Scientists claim existence of drowned Pacific Ocean continent

18 Feb 2017
A continent two-thirds the size of Australia has been found beneath the south-west Pacific Ocean, scientists reported in the journal of the Geological Society of America.   The land mass of 4.5 million square kilometers (1.74 million...

US will change course on climate policy: Trump official

A couple walks with a pram along an embankment, under heavy snowfall in Sochi, Russia (Kazbek Basayev / Reuters).
30 Jan 2017
The United States will switch course on climate change and pull out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed US President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his...

Extinction threatens about 60 percent of primates: study

20 Jan 2017
From gorillas to gibbons, about 60 percent of primates are threatened by extinction, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. Around 75 percent of all species have declining populations. The closest...

'Tipping points' keep Climate Change scientists bedeviled

19 Jan 2017
Of the many things keeping climate scientists awake at night, tipping points may be the scariest. You can't see them on the horizon, and yet could easily cross one without noticing. "There are points-of-no-return where, for...

Ain Sokhna resort fills seawater to expand beach

12 Dec 2016
A marine environment protection association in the Red Sea reported that officials of La Vista 6 resort in Ain Sokhna have filled a large part of the beach's seawater with sand and rocks to expand the beach. Al-Masry Al-Youm received...

New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog

Commuters make their way amidst smog on a flyover in New Delhi, November 1, 2016/ REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
08 Nov 2016
Authorities in New Delhi began revoking licenses for thousands of older diesel vehicles on Tuesday and halted construction work on the underground rail network, as air pollution remained several times over the safety limit despite easing...

What is the most polluted city on Earth right now?

A Delhi policeman stands guard at the war memorial India Gate engulfed in a thick smog in New Delhi, India, on November 6, 2016.
07 Nov 2016
Fresh air doesn't exist in New Delhi at the moment.   India's capital is choking under off-the-charts smog, with some parts of the city reporting levels almost five times those considered "unhealthy" by the US...

Sanctions threaten Iran climate efforts: vice president

Iran's vice-president and environment minister, Massoumeh Ebtekar, speaks to an AFP journalist during an interview in the capital Tehran on October 29, 2016 
30 Oct 2016
Iran's vice president and environment chief, Massoumeh Ebtekar, has told AFP that the West's failure to fully implement the nuclear deal and lift sanctions are endangering her country's efforts to meet climate targets.  ...

Perth Zoo's Puan the orangutan becomes oldest in world

27 Oct 2016
An orangutan at Perth Zoo has been named the world's oldest Sumatran orangutan in captivity by the Guinness Book of World Records, as she celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, a zoo spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday. Puan...

Air pollution can affect blood pressure: study

25 Oct 2016
Long-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers.  Constant noise pollution — especially traffic...