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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.

Swiss widely reject eco-linked immigration-cap: initial results

Geneva - The Swiss on Sunday flatly rejected a call for dramatic immigration cuts in the name of saving the environment, along with bids to scrap tax breaks for rich foreigners and hike the country's gold reserves.

Brazil's Amazon region houses latex 'love factory'

- Deep in Amazonia, Raimundo Pereira expertly cuts a gash in a rubber tree to collect white sap destined for the nearby factory at Xapuri, the world's only producer of contraceptives made from tropical forest latex.

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles

Hanoi - Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official said Tuesday.

U.S. writer slams Brazil's 'monuments of poverty'

Rio De Janeiro - With its bold Oscar Niemeyer-designed monuments, the city of Brasilia symbolizes Brazil's frenetic modernization of recent decades.

Green Climate Fund pledges reach $9.3 bn

Berlin - Nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a climate fund to help poor countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

'Horrific' record 1,020 rhino killed in South Africa

Johanesburg - A record 1,020 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, the government said Thursday, scuppering multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.

Green Climate Fund pledges 'reach $9.3 bn'

Berlin - Thirty nations meeting in Berlin Thursday pledged $9.3 billion (7.4 bn euros) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for global warming, just shy of a $10bn target.

Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming

Kuala Lumpur - The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday.

‘Inspirational’ Dutch teenager wins UN's top environmental award

Geneva - Dutchman Boyan Slat has become the youngest ever winner of the United Nations’ top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth Award for his inspirational work to clean up the world’s oceans.

Photo essay: Defending Burnaby Mountain Special

Burnaby - This short report documents the location and every day life of Burnaby Mountain protesters against Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Amazon tribe defies Brazilian government and marks its own land

Amazonas - In direct response to the Brazilian government's plan to build two mega dams that would flood their traditional lands, an indigenous group is auto-demarcating their own territory and say they will die before they leave it.

U.S., China climate deal boosts hopes of global pact

Inya - A surprise deal between the United States and China on Wednesday could be a breakthrough moment in decades-long efforts to secure a global climate change pact, environment experts said.

US and China announce 'historic' climate accord

Bejing - The United States and China on Wednesday announced ambitious targets on greenhouse gas emissions as part of a "historic" pact that climate scientists acclaimed but US Republicans denounced as a job-killer.

Indian govt sending 'chilling message' on environment: Greenpeace

New Delhi - Moves by India's new right-wing government to block Greenpeace funds and weaken environmental protection laws send a "chilling message", the head of the lobby group said Monday, as he urged the prime minister to release the money.

California refinery city sends industry-backed candidates packing

Richmond - Voters in the Northern California city of Richmond rejected four refinery-backed candidates in Tuesday's city council election despite $3 million in Chevron-funded campaign advertising.

Erdogan's grand palace: Costly folly or symbol of new Turkey?

Ankara - For critics, it is the latest excess of an authoritarian ruler, a folly comparable to the notorious Palace of the People of deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.Even the Turkish deputy prime minister admits the costs ran a little high.

Japan governor approves first reactor restart

Toukyo - The final obstacle to restarting two nuclear reactors in Japan was removed Friday when local politicians granted approval for a plant to go back online, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

Tiny fraction of military budget could save planet's biodiversity

Sydney - A new study claims just 2.5 percent of what the world drops on military spending could protect enough of the planet's natural areas to reverse biodiversity loss.

Brazil pushes Amazon to the 'brink of the abyss' scientists warn

Amazonas - Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has reached epic proportions under the leadership of Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, who is celebrating her re-election this week. A new report warns that the ecosystem may be reaching a tipping point of no return.

European bird populations in precipitous decline

Exeter - Over the last 30 years, bird populations Europe-wide have fallen drastically with the sharpest falls seen among the most common bird species.

Tensions as protesters gather in memory of dead French activist

Paris - Protesters in several parts of France gathered in a sometimes tense atmosphere Sunday in memory of an eco-activist who was killed last weekend during a demonstration against a controversial dam project.

Violent protests erupt in France over alleged police brutality

Nantes - Violent protests broke out on Saturday in two French cities against alleged police brutality, leaving several people injured.
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