydney to detect infections of South American fire ants discovered near the port, a report says.

Deforestation may be directly causing Brazil’s drought

2014-12-04 13:56

Sao Paulo’s worst drought in 80 years can be directly attributed to the decades of deforestation of the surrounding Amazon, experts warn.

Groups urge climate fund to exclude fossils

2014-12-04 08:35

Groups are demanding stronger rules on climate finance to poor countries after a report drew attention to Japan’s funding of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting global warming.

Peru: Deforestation on the rise, up 80% from 2001

2014-12-03 13:24

Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145 000 hectares last year – an 80% jump from the start of the century, the government says.

ArcelorMittal SA to present environmental plan

2014-12-02 11:50

ArcelorMittal SA will not challenge a court ruling that it must hand over documents related to its largest steel plant to an environmental activist group.

Swiss vote on capping immigration 'to save environment'

2014-12-01 14:17

Swiss voters will decide whether to dramatically cut immigration numbers in the name of saving the environment, in a referendum that opponents have labelled xenophobic.

Gold rush an ecological disaster for Peruvian Amazon

2014-11-28 12:19

A lush expanse of Amazon rainforest known as the 'Mother of God' is steadily being destroyed in Peru, with the jungle giving way to mercury-filled tailing ponds used to extract the gold hidden underground.

India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution

2014-11-27 11:37

India's environment court has slammed the government over the capital's horrendous air pollution, which it said is 'getting worse' every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down.

Plastic bag protest turns ugly

2014-11-25 22:22

Police in Ivory Coast's commercial capital have fired tear gas to disperse a crowd protesting a ban on plastic bags.

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking

2014-11-20 22:28

Germany's government plans to stop short of an outrage ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry.

Repsol begins search for oil near Canary Islands

2014-11-19 14:16

Spanish energy firm Repsol has begun searching for oil in the waters off the Canary Islands despite objections from environmentalists and the local government.

Interpol seeks public help to catch environmental fugitives

2014-11-17 18:56

Interpol has put out a worldwide call to the public to help track down fugitives accused of environmental crimes such as ivory trading and wildlife trafficking.

 

Obama removes Alaskan bay from drilling

2014-12-17 08:50

President Barack Obama has announced that he's removing more than 135 000km of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.

Denmark wants more of Arctic seabed

2014-12-16 15:55

Seeking to demarcate its territory in light of increasing Arctic exploration, Denmark has requested formal recognition from the UN for an extended area of continental shelf.

'Super bacteria' found in Rio's Olympic waters

2014-12-16 08:03

Scientists with Brazil's most respected health research institute say they've discovered a drug-resistant 'super bacteria' in waters where Olympic sailing events will be held.

Trophy hunters, San unite against Botswana hunting ban

2014-12-15 20:11

A pro-hunting lobby that includes trophy hunters and San has slammed the Botswana government's plan to ban hunting.

First Quantum shuts Australia nickel plant

2014-12-15 09:45

Canada's First Quantum Minerals has shut its Ravensthorpe nickel plant in Australia following an acid spill, which is under investigation.

India's secret garden: 18-years in the making

2014-12-14 09:09

Gardener Nek Chand recalls his 18-year labour of love in making India’s beautiful, and once secret, handmade garden.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill

2014-12-12 17:35

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons have worked to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins.

Clock ticks as climate talks grapple with carbon cuts

2014-12-12 08:30

Environment ministers are facing mounting time pressure to shape a blueprint for a global pact on climate change with ground-breaking carbon curbs at its core.

Lebanon's mountain of trash gets a makeover

2014-12-11 09:52

Lebanon’s ‘mountain of trash’ has marred the beautiful city of Sidon for years, but now an ambitious project is putting an end to the towering nightmare.

Humpback whales increasing in waters near NYC

2014-12-10 18:25

Humpback whales, the gigantic, endangered mammals known for their haunting underwater songs, have been approaching New York City in greater numbers than even old salts can remember.

Mars mountain may have arisen from lake sediments

2014-12-09 13:27

A mountain on Mars may have built up over time from lake sediments, according to Nasa scientists who have been studying observations from the Curiosity rover scouring the Red Planet.

Restoring water to island could take days

2014-12-08 12:46

Restoring water supplies to the Maldivian capital could take 10 more days, but tourists will not be affected by the crisis in the holiday destination.

Large wild cat found stabbed to death in Joburg CBD

2014-12-05 09:50
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A large wild cat has been found stabbed to death in Johannesburg central, metro police say.

Indian court bans old cars on the road

2014-12-04 11:15

An Indian court has banned all vehicles older than 15 years from the streets of the capital New Delhi in a bid to clean up the air.

Clinton: Protect Obama's environmental actions

2014-12-03 14:37

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says steps President Barack Obama has taken to help the environment must be protected at all costs.

UN calls fossil fuels 'high risk' investment

2014-12-02 16:11

Falling oil prices show the 'high risk' of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the UN's climate chief says at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming.

Collaborate to make going green sustainable

2014-12-01 19:09

Environmental, economic and social governance are critical for business sustainability, which needs more attention from all role players, a communication sector expert says.

Climate talks: The sticking points

2014-11-28 14:11

Some of the sticking points at UN climate talks starting in Lima - the last scheduled ministerial-level meeting before a global pact meant to be sealed in Paris in 12 months time.

Climate rhetoric faces the devil in the detail

2014-11-28 08:57

Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bustup, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.

Deforestation drops 18% in Brazil's Amazon

2014-11-27 11:37

Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest has dropped 18% over the past 12 months, falling to the second-lowest level in a quarter century, Brazil’s environment minister says.

Air pollution costs EU up to €189bn

2014-11-25 22:08

Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to €189bn in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland

Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park under threat

2014-11-21 10:53

Flanked by one of the continents fastest growing cities, Kenya's capital Nairobi, east Africa's oldest national park is under threat

Environmentalists: Brazil's greenhouse gases rise

2014-11-20 13:19

Emissions of greenhouse gases in Brazil, Latin America's biggest country, are almost 8% higher in 2013 than one year earlier, a network of more than 30 environmental groups say.

Xi commits to greater Antarctic ties with Australia

2014-11-18 11:51

China's President Xi Jinping has committed to greater Antarctic co-operation with Australia, while fulfilling a long-held dream to visit the nation's smallest state.

Germany reiterates ban on fracking

2014-11-17 16:27

Germany has no plans to lift a ban on fracking, following a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction.

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