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Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site

Bucharest - Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine.

Russia green groups forced to close over 'foreign agents' tag

Moscow - Two Russian environmental groups have closed, activists said Friday, blaming a 2012 law requiring them to register as "foreign agents" for making it impossible to operate.

Five Tanzanians arrested after British pilot killed: President

Dar Es Salaam - Tanzanian president John Magufuli has condemned the killing of a British conservationist after his helicopter was shot down while he chased suspected poachers, saying five people have been arrested.

Plastic paradise: Hong Kong's packaging problem

Hong Kong - A little girl shrieks with excitement as she strolls along the beach: "Oh look mummy. Hong Kong snow." Despite the cold snap what she's pointing to is not a meteorological anomaly -- but in fact swathes of polystyrene thrown out as rubbish.

Ethiopian lions rediscovered in Alatash

Addis Ababa - Conservationists announced Monday the "amazing discovery" of a previously unknown lion population in a remote northwestern region of Ethiopia, confirming local reports with camera trap photographs for the first time.

Benin: Turning the scourge of fishermen into a resource

- A dug-out canoe speeds along the water then slows down suddenly before stopping altogether. Blocking its path are water hyacinths as far as the eye can see.

Acquittals over Hungary toxic spill spark outrage

Veszpr - Victims of Hungary's worst ever toxic spill, which killed 10 people and injured 150 in 2010, voiced outrage after the boss of the alumina plant that caused the disaster was cleared of any wrongdoing on Thursday.

Spain court finds captain, British insurer liable for Prestige oil spill

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court said Tuesday it had found the captain, British insurer and owner of an oil tanker that broke up off northwestern Spain in 2002 liable for one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Sri Lanka destroys biggest ever illegal ivory haul

Colombo - Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday destroyed its biggest ever illegal ivory haul in the first public crushing of poached tusks in South Asia, intended to send a stark message to smugglers.

Looking ahead at food security for 2016

London - 2015 was a perilous year for food security. This period saw droughts, a rise in food prices, a migrant crisis and other issues that affected access to food. 2016 may not be any better, according to a leading expert.

Finland to kick off controversial wolf hunt

Helsinki - Finland kicks off a controversial wolf cull that gives hunters the right to kill around one fifth of the endangered animals, in a decision that has angered environmentalists.

Former U.S. auto hub reeling from tainted water scandal

Washington - For months, people in Flint, Michigan -- a dying industrial town in the American heartland -- consumed water contaminated with lead. And the country ignored it.

Pakistan's Supreme Court overturns ban on hunting rare bird

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court Friday overturned its decision to ban the hunting of the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs as an aphrodisiac.

NGOs seek oil drilling ban in famed mountain gorilla national park

Kinshasa - International environment and rights groups on Thursday launched a joint plea to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ugandan governments not to allow oil drilling in or around the Virunga National Park, Africa's oldest wildlife reserve famed for its m...

Dolphin circus sparks animal cruelty debate in Central Asia

Bichkek - Inside a travelling aquatic circus in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, whoops and cheers go up as a dolphin leaps out of a pool and slam-dunks a ball through a basketball net.

Green Thumbs Up: What do food labels really tell us about bread?

As consumers, it is important that we educate ourselves in what constitutes a healthy food. While we depend on labels to guide us, we don't want to be fooled, either.That's why learning what the words that lure us to a particular product mean.

Alex, now a tropical storm, inflicts minor damage in Azores

Miami - Weather officials in the Azores on Friday canceled their storm warnings after Hurricane Alex skirted the eastern Atlantic islands, causing only minor damage before being downgraded to tropical-storm status.

Review: ‘Norm of the North’ is fittingly outshined by lemming companions Special

‘Norm of the North’ is the overly simplistic tale of a talking polar bear that travels to New York City to save the North Pole.

Sao Paolo toxic cloud leaves 100 people ill

S - A fire at a warehouse where various compounds were being stored created a noxious cloud that sickened some 100 people outside Sao Paulo, officials said on Friday.

Inspectors shut Rio zoo to smarten animal enclosures

Rio De Janeiro - Authorities shut the public zoo in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday until the city improves living conditions for the animals there, environmental officials said.

Michigan governor wants to talk with Flint residents about water

Flint - Officials in Flint, Mich., have promised to speak with every resident of the 99,000-population city to ensure they have clean water to drink and have not been exposed to lead contamination from the Flint River.

Dead fish blight Rio Olympic bay, again

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of dead fish were found floating in Rio de Janeiro's picturesque but polluted bay Wednesday, not far from where the Olympic sailing competitions will be held in August.

Residents fear for health in car-clogged Albanian capital

Tirana - With her sick daughter in the arms, Mira Lela pushes her way through the hallway of the doctor's clinic, crowded with patients ailing from heavy pollution in Albania's capital.

GPS vultures swoop down on illegal dumps in Peru

- The lowly vulture is a dirty scavenger to many, but Peruvian environmental authorities have recast the birds as superheroes and outfitted them with high-tech gear in a bid to crack down on illegal garbage dumps.

Thousands protest over contested French airport site

Nantes - Thousands of demonstrators blocked roads on the outskirts of the French city of Nantes to protest a controversial airport development that has been at the centre of a years-long battle.

20,000 rally in protest at contested French airport site

Nantes - Around 20,000 demonstrators blocked roads around the western French city of Nantes on Saturday in protest over a controversial airport development, organisers said, although police put the number at 7,200.

Blue Bell reassures customers over finding of Listeria at plant

Brenham - Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued an update on its enhanced procedures and the current conditions at its production facilities Thursday night, and the information is not what consumers wanted to hear.

Bolivia, Peru sign $500 mn deal for Lake Titicaca clean-up

La Paz - Bolivia and Peru agreed to provide more than $500 million towards cleaning up Lake Titicaca, whose polluted waters are home to some animals nearing extinction, a Bolivian environment official said.

Warm winter melts Dutch skaters' hopes of legendary canal race

Leeuwarden - Winter is nearing the halfway mark in the Netherlands with record high temperatures, melting fervent Dutch skaters' hopes of gliding over frozen canals or taking part in a near-mythical race last held 19 years ago.

Tens of thousands of fish moved as Paris canal gets clean-up

Paris - Paris authorities have moved tens of thousands of fish to clean up the Canal Saint-Martin, a popular waterway commissioned by Napoleon that attracts hordes of tourists and revellers.
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Schematic showing both terrestrial and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide emissions from a c...
Schematic showing both terrestrial and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired plant, but deployment of such technology on a large scale may be years away.
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Projections of decreased potential for snow to supply spring and summer human water demand by mid-ce...
Projections of decreased potential for snow to supply spring and summer human water demand by mid-century (reddest areas are highest risk; yellow, lowest). In blue/white areas, future rainfall should be sufficient to supply present human needs; gray regions indicate basins where rainfall might be insufficient, potentially making them dependent on snow or other sources.
Mankin et al., Environmental Research Letters 2015
Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated w...
Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated with ceremonial centers.
Tibetan antelopes
Tibetan antelopes
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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.
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Captured from the ocean in 1983, Tilikum's life revolves around entertaining the mass public at SeaWorld.
Voice of the Orcas
Sept. 10  2013 scene of bush fires in Sydney  Australia s western suburbs and Blue Mountains.
Sept. 10, 2013 scene of bush fires in Sydney, Australia's western suburbs and Blue Mountains.
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People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
Heavy smog at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai  December 6  2013
Heavy smog at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, December 6, 2013
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Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
People s Climate March  Edmonton.
People's Climate March, Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
The outer bands of Hurricane Earl approaching Atlantic Beach  NC over the Oceanna Pier
The outer bands of Hurricane Earl approaching Atlantic Beach, NC over the Oceanna Pier
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Wangari Maathai  the first ever African Woman to win the Nobel Prize for her commendable fight for t...
Wangari Maathai, the first ever African Woman to win the Nobel Prize for her commendable fight for the environment
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The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world.
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France has already banned over-the-counter sales of glyphosate based weed-killers such as Monsanto s...
France has already banned over-the-counter sales of glyphosate based weed-killers such as Monsanto's Roundup.
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