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Great Barrier Reef suffers worst-ever coral bleaching: scientists

Brisbane - Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said Tuesday in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism.

New international standard for ‘greening’ buildings

The manufacturing and building sectors are major contributors to levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. How can this vital sector of the economy become greener? A new international standard can help.

Activists slam China's use of bear bile in virus treatment

Beijing - China has approved the use of bear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fears it could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed for the emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe.

The young Brazilians fighting for the Amazon

Carauari - Maria dreams of being the next Greta Thunberg. Kelita is studying in the first-ever university program in the Amazon. Fabio is helping his family do its part to fight climate change through sustainable agriculture.

Thai monks make virus masks from recycled plastic

Samut Prakan - A Buddhist monk scrawls a prayer on an orange face mask beseeching "an end to the suffering" caused by the deadly coronavirus -- a finishing touch to the facial covering weaved out of recycled plastic at one Thai temple.

Slow growth in black rhino numbers cause for hope: conservationists

Paris - The tentative recovery of Africa’s black rhino population was hailed by conservationists on Thursday as a cause for hopes that ambitious protection efforts could overcome the "acute threat” of poaching.

Protests as Moscow moves to build road on radioactive dump

Moscow - Moscow authorities on Wednesday began work on building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive materials, despite months of public protests and warnings from environmental campaigners.

Close to tipping point, Amazon could collapse in 50 years

Paris - The Amazon rainforest is nearing a threshold which, once crossed, would see one of the world's largest and richest ecosystems morph into arid savannah within half-a-century, scientists said Tuesday.

UN chief says drop in emissions from virus will not solve climate crisis

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that while the global outbreak of coronavirus may have caused a temporary drop in emissions that cause global warming, it would not end the problem and might even divert attention from the fight.

'Green favela' fights to live sustainably in Brazil

S - At first glance, it looks like any other shantytown in Brazil: a precarious jumble of tin-roof shacks and shoddy streets.

Lego's colourful plastic bricks to go green

Billund - There may be a global revolt against plastic, but Danish toymaker Lego, famous for its multi-coloured plastic building bricks, remains a raging success, even if it, too, aims to go green.

Talking about a menstrual revolution: Asia's period problems

Fpo - Olivia Cotes-James wants us to talk about menstrual health.Properly.

Meet Thailand's secret weapon in climate change battle

Bangkok - Bangkok's future hangs in the balance.Rising sea levels, unchecked development, groundwater extraction, and rapid urban population growth has left millions vulnerable to natural disasters -- scientists warn the city itself may not survive the century.

Greenpeace accuses DR Congo of signing vast new logging contracts

Apo - Greenpeace on Thursday accused the Democratic Republic of Congo's government of signing huge new logging contracts in the country's vast rainforest, a central part of Earth's natural defence against global warming.

EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Apo - Europe unveiled a landmark green growth law on Wednesday but failed to impress teenage activist Greta Thunberg, who dubbed it a "surrender" to the threat of climate change.

Real-life 'Rio': near-extinct macaws return to Brazil

S - In what could be the next sequel to the hit film series "Rio," a group of near-extinct Spix's macaws arrived in Brazil Tuesday in a bid to return them to their natural habitat.

Australian summers grow longer due to climate change: study

Sydney - Australian summers are lengthening by a month or more while winters are getting shorter due to climate change, according to an analysis by a leading think tank released Monday.

Luxembourg becomes first country with free public transport

Luxembourg - Luxembourg on Saturday became the first country in the world to offer free public transport, as the small and wealthy EU country tries to help less-well-off workers and reduce road traffic.

Chemicals firm charged over polluting French factory blaze

Paris - French prosecutors said Thursday they had charged a subsidiary of US chemicals firm Lubrizol over a massive fire at a factory in northern France last September that coated the city of Rouen in acrid smoke.

Climate campaigners win appeal to block new Heathrow runway

London - Britain's Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled in favour of green campaigners who oppose the building of a third runway at London's Heathrow airport, Europe's busiest.

Micro-pollution ravaging China and South Asia: study

Paris - Nearly 90 percent of the 200 cities beset by the world's highest levels of deadly micro-pollution are in China and India, with most of the rest in Pakistan and Indonesia, researchers reported Tuesday.

Glaciers are disappearing faster than a few years ago

The rate of melting of Greenland’s glaciers is happening at a far faster rate than climate scientists previously realized. This is based on new data which indicates that the rate of melting is happening below water as well as above.

Robot designed to regulate own temperature for extreme conditions

A new type of robot has been developed, one that can cope with extreme environmental conditions. The robot is capable of temperature regulation, able to self-adjust to extremes of heat and cold.

France begins shutting down oldest nuclear plant

Fessenheim - French state-owned energy giant EDF on Saturday began shutting down the country's oldest nuclear power plant after 43 years in operation.

Poachers sentenced to life for murder of Kazakh antelope defender

Karaganda - A court in Kazakhstan on Friday sentenced three poachers to life in prison for beating to death a state ranger charged with protecting the endangered saiga antelope.

Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires

Sydney - Australia set up a national inquiry Thursday into its month-long bushfire crisis that affected three in four Australians and prompted widespread criticism of the government for its sluggish response to the blazes.

Smog veils Central Asia cities as smoky stoves choke locals

Bichkek - Snow-capped peaks used to be clearly visible from the streets of Almaty and Bishkek, two of the largest cities in Central Asia that both lie in plains surrounded by mountains.

Bezos launches $10 bn fund to combat climate change

Washington - His company is often criticized for its environmental record, but Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, said Monday that he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change.In a post to his 1.

Amazon boss Bezos launches $10 bn fund to combat climate change

Washington - Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, said Monday he was committing $10 billion to a new fund to tackle climate change.In a post to his 1.

UN's Guterres calls for 'transformational change' on climate

Islamabad - Governments must deliver decisive actions and "transformational change" to combat global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday, blasting a recent climate summit in Madrid.
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