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French energy minister Nicolas Hulot confirmed on Friday that there will be no new permits issued for oil and gas exploration on the mainland or in French held territories.

New catalyst could lead to carbon neutral solar-derived fuel

Australian researchers have made progress towards developing carbon neutral fuel. This is due to a new catalyst which can converts carbon dioxide from the air into a synthetic natural gas, using solar energy.

Bid for environmental rights pact to kick off in Paris

Politicians, legal experts and activists will launch a campaign in Paris on Saturday for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

Yellowstone grizzly bear removed from endangered list

Grizzly bears native to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area are being removed from the endangered species list, the US government said Thursday, calling efforts to replenish the population a major success.

Whales shrank before populations crashed: study

The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers said Thursday.

France marks hottest post-war June day as Europe sizzles

France marked its hottest June day since World War II on Wednesdayas overheated residents across swathes of Europe coped with another day of sizzling temperatures.A nationwide average of 26.4 degrees Celsius (79.

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' to be biggest on record this year

The oxygen-poor dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to be the third largest ever this year, doubling in size to cover an area of the northern Gulf roughly the size of the state of New Jersey.

Two dead as rain storms lash Germany, spark rail chaos

Heavy summer storms in northern Germany killed two people and crippled railway services Thursday while a tornado was seen near Hamburg.

6.8-magnitude quake hits Guatemala, second in eight days: USGS

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Guatemala's coast Thursday, injuring four people and damaging homes and roads, officials said, just eight days after another strong tremor killed five people in the Central American country.

Bolivian glacier samples ready for global ice archives

Scientists studying global warming recently climbed Bolivia's towering Mount Illimani and extracted samples of glacier ice packed with thousands of years of climate data.

'Extreme' wind storm sweeps through Red Deer, Alberta

A city in central Alberta, Canada experienced an extreme weather event Tuesday night that left a large swath of the community looking like a hurricane had torn through the area.

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, on Wednesday called for the vast woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, which bans an...

Heavy rains and flooding the biggest threat from T.S. Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy continues to swirl in the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana. Overnight, Cindy dumped heavy rains throughout the state and into Alabama and Mississippi. More heavy rain and flooding is expected on Wednesday.

Fire chief reopens debate over cause of deadly Portugal blaze

A fire chief reopened the debate over Portugal's deadly forest blaze Wednesday, arguing it had a criminal origin, as hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain it.

Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, with London seeing Britain's hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires.

Antarctic researchers take icy plunge to mark solstice

Antarctic researchers welcomed the winter solstice with an exhilarating plunge into icy waters Wednesday as they look forward to brighter days after weeks of darkness.

In the Red Sea, coral reefs can take the heat of climate change

In the azure waters of the Red Sea, Maoz Fine and his team dive to study what may be the planet's most unique coral: one that can survive global warming, at least for now.

Tropical Storm Cindy could pose a threat to Louisiana coastline

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning today after the weather system being watched in the Gulf of Mexico became better organized and its winds increased to 45 mph.

Guatemala mudslide kills 11: officials

A mudslide in an indigenous village in Guatemala killed 11 people and injured at least nine more on Tuesday, the emergency services said.

Op-Ed: New study — Billions at risk from heatwaves

Inhabitants of the tropics, Middle East and most Western nations are in for progressive murderous heatwaves. New studies by the University of Hawaii indicate a rolling incremental increase in severity of heatwaves worldwide.

House flies invade warmer Antarctica threatening native species

Scientists say that increasing number of houseflies that arrive in Antarctica on ships are surviving as the continent warms up. Their growing population can introduce deadly pathogens that could have a harmful effect on indigenous lifeforms.

Even 2C warming means more killer heatwaves: study

Climate change will sharply boost the frequency of lethal heatwaves even if humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the core goal of the Paris Agreement, scientists said Monday.

Brutal heat wave hits U.S. southwestern states this week

The American Southwest is expected to see and feel one of the most brutal and dangerous heat waves seen in many years, with scorching temperatures hitting the triple digits in parts of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

EU 'deeply regrets' US Paris climate pact withdrawal

The European Union on Monday blasted US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Paris climate change pact and said Brussels would continue to lead efforts to prevent global warming.

Tsunami hits Greenland leaving at least four people missing

A 4.1-magnitude earthquake 28 kilometers (17.3 miles) north of the northwest village of Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland is believed to have triggered a tsunami that struck the coast, leaving four people missing.

Atlantic salmon declines worsen, conservationists report

The population estimate for North American Atlantic salmon in 2016 was dismal, coming in lower than the year before and raising the specter of an even worse decline for 2017, according to conservationists.

Deadly wildfires around the world

Portuguese firefighters kept up the battle Sunday after one of the worst wildfire disasters in recent history killed more than 60 people. Here is a rundown of some of the deadliest wildfires around the world over the past two centuries.

Huge forest fires kill 62 in Portugal

Raging forest fires in Portugal have killed at least 62 people, most of whom burnt to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, in one of the worst such disasters in recent history.

Fresh landslides hit Bangladesh, kill four in their homes

Fresh landslides killed four people and sent hundreds fleeing in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said, just days after the worst mudslides on record left more than 150 dead amid a heavy monsoon.

Cyprus struggles to tackle 'industrial' songbird poaching

Volunteers and police in Cyprus are struggling to tackle illegal songbird trapping operations that kill millions of birds a year and net huge profits for poaching gangs.

Huge Portugal forest fire kills 25, injures 16

A huge forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said Sunday.

Norway bans use of heating oil in buildings

Norway will be the first country in the world to prohibit the use of fossil-based oil to heat buildings. The ban will cover both new and old buildings including private homes and businesses as well as publicly owned facilities.

Drought may expand its grip on north-central U.S. this summer

It's June, and already, North and South Dakota are experiencing a severe drought, while portions of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. And according to the forecast, it could get worse.

New map highlights sinking Louisiana coast

A subsidence map of coastal Louisiana has now produced by Tulane University. The map puts the rate at which this region is sinking at just over one third of an inch per year.

Judge orders review of Dakota Access Pipeline over Environment

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the environmental review for the Dakota Access Pipeline was, in part, inadequate and must be reconsidered, giving tribal opponents of the controversial pipeline a small legal victory.

One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban

More than one million people have signed a petition demanding the EU ban the Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate over fears it causes cancer, campaigners said Thursday.

Bangladesh steps up search for landslide victims

Emergency workers in Bangladesh on Thursday stepped up the search for victims of the country's worst ever landslides, with mounting claims that the disaster was made worse by unchecked development.

Five dead after strong quake hits Guatemala

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Guatemala and southern Mexico Wednesday, killing five people, causing power outages, and knocking down homes, officials said.

Climate change research mission canceled — Due to climate change

Climate change in action was responsible for the cancellation of the much-anticipated Hudson Bay System Study (BaySys) this week. The Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen had to be diverted to deal with extreme ice off the coast of Newfoundland

Two dead after strong quake hits Guatemala

A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit western Guatemala early on Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing power outages, as well as damage to some buildings, officials said.The quake, originally estimated to measure 6.

Australia builds huge cat-proof fence to save native animals

Australia has begun constructing a huge cat-free zone in the desert so it can reintroduce native animals that have been pushed to the brink of extinction by the feral predator.