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Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights

Bras - Brazilian indigenous activists celebrated Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled against a state seeking compensation for land that had been declared tribal reserves.

Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials

Poland - It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

Melting of Greenland glacier to speed up: study

Miami - The Greenland ice sheet is likely to melt faster in the years to come, despite a recent slowdown, researchers said Wednesday after making a new discovery about the way glaciers move.

Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching

Toukyo - Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewellery.

Bianca Jagger leads Nicaragua canal protest

- Celebrity rights activist Bianca Jagger lent star power on Tuesday to a protest against the building of a major canal in her native Nicaragua.The 72-year-old is a former actress and ex-wife of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Chicago - Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study

Paris - A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday.

Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report

Washington - The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday.

China quake scars treasured scenic tourist site

Chengdu - The strong earthquake that jolted southwestern China appears to have left deep physical scars on Jiuzhaigou, a network of mountain valleys prized as one of the country's few remaining areas of pristine natural beauty.

Canary Islands keep beaches open despite algae bloom

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Authorities in Spain's Canary Islands kept beaches open to the public Tuesday but warned holidaymakers against touching potentially irritating microalgae blooms that have infested the waters.

Icy treat for panda stars' birthday in Dutch zoo

Den Haag - Two multi-layered "cakes" made from ice, vegetable juice and fruit greeted a pair of giant pandas at a Dutch zoo Tuesday for their first birthday party since arriving from China.

Anger mounts in Hong Kong over massive palm oil spill

Hong Kong - Residents in Hong Kong desperately tried to clear the coastline of greasy lumps of palm oil Tuesday as it continues to wash ashore after a huge spillage at sea.

Government report sees drastic climate change impact in US: NYT

Washington - Average US temperatures have risen dramatically and fast, with recent decades the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a draft federal government report cited by The New York Times on Tuesday.

Algae blooms irk Canaries beachgoers

Santa Cruz De Tenerife - Microalgae blooms proliferating in hot weather in Spain's Canary Islands are irritating beachgoers, who should avoid direct contact with them, local authorities said Monday.

EU demands Polish 'reassurance' over ancient forest

Brussels - Top European Union officials have written to Poland's right-wing government seeking "reassurance" it will obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, sources said on Monday.

Hong Kong cleans up greasy beaches after palm oil spill

Hong Kong - A clean-up operation was under way in Hong Kong Monday after a massive palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland Chinese waters clogged some of its most popular beaches.

Hong Kong cleans up greasy beaches after palm oil spill

Hong Kong - A clean-up operation was under way in Hong Kong Monday after a massive palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland Chinese waters clogged some of its most popular beaches.

Op-Ed: The real drivers behind the clean energy revolution

The transformation from what had been considered tried and true methods of producing the energy that powers our world into cleaner and less-polluting forms of energy production has truly been remarkable. But what has driven this energy revolution?

Carbon capture and storage — A dream that may be unachievable

When two European utilities pulled out of the Rotterdam Warehousing and Capture Demonstration Project (ROAD) on June 27, many proponents thought the carbon capture and storage (CCS) dream was dead in Europe.

French farmers, breeders demand action against wolves

S - Hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron, southern France, on Saturday calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves.

Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo

Saint-aignan-sur-cher - The first baby panda born in France is in good health and feeding from its mother, staff at Beauval Zoo said Saturday, as they came to terms with losing its twin.

US crushes nearly two tons of ivory in NY Central Park

New York - US officials destroyed nearly two tons of carved illegal ivory worth $8-10 million in New York's Central Park on Thursday to denounce poaching that kills nearly 100 elephants a day in Africa.

Activists sound alarm over Russia's whale trade

Moscow - A young beluga whale looks down as it is winched in a net onto the deck of a rusty Russian ship moored at a far-eastern port. "Don't forget us, bitch!

EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest

Brussels - The EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards.

Malaysia seizes rare animal parts worth almost $1 mn

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has seized elephant tusks and pangolin scales from Africa worth almost a million dollars, an official said Wednesday, highlighting the country's role as a hub for smuggling rare animal parts.

US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO

Port Moresby - American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest, Global Witness said Tuesday.

Poland to keep logging in ancient forest: minister

Varsovia - Poland will keep logging in the ancient forest of Bialowieza despite an order from the EU's top court to halt the practice, the country's environment minister said Monday.

Poles revive ancient tradition of timber floating

Poland - A group of Poles have assembled tree trunks into a long raft and are streaming down the country's longest river, the Vistula, to revive the ancient tradition of timber floating.

EU court orders Poland to suspend logging in ancient forest

Brussels - The European Union's top court has ordered Poland's right-wing government to suspend logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest pending a final judgement, a spokesman said Friday.

Berlin orders recall of 22,000 Porsches over emissions cheating

Berlin - Germany on Thursday ordered luxury car brand Porsche to recall 22,000 vehicles across Europe over emissions test cheating amid a widening election-year scandal.
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