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Workers eradicate first nest of 'murder hornets' found in US

Los Angeles - Agricultural department workers wearing protective suits have eradicated the first nest of giant "murder hornets" discovered in the United States, vacuuming them out of a tree in Washington state.

Strategies for improving the environmental impact of DX

For many enterprises, digital transformation is a must, especially in terms of staying competitive and being efficien. But what about the environmental impact? How should businesses handle this aspect of corporate governance?

Death of sea life off Russia peninsula 'caused by algae'

Moscow - Blooming algae was behind a recent mass death of sea animals that saw octopuses and seals wash up on the shore off a Russian peninsula, scientists said on Friday in the final conclusion to their probe.

India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

New Delhi - New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to "severe" levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as "filthy".

Half-measures won't save nature, scientists warn

Paris - Bending the curve of nature's rapid decline will require attacking the problem aggressively along several fronts at once, leading scientists warned Thursday.

Captive-bred salmon in wild may do more harm than good

Paris - Releasing captive-bred Atlantic salmon into the ocean, a long-standing practice to boost stocks for commercial fishing, reduces the rate at which wild populations reproduce and may ultimately do more harm than good, researchers cautioned Wednesday.

Air pollution costs Europe cities $190bn a year: analysis

Paris - Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs said in research published Wednesday.

'Like the speed of the wind': Kenya's lakes rise to destructive highs

Kabarnet - Peering into the lake, the village elder struggled to pinpoint where beneath the hyacinth and mesquite weeds lay the farm he lived in his entire life until the water rose like never before and swallowed everything.

Bottle-fed babies ingest 'millions' of microplastics: study

Paris - Bottle-fed babies may ingest more than a million pieces of microplastics each day, new research showed Monday highlighting the abundance of plastics in our food products.

Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea: reports

Apo - Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea in a decades-long operation, reports said Friday, despite strong opposition from local fishermen.

Scientists throw lifeline to world's rarest primate

Paris - Hainan gibbons -- the rarest primates on Earth -- were already teetering on the edge of extinction in 2014 when the most powerful storm to lash China's coast in half a century ravaged their island oasis.

Austria boosts climate spending despite virus hit

Vienna - Austria will devote 17 billion euros ($20bn) to greening its rail network despite a historic budget deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced Wednesday in its 2021 budget.

Great Barrier Reef's corals in steep decline

Brisbane - Half of the Great Barrier Reef's corals have died over the past 25 years, scientists said Wednesday, warning that climate change is irreversibly destroying the underwater ecosystem.

Virus crisis an opportunity to reshape climate response: IEA

Paris - Only massive investment in clean energy can help overcome the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic while setting the world on a path to meeting its objectives to slow climate change, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

Biggest North Pole mission back from 'dying Arctic'

Bremerhaven - Researchers on the world's biggest mission to the North Pole returned to Germany on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

Extinction Rebellion unfurls banner on Eiffel Tower

Paris - Eight activists from climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion scaled the outside of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday to hang a banner reading "REBEL" at the first level, kicking off a week of civil disobedience events around France.

Which is safer for the environment, paper or plastic bags?

Canada's government announced this week that a ban on plastic grocery bags will come into effect by the end of next year. The Environment Minister said that local stores would provide customers with alternatives, like paper bags or reusable bags.

Arctic odyssey ends, bringing home tales of alarming ice loss

Berlin - The biggest Arctic expedition in history will return to the German port of Bremerhaven on Monday after a year-long mission, bringing home observations from scientists that sea ice is melting at a "dramatic rate" in the region.

Prince William launches 'prestigious' environment prize

London - Britain's Prince William on Thursday launched a "prestigious" environmental prize aimed at turning "pessimism into optimism" by rewarding innovative solutions to the planet's biggest problems.The Earthshot Prize will present five £1 million ($1.

Sri Lanka indicts skipper of fire-stricken oil tanker

Colombo - Sri Lanka on Thursday indicted the Greek skipper of a fire-damaged supertanker for causing an oil spill and failing to report the environmental damage to the island's waters.

Facebook letting advertisers sow climate denialism: analysis

Washington - Facebook is allowing climate misinformation ads to proliferate despite claiming it is committed to rooting out the problem, a new report by a think tank said Thursday.

'Like wolves to Yellowstone': Tasmanian devils released on Australian mainland

Sydney - Tasmanian devils have been released into the wild on Australia's mainland 3,000 years after the feisty marsupials went extinct there, in what conservationists described Monday as a "historic" step.

Lawyer named as first Black woman to lead national party in Canada

Ottawa - Toronto lawyer Annamie Paul was Saturday named head of the Green Party, becoming the first Black woman to lead a national political party in Canada.

The politics behind Xi's big green promise for China

Bejing - Xi Jinping's vow to snuff out emissions by 2060 completes a diplomatic pirouette that moves China to the heart of the global green agenda, wrong-foots the US and cuddles up to Europe's climate advocates in one nimble step.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Fires spike in Brazil's Amazon, scientists say

Rio De Janeiro - The number of forest fires in Brazil's Amazon increased sharply in September, figures released Thursday show, fueling growing criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

After Xi's climate surprise, no biodiversity announcement

Washington - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged global cooperation to protect the Earth's biodiversity but stopped short of making a major environmental commitment at a UN summit notable for the absence of his US counterpart Donald Trump.

Europe's captive tiger trade 'risks spurring illegal demand'

Paris - Trade in tigers bred in captivity in Europe risks encouraging illegal demand for the endangered big cats, according to a new report published Wednesday by wildlife groups that warns lax oversight is enabling the grisly market for their body parts.

Green shoots: Rooftop farming takes off in Singapore

Fpo - On the rooftop of a Singapore shopping mall, a sprawling patch of eggplants, rosemary, bananas and papayas stand in colourful contrast to the grey skyscrapers of the city-state's business district.

Germany mulls law to fight labour abuses abroad

Frankfurt Am Main - When German carmakers seek cobalt from Congolese mines or when a chocolatier sources cocoa beans from Ghana, they may soon no longer be able to hide behind their suppliers if it turns out that the producers are using child labour or flouting environmen...
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Distribution of fossil fuels among stock exchanges worldwide
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Heavy smog at the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, December 6, 2013
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The winter solstice is almost here.
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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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Tacloban City in central Philippines was one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
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A man wears two face masks while walking on a street during a hazy day in downtown Shanghai
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
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Masons are trained in the Nubian Vault technique.
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Ducks having fun in their new environment, Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam, BC.
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Pristine areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.
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Earth Day 2015 in Edmonton.
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People's Climate March, Edmonton.
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Heavy duty machinery ready to be removed after the project, Colony Farm, Port Coquitlam, BC.
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Earth Day celebrations in Edmonton.
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Keto, Tilikum and Taku exhibit dorsal fin collapse.
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Stefano Boeri Architetti's newly announced Forêt Blanche tower will be covered in 2,000 plants.
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Sept. 10, 2013 scene of bush fires in Sydney, Australia's western suburbs and Blue Mountains.
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Traditional oil palm plantations that are managed and owned by ordinary people in Kampar regency, Riau.
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