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Researchers find 'catastrophic' coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered a "catastrophic die-off" of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed Thursday.

Southwest and High Plains fire conditions 'extreme to historic'

Following widespread blowing dust and wildfire activity early this week in the Southwest and central and southern High Plains, a resurgence of strong winds at midweek will perpetuate the fire threat.

Iran lawmakers slam crackdown on environmentalists

Tehran - An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday criticised a recent crackdown on environmental activists and officials, saying it risked "bad consequences for the country", the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Clean-up starts in UK city hit in nerve agent attack

London - A clean-up operation in the British city where a former Russian spy was poisoned began Tuesday, with officials saying the nerve agent used was delivered in "liquid form" and small quantities.

Poland broke EU law by logging in ancient forest: court

Luxembourg - Poland's rightwing government broke the law by logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests, a UNESCO world heritage site, the European Union's top court ruled Tuesday.

Spread of flesh-eating ulcer in Australia a 'worsening epidemic'

Victoria - A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread.

Iran environmentalist, symbol of expat return, quits

Tehran - A top Iranian environment official, who symbolised government efforts to encourage expat Iranians to return home, has quit just seven months into his job, sources said Monday.

Albania's pelicans return to their lagoon 'kingdom'

Tirana - With feathers on its head that make it look like it is wearing a wig, it does not go unnoticed -- the Dalmatian pelican is back with a flourish in the Divjaka Lagoon in western Albania.

Canada's Trudeau defends controversial pipeline project

Paris - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday defended his government's backing of a controversial pipeline project, saying the world could not afford to choose between the environment and the economy.

Popularity of tigers, lions, bears could be their downfall: study

Tampa - Iconic animals like elephants, tigers, lions and panda bears are everywhere in movies, books and toystores. But their wide pop culture presence skews public perception of how endangered these animals really are, researchers said Thursday.

Mnuchin defends US call to slash support for development banks

Washington - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday defended budget proposals that would sharply cut or eliminate American support for multilateral aid agencies and programs.

Climate change runs AMOC with Atlantic currents: studies

Paris - A system of Atlantic Ocean currents that regulates global weather is at its feeblest in 1,600 years, weakened partly by climate change, said researchers Wednesday, warning of trouble ahead.

Fierce clashes as French police try to clear anti-capitalist camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Activists reinforced by dozens of their supporters clashed with police for a third day in western France on Wednesday to oppose their eviction from an anti-capitalist camp set up 10 years ago to protest a new airport.

Dawn clashes as French police clear anti-capitalist camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Clashes broke out before dawn at an anti-capitalist camp in western France on Wednesday as police battled for a third day to clear activists who first set up the alternative commune a decade ago.

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Krabi - Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove.

Cyprus on frontline against lionfish invasion of Med

Equipped with harpoons and waterproof notebooks, Louis, Carlos and Antonis dive deep into the crystal clear waters of Konnos Bay in Cyprus on a mission to capture predatory lionfish.

Tear gas, petrol bombs as French police clear 'eco-camp'

Notre-dame-des-landes - French police battled Tuesday to evict anti-airport protesters and the creators of an alternative anti-capitalist settlement in western France during a second day of clashes.

Race for Mexico's 'cocaine of the sea' pushes 2 species toward extinction

San Felipe - The dried fish parts don't look like much to the novice eye, but the totoaba swim bladders discreetly displayed in this shop in Guangzhou, China sell for up to $20,000.

Clashes as French police clear anti-airport protest camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - French anti-capitalist activists clashed with riot police at burning barricades Monday during a huge security operation to clear a rural protest camp at the site of an abandoned airport project.

French police clear utopian anti-airport protest camp

Notre-dame-des-landes - Over 2,000 French police officers took part Monday in the expulsion of the last holdouts from an anti-capitalist camp at the site of an abandoned airport project near the western city of Nantes.

Chinese man jailed by Dutch court for smuggling rhino horn

Den Haag - A Dutch court Friday sentenced a Chinese man to a year in jail for smuggling five rhino horns and four other horn objects worth about 500,000 euros ($613,000) in his luggage.

Police 'closing in' on Grace Mugabe in ivory probe: state media

Harare - Zimbabwean police investigating an ivory-smuggling racket will soon question former ruler Robert Mugabe's wife Grace, who is accused of arranging shipments abroad, a government-owned newspaper reported Friday.

Bolivia's jaguars facing threat from Chinese fang craze

La Paz - Bolivia's once-thriving jaguar population is loping into the cross-hairs of a growing threat from poachers responding to growing Chinese demand for the animal's teeth and skull.

In Cambodia, fears tarantula may go off the menu

- While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.

Philippines to close Boracay island to tourists for six months

Manila - The Philippines is closing its best-known holiday island Boracay to tourists for up to six months over concerns that the once idyllic white-sand resort has become a "cesspool" tainted by dumped sewage, authorities said on Thursday.

Philippines to close Boracay resort to tourists for six months

Manila - The Philippines has announced its best-known holiday island Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months over concerns that the once idyllic white-sand resort has become a "cesspool" tainted by dumped sewage.

UN food agency urges 'agroecology' to fight famine

Rome - Current food production methods are harming the planet while failing to provide millions of the world's poor with enough to eat, the UN food agency warned Tuesday.

Britain to ban ivory sales

London - Britain will ban sales of ivory in a bid to help preserve the world's dwindling elephant population, the government announced Tuesday.

'Extreme' changes in eight of Antarctic's largest glaciers

According to a new study, the grounding line, where Antarctica's glaciers become floating ice shelves, is receding as much as 600 feet per year, bolstering fears of worst-case sea level rise.

Unusually large groups of basking sharks seen off northeast coast

Scientists say a species of large, but harmless, sharks have been gathering in atypically big groups off of the northeastern United States and Canada.
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