NYC set to impose 5-cent charge for plastic bags

2016-05-05 23:45

New York City merchants will start charging customers 5 cents apiece for plastic bags under a bill that the City Council is expected to pass.

UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts

2016-05-04 12:51

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway's former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the UN environment agency and his intention to name Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano to the UN's top climate change p

Wildlife unaffected by oil spill in Illinois

2016-04-20 09:14

A US Environmental Protection Agency official says a pipeline spill that dumped 180 000 litres of diesel into a river that forms the border of southern Illinois and Indiana has had no effect on wildlife.

Prize for activist who fought for lush corner of Puerto Rico

2016-04-18 21:02

A Puerto Rico environmental planner who fought to protect 1 200ha of coastal land that has long lured developers is one of six winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize.

Garden-care giant to drop bee death chemicals

2016-04-13 16:00

Garden-care giant Ortho says it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees.

China groundwater poisoned

2016-04-12 20:01

Underground water drawn from relatively shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households in China is unsafe for drinking because of pollution.

A grassroots industry and the poison from the sky

2016-04-08 14:44

Villagers near Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape say they live in fear of the helicopters that spray poison on their crops as part of an attempt to destroy dagga crops.

Spill forces shut down of Keystone pipeline

2016-04-06 16:01

The Keystone pipeline will probably remain shut down for the rest of the week while officials investigate an apparent oil spill in southeastern South Dakota.

Satellites key to monitoring harmful emissions

2016-04-03 21:05

Satellite technology plays a crucial role in measuring greenhouse gas emissions globally, the heads of several space agencies say.

Road pushing lions out of Kenya park

2016-03-20 16:21

A leading Kenyan wildlife expert says the noise from building a road is scaring lions out of Nairobi National Park and could lead to the death of people or the lions.


Brazil sues mining company in dam tragedy

2016-05-04 22:04

Shares in BHP Billiton tumbled after Brazil's Federal Public Prosecution announced it had launched a $43 billion civil suit for a dam break that caused the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history.

Did volcano eruptions tip Europe into Dark Ages?

2016-04-20 21:05

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century darkened Europe's skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented at a science conference in Vienna.

Poland primeval forest plan complaint lodged

2016-04-19 22:02

Environmental groups have lodged a complaint with the European Commission over a Polish government plan for extensive logging in Europe's last primeval forest.

Italians vote on oil, gas as scandal ups pressure on Renzi

2016-04-17 17:55

Italians are voting in a referendum on oil and gas drilling concessions which brings to a head a heated debate fraught with risk for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

McDonald's SA - we are NOT lovin' it!

2016-04-13 09:25

South African public and animal protection groups protest fastfood company McDonald's no-care attitude towards using eggs from caged hens. Thousands support the petition against McDonald's SA to stop the suffering of hens.

French nuclear plant could become Tesla factory

2016-04-10 21:17

France's oldest nuclear power plant, scheduled for closure in 2018, could be turned into a factory producing electric cars or batteries.

Unusual pact to tear down Klamath dams

2016-04-07 18:09

Endangered salmon blocked for nearly a century from hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in Oregon and California are expected to return after four hydroelectric dams are demolished.

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky

2016-04-04 20:22

The skimmer is lowered from the rear of the icebreaker, its weight pushing massive pieces of ice under the water and forcing the spilt oil up to the surface, where the sticky black goo can be sucked up. Luckily this is just a test...

20 new Unesco biosphere reserves

2016-03-20 17:42

The United Nation's cultural body Unesco has added 20 new sites to its network of protected biosphere nature reserves, including two in Canada and two in Portugal.

Baby bald eagle brings glee to millions

2016-03-18 19:00

A baby bald eagle has finally hatched, its first few moments in the world caught on camera for a rapt audience who had been on tenterhooks for days.

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