Bamboo, coconut leaf home heralds new cheap housing

2015-01-26 15:03

At a cost of less than $4 000, Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house could herald a new wave of cheap, sustainable housing.

Hollande: Invest in green economy

2015-01-23 22:30

Hollande has called for investments in the green economy and a pact for addressing poverty.

Businesses save Kalahari elephant

2015-01-22 15:31

Local business people in Namibia have stepped in to save an elephant bull roaming commercial farms and having been branded a "problem animal" to be killed.

Drinking water trucked into US city after oil spill

2015-01-20 10:17

Truckloads of drinking water are being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies.

Smog lifts over Beijing

2015-01-16 10:18

Residents in Beijing are breathing more freely as the worst smog of the winter was lifted by overnight wind and rain.

Obama to create methane limits for gas drilling

2015-01-14 17:51

Obama is to create the first methane limits for gas drilling which aims to cut emissions by nearly half.

Swedish court stops hotly disputed wolf hunt

2015-01-09 14:51

A Swedish court has pulled the plug on a wolf hunt, favouring animal rights activists in one of the country's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

Overfishing may lead to ocean apocalypse

2015-01-05 11:41

Even if aquaculture offers answers, it may be too late to stop the depletion of prized wild species such as bluefin tuna.

Mexican volcano flares up, spews ash

2014-12-28 09:16

Authorities say the Popocatepetl volcano located just southeast of Mexico City has registered an explosion that spewed a mix of steam, gas and ashes about 3.5km into the air.

200 000 litre diesel spill in Durban

2014-12-24 10:04

A pipeline between Durban and Johannesburg burst in an upmarket housing complex on Durban's outskirts spilling 200 000 litres of diesel, a report says.

Big push to make chemicals safer

2014-12-22 11:25

A new wave of scientists are determined to green their approach and ask: what if there were a way to make chemicals safer?

Vietnam’s 'Rat King' saves rice farmers from vermin

2014-12-19 12:56

Tran Quang Thieu, otherwise known as the ‘Rat King’, is helping Vietnamese farmers fight off rice exporters greatest enemy – rats.

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

A large wild cat has been found stabbed to death in Johannesburg central, metro police say.


China turns to Japan for safer ‘luxury’ rice

2015-01-26 11:45

Chinese consumers are adding Japanese rice to the list of everyday foods they will bring in from abroad at luxury-good prices because they fear the local alternatives aren't safe.

Wilmar opens palm oil supplies to scrutiny

2015-01-22 19:30

Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil processor, has opened its supply chains to outside scrutiny in what environmentalists called an unprecedented step.

Multiple dangers threaten the Okavango Delta

2015-01-20 12:10

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of Africa's natural wonders, but the new Unesco World Heritage Site is facing a multitude of threats, which could lead to its ecological collapse.

Hottest year in recorded history a mixed blessing

2015-01-18 12:45

Electric utilities in the United States can expect an extra $12bn a year in annual revenue by 2030 as heat waves increase the demand for air conditioning.

Tongan volcano creates new island

2015-01-16 08:59

A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby vegetation, officials say.

US House approves bill for Keystone oil pipeline

2015-01-10 11:34

The US House has overwhelmingly passed a bill authorising the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation.

Shell pays Nigerians for spill

2015-01-07 19:59

Royal Dutch Shell is to pay more than $80m to a Nigerian fishing community 'devastated' by two serious oil spills in 2008.

Tehran air pollution puts nearly 400 in hospital

2014-12-30 20:02

Almost 400 people have been hospitalised with heart and respiratory problems caused by heavy air pollution in Tehran, with nearly 1 500 others requiring treatment.

Environmentalist tops 100-day mark of hunger striker

2014-12-27 22:14

A prominent environmental activist in Trinidad who claims to have recently passed the 100-day mark of a hunger strike, has vowed to keep up the protest against a highway project.

Australian bushfire survivors win record $500m

2014-12-23 08:45

Survivors of a devastating 2009 bushfire in Australia have won final court approval for a payout close to Aus$500m - the biggest class action settlement in the nation's history.

Chemists in big push to make chemicals safer

2014-12-22 11:23

Chemists get a bad rap for putting ever more toxins into the environment, but a new wave of scientists are determined to green their approach and ask: what if there were a way to make chemicals safer?

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.

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