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Eyes in the sky aim to protect Earth's rainforests, resources

San Francisco - In the Brazilian state of Para, every week, authorities receive alerts showing them which parts of the Amazon forest have been chopped down, with photos to back it up.

Fleeing a fragile home as Florence bears down

Wilmington - With Hurricane Florence poised to slam into the US east coast, vulnerable residents of a mobile-home park near the picturesque city of Wilmington were hurriedly packing their belongings, not knowing if they'd have a roof over their heads upon their ret...

US beach town braces for powerful Hurricane Florence

Wilmington - Wooden planks boarding up windows, sandbags lining the edge of the placid-for-now ocean: locals of one seaside resort in North Carolina are maintaining relative calm as they gird for Hurricane Florence -- an attitude somewhat masking their anxiety, as ...

Pipeline derailed, so is Canada's climate strategy

Montr - A Canadian court has sparked the ire of the oil industry by suspending the expansion of a pipeline to the Pacific over environmental concerns -- and dealt a huge blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate plan.

UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty

New York - UN member states on Tuesday kicked off two years of negotiations toward a treaty that would finally regulate the high seas, which contain vast troves of valuable plant and animal DNA.

Macron plugs holes in cabinet as popularity sinks

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron was forced to make two quick changes to his cabinet Tuesday after a second popular minister resigned in a week, the latest setback as the centrist leader battles record-low ratings.

French farmers furious as wild boars run amok

Saint-malo - With a gaping hole in the ground and tangled corn stalks strewn across Yves Rolland's field, it looks as if it has been hit by a tornado. He already knows who the culprits are."Every year it gets worse.

Hurricane Lane grows to category 5 as it heads toward Hawaii

Los Angeles - Hurricane Lane has grown to a category 5 storm as it approaches Hawaii with potential for torrential rain, flash flooding and landslides, forecasters said.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Saint-mars-la-r - Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

Paris - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Su...

France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic next year

Paris - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Su...

Portugal fires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve

Monchique - Wildfires blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve Thursday, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control flames that have menaced the popular tourist region for a week.

'Come and get me,' boy pleaded before California fire death

Redding - A young boy pleaded for rescue before he died along with two others in a California wildfire, an anguished relative recounted Monday, while other shaken survivors told of their flight from a "tornado" of fire.

At least 24 dead in Greek wildfires

Atenas - At least 24 people have died and more than 150 been injured after wildfires tore through woodland and villages around Athens, as Greek authorities rushed to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches in coastal areas early Tuesday.

French MPs warn of nuclear safety 'failings'

Paris - A French parliamentary inquiry on Thursday flagged up "failings" in the defences of the country's nuclear power plants, days after activists crashed a drone into a facility to underscore safety concerns.

Trump administration moves to lift ban on bear baiting in Alaska

Washington - The Trump administration on Tuesday presented a plan to roll back Obama-era rules preventing hunters in some protected zones in Alaska from luring bears with bait including bacon and donuts, and using spotlights at den sites to hunt black bear cubs and...

Canada's Trudeau to unveil gender equality plan at G7

Ottawa - Canada will unveil measures to educate women in crisis zones when it hosts leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations summit next month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an exclusive interview with AFP.

'Emergency plan' for Paris bike-hire system as debacle deepens

Paris - The city of Paris is scaling back its once-vaunted Velib bike-hire service after a chaotic change of operator that has infuriated cyclists, many of whom had hoped to be back in the saddle for the start of the summer.

After Cape Town, Ivory Coast city feels the thirst

Earlier this year, Cape Town grabbed the world's headlines as it careened towards a water armageddon.Crippled by a three-year-long drought, the South African city braced for a complete shutdown of domestic water supplies.

Deadly olive tree disease detected in Corsica

Ajaccio - A deadly bacterial disease with no known cure that ravaged olive groves in southern Italy three years ago has been detected in the French island of Corsica, industry officials said Tuesday.

Calamitous Paris bike-hire rollout will be complete by May: mayor

Paris - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised Thursday to get the city's bike-sharing service back on track by May after a change of operator brought the popular system to a near standstill.

Iran bars widow of dead environmentalist from leaving

Tehran - Tehran has barred the widow of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in prison from leaving the country, drawing protests from Ottawa and her family.

Police tear gas anti-nuclear protesters in France

Mandres-en-barrois - Police used tear gas during clashes with anti-nuclear protesters at a waste site in northeastern France on Saturday.

Police tear gas anti-nuclear protesters in France

Mandres-en-barrois - Police used tear gas during clashes with anti-nuclear protesters at a waste site in northeastern France on Saturday.

Police tear gas anti-nuclear protesters in France

Mandres-en-barrois - Police used tear gas during clashes with anti-nuclear protesters at a waste site in northeastern France on Saturday.

Paris takes over rollout for troubled bike-hire system

Paris - Paris city hall is taking over the installation of new stations for the Velib bike-hire system, following weeks of disastrous efforts by its new operator that have the city's cyclists seeing red.

Macron pledges aid for historic Senegal city threatened by Atlantic

Saint-louis - French President Emmanuel Macron got a rousing welcome Saturday from tens of thousands as he visited the historic city of Saint-Louis, Senegal's former capital, and announced an aid package of 40 million euros for the UNESCO World Heritage site which i...

Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.

Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report

Copenhagen - Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday.

South Africa gives go-ahead to rhino horn auction

Johanesburg - A South African court on Sunday gave the go-ahead for an online auction of rhino horns that has outraged conservationists.
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