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WWII shipwrecks off Malaysia broken for scrap: divers

Kuala Lumpur - Three World War II shipwrecks off the coast of Malaysia -- the final resting place of dozens of seamen -- have almost disappeared, local divers say, with the finger pointing at possible scrap metal scavengers.

Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses

Wellington - The grim task of clearing hundreds of washed-up whale carcasses was under way in New Zealand Tuesday, with the beach closed over fears the bodies will fill with gas and explode as they decompose.

About 200 beached whales refloat themselves in N. Zealand

Christchurch - Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on New Zealand's notorious Farewell Spit on the weekend have been able to refloat themselves, conservation officials said Sunday.

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Christchurch - Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea.

'De-extinction' or saving the species nearing extinction?

If you were given the unique pleasure of deciding which species of now extinct animal or plant you would like to resurrect, what would you choose, a Tasmanian tiger, or perhaps the woolly mammoth?

Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

Sydney - A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday.

Prawn shopping bags made to help the environment

Nottingham - Shopping bags are major contributors to waste. Although there have been moves to reduce plastic bags, many types of bags end up in landfill. To create biodegradable shopping bags, a type based on shrimp shells have been developed.

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction: wildlife study

London - Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out this week which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals.

Robot gives rare glimpse under Antarctic sea ice

Sydney - An underwater robot has captured a rare glimpse beneath the Antarctic sea ice, revealing a colourful world filled with coconut-shaped sponges, dandelion-like worms, pink algae and spidery starfish.

The fight to save Earth's smallest rhino in Sumatra's jungles

Indonesia - Deep from within the Indonesian jungle a solitary, seldom seen forest giant emerges from the undergrowth.It is a Sumatran rhino, one of the rarest large mammals on Earth.

Burning ivory, waging war: world battles poaching in 2016

Nairobi - It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Military veterans seek new role in S.Africa poaching war

In another life, Lynn was a sniper in Afghanistan, Damien trained paramilitary forces in Iraq, and John worked undercover infiltrating drug cartels in central America.

Montenegro's shunned donkeys milk new health trend

Pod - Machines long ago usurped a donkey's traditional role as the farmer's beast of burden, but the animals are winning new fans in Montenegro -- thanks to their luxury milk.

Vietnam destroys huge ivory, rhino horn cache

Hanoi - Vietnam destroyed a huge stockpile of ivory and rhino horn Saturday, urging the public to stop consuming illegal wildlife products driving several species towards extinction.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Humanity decimating planetary wildlife

Paris - Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone -- fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals -- have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Portoroz - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

Whaling nations vote down bid for South Atlantic sanctuary

Portoroz - Whaling nations defeated a renewed bid Tuesday by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century.

Several species of bee declared endangered in the U.S.

Further troubling news for bees, and with it worrying news for agriculture, with seven new species of bee being declared at risk in the U.S. The bees have been placed on the list of endangered species.

Whalers in crosshairs at international huddle

Paris - More than 80 nations square off in Slovenia next week over the fate of the world's remaining whales, facing a multitude of perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear.

Ocean warning for Pacific's Melanesia

Wellington - Marine ecosystems in one of the Pacific's most vulnerable regions face decline unless they are better managed, a WWF report warned Tuesday.

Indonesian police seize tiger skin, deer genitals

Medan - Three Indonesian men have been arrested for allegedly trading in protected species, with police seizing animal parts including a tiger skin, deer genitalia and pangolin scales, an official said Monday.

Hong Kong mourns world's oldest captive giant panda

Hong Kong - Visitors to a Hong Kong theme park mourned the world's oldest captive giant panda Jia Jia Monday, a day after she died there aged 38.

Indonesia turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Indonesia - A group of turtles scurried down a beach and glided into the sea, enjoying their newfound freedom after being cared for at an Indonesian conservation centre.

Indonesia turtles find new freedom as they scurry into sea

Indonesia - A group of turtles scurried down a beach and glided into the sea, enjoying their newfound freedom after being cared for at an Indonesian conservation centre.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on wood.
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A photograph by Jules Howard - Toad on the road.
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