Brazil governor wants enviro fund for pensions

2016-02-09 22:31

The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro wants to use money earmarked for an environmental fund to cover civil servant pension shortfalls.

Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2

2016-02-04 20:35

Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees.

Canada protects ancient Pacific coast forest from logging, hunting

2016-02-02 11:00

Decades of protests and then negotiations that brought together loggers, natives and environmental activists resulted in a landmark deal to protect a huge swath of forest on Canada's Pacific coast.

Cows hold solution to SA's power crisis, says UFS researcher

2016-01-27 09:14

A young researcher at the University of Free State is looking at ways of solving the county's electricity crisis using an unusual energy source - cow dung.

Developing countries bear brunt of nitrogen pollution: study

2016-01-26 05:37

The production of goods for consumers in rich nations leaves a deep footprint in the form of potentially-dangerous nitrogen pollution in developing countries.

Greenpeace India appoints new chief

2016-01-20 20:29

Greenpeace India has appointed a new director to steer the group forward amid ongoing legal battles with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Avalanches, an Alpine menace

2016-01-19 22:55

France has seen five deadly Alpine avalanches so far this winter, claiming 12 lives, eight of them in the past week.

US freezes new coal mine permits

2016-01-17 18:00

The US government has announced a freeze on issuing permits for new coal mines on government land, in a review of the environmental impact of federal policy.

Armed group in the US destroys federal park fences

2016-01-12 11:03

A small group of armed activists who have occupied a remote wildlife refuge in Oregon ratcheted things up a notch by destroying fencing surrounding the federal property.

Ambitious goals for aviation sustainability

2015-12-31 07:44

The aviation industry should find a balance between growth and acting environmentally responsible, according to the International Air Transport Association.


PICS: Six everyday fruits and vegetables before and after humans changed them

2016-02-09 10:11

Our ancestors would have had trouble recognising some of the fruits and vegetables that we are familiar with today.

'Mischievous' anti-nuclear group tackles Mantashe

2016-02-03 21:00

Cabinet has endorsed nuclear power and now Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general, has stated that those who claim that SA can't afford it, are 'mischievous'.

US court ponders greenhouse gas limits for coal plant

2016-01-29 08:50

Kansas' highest court is considering whether the state can avoid limiting greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed $2.8bn coal-fired power plant.

Spain court finds captain, insurer liable for oil spill

2016-01-26 17:50

Spain's Supreme Court has found the captain of the Prestige tanker, the British ship insurer and its owner liable for a devastating 2002 oil spill.

Is your cotton shirt 'killing the earth'?

2016-01-21 10:41

Cotton is cool and is used to make clothes, sheets and towels we use every day. But did you know that the cotton industry is the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet?

American Great Lakes need protection

2016-01-20 17:04

A US-Canadian agency says both nations are protecting Great Lakes water from being overused or sent elsewhere but more needs to be done.

Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050

2016-01-19 22:02

Plastic rubbish will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material.

US regulator rejects VW's diesel recall plan

2016-01-12 21:29

Volkswagen's proposed US recall to correct excessive nitrogen emissions from its 2-litre diesel cars is inadequate, reports California's environmental regulator.

Emissions scandal: US sues VW for $20-billion

2016-01-05 09:33

The US government sued Volkswagen for installing equipment on nearly 600 000 diesel cars that intentionally subverted clean-air regulations.

Beijing pollution soars but no red alert

2015-12-29 21:32

Parts of China's capital Beijing have suffered air pollution more than 20 times the recommended levels, but authorities have refrained from issuing the highest smog alert.

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