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In Russia, a battle to free nearly 100 captured whales

Moscow - Dozens of orcas and beluga whales captured for sale to oceanariums have brought Russia's murky trade into the spotlight, but efforts to free them are blocked by government infighting.

Going greener: Finland's new gas-fuelled icebreaker

Tornio - The steel behemoth pushes ahead, crunching the ice as it navigates the northernmost tip of the Baltic, considered one of the most polluted seas in the world. But unlike other icebreakers spewing diesel, this state-of-the-art ship boasts cleaner fuel.

Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos

Quito - Conservationists in the Galapagos Islands have found a giant tortoise from a species thought to have become extinct more than a century ago.

Touchdown: Japan probe Hayabusa2 lands on distant asteroid

Apo - A Japanese probe sent to collect samples from an asteroid 300 million kilometres away for clues about the origin of life and the solar system landed successfully on Friday, scientists said.

Japan probe Hayabusa2 set for asteroid landing

Apo - A Japanese probe is expected to land on a distant asteroid Friday, aiming to blast a "bullet" into the surface to collect clues about the origins of Earth and the solar system.

Bulgarian boiled frog lands Bear Grylls in hot water

Sofia - Environment officials in Bulgaria said Thursday they were considering fining British adventurer Bear Grylls over an episode of his Running Wild series in which he killed a frog and boiled it on a camping stove.

Vanuatu to give disposable diapers the flush

Wellington - The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has announced plans to ban disposable diapers in a move it says will significantly reduce pollution.

Putin says Russia must tackle waste crisis

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia needed to improve its waste management, after stinking and dangerous landfills sparked a national protest movement.

Essential Science: Transforming plastic waste into fuel

Researchers have developed new technology that can convert plastic waste (the biggest environmental issue associated with modern society) into a clean fuel. This represents one application to address the plastic crisis.

High-tide flooding already impacting coastal communities

Impacts from climate change are not always easy to see. But for many local businesses in coastal communities across the United States, the evidence is right outside their doors—or in their parking lots, and it's going to get worse.

Danish economist picked to be new UN environment chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has picked Danish economist and environmentalist Inger Andersen to be the new UN environment chief, turning the page on a scandal over expenses that rocked the UN agency, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday...

Fears flood water runoff could 'smother' Barrier Reef

Sydney - Runoff from recent floods in northern Australia is flowing onto parts of the Barrier Reef, scientists said Friday, starving coral of light and providing fodder for the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish.

Senate passes sweeping conservation package in bipartisan vote

On Tuesday, the Senate approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments.

Climate change risks US bases, fuels social disorder: top admiral

Washington - Climate change and a deteriorating environment are likely to fuel social disorder and could threaten some US military bases, a top admiral said Tuesday.

Climate change risks US bases, fuels social disorder: top admiral

Washington - Climate change and a deteriorating environment are likely to fuel social disorder and could threaten some US military bases, a top admiral said Tuesday.

Spain police seize over 200 stuffed endangered animals

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized more than 200 stuffed endangered animals, including giraffes, rhinos, lions and tigers, from an illegal taxidermy workshop that was selling them online.

Malaysia makes record 30-tonne pangolin seizure

Port Dickson - Malaysian authorities have made a record seizure of about 30 tonnes of pangolins and their scales worth some $2 million in raids on major processing facilities, police and environmentalists said Tuesday.

With despair and hope, Berlin film fest tackles climate change

Berlin - True to its nature as a socially conscious film festival, this month's Berlinale showcases a string of unflinching climate change documentaries raising the alarm about mankind's destructive behaviour while proposing some solutions.

'Hundreds of thousands' of cattle feared dead after Australia floods

Townsville - Hundreds of thousands of cattle weakened from a severe drought are feared to have died in record-breaking floods in northeastern Australia, authorities said Friday, as they stepped up efforts to feed surviving livestock.

Ocasio-Cortez offers outline of 'Green New Deal' plan

Washington - The Green New Deal is now a green new plan, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., set to roll out a resolution calling for a complete transition to renewable energy by 2030.

Dutch students march for climate as protests spread

Den Haag - Thousands of Dutch students skipped classes to march for action on climate change on Thursday, following the example of young demonstrators in Belgium and other countries for the first time.

Five year period from 2019 to 2023 to be warmest on record

The forecast for the global average surface temperature for the five-year period to 2023 is predicted to be near or above 1.0 °C above pre-industrial levels, says the Met Office.

'Worst over': Australia begins flood clean-up

Townsville - Weary residents in Australia's flood-hit northeast returned home Wednesday to begin a massive clean-up after almost two weeks of heavy rain, as the wild weather moved south to inundate more towns.

Military steps in as Australia floods bring crocs to the streets

Cairns - Australia's military has been deployed to tackle devastating "once-in-a-century" floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country's northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets.

'Unprecedented' flooding to hit northeast Australia

Sydney - Thousands of people in northeast Australia should expect "unprecedented flooding", authorities have warned, after relentless downpours forced a dam to be fully opened on Sunday.

'Once-in-a-century' floods hit northeast Australia

Sydney - Once-in-a-century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of tornadoes and more rain over the next few days.

BP bows to investors: To align goals with Paris Climate Agreement

BP has bowed to pressure from investors, including the Church of England, by backing a plan to explain how its strategy and investments are consistent with the Paris climate agreement.

Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes

Rio De Janeiro - A week after a dam storing mining waste collapsed in southeast Brazil, the human cost is clear, with 110 killed and 238 missing, presumed dead, but the environmental impact is still being evaluated.

Thousands of young Belgians protest for climate action

Apo - Thousands of young people rallied in Belgium to demand action on climate change Thursday as part of a wave of demonstrations led by high school students aimed at intensifying pressure on governments.

US Midwest gripped by bitter cold but relief ahead

Chicago - Brutally cold temperatures gripped the US Midwest on Thursday, freezing water mains, causing power outages, canceling flights and straining natural gas supplies.
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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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