European Union’s stringent renewable energy requirements are forcing coal-based power plants to use biomass fuel. Swaths of woodlands in Southeastern United States are being cut down to fuel the biomass boom across the Atlantic.
Indonesia is planning to build a prison island guarded by meat-hungry crocodiles for drug convicts. The reason for using the deadly reptiles as prison guards is that crocodiles cannot be bribed like human guards.
A New York Museum research team discovered a "ghost" bird that hadn't been seen in half a century in the remote highlands of Solomon Islands’ Guadalcanal. Then they killed the bird to collect as a specimen for additional study.
An Ohio judge ended court efforts to force chemotherapy on an Amish girl and formally freed her from court-ordered guardianship.The girl along with her parents had fled the country to Mexico to seek alternative treatment.
A Canadian startup has started a pilot project to take CO2 out of the atmosphere in the form of pellets. The company plans to scale it to a global scale enabling countries to suck more CO2 from the atmosphere than they dump in.
Suspects forced to stand on anthills, made to eat raw chili peppers and stripped naked and whipped in public — mass Facebook vigilante movements are going viral in Peru, prompting civilians to punish alleged criminals for petty crimes.
Paper and Packaging Board, the paper industry’s trade group, is spending $170 million in ads to get customers back to use paper again after per capita paper use slumps by 46 percent over the past 15 years.
Nearly 4,000 prisoners are currently battling wildfires across California making up about 40 percent of the nearly 10,000 firefighters deployed across the state. Participants make $2 per day in the program and $2 an hour when they’re on a fire line.
More than 1.2 million trees were planted across Australia on Sunday during National Tree Day. This year's tally brings the total number to over 22 million trees planted by more than 3.5 million participants since the campaign began in 1996.
An Australian TV series smuggled a group of participants across the Syrian border to IS territory. The group came under heavy artillery fire as filmmakers took them within half a mile of the front line.