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After dizzying gyrations, what's bitcoin really worth?

London - After the latest wild ride took the poster child of cryptocurrencies above $40,000 before a stomach-churning plunge, the million dollar question won't go away: how much is bitcoin actually worth?

'Corals are being cooked': A third of Taiwan's reefs are dying

Taipei - Nearly a third of Taiwan's corals are dying from bleaching caused by warming oceans in an alarming phenomenon that poses a severe threat to the island's delicate underwater ecosystem, conservationists warned Wednesday.

High cost to wildlife from shark nets protecting S.Africa beaches

- "They're basically curtains of death," said shark diver Walter Bernardis as he reached over the side of his zodiac inflatable boat to pull up a net bobbing in eastern South Africa's subtropical waters.

Forest loss 'hotspots' bigger than Germany: WWF

Paris - More than 43 million hectares -- an area bigger than Germany -- of forest have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots, conservation organisation WWF said Wednesday.

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

Kuala Lumpur - Masks that helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic are proving a deadly hazard for wildlife, with birds and marine creatures ensnared in the staggering number of discarded facial coverings littering animal habitats.

Omanis revive memory of village swallowed by desert

- Encroaching sands have left little evidence that the Omani village of Wadi al-Murr ever existed, but former inhabitants and curious visitors are coming to rediscover the hamlet engulfed by the desert.

One Planet Summit kickstarts year of crucial environment talks

Paris - Global leaders will try to reignite international environmental diplomacy on Monday, with a biodiversity summit that launches a critical year for efforts to stem the devastating effects of global warming and species loss.

Three arrested in India for beating endangered dolphin to death

New Delhi - Police arrested three people in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday for beating an endangered dolphin to death with an axe.

First Philippine eagle bred in captivity dies

Manila - The first Philippine eagle bred in captivity in an effort to save one of the world's most endangered birds has died from infections, conservationists said Friday.

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country's east coast, authorities said Friday, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in half a century.

Campaigners hail Mexican ban on genetically modified corn

Mexico - Environmental campaigners have welcomed a Mexican ban on growing genetically modified maize and the phasing out of a controversial weedkiller -- a step that has met opposition in the private sector.

Malaysian villagers escape floods on excavator as 28,000 evacuated

- Malaysian villagers were evacuated in an excavator while others swam through deep waters Wednesday as the number forced from their homes by floods rose to more than 28,000 with at least four dead.

Israeli firm in Gaza extracts drinking water from air

Gaza - The densely populated Gaza Strip has long lacked sufficient drinking water, but a new project helps ease the shortage with a solar-powered process to extract potable water straight from the air.

Japan PM says weighing coronavirus emergency for Tokyo area

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday he was considering declaring a state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area over a "very severe" third wave of coronavirus infections.

Poachers' paradise: Gulf hunts fuel Pakistan falcon trafficking

Karachi - Since learning to capture birds as a teen, Muhammad Rafiq has amassed a small fortune in Pakistan trapping and trafficking falcons -- including some endangered species -- for wealthy Gulf Arabs.

Brazil wildfires surge again in 2020

Rio De Janeiro - The number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7 percent last year to a decade-high, according to official figures likely to add to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro's government over the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Upside to Rio's low-key New Year party: less trash

Rio De Janeiro - Covid-19 forced Rio de Janeiro to cancel its famed New Year's festivities this year, but there was an upside Friday for trash collectors and the environment at large: 89 percent less garbage on Copacabana beach.

Japan unveils green growth plan for 2050 carbon neutral goal

Apo - Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.

Fruity energy, spidery lenses: Nature-inspired solutions in 2020

Paris - Climate change and biodiversity loss are laying bare our dependence on the natural world for everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe.

Stimulus bill includes provisions to fight climate change

Washington - In one of the biggest victories for U.S. climate action in a decade, the $900 billion coronavirus relief package agreed to by Congress also includes billions for investments in clean energy and the reduction of HFCs, a major driver of global warming.

Poland eyes hard split with coal

Warsaw - Coal-dependent EU member Poland aims to shut its last mine by the bloc's 2050 target, but experts warn the move to go green comes late and faces many hurdles.

Austrians press EU to talk turkey, raise farm standards

Weibern - As Katharina and Reinhard Bauer show off cosseted turkey chicks they highlight standards that they -- and the Austrian government -- would like the rest of the EU to adopt as well.

Cambodia's giant life-giving Tonle Sap lake in peril

Battambang - As night falls over his floating village, fisherman Leng Vann puffs on a cigarette and heaves a sigh for Tonle Sap, the great inland lake that has sustained Cambodia for centuries.

Biden introduces environment team to tackle 'existential threat'

Washington - President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday introduced key members of his environmental team and said his administration would make the fight against global warming a pillar of his drive to rebuild the pandemic-hit US economy.

Two smuggled Indonesian orangutans fly home from Thailand

Bangkok - Eating fruit and drinking from plastic bottles, two Sumatran orangutans stared from their cages at Bangkok airport on Thursday before flying home to Indonesia, years after being smuggled into Thailand.

Indonesia's female forest guardians fight for the environment

Sumini gets up at dawn to do her household chores -- then leads a team of women into the jungles of Indonesia's Sumatra island, on a mission to battle rampant deforestation and wildlife poaching.

Bid to make 'ecocide' a crime gains new momentum

Paris - Climate change, oil spills, deforestation. The injuries caused to the natural world by states and companies threaten whole ecosystems and imperil the environment that sustains life itself. But are they crimes?

Australia's Byron Bay beach shrinks as sand disappears

Byron Bay - Australia's Byron Bay usually conjures images of bathers lounging on sunkissed shores, or blissed-out longboarders cruising along cyan-blue waves -- but coastal erosion and lashing storms have reduced its seashore to a debris-strewn slither.

China's Yangtze fishing communities adapt to life on land

Yang Zeqiang's boat chugs across the Yangtze ferrying a few people and sacks of grain -- his new source of income after all fishing was halted along China's longest river in the name of environmental protection.

Storms help Australia contain UNESCO heritage island fire

Brisbane - Australian firefighters have managed to control a bushfire that burned more than half of the UNESCO world heritage-listed Fraser Island, around two months after a suspected illegal campfire sparked the blaze.
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