Environment

Zimbabwe cracks down on hunting after lion killing sparks outrage

02 Aug 2015
Zimbabwe's wildlife authorities on Saturday announced restrictions on hunting around the country's biggest game reserve following the killing of a much-loved lion by a US dentist.   "Hunting of lions, leopards and...
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Tracking the retreat of Arctic ice

 
© AFP / by Céline Serrat | Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research centre could walk on the Arctic town's frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surface
 
 
 
02 Aug 2015
Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research center could walk on the Arctic town's frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surface.   Now there is liquid water even in the coldest months, the...
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Red Sea's phosphate dust, a persisting environmental crises

30 Jul 2015
The residents of Hamrawin village in the Red Sea’s area of al-Quseir are suffering from a serious health and environmental crisis, as the region’s sky is clouded with phosphate dust, which has caused dozens of people to sustain...
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Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer

Workers unload oil palm fruits in a state-owned crude palm oil processing unit in North Sumatra May 29, 2012.
 
29 Jul 2015
Despite promises by many big companies that produce, trade and use palm oil to clean up their supply chains, complaints are still pouring in over the conversion of forests into plantations from West Africa to Southeast Asia, experts say....
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Men due in court for killing Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

29 Jul 2015
Two men were due to appear in a Zimbabwean court on poaching charges Wednesday after a wealthy American dentist killed a beloved lion at a national park, sparking waves of criticism around the world.   Cecil the lion, a popular...
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Hong Kong giant panda Jia Jia becomes oldest ever

28 Jul 2015
It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 on Tuesday made Hong Kong's Jia Jia the oldest-ever giant panda in captivity, and she celebrated in style.   The equivalent of more than 100 years old in...
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Bangladesh discovers only 100 tigers in famed Sundarbans

27 Jul 2015
Bangladesh has only about 100 tigers living in the world's largest mangrove forest, far fewer of the endangered animals than previously thought, following a recent survey, a top forestry official said Monday.   Some 440 tigers...
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Greenpeace: China air pollution levels fall

22 Jul 2015
Air pollution levels in China's cities improved in the first six months of this year, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Wednesday, but remained far worse than global and domestic standards.   Average levels of PM2.5 --...
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Report: Hong Kong ivory trade 'major threat' to elephant survival

16 Jul 2015
Hong Kong's booming ivory market is helping push elephants towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, reporting more ivory items on sale there than in any other city.   The sale of ivory items from government-registered...
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EgyptAir plans to launch its first bio-fuel-run jet in a year

Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal
14 Jul 2015
EgyptAir plans to launch its first plane run on biofuel, replacing traditional jet fuel, in one year, said Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal during a graduation project ceremony for students of the Engineering Institute of Aviation and...
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