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.

Australia bans dredge waste dumping on Barrier Reef

2014-11-13 16:25

Australia says it will ban the dumping of dredging waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef in a move welcomed by environmentalists as a first step towards a total halt.

Keystone may finally pass US Congress

2014-11-13 14:06

The US Congress will vote in coming days on approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project Republicans claim is step one in their plan for enhanced US energy production.

Australia unveils new park ahead of World Parks Congress

2014-11-12 12:37

Australia has unveiled its newest national park, Everlasting Swamp, as thousands gathered in Sydney for the start of the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress.

$88bn spent on fossil fuel exploration

2014-11-11 21:09

Leading world economies are spending $88bn a year in fossil fuel exploration subsidies, sapping investment from low-carbon alternatives and increasing the risk of dangerous climate change.

Zimbabwe fish poachers beady eyed

2014-11-10 18:44

Zimbabwe fish poachers brave armed guards and crocodiles in hopes of a good catch.

India sending 'chilling message' on environment

2014-11-10 13:58

Moves by India's new right-wing government to block Greenpeace funds and weaken environmental protection laws send a 'chilling message', the head of the lobby group says.

Invasive species threaten global biodiversity

2014-11-06 12:40

Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.

Hyundai, Kia - $100m fine for fake fuel economy

2014-11-03 20:31

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay $100m to settle a US government investigation of exaggerated fuel efficiency on 2012 and 2013 car models.

Climate: Main points from landmark UN review

2014-11-02 14:06

See the main points from the summary of a vast overview on global warming by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Firefighter killed in Australian blaze

2014-11-01 14:18

Officials in Sydney say a firefighter has been killed and at least two homes have been destroyed by Australian wildfires.

Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again

2014-10-31 18:25

Two marine reserves proposed for Antarctica have failed to win approval at international talks in Australia.

Guam to build $589m power plant

2014-10-30 12:06

The Guam power authority is planning to build a $589m power generator from scratch.

Australia reaches climate compromise

2014-10-29 10:35

Australia's government has reached a deal with independent senators and a key opposition party to secure support for a fund to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Karoo fracking by winter 2016

2014-10-28 15:37

The first exploratory drill head could be biting its way down through Karoo rock in search of shale gas by as early as mid-2016.

E-waste inferno burning brighter in China

2014-10-28 11:05

Business is booming in the Chinese town of Guiyu, where the world's electronic waste ends up for recycling, and is set to get even better. But the industry has a heavy environmental cost.

SA living flag will be seen from space

2014-10-27 13:04

The Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff-Reinet will be home to the largest South African flag ever constructed on our planet, dubbed the "Living Flag".

247 unlicensed landfills in SA

2014-10-24 12:01

South Africa still has 247 unlicensed municipal landfills, seven years after government commissioned a study to identify such waste sites, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says.


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 pledges $3bn for global climate fund

2014-11-15 09:11

US President Barack Obama has pledged a $3bn US contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.

Nature reserves on the rise but funds lacking: UN

2014-11-13 16:06

Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warns.

Shell says Nigeria spills bigger than thought

2014-11-13 09:01

Royal Dutch Shell has said two 2008 oil spills in Nigeria were larger than earlier thought, ahead of a compensation court case in England's High Court.

US and China announce 'historic' climate accord

2014-11-12 09:09

The US and China have announced an action plan on greenhouse emissions as part of a 'historic' pact that was acclaimed by climate scientists but denounced by US Republicans.

Robot dolphins spy Antarctic melt

2014-11-10 21:01

Dolphin-sized robots are giving clues to a thaw of Antarctica's ice in a sign of how technology is revolutionising data collection in remote polar regions.

Private Table Mountain eco-reserve for sale

2014-11-10 17:39

A private mountain eco-reserve is now on the market for the first time in over 35 years in Scarborough, Cape Town.

Dead fish in Rio Olympic bay baffle scientists

2014-11-08 19:12

Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics – and experts are at a loss to explain why.

Indian businesses go solar

2014-11-04 16:13

Fed up with constant electricity cuts and government-enforced power holidays, Indian IT firm ValueLabs has turned to the sun beaming down on its head office for help.

UN: Climate change fight affordable

2014-11-02 18:46

Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs, but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a UN report says.

Mine drainage threatens sanctuary

2014-11-01 12:08

A proposed acid mine drainage treatment facility could threaten internationally-protected wetlands near Nigel, a report says.

Diving for treasured coal in Myanmar

2014-10-31 10:13

Gripping a rubber hose between their teeth divers in Myanmar take one last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the Yangon River in search for coal.

SANPparks to check on Swartvlei

2014-10-29 18:08

SANParks will try to establish the source of E.coli at the Swartvlei estuary, the organisation says.

Australia reaches climate policy compromise - reports

2014-10-29 07:48

Australia's government has reached a compromise with independent senators and a key opposition party to secure support for a $2.2bn fund to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Aussi scientists

2014-10-28 12:53

Australia's plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef are inadequate, short-sighted and will not prevent its decline, the country's pre-eminent grouping of natural scientists say.

Heavy smog expected ahead of Beijing summit

2014-10-27 20:48

China's capital is expected to face more heavy smog as it battles to try to guarantee air quality ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.

5 deadly pets for kids

2014-10-27 09:55

Tragic deaths of 2 Canadian boys highlights the risks of keeping exotic pets.

SA facing another toxic water danger

2014-10-24 10:01

The possible development of a coal mine near a pump station in the Vaal could threaten water supply to millions of people in northern South Africa, it has been reported.

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