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Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz

Paris - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday unveiled a grand plan to clean up the French capital, putting teeth into the campaign by stepping up enforcement operations.

China's other less-talked-about pollution problem — Water

Mention air pollution and a lot of conversations would involve China. But there is another type of pollution that is reaching crisis levels in China — water pollution, along with a scarcity of water.

Ancient green building technique taking hold in West Africa

In semi-arid regions of West Africa, circumstance has created a housing crisis, and for many rural families, money is in short supply. The Nubian Vault Association is now helping people to build homes using an ancient green technique - mud bricks.

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have been pouring into Puget Sound since February 9, after an electrical failure crippled Washington state's largest sewage treatment plant. The plant is still undergoing repairs.

Wild elephants rescued from muddy bomb crater in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - Eleven wild elephants, including a baby, were rescued from a mud-filled bomb crater in Cambodia on Saturday after languishing in the swampy waters for four days, an environmental official said.

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Sydney - Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday to mark Earth Hour, as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to climate change.

B vitamins may offer protection against air pollution

Based on a small clinical trial involving people, B vitamins could offer some protection against the impacts of air pollution.

One in four children will live with water shortages by 2040: UNICEF

New York - Approximately one in four children worldwide will live in regions with extremely scarce water resources by 2040, UNICEF said in a report Wednesday.

New Zealand's 'green' image under threat: OECD

Wellington - New Zealand's strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its "clean, green" reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest

Santiago - Douglas Tompkins's widow vividly remembers the suspicions the late billionaire raised when he started buying up land in Patagonia, the natural paradise at the bottom of South America.

Chile gets huge land donation from North Face widow

Santiago - The Chilean government has received a giant donation of private land for national parks from the widow of US philanthropist Douglas Tompkins, co-founder of the clothing brands Esprit and The North Face.

One of last vaquita porpoises found dead in Mexico

Mexico - Environmentalists said they have found the body of a baby vaquita marina porpoise, one of the last of its kind, washed up dead in northern Mexico.

Using microbes to measure ecological health

There are different measures of the state of an environment, such as toxins in soil or gasses in air. One measure, that can be qualified, is the microbial population since living entities directly signal the ‘health’ of a given locale.

Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say

Washington - US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking outcry among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet.

New Zealand river recognised as 'legal person'

Wellington - A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognised by parliament as a "legal person", in a move believed to be a world first.

More gas guzzlers due to Trump? Not necessarily

New York - The White House clashed with environmentalists over President Donald Trump's retreat from tough future auto emission standards, with both sides predicting potentially big consequences for America's car fleet.

Renault shares shift down after pollution report

Paris - Shares in automaker Renault skidded on Wednesday following a newspaper report that French investigators believe it had sought to dupe pollution tests.

Indonesia vows action after UK cruise ship ruins coral reef

Sorong - Indonesia on Wednesday vowed to take action after a British-owned cruise ship smashed into pristine coral reefs and caused extensive damage, as residents of the popular tourist site lamented "paradise" had been ruined.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans

Tuzla - Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

Paris's overworked rat-catchers on strike

Paris - Paris's overworked rat-catchers staged a one-day strike Tuesday, protesting outside city hall to demand reinforcements and bonuses two months after carrying out a massive cull in the French capital.

UK cruise ship damages pristine Indonesian coral reef

Indonesia - A British-owned cruise ship has smashed into pristine coral reefs, causing extensive damage in a remote corner of Indonesia known as one of the world's most biodiverse marine habitats, researchers and officials said Tuesday.

Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'

Sydney - Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia's remote north "died of thirst" last year, scientists said Tuesday, in the largest climate-related incident of its kind ever recorded.

Flipping happy: Coin swallowing Thai turtle on the mend

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' for swallowing nearly 1,000 coins took swimming lessons Monday as she embarked on a rehabilitation programme following the removal of the treasure trove by Thai surgeons.

Native Americans march on White House over Dakota pipeline

Washington - Native American groups staged a march to the White House Friday against the construction of a controversial oil pipeline which they fear could lead to the desecration of tribal lands.

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.

America will meet its climate goals: Bloomberg

Paris - The United States will meet its climate agreement goals, UN special envoy for climate change Michael Bloomberg said in Paris on Thursday."They have given us a roadmap of what we must do to save this planet.

BBC uses Facebook Messenger bot to reconnect you with nature

The BBC has announced a new Facebook Messenger bot to tie in with the U.S. launch of its Planet Earth II nature documentary. The bot builds you a personalised video of wildlife highlights based on your responses to a few simple questions.

Europe launches fourth Earth monitoring satellite

Cayenne - Europe launched a fourth satellite Tuesday for its Copernicus Earth-monitoring project to track changes in forest cover and air pollution, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced.The 1.
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A tweet raising concerns about the environmental impact of tofu.
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No pool exists that could possibly replicate the natural conditions of the ocean for captive orcas.
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Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Map showing fracking sites in Gulf of mexico (2010 to 2014).
Map showing fracking sites in Gulf of mexico (2010 to 2014).
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Farms on the Amazon floodplain in Brazil
Earth Hour in France
Earth Hour in France
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Fire prohibitions in Kamloops  British Columbia start Sunday  May 15  2016  to help prevent human-ca...
Fire prohibitions in Kamloops, British Columbia start Sunday, May 15, 2016, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
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Oil spills often result in both immediate and long-term environmental damage. Some of the environmental damage caused by an oil spill can last for decades after the spill occurs.
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Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
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Door County lakeshore on Lake Michigan, Wisconsin.
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Ash trees near Saxby UK
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Map of the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone (STCZ) within the North Pacific Gyre. Also the location of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean.
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Defend Our Climate - Defend Our Communities mock wedding between the fossil fuel industry and government, May 10, 2014.
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Nuclear energy's impact on the environment.
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Portugal is researching wave-power as part of its renewable energy mix - a Pelamis wave energy converter during the final tests at the port of Peniche
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