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China ivory carving ban a 'symbolic' move: wildlife group

Bejing - Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings as critics say rising Chinese demand threatens African elephants with extinction, but campaigners described the move as "more symbolic than effective" Friday.

Stand-off in the Amazon: Tribes shut down oil company airport

Loreto - Members of two different Peruvian native groups have occupied the airport of Pluspetrol, an Argentine oil company that is accused of failing to compensate local communities for damage to the environment.

Protecting wetlands is of pressing importance Special

Disturbing data suggests that almost two-thirds of the world’s wetlands have been lost over the past 100 years. This has resulted in a loss of freshwater animals and plants.

Ooowl, that hurt! Rogue bird sows terror in Dutch city

Den Haag - The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks.

UN climate chief to miss session after sex harassment case

New Delhi - The United Nations' top climate change official will not chair a key meeting in Kenya next week as Indian police investigate a sexual harassment complaint against him, officials said Sunday.

Op-Ed: Why the GMO debate is far from over

There has been a lot of discussion on the pros and cons of genetically-engineered food crops of late. But the vast majority of consumers are actually left in the dark over the safety of GMOs because the FDA, USDA and Monsanto say they are safe.

Pope asks cardinals to back Vatican reform

- Pope Francis on Thursday urged Catholic cardinals to back his plans to reform the scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy in order to help the Church reach out to believers more effectively, including on issues such as the environment.

Chemical cloud over Spanish town after factory accident

Barcelona - A chemical accident at a factory in Spain on Thursday injured three people and cloaked large swathes of the region in an orange chemical cloud, forcing over 60,000 people to stay indoors before it disappeared.

Fighting animal cruelty in LatAm, one tweet at a time

San Jos - Veterinarian Carmen Soto is gently swabbing what is left of Grecia the toucan's bright beak, preparing to fit him with a prosthesis to replace the part hacked off by vandals.

Emergency declared after Galapagos ship grounding

Quito - Ecuador activated a state of emergency Wednesday at the famous Galapagos Islands, authorities said, a week after the stranding of a cargo ship loaded with supplies that included hazardous materials.

Italy 'sabotage' trial writer compares himself to Gandhi

Turin - Italian writer Erri de Luca invoked Gandhi on Wednesday as he began his trial defence against charges of inciting criminal damage to a controversial high-speed rail link through the Alps.

Portuguese parliament votes against gay couples adopting

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament on Thursday rejected draft laws to allow gay couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favour by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever.

Record-breaking 2014 was hottest in modern history: US

Miami - Record-breaking temperatures scorched the planet last year, making 2014 the hottest in more than a century and raising new concerns about global warming, US government scientists said Friday.

BP off hook for several billion dollars in oil spill fines

New York - A US judge said energy giant BP faces a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a sum reduced by several billion dollars.

Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

Bejing - Pollution levels soared in Beijing on Thursday to readings more than 20 times WHO recommended limits, as an annual bout of intense smog returned to haunt the Chinese capital despite government vows to address the plague.Levels of PM2.

Swedish court stops hotly contested wolf hunt

Stockholm - A Swedish court has pulled the plug on a wolf hunt due to start Friday, favouring animal rights activists in one of the country's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

Sea Shepherd in epic chase of Antarctic 'poaching' ship

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Friday it has been chasing a "poaching" ship for three weeks amid heavy ice flows in an attempt to stop the crew from illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Japan whaling ships set out for Antarctic — to count, not hunt

Toukyo - Japanese whaling ships set sail for the Antarctic on Thursday on the look out for whales, but only to count them and take skin samples, after a UN court ordered an end to the annual hunt.

Malaysia pledges more flood aid for stranded thousands

Pengkalan Chepa - Malaysia on Sunday pledged more funds to help over 160,000 people hit by the country's worst flooding in decades, as forecasters warned fresh rain could hamper efforts to relieve thousands left stranded by the waters.

Rescuers struggle to reach Malaysia flood victims as anger mounts

Pengkalan Chepa - Rescue teams struggled Saturday to reach inundated areas of northeast Malaysia as victims accused the government of being slow to provide assistance after the country's worst flooding in decades.

Rise of Brazil's ranching queen sparks green protests

Bras - Before her husband died, Katia Abreu was a housewife who didn't know a cow from a bull.

Little Uruguay has big plans for smart agriculture

Montevideo - Uruguay, a country of 3.3 million inhabitants and four times as many cows, hopes to feed 50 million people thanks to drones, "smart" combines and other high-tech farming techniques.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill threatening dolphins

Dhaka - Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons worked Friday to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological "catastrophe".

Norway scraps controversial seal hunting subsidy

Oslo - Norway's much-criticised commercial seal hunt could grind to a halt following parliament's decision to scrap a hefty subsidy for the controversial practice.A majority of lawmakers voted late Thursday to cull a 12-million-kroner (1.3-million-euro, $1.

US Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf settlement 

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear energy giant BP's challenge to a settlement ordering it to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Republicans surrender on another issue: Environment

Republicans had been leaders on conservation and the environment for more than 100 years, since Teddy Roosevelt was president.

Protests as Bhopal marks 30th anniversary of disaster

Bhopal - Protesters in the Indian city of Bhopal burned effigies representing Dow Chemical and displayed placards demanding justice as they marked the 30th anniversary Tuesday of the world's deadliest industrial disaster.

Alarm sounded over attacks on defenders of land rights

Paris - As populations grow and land becomes scarcer, attacks on those trying to defend their land are becoming increasingly frequent, a top rights group warned Tuesday, citing Latin America and Asia as the main problem areas.

Spain's Canary islanders protest against oil drilling

About 200 people, including tourists, formed a giant "SOS" on a beach on Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday to protest against drilling for oil off the archipelago.

The Polar Sea 360° — An interactive journey into virtual reality Special

On December 1, THE POLAR SEA 360° an interactive documentary premiers on TVOntario and Knowledge Network, and in Europe on ARTE television. The 10-part documentary will run for 10 nights, taking viewers into a world we have never seen until now.
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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
Orcas are trained to present themselves for  the artificial insemination process. It involves extrac...
Orcas are trained to present themselves for the artificial insemination process. It involves extracting sperm from a male orca and placing it in the female.
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Green the Orang Utan ((screenshot from video)
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.
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Extent of pollution from the Erika oil disaster off the west coast of France in 1999
Extent of pollution from the Erika oil disaster off the west coast of France in 1999
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The top 3,000 companies by market capitalisation, which represent a large proportion of global equity markets, were responsible for $ 2.15 trillion worth of environmental damage in 2008.
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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
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The DoNation team
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Local food products vendor.
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screen shots from the movie "Home" by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
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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Dolphin washed ashore after being maimed
South Dakota has quite a lot of unspoiled natural areas up for sale.
South Dakota has quite a lot of unspoiled natural areas up for sale.
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The Valley of Drums, a toxic waste dump located in Bullitt Co. Kentucky is one of the reasons the U.S. Superfund law was enacted.
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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
Keto  Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
Keto, Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
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Farms on the Amazon floodplain in Brazil
Farms on the Amazon floodplain in Brazil
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Moais on the slope of volcano Rano-Raraku. Most of these moais are still unfinished and remain near the quarry with most of the body underground.