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EU agrees to cut emissions from new cars by 37 percent by 2030

Apo - European Union members and the European Parliament on Monday agreed to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars by 37.5 percent by 2030, the European Commission announced.

Indigenous Argentine group sues energy multinationals

Buenos Aires - A major group of indigenous people living in Argentine Patagonia are taking some of the world's biggest oil and gas multinationals to court for "environmental contamination," Greenpeace said on Monday.

Lives are at stake unless we break our addiction to fossil fuels

Katowice - Human addiction to fossil fuels as the answer to our energy needs and economic growth is slowly killing the planet. After a few promising years of minimal carbon-emission growth, the world is on pace to burn a bunch more fossil fuels.

Dutch build artificial islands to bring wildlife back

Lelystad - Dutch ranger Andre Donker sighs as he looks out at the rippling grey waters of the Markermeer, one of Europe's largest freshwater lakes. "Once upon a time it was teeming with fish here," he says.

Oceans of garbage prompt war on plastics

Paris - Faced with images of turtles smothered by plastic bags, beaches carpeted with garbage and islands of trash floating in the oceans, environmentalists say the world is waking up to the need to tackle plastic pollution at the source.

Research shows dramatic impact of Australian shark culls

Sydney - Australian researchers believe they have detected a dramatic decline in shark numbers over the last half century, findings that could challenge the use of culls as a way of responding to attacks.

Arctic's record warming driving 'broad change' in environment: study

Washington - Global warming is heating the Arctic at a record pace, driving broad environmental changes across the planet, including extreme storms in the United States and Europe, a major US scientific report said Tuesday.

100 marathons, 100 days: A punishing run for water

Fpo - From ankle-deep mud in Central Asia to the scorching heat of Australia, Mina Guli is running 100 marathons in 100 days to highlight a looming global water shortage.

Surviving bleached Barrier Reef coral 'more resilient to heat'

Sydney - Corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef that survived bleaching from rising sea temperatures were more resistant to another bout of hot conditions the following year, scientists said Tuesday, a "silver lining" for the embattled ecosystem.

Amazon suffering 'epidemic' of illegal gold mines

Rio De Janeiro - Illegal gold mining in the Amazon has reached "epidemic" proportions in recent years, causing damage to pristine forest and waterways, a conservation group said Monday as it released an unprecedented new map of the activities.

Thousands march for climate in Paris despite 'yellow vest' unrest

Paris - Up to 25,000 people marched through Paris on Saturday urging greater action on climate change, despite fears that their protest would be scuppered by "yellow vest" demonstrations.

Thousands rally against Italy-France high speed train link

Turin - Tens of thousands rallied Saturday in Turin to protest against a high speed train project to the French city of Lyon, fiercely opposed by environmentalists, as a waste of public funds.The scheme involves construction of a 57.5 kilometre (35.

Brazil denies Total license to drill near Amazon mouth

Bras - Brazil's environmental regulator on Friday denied French oil giant Total a license to drill for crude in five blocks near the mouth of the Amazon river.

Hummingbirds thrive at innovative Mexico gardens

Mexico - In a dimly lit corner of a bustling market in Mexico City, vendors of amulets, voodoo dolls and other mystical objects sell tiny, taxidermied hummingbirds as charms to bring luck in love.

Ice is a lifeline for the world's coldest region

Russia - Innokenty Tobonov sinks his harpoon into a long block of ice while his helpers expertly push it out of freezing lake waters onto the snow-dusted surface before sliding it towards an idling tractor.

Trump administration's fuel efficiency rollback 'deeply flawed': study

Washington - The Trump administration's move earlier this year to roll back fuel efficiency standards was based on a "deeply flawed" analysis that went against evidence and basic economic theory, US scientists said Thursday.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

Sarajevo - Winter is here and coal is burning, enveloping the Balkans in a toxic smog and turning its cities into some of the most polluted on the planet.

Chanel sheds crocodile and snake skin

Paris - Chanel has become the first luxury fashion house to turn its back on exotic animal pelts such as lizard, crocodile and snake skin, in a move hailed by animal rights groups Tuesday.

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

New Delhi - India's environmental watchdog has slapped New Delhi's government with a $3.5 million fine for failing to enforce rules to reduce smog in the world's most polluted major city, officials said Tuesday.

Galapagos giant tortoise gene study hints at longevity secrets

Quito - Galapagos giant tortoises possess genetic variants linked to DNA repair, immune response and cancer suppression -- providing clues into their longevity, according to a study published Monday.

Hundreds protest detention of Greenpeace activists in Slovakia

Bratislava - Hundreds protested in Bratislava on Monday against the detention without bail of 12 Greenpeace activists who staged a protest at Slovakia's largest brown coal mine, a move that the EU country's president and premier have both criticised.

The elusive face of the Paris rioters

Paris - Angry "yellow vest" protesters, hard-core agitators or young delinquents: building a typical profile of the rioters in Paris this weekend is no easy task.

G20 summit shows strains over climate change

Buenos Aires - Strains over climate change marked the end of the G20 summit in Argentina Saturday as the United States celebrated what it called a victory for its holdout stance.

Brazil's Bolsonaro blasts govt environmental agencies

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's incoming far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, took a swipe on Saturday at the government's environmental monitoring agencies, warning he would not allow them to impose "fines all over the place.

The death spiral for coal-fired power plants has gone global

More than 40 percent of the world’s coal plants are operating at a loss due to high fuel costs and that proportion could rise to nearly 75 percent by 2040, a report by London-based environmental think-tank Carbon Tracker showed on Friday.

New Zealand whale strandings 'linked to ocean warming'

Wellington - More than 50 beached pilot whales perished in New Zealand Friday, the latest in a spate of mass strandings this week that experts have linked to rising ocean temperatures.

Peru's untouched indigenous tribes facing growing threats

- Just like the Sentinelese tribal people who recently killed an American who ventured onto their Indian Ocean island, Amerindians from the Amazon rainforest reject all contact with the outside world.

Future uncertain for Australia's unique platypus: researchers

Sydney - Australia's unique platypus population is shrinking under pressure from agriculture and pollution, putting the egg-laying mammals' future in doubt, researchers said in a report published Thursday.

U.S. pipelines in Pennsylvania and Ohio rack up 800 violations

Media - Two pipelines being built across Pennsylvania and Ohio by Energy Transfer and its Sunoco subsidiary have amassed more than 800 state and federal permit violations while racing to build two of the nation’s largest natural gas pipelines.

Permeable paving lets the rain sink in instead of run off

Little by little, many homeowners and communities are opting for a greener way to live, including switching from using asphalt to using permeable or porous paving options for driveways and other paved surfaces.
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
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Pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.
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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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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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A tweet raising concerns about the environmental impact of tofu.
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton. Elder Betty Letendre gives the opening blessing.
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Barry Robinson, Ecojustice lawyer
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Map showing fracking sites in Gulf of mexico (2010 to 2014).
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No pool exists that could possibly replicate the natural conditions of the ocean for captive orcas.
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Sources of contamination caused by fracking.
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Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.