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Brazil probes whether 'ghost ship' carrying Venezuelan oil involved in spill

Rio De Janeiro - A huge oil spill off Brazil's northeastern coast may have involved a "ghost ship" carrying Venezuelan oil in breach of US sanctions, an expert close to the probe into the disaster said Tuesday.

Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches

Rio De Janeiro - The source of large blots of oil staining more than 130 beaches in northeastern Brazil remained a mystery Tuesday despite President Jair Bolsonaro's assertions they came from outside the country and were possibly the work of criminals.

Pope says Amazon feathers same as Vatican hats

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday hit out at "offensive words" spoken against the Amazon's indigenous people, noting that a feather headdress is no more ridiculous than hats worn at the Vatican.

Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Vatican City - Pope Francis opened a synod on Sunday to champion the Amazon's poverty-stricken and isolated indigenous communities by condemning the destructive "interests" he blamed for the fires that devastated the region.

Vatican to shine light on Amazon's indigenous communities

Vatican City - Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat.

Climate activists occupy Paris mall as global Extinction Rebellion protests begin

Paris - Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves into a Paris shopping centre on Saturday as security forces tried to remove them, ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Lake Maracaibo: polluted by a permanent black tide

Cabimas - Smelling like an oil refinery, the vast expanse of Lake Maracaibo has become polluted by its own reserves of crude as Venezuela's economic collapse has left wells and pipelines in ruin.

Greta Thunberg marches in Montreal for global climate protests

Montr - Teen activist Greta Thunberg urged Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders Friday to do more for the environment as she led half a million protesters in Montreal as part of a global wave of "climate strikes.

'Black bloc' protesters spoil Paris climate march amid violent clashes

Paris - A climate march in Paris turned violent on Saturday when anarchist "black bloc" protesters joined and provoked clashes with police, prompting the rally's organisers to call for demonstrators to leave the event.

Thousands of Paris police deployed over 'yellow vest' clash fears

Paris - More than 7,000 police officers are to be deployed for rallies in Paris on Saturday over fears that yellow vest protesters and their radical, anarchist "black blocs" could try to infiltrate a march against climate change in the French capital.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg protests at White House

Washington - Teen climate champion Greta Thunberg brought her global environmental message to the heart of the US government on Friday, telling her legion of supporters outside the White House: "Never give up.

Climate change activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits

Paris - Eight activists went on trial in Paris on Wednesday for stealing official portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron from public buildings as part of a protest over climate change.

French first lady is 'truly ugly,' says Brazilian minister

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian government minister said French first lady Brigitte Macron was "truly ugly" Thursday, only days after the country's president appeared to endorse an attack on her appearance.

Confusion and delays at Nassau airport hamper hurricane response

Nassau - After arriving at Nassau Airport, volunteers from NGO Samaritan's Purse hoped to quickly reach areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian, but instead waited hours under the blazing sun for permission to take off.

More child arsenic cases found in former French mining town

Toulouse - French authorities said Wednesday that 10 more children living near what used to be the world's biggest arsenic mine have tested above recommended levels for the toxic element, stoking parents' fears that waste from the site is leaking into soil and gr...

Amazon fires create image nightmare for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Scorched forests, government inaction and presidential insults -- fires in the Amazon rainforest are having a disastrous effect on Brazil's international image, analysts warn.

CITES votes to protect endangered mako sharks

Geneva - A proposal to strengthen protection for mako sharks, hunted for their meat and fins, was adopted Sunday by 102 countries at the CITES global wildlife trade summit.

Anti-G7 activists march with 'stolen' Macron portraits

Bayonne - Several hundred anti-G7 protesters staged an unusual protest in southwestern France on Sunday, holding "stolen" portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron which were held upside down in a pointed critique on his policies.

'Red lights' as over-tourism threatens Corsican nature reserve

Galeria - "It's nature's magical design," says a tourist guide, waxing poetic as he comments on the impressive red cliffs plunging into a turquoise sea at the Scandola nature reserve on France's Corsica island."Amazing!

Why is part of the Amazon burning?

Washington - The thousands of fires burning in the Amazon don't look like the major forest fires of Europe or North America -- instead, they are fueled mainly by branches, vegetation and other byproducts of deforestation in cleared areas, experts say.

Bolsonaro takes on Norway for whaling, but bungles it

Oslo - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday responded to Norway's decision to halt its forest protection subsidies, taking to Twitter to criticise the Scandinavian country for its whaling practice and post spectacular -- albeit misleading -- images.

CO2 row over climate activist Thunberg's yacht trip to New York

Paris - The team behind teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg's yacht voyage to New York on Sunday fended off claims that her trip will create carbon emissions because team members will take transatlantic flights.

Paris launches Notre-Dame lead decontamination work

Paris - French workers on Tuesday began efforts to remove lead from the area around Notre-Dame cathedral which was contaminated by the devastating April fire, sparking public health concerns and forcing the suspension of restoration work.

France mourns mayor killed 'for a pile of stones'

Signes - Residents of the southern French town of Signes paid an emotional farewell Friday to their longtime mayor, who was killed trying to prevent construction workers dumping rubble on the side of a road.

Climate change could wipe out California's Joshua trees by end of century

Los Angeles - Joshua trees, an iconic species of the arid southwestern United States, may totally disappear by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a new study.

French mayors rally to demand removal of Pyrenees bears

Toulouse - Around 100 mayors and other officials from towns on the French side of the Pyrenees mountains protested on Tuesday to demand the removal of all bears, saying the re-introduction of the predators has threatened shepherds' livelihoods.

Wary US swimmers share waves with deadly sharks off Cape Cod

Wellfleet - At the entrance to Newcomb Hollow Beach, at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, the picture of a great white shark reminds swimmers that the US shores of the Atlantic must be shared with the ocean's most feared predator.

French farmers seek a pistachio bonanza

Marseille - Pistachios are a staple of the vaunted French aperitif, but the nuts come from thousands of miles away -- a situation a handful of farmers in the southern Provence region hope to change.

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

Washington - The photo of Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders.

Prince's climate change passion wows Trump

London - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was wowed by Prince Charles's passion for fighting climate change and that he also wanted a world that is "good for future generations".
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