Senate fails to override Obama pipe veto

2015-03-04 22:22

The US Senate has failed to override Obama's veto of the bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Nepal: Human waste on Everest is a major problem

2015-03-03 10:00

Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world's highest peak, the chief of Nepal's mountaineering association says.

Algeria: 40 police injured in gas protest

2015-03-02 05:58

Forty police officers have been wounded in clashes with demonstrators opposed to shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara.

New volcano island getting bigger in Japan

2015-02-27 13:29

Famously crowded Japan is getting a bit more space as a newly-formed volcanic island just keeps on growing.

State aims to reduce stinky air

2015-02-25 15:29

The environmental affairs department wants citizens to inhale clean air, according to the budget tabled in Parliament.

Obama vetoes contentious oil pipeline bill

2015-02-25 05:41

US President Barack Obama made good on his veto promise by swiftly vetoing a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.

Fears over plastic-eating coral in Barrier Reef

2015-02-24 06:48

Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are eating small plastic debris in the ocean, raising fears about the impact the indigestible fragments have on their health and other marine life.

Antarctica: The key to mankind's future?

2015-02-20 10:37

Earth's past, present and future come together on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the most desolate continents that may hold clues to our humanity. The Associated Press investigates...

Fires destroy thousands of hectares of Chilean forest

2015-02-17 15:51

Forest fires in southern Chile have destroyed 11 200 hectares since December, the head of the country's forest authority says.

Taiwan master of Great Barrier Reef ship charged

2015-02-16 12:04

The master of a Taiwanese ship has been charged with failing to take on a pilot to navigate Australia's Great Barrier Reef, police say.


Arson to blame for Argentine forest fires

2015-03-03 14:23

Fires that have ravaged some 20 000ha of forest in Argentina's remote Patagonia region were deliberately set, according to Argentine officials.

EU moves to cut flimsy plastic bags by 80%

2015-03-02 22:43

The European Union has approved new rules that clamps down on the use of flimsy plastic bags that are hazardous for the environment.

Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

2015-02-27 15:03

From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.

Molewa enviro reprieve slammed

2015-02-25 16:58

Two environmental groups have condemned Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's decision to grant several companies, including Eskom, a reprieve from complying with minimum emission standards.

Brazil arrests 'Amazon's biggest deforester'

2015-02-25 08:27

Brazilian authorities say they have arrested the boss of a gang blamed for 20% of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in recent years.

Heavy security prevents opposition protests in Algiers

2015-02-24 20:34

Heavy police presence prevents anti-shale gas protests in Algerian capital

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

2015-02-23 06:36

The US government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades.

Scientists alarmed at short-term eroding gases

2015-02-17 15:51

Environmental scientists have raised concern at rising levels of gases that attack Earth's protective ozone layer, including manmade chemicals not covered by a key UN treaty.

'Cloud' over Mars leaves scientists baffled

2015-02-17 10:20

Amateur astronomers have spotted two strange, cloud-like plumes high over Mars, deepening the mystery of what constitutes the Red Planet's atmosphere.

Limited climate change accord likely - expert

2015-02-16 07:00

Encouraging progress at climate change talks points to the likelihood of an overall accord being reached at the Paris conference in December.

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