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Alberta train derails in Iowa, leaking oil into swollen river

Doon - A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, officials said.

Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise

Washington - Human-caused ocean noise and its dangers to marine life are the focus of meetings at the United Nations this week, a victory for advocacy groups that have long warned of this problem.- What are the causes of ocean noise?

Monsanto faces first US trial over Roundup cancer link

San Francisco - In the first trial of its kind, a Californian dying of cancer is suing US agrochemical giant Monsanto, claiming its popular herbicide Roundup caused his disease -- a case that could have sweeping ramifications.

London's 'Square Mile' to go 100 percent green in October

London - The City of London Corporation has announced its intention to power the UK capital's financial district – which is home to the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England – using electricity sourced from renewables starting in October 2018.

Faroese whaling 'ecological', 'respectful': minister

T - For centuries, the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales in ritual fashion, herding them into shallow waters to beach them before stabbing them with knives, turning the water a bloody red.

Egypt's shrinking 'Pharaonic Sea' has fishermen worried

Menuf - Egypt's shrinking freshwater "Pharaonic Sea" has residents in its nearly 50 surrounding fishing villages worried.

Landslides, flash floods as monsoon batters southern Myanmar

Flooding in southern Myanmar has caused a landslide at a famed Buddhist pagoda, submerged homes and displaced hundreds of people as monsoon rains batter the country.

Mount Everest, the high-altitude rubbish dump

Kathmandu - Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind.

Macron backs Merkel in German row over migrants

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday offered his backing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bitter row with her interior minister over her liberal immigration policy.

Japan passes anti-plastic law but with no sanctions for polluters

Apo - A bill intended to reduce the volume of microplastics dumped into the ocean was approved by Japan's parliament on Friday, but it included no sanctions for failure to comply.

Mexico jaguar population grows 20% in eight years

Mexico - Mexico's population of wild jaguars has grown 20 percent in the past eight years, according to a study released Thursday, a bit of good news for an iconic species whose numbers have been declining.

Chinese electric carmaker Byton raises $500 mn to take on Tesla

Washington - China-based electric car startup Byton has raised $500 million as it ramps up efforts to take on rivals like Tesla.

'Shocking' die-off of Africa's oldest baobabs: study

Paris - Some of Africa's oldest and biggest baobab trees -- a few dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks -- have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, researchers said Monday.

90 percent of plastics polluting our oceans come from 10 rivers

Our seas are choking on plastic. A staggering eight million metric tons wind up in oceans every year — and if we continue to pollute at this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Where does all this plastic waste come from?

Moscow students make rare protest against World Cup

Moscow - Construction of the World Cup fan zone outside Moscow's top university is fuelling a rare protest in Russia as students worry thousands of partying football fans will destroy one of the capital's few green spaces.

Slovenia anti-migrant party will try to form coalition govt

Ljubljana - The Slovenian anti-immigration party that came first in last week's election will attempt to form a coalition government, its leader said Thursday, despite falling well short of a parliamentary majority.

Macron's environmental record under fire as critics tally 'retreats'

Paris - Joining the government of President Emmanuel Macron in May last year, celebrity environmental activist Nicolas Hulot made clear he was unsure whether he would have much of an impact.

Canadian plastic makers set target for plastic-free landfills

Canada's plastics makers have set their own targets for keeping all plastic out of Canadian landfills by 2030. The announcement comes just days before the federal government asks other G7 member states to push for international zero-plastics-waste.

UN says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

New Delhi - Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the UN said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.

Plastic wasteland: Asia's ocean pollution crisis

Vietnam - A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian "paradise" islands -- grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia.

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Bangkok - A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.

Cryptocurrency blowing in the wind as mine opens in Estonia

Tallinn - A state-owned Estonian wind farm launched a cryptocurrency mine on Friday, hoping to cash-in on Mother Nature's unlimited supplies of power on a windswept Baltic Sea island, a company official said.

Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes

Apo - Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific research but conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary".

Poland to probe string of blazes at landfills

Warsaw - Poland's prime minister on Tuesday asked justice and security authorities to look into dozens of blazes at landfills this year amid allegations that a "mafia" has boosted garbage imports after China banned them.

Britain's supply of electric cars at risk from Brexit: think-tank

Apo - Britain risks a shortage of electric cars after Brexit as carmakers will lose an incentive to sell low-emission vehicles there, a Brussels-based think-tank warned.

ExxonMobil to reduce methane emissions 15 percent by 2020

ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, on Wednesday announced plans to achieve a 15 percent reduction in methane emissions from its operations by 2020,

Australia builds world's longest cat-proof fence to save wildlife

Sydney - A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world's longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.

Drought conditions set to intensify in U.S. Southwest

Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest.

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

Paris - From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.

World's first floating nuclear barge to power Russia's Arctic oil drive

Murmansk - To meet its growing electricity needs in its drive to develop oil resources in remote Arctic regions, Russia has built a floating nuclear power station, a project that detractors deride as a "Chernobyl on ice".
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