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Oil slick off China coast trebles in size

Bejing - The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China's east coast has more than trebled in size, just over a week after the ship sank in a ball of flames.

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Bangkok - Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers.

Dutch shocked by call to ban EU electric pulse fishing

Scheveningen - The black clouds hanging over the boats in Dutch ports Friday were not the remnants of wild winter gales, but harbingers of another devastating storm brewing for Dutch fishermen.

Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

Manila - Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months.

Human Rights Watch hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Paris - The policies of US President Donald Trump and his embrace of populist strongmen have dealt a blow to rights campaigns around the world but resistance is building, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

China spots four oil slicks from sunken tanker

Bejing - The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China's east coast has spawned four oil slicks as authorities prepared to send robots to the wreckage to assess the environmental damage.

France to clear decade-old airport protest camp

Paris - France scrapped controversial plans Wednesday for a new Atlantic coast airport and vowed to evict hundreds of environmental protesters who have lived in an anti-capitalist commune on the sprawling site for almost a decade.

France ditches plans for divisive west coast airport

Paris - The French government on Wednesday formally abandoned decades-old plans for a controversial new airport on the west coast that became a site of resistance for environmental activists.

Gunman killed in army clash in Senegal's Casamance

Dakar - A gunman was killed in Senegal's southern Casamance region during a shootout at the weekend with soldiers searching for the killers of 14 men in an area known for its illegal logging networks.

Turkey unveils route of 45 km 'Istanbul Canal'

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Monday unveiled the route of its planned new canal for Istanbul, a hugely ambitious 45 kilometre (28 mile) project designed to be its answer to the famed artificial shipping lanes in Panama or Egypt's Suez.

China races to prevent environmental disaster after tanker sinks

Bejing - Chinese ships scrambled Monday to clean up a massive oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life.

Oil tanker's sinking off China raises environmental fears

Bejing - The sinking of an Iranian tanker off China could severely damage marine life, environmental experts warned Monday, as state media reported an oil spill covering up to 50 square miles at the scene.

Wolf found in northern Belgium, first time in over 100 years

Brussels - A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday.

After reported Trump slur, Tillerson embraces diversity

Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Americans to embrace their diverse backgrounds Friday, after President Donald Trump reportedly insulted immigrants from "shithole countries.

Blue skies in China's capital spark joy, scepticism

Bejing - Every day for the last five years, Zou Yi has photographed Beijing's smog-cloaked skyline from his 13th-floor apartment, but there is something different in the air this year.

Top European chefs take electric pulse fishing off the menu

Paris - More than 200 top chefs across Europe have pledged to stop sourcing seafood obtained by electric pulse fishing, days before an EU vote that could expand the use of the controversial technique, an ocean advocacy group said Thursday.

Campaigners slam UK plans on cutting plastic waste

London - Campaigners on Thursday criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a "missed opportunity" that lacked the necessary urgency.

China lavishes cash on ally Cambodia with eyes on the Mekong

Phnom Penh - Beijing has pledged billions of dollars to build new infrastructure in Cambodia, officials said Thursday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended a two-day charm offensive currying favour for its mega-dams across the Mekong.

Trump says US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal

Washington - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably" return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction.

When humans wage war, animals suffer too: study

Paris - When humans wage war, they harm more than just one another. Wild animals suffer too, and some have verged on annihilation in Africa's many anti-colonial and civil conflicts, researchers said Wednesday.

French cop cleared over death of anti-dam protester

Toulouse - A French policeman on Tuesday was cleared of responsibility over the death of an environmental activist killed by a stun grenade during a 2014 protest over a contested dam.The shocking death of Remi Fraisse triggered riots in several French cities.

Macron wins Chinese fans with Mandarin lesson

Bejing - A behind-the-scenes video of French President Emmanuel Macron wrestling with the Mandarin pronunciation of his climate change slogan "Make our planet great again" has delighted Chinese social media.

Tributes paid to Ireland's Sutherland after death

London - Tributes were paid Monday to Irish national Peter Sutherland after the WTO's first director general and former chairman of energy giant BP died at the weekend after a long illness.

Poisonous and running out: Pakistan's water crisis

Islamabad - Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by Pakistan's severely polluted and decreasing water supplies.

Power stacked against SE Asia's poor as China dams Mekong

Kandal - Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the mercy of the Mekong: a massive river that feeds tens of millions but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing's physical -- and diplomatic -- control over its Southeast Asian neighbours.

Environmentalists lose lawsuit over Norway's Arctic oil licenses

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Thursday dismissed a case by three environmentalist groups which had sued Norway for granting oil licenses in the Arctic, as the fight against global warming is increasingly brought to courtrooms.

Serbia launches probe after toxic waste dumped near Belgrade

Belgrade - The mayor of a Belgrade suburb said Saturday that a large-scale investigation will be launched following the discovery of 25 tonnes of toxic waste found dumped in a private field.

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Abianbase - Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.

Tax Bill also opens Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling

Washington - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will soon be the law of the land, once President Trump signs it in January. However, one little item got quietly slipped into that legislation that now opens the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

Hurricanes, heat waves, fires ravaged planet in 2017

Miami - Fierce hurricanes, heat waves, floods and wildfires ravaged the planet in 2017, as scientists said the role of climate change in causing or worsening certain natural disasters has grown increasingly clear.
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Oil spills often result in both immediate and long-term environmental damage. Some of the environmen...
Oil spills often result in both immediate and long-term environmental damage. Some of the environmental damage caused by an oil spill can last for decades after the spill occurs.
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Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf is the voice of the Indian people. She has released a rap song to p...
Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf is the voice of the Indian people. She has released a rap song to promote her campaign to force the Hindustan Unilever to clean-up the environmental pollution.
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Many of the oil palm plantations are owned by families who depend on the crop for their livelihood.
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Petroglyphs are carved on smooth basalt rocks located along coastal areas and are often associated with ceremonial centers.
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Heavy smog at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, December 6, 2013
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File photo: The photo shows pristine fields of New South Wales, Australia, located approximately 25 km south-east of the township of Gunnedah.
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This is a wonderful concept and a great use for abandoned oil rigs.
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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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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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National Tree Day volunteers receive instructions from a supervisor.
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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.
The Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu is the seat of the Bhutanese government since 1952.
The Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu is the seat of the Bhutanese government since 1952.
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Residents of West Point, Liberia, hope that one day they will be relocated from the beach as the continuous environmental degradation has resulted in most of the land eroding into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Nuclear energy's impact on the environment.
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Ducks having fun in their new environment, Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam, BC.
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Floods are a significant environmental issue for India. It causes soil erosion, destruction of wetlands and wide migration of solid wastes.
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
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The sheen on the waters outside the confines of the fish pens is clearly seen in this photo.
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