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From building sites to pumpkin patches in Spain's crisis

Madrid - Five years ago, during Spain's housing boom, Felix Jumbo worked as a builder. Now he digs pumpkins and cabbages in a district where construction cranes once swung.Like millions in Spain, the 51-year-old Ecuadorian lost his job.

France forest fire spreads, firefighters step up fight

Saint-jean-d'illac - A forest fire raging in southwestern France was again advancing on Sunday afternoon because of strong winds, even as efforts to put out one of the country's worst fires in five years were considerably stepped up.

Trash collection restarts in Beirut after landfill crisis

Birut - Trash collection resumed in Lebanon's capital Beirut after an almost week-long crisis that has seen streets overflowing with waste and the air filled with the smell of rotting garbage.

Sierra wildfire forces closures, evacuations along Highway 50

Kyburz - Highway 50 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains was shut down Thursday afternoon as a wildfire burned out of control near the town of Kyburz in El Dorado County.

Beirut awash with trash after landfill protest

Birut - The humid summer air of Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon's largest landfill at a time of political paralysis.

China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging

Beijing on Thursday hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours.

Record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 grounded for 'several months'

Ginebra - The sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 will be grounded for months in Hawaii to carry out battery repairs, after completing nearly half of an unprecedented round-the-world flight, the project said Wednesday.

China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam

Bejing - China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower.

Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii for repairs

Washington - The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has been grounded in Hawaii, its crew said Saturday, after a grueling five-day, fuel-less flight across the Pacific Ocean overheated its batteries.

In Mexico City, once beloved VW Beetle is nearly extinct

- It was a symbol of the Mexico City landscape, zooming, honking and fuming in the mega-capital's infamously dense traffic. But the beloved Volkswagen Beetle is nearly extinct, a victim of anti-pollution campaigns.

Green Austria on warpath against nuclear power in Europe

Vienna - Austria's announcement Monday that it would challenge state aid for a new nuclear plant in Britain marks the latest step in the country's solo campaign to roll back atomic energy in Europe.

After a clean kill, African game-hunters defend the right to shoot

- Adri Kitshoff aims her gun at the antelope and pulls the trigger. Killed in an instant, the animal collapses to the ground.The hunter rests her chin on the gun and closes her eyes in a silent prayer of thanks that the animal did not suffer.

Roaring success: Lions return to Rwanda, with rhinos next?

Kigali - Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillizers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide.

Hamburg's historic port warehouses win UN world heritage nod

Berlin - The UN cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites.

Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours

Los Angeles - A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions.

Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision

Sydney - Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.

China PM kicks off France visit with climate pledge, Airbus deal

Paris - China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang made a long-awaited pledge to curb carbon emissions during a trip to France Tuesday in which a Chinese company also inked an $18 billion (16.1 billion euros) deal with Airbus.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-U.S. flight

Toukyo - A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Solar Impulse past 'point of no return' from Japan to Hawaii

Toukyo - A revolutionary solar-powered aircraft was past "the point of no return" and flying over the Pacific Ocean bound for Hawaii Monday, on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe.

Alamo, French champagne vineyards vie for World Heritage status

Paris - The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France's beloved champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

Ginebra - A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

Solar Impulse 2 Japan take-off postponed

Nagoya - A solar-powered plane on a mission to fly around the world was back in its mobile hangar Wednesday, after take-off from Japan was postponed at the 11th hour because of bad weather over the Pacific Ocean.

Londoners dream of swimming in the River Thames

London - Work to build an open-air pool on the River Thames in central London could start this year as more Britons dip their toes into the waters of outdoor swimming.

Solar Impulse set to take off early Wednesday: team

Toukyo - A solar plane that has been trapped in Japan for three weeks is set to take off for Hawaii early Wednesday, on the most challenging leg of an attempt to circumnavigate the world without using fuel.

Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

Toukyo - Japan's chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose.

Sixth mass extinction is here: US study

Miami - The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warned Friday, and humans could be among the first victims.

Japan must do more to justify whaling plans: IWC

London - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Friday demanded that Japan provide more information to prove that its revised Antarctic whaling programme was for scientific research, saying it could not reach a consensus based on documents submitted.

Cars threaten world's most endangered feline

Centro - The world's most endangered feline species, the Iberian lynx, is making a comeback in Spain after being pushed to the brink of extinction.But the costly efforts to reintroduce the spotted cat into the wild face an unexpected enemy -- cars.

Ecoville.to: Growing the green community of tomorrow Special

Toronto - I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Ayden Byle, the founder of Ecoville.to, a Canadian start-up that is looking to deliver to environmentally-aware homebuyers an affordably sleek sustainable dwelling in an eco-village setting.

The green vision of Pope Francis

Vatican City - Main points of Pope Francis's Encyclical on the environment, released on Thursday: - Main Challenge -Climate change represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our time.
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