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Brazil's Amazon region houses latex 'love factory'

- Deep in Amazonia, Raimundo Pereira expertly cuts a gash in a rubber tree to collect white sap destined for the nearby factory at Xapuri, the world's only producer of contraceptives made from tropical forest latex.

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Hanoi - Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official said Tuesday.

U.S. writer slams Brazil's 'monuments of poverty'

Rio De Janeiro - With its bold Oscar Niemeyer-designed monuments, the city of Brasilia symbolizes Brazil's frenetic modernization of recent decades.

Green Climate Fund pledges reach $9.3 bn

Berlin - Nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a climate fund to help poor countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

'Horrific' record 1,020 rhino killed in South Africa

Johanesburg - A record 1,020 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, the government said Thursday, scuppering multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.

Green Climate Fund pledges 'reach $9.3 bn'

Berlin - Thirty nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming

Kuala Lumpur - The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday.

‘Inspirational’ Dutch teenager wins UN's top environmental award

Geneva - Dutchman Boyan Slat has become the youngest ever winner of the United Nations’ top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth Award for his inspirational work to clean up the world’s oceans.

Photo essay: Defending Burnaby Mountain Special

Burnaby - This short report documents the location and every day life of Burnaby Mountain protesters against Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Amazon tribe defies Brazilian government and marks its own land

Amazonas - In direct response to the Brazilian government's plan to build two mega dams that would flood their traditional lands, an indigenous group is auto-demarcating their own territory and say they will die before they leave it.

U.S., China climate deal boosts hopes of global pact

Inya - A surprise deal between the United States and China on Wednesday could be a breakthrough moment in decades-long efforts to secure a global climate change pact, environment experts said.

US and China announce 'historic' climate accord

Bejing - The United States and China on Wednesday announced ambitious targets on greenhouse gas emissions as part of a "historic" pact that climate scientists acclaimed but US Republicans denounced as a job-killer.

Indian govt sending 'chilling message' on environment: Greenpeace

New Delhi - Moves by India's new right-wing government to block Greenpeace funds and weaken environmental protection laws send a "chilling message", the head of the lobby group said Monday, as he urged the prime minister to release the money.

California refinery city sends industry-backed candidates packing

Richmond - Voters in the Northern California city of Richmond rejected four refinery-backed candidates in Tuesday's city council election despite $3 million in Chevron-funded campaign advertising.

Erdogan's grand palace: Costly folly or symbol of new Turkey?

Ankara - For critics, it is the latest excess of an authoritarian ruler, a folly comparable to the notorious Palace of the People of deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.Even the Turkish deputy prime minister admits the costs ran a little high.

Japan governor approves first reactor restart

Toukyo - The final obstacle to restarting two nuclear reactors in Japan was removed Friday when local politicians granted approval for a plant to go back online, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

Tiny fraction of military budget could save planet's biodiversity

Sydney - A new study claims just 2.5 percent of what the world drops on military spending could protect enough of the planet's natural areas to reverse biodiversity loss.

Brazil pushes Amazon to the 'brink of the abyss' scientists warn

Amazonas - Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has reached epic proportions under the leadership of Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, who is celebrating her re-election this week. A new report warns that the ecosystem may be reaching a tipping point of no return.

European bird populations in precipitous decline

Exeter - Over the last 30 years, bird populations Europe-wide have fallen drastically with the sharpest falls seen among the most common bird species.

Tensions as protesters gather in memory of dead French activist

Paris - Protesters in several parts of France gathered in a sometimes tense atmosphere Sunday in memory of an eco-activist who was killed last weekend during a demonstration against a controversial dam project.

Violent protests erupt in France over alleged police brutality

Nantes - Violent protests broke out on Saturday in two French cities against alleged police brutality, leaving several people injured.

Controversial French dam halted after protester death

Paris - Local French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.

Probe into cause of French protester's death veers towards police

Paris - A probe into the cause of a French eco-protester's death in violent clashes with security forces veered towards riot police Tuesday, in a new development to a case that has shocked the country.

Bee Lawns: The little change which could save a species Special

A new trend in ‘bee lawns’ has seen lawn maintenance flipped on its head in a bid to preserve the population of the struggling insect.

Plant science aims to help with world hunger

Three leading scientists have said that basic plant science and its application to agriculture, emphasizing can help to deal with global food demands.

New plan for stewardship and conservation in Canada

Toronto - The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) are to work together in order to “enhance the stewardship and conservation practices” in Canada.

Sea Shepherd founder eyes return as new ship launched

Marina Del Rey - Conservation group Sea Shepherd launch a new ship named after award-winning actor Martin Sheen as its exiled founder said he hopes to return to the US next year.

Days of heavy air pollution blight northern China

Beijing - Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental blight.

Australian woman survives for 17 days lost in rainforest

Sydney - A woman missing for more than two weeks in a rugged Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving a chase by a crocodile and eating small fish, officials and reports said Thursday.

New vision for Hong Kong? Protest site becomes traffic-free oasis

Hong Kong - Pedestrianised streets, al fresco art, urban picnic zones and recycling points have become part of the landscape in central Hong Kong as a result of mass protests -- and some residents would like to keep it that way, regardless of their politics.
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The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26  2012  the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest e...
The extent of Arctic sea ice on Aug. 26, 2012, the day the sea ice dipped to its previous smallest extent before the release of the data for September 2012.The line on the image shows the average minimum extent from the period covering 1979-2010, as measured by satellites. Every summer the Arctic ice cap melts down to what scientists call its “minimum” before colder weather builds the ice cover back up.
Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Nuclear energy s impact on the environment.
Nuclear energy's impact on the environment.
Rense.com
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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges  ag...
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals can enter the environment through industrial and urban discharges, agricultural run-off and the burning and release of waste. Photo: UNEP
United Nations Environmental Programme
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The Perfect Environmental Storm: With a mixture of raw oil and its toxic chemical dispersant along w...
The Perfect Environmental Storm: With a mixture of raw oil and its toxic chemical dispersant along with the start of the hurricane season, BP Oil has set up an apocalyptic event in the Mexican Gulf and the coastlines as well effecting fresh ground water tables and the ruining of the area wildlife and seafood industries in the process.
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Traditional oil palm plantations that are managed and owned by ordinary people in Kampar regency  Ri...
Traditional oil palm plantations that are managed and owned by ordinary people in Kampar regency, Riau.
Wagino
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Larger areas of what used to be layers of thick grass destroyed by landscaping machinery and creeks ...
Larger areas of what used to be layers of thick grass destroyed by landscaping machinery and creeks' banks with their ner, more regular shapes, Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam, BC.
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Ash trees near Saxby UK
Ash trees near Saxby UK
David Wright
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Korea  China  Japan shake hands in environmental cooperation.
Picture is from meeting in 2013.
Korea, China, Japan shake hands in environmental cooperation. Picture is from meeting in 2013.
ARIRANG NEWS
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Green the Orang Utan ((screenshot from video)
Green the Orang Utan ((screenshot from video)
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Prescribed burn of an oak savanna.In such a habitat the ground layer receives sun and shade. This pe...
Prescribed burn of an oak savanna.In such a habitat the ground layer receives sun and shade. This permits a diversity of grasses and flowering plants to take hold, increasing biodiversity.
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This huge lake is known as Spatik Sagar meaning crystal clear ocean or lake. Once the water of the l...
This huge lake is known as Spatik Sagar meaning crystal clear ocean or lake. Once the water of the lake was so clear that the sand-bed of the lake was visible from the bank. However, off late with urbanization and environmental pollution, it's water is no more like a crystal. This lake is located at Amarpur in Tripura, India. Boat riding in the lake during dawn and dusk is popular amongst tourists.
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Flood at Ikeja area of Lagos State  Nigeria
Flood at Ikeja area of Lagos State, Nigeria
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The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport i...
The town of Hanga Roa is the only inhabited location in the island. Matavery International Airport is not far from the village.
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Hurricane Earl causing unruly weather near Emerald Isle  North Carolina
Hurricane Earl causing unruly weather near Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Uprooted Photographer
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Cécile Duflot (screenshot from BFM TV interview)
Cécile Duflot (screenshot from BFM TV interview)
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Earth Hour in France
Earth Hour in France
Earth Hour France
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screen shots from the movie  Home  by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
screen shots from the movie "Home" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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Pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.
Pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.
A. Davey
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Trees planted for the Live Green Toronto Festival.
Trees planted for the Live Green Toronto Festival.
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