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Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

Paris - Thousands of people hit the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.

France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

Brest - Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

I only promote reading, writer tells sabotage trial

Turin - Erri de Luca, the Italian writer on trial for inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps, told a court Wednesday he was only capable of inciting people to read or write.

China illegally fishing in Africa, Greenpeace study finds

Bejing - Chinese companies have been illegally fishing off the coast of West Africa, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said in a study Wednesday, at times sending incorrect location data suggesting they are as far away as Mexico.

White House gets busy to save the bees

Washington - The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the environment.

'No right to fail' on climate change, warns France's Fabius

Berlin - France's foreign minister warned Monday that the international community had no option but to combat climate change as there is "no alternative planet".

'Paddle in Seattle' protesters condemn Artic drilling

Washington - Environmental activists in Seattle paddled out to sea to protest a Shell oil rig moored off the coast of the US city that is headed for Arctic drilling, local media reported.

Malaysian dam project opposed by tribes gets green light: Report

Kuala Lumpur - Construction of a Malaysian dam that will flood a rainforested area half the size of Singapore and displace 20,000 tribespeople was given the green light Saturday by the state government, local media reported.

Russia helps block export restriction on asbestos

Ginebra - Four countries including Russia have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions, participants at a UN meeting in Geneva said Saturday.

Antarctic ice shelf could be gone in just a few years, says NASA

A NASA study has found that one of the major remaining ice shelves on Antarctica is melting much faster than previous suggestions. It could be completely gone in just a few years, fuelling sea level rise and making Antarctica a little smaller.

Japanese aquariums rely on controversial dolphin hunt: Report

Toukyo - Nearly half the dolphins in Japan's aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Johnny Depp's dogs fly out of Australia after quarantine wrangle

Sydney - Johnny Depp's pet dogs Pistol and Boo flew out of Australia late Friday to escape threats to put them down, after a complex and often comical quarantine wrangle.

What you need to know about 'Venom', billed Heartbleed 2 by some

An "extremely critical" bug has been found in virtualisation software relied on by web hosts across the Internet. Named "Venom", some have been calling it "Heartbleed 2.0" as it could allow an attacker to gain access to the entire contents of a server.

Ten held in China for panda poaching

Bejing - Ten people have been detained in China over the killing of an endangered wild panda for its meat and fur, state media said on Wednesday.A panda skin was discovered in December along with 9.

Pope says environmental sinners will answer to God

- Pope Francis on Tuesday warned "the powerful of the Earth" they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.

Rare birds jammed inside water bottles in Indonesia

Surabaya - Indonesian police have arrested a suspected wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly two dozen rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.

U.S.-backed drug spraying triggers health fears in Colombia

Estanzuela - Two decades after it started spraying coca fields with herbicide, Colombia is torn between continuing to wage a U.S.-sponsored war on drugs from the sky and mounting fears of health risks.

New Nature Watch project launched in Canada

Toronto - Now spring is here, Nature Watch and the Toronto Zoo are encouraging Canadians to get into their backyards and local parks and contribute to scientific research through citizen science projects.

Pope, UN chief urge action on global warming

Rome - Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday voiced shock over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean and agreed on the need for tackling global warming, just weeks before the Vatican issues an official opinion on the controversy.

Earth Day celebrates 25 years in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - Earth Day 2015 was celebrated in Edmonton, Canada on Sunday, April 26 with a low-key but meaningful event in the downtown area.

Death toll tops 1,400 from massive Nepal earthquake

Kathmandu - More than 1,000 people were killed Saturday when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal's largest city.

Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries' beaches

Madrid - Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up on the beaches of the picturesque tourist islands, Spain said.

Canadians set the nature challenge Special

Toronto - An environmental organization is calling on Canadians to put away their computers and turn off the television, and instead spend more time outdoors.

EU clears 19 genetically modified products

Brussels - The EU has cleared 19 controversial genetically modified products including human food, animal feed and cut flowers, the European Commission said Friday.

Spain locates sunken Russian trawler off Canaries

Madrid - A Russian fishing trawler that sank last week off Spain's Canary Islands has been found and is still losing fuel, Public Works Minister Ana Pastor said Wednesday.

Obama in fresh push on climate change

Washington - US President Barack Obama will travel to Florida's Everglades Wednesday hoping to reframe the debate on climate change ahead of a vital few months that will shape his environmental legacy.

Obama says 'no greater threat to planet than climate change'

Washington - US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat.

French tourists fined for burning Australian marsupial

Sydney - An Australian court fined two French tourists Aus$4000 (US$3100) each on Friday for animal cruelty after they burnt a quokka, a small native marsupial, on an island off the west coast.

U.S. govt sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

Miami - Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed against the government.

Russia trawler sinks off Canary Islands

Madrid - A Russian trawler that had been accused of illegal fishing sank near the Canary Islands on Wednesday, without causing casualties, Spanish rescuers said.
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