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Unruly drivers undermine Paris pollution ban

Paris - French police struggled to impose anti-pollution measures on motorists around Paris on Thursday as the city remained shrouded in smog during its worst winter pollution in 10 years.

Trump picks fossil fuel ally to head environment agency

New York - President-elect Donald Trump announced on Thursday he had tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, criticized as a climate change denier and a staunch fossil fuel ally, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Paris rat catchers deployed to tackle rodent scourge

Paris - Paris officials have announced a crackdown on rats which blight parks and gardens around the City of Light and are thought to easily outnumber humans.

Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

Paris - Wild giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent in the past three decades and the species is now "vulnerable" to extinction, a top conservation body said Thursday.

Paris choked by worst winter pollution in a decade

Paris - Paris was smothered Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air.

US authorities to re-route controversial North Dakota pipeline

Cannon Ball - The US Army Corps of Engineers nixed plans for a controversial oil pipeline crossing in North Dakota, a major victory for Native Americans and environmentalists who had staged months of protests.

Teen eco activist spurs hope at children's peace prize award

Den Haag - Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said Friday ecologists should "not lose hope" in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including US President-elect Donald Trump.

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Paris - The world's big cities must collectively cut their carbon footprint nearly in half within a decade if global climate goals are to be met, according to an analysis unveiled Thursday.

Carmakers to build Europe network of e-charging stations

Frankfurt Am Main - German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi and US competitor Ford said on Tuesday they would cooperate on a Europe-wide network of electric charging stations.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

Record coral kill-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - A mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before, scientists said Tuesday, sounding the alarm over the delicate ecosystem.

A reindeer's perilous journey in Swedish Lapland

Dikan - A herd of reindeer moves silently down the mountain, their silver coats and majestic antlers blending into the Swedish tundra as their herder leads them to their winter grazing grounds in the plains below.

1.4 bn jobs 'depend on pollinators'

Paris - About 1.4 billion jobs and three-quarters of all crops depend on pollinators, researchers said Monday warning of a dire threat to human welfare if the falls in bee and butterfly numbers are not halted.

Scientists embark on quest to find the oldest ice

London - The oldest ice in the world is likely to be somewhere in Antarctica and this is where a nee exploratory mission is headed. The basis of the mission is to understand more about global warming

Sweden slaughters 200,000 hens on bird flu fears

Stockholm - Sweden on Friday said 200,000 chickens were being slaughtered at a farm where bird flu has been detected, following a resurgence in the virus across Europe.

Tribal protesters with arrows try to enter Brazil's Congress

Bras - Brazilian police on Wednesday used pepper spray to force back about 300 protesters from indigenous tribes, some armed with bows and arrows, from entering Congress.

Europe air pollution causes 467,000 early deaths a year: report

Copenhagen - Almost nine out of 10 European city dwellers breathe air that is harmful to their health, though the continent's air quality is slowly improving, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Wednesday.

Dalai Lama has 'no worries' about Trump

Bejing - The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Wednesday he had "no worries" about US President-elect Donald Trump and looked forward to meeting him -- a prospect which would anger Beijing.

Protesters take over entrance to Brazil's presidency

Bras - Hundreds of indigenous people and traditional fishermen occupied the veranda outside the entrance to Brazil's presidential palace on Tuesday.

Riders on the waves: China's jellyfish-hauling mules a dying breed

Guizhou - With a crack of his whip, Qin Yusheng drives his mules through the ocean surf off the Chinese coast, labouring to bring in the day's catch.

Polluted water in hand, Nigerian king takes Shell to court in London

London - King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community in Nigeria, proof of oil pollution that he blames on Royal Dutch Shell -- and on which he hopes a London court will deliver justice.

Remote Amazon tribe kills illegal gold miners: officials

Rio De Janeiro - Members of a remote Amazon rainforest indigenous tribe have shot dead six illegal gold miners with arrows, Brazilian officials said Friday.

Brazil judge to hear Samarco mine homicide cases

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian federal judge has accepted homicide and environmental criminal charges against 22 people and four mining companies involved in last year's deadly Samarco dam burst.

Brazil judge to hear Samarco mine homicide cases

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian federal judge has accepted homicide and environmental criminal charges against 22 people and four mining companies involved in last year's deadly Samarco dam burst.

Slovenia amends constitution to ensure right to water

Ljubljana - Green-friendly Slovenia amended its constitution on Thursday to ensure access to drinkable water was a fundamental right for all citizens and could not be commercialised.

Protesters storm Brazil Congress demanding military coup

Bras - Dozens of rightwing protesters burst into Brazil's legislative chamber on Wednesday to demand a military coup.

Scientists fear the worst under a Trump presidency

Washington - From the fight against climate change to dwindling budgets for research, the US scientific community fears the worst under Donald Trump, seen by many as the most hostile to science of any American president in history.

Netherlands steps up measures to fight bird flu

Den Haag - The Netherlands shuttered petting zoos and banned duck hunting as it stepped up measures Monday to stem a bird flu outbreak blamed for killing scores of poultry and more than a thousand wild birds.

Kerry tells Trump that Americans want climate action

Wellington - US Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned plea Sunday for America to maintain action on global warming, despite the election of climate-change denier Donald Trump.
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