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    Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: Report

    Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: Report


    The pace of the loss is staggering -- the equivalent of 30 football fields disappearing every minute of every day in 2018, or a total of 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles). Almost a third of that area, some 36,000 km2, was pristine primary...

    The pace of the loss is staggering -- the equivalent of 30 football fields disappearing every minute of every day in 2018, or a total of 120,000 square kilometres (46,000 square miles). Almost a third of that area, some 36,000 km2, was pristine primary rainforest, according to the annual assessment from scientists at Global Forest Watch, based at the University of Maryland.
    Major penguin breeding ground in Antarctica ‘wiped out’

    Major penguin breeding ground in Antarctica ‘wiped out’


    The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used satellite imagery to study the behaviour of the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea due south of Cape Hope, which normally sees up to 25,000 penguin pairs mate each year. They found that in 2016, when abnormally...

    The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used satellite imagery to study the behaviour of the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea due south of Cape Hope, which normally sees up to 25,000 penguin pairs mate each year. They found that in 2016, when abnormally warm and stormy weather broke up the sea-ice on which the penguins normally raise their young, almost all the chicks died. This pattern was repeated in 2017 and 2018.
    Seychelles President's underwater speech: Protect our oceans

    Seychelles President's underwater speech: Protect our oceans


    In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, Seychelles President Danny Faure on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet". Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from...

    In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, Seychelles President Danny Faure on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet". Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, came from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming.
    Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

    Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world


    A zoo in southern China says the only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their...

    A zoo in southern China says the only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown.
    Asian firms get inventive with pollution perks

    Asian firms get inventive with pollution perks


    From smog breaks to pollution bonuses, Asia's businesses are promising increasingly inventive perks in a desperate bid to lure executives to a region where toxic air engulfs major cities for much of the...

    From smog breaks to pollution bonuses, Asia's businesses are promising increasingly inventive perks in a desperate bid to lure executives to a region where toxic air engulfs major cities for much of the year.
    WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale

    WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale


    The WWF is sounding the alarm over plastics in the Mediterranean Sea after an 8-meter sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms of plastic in its belly. The garbage recovered included a corrugated tube for electrical works, plastic...

    The WWF is sounding the alarm over plastics in the Mediterranean Sea after an 8-meter sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms of plastic in its belly. The garbage recovered included a corrugated tube for electrical works, plastic plates, shopping bags, tangled fishing lines and a washing detergent package with the brand and bar code still legible.
    1,100 dead dolphins washed up on French shores since January

    1,100 dead dolphins washed up on French shores since January


    "There's never been a number this high," said Willy Daubin, a member of La Rochelle University's National Center for Scientific Research. "Already in three months, we have beaten last year's record, which was up from 2017 and even that was the highest in...

    "There's never been a number this high," said Willy Daubin, a member of La Rochelle University's National Center for Scientific Research. "Already in three months, we have beaten last year's record, which was up from 2017 and even that was the highest in 40 years."
    Russian arrested smuggling drugged orangutan in Indonesia

    Russian arrested smuggling drugged orangutan in Indonesia


    Ketut Catur Marbawa from Bali province's conservation agency says 27-year-old Andrei Zhestkov was captured late Friday at the airport after an X-ray found the 2-year-old male orangutan in a rattan basket inside his...

    Ketut Catur Marbawa from Bali province's conservation agency says 27-year-old Andrei Zhestkov was captured late Friday at the airport after an X-ray found the 2-year-old male orangutan in a rattan basket inside his luggage.
    UNEA adopts India's resolutions on single-use plastic, sustainable nitrogen management

    UNEA adopts India's resolutions on single-use plastic, sustainable nitrogen management


    The United Nations Environment Assembly has adopted two resolutions piloted by India on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management. The resolutions were adopted at the fourth session of UNEA which was held in Nairobi from March 11 to 15 on...

    The United Nations Environment Assembly has adopted two resolutions piloted by India on single-use plastics and sustainable nitrogen management. The resolutions were adopted at the fourth session of UNEA which was held in Nairobi from March 11 to 15 on 'Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Production and Consumption'.
    Freshwater pollution to be prime cause of death by 2050: UN

    Freshwater pollution to be prime cause of death by 2050: UN


    The report - sixth edition of ‘Global Environment Outlook’ - informs that if environment protections are not scaled up drastically, cities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by 2050. The report is the most...

    The report - sixth edition of ‘Global Environment Outlook’ - informs that if environment protections are not scaled up drastically, cities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by 2050. The report is the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years
    Use of natural resources tripled since 1970: UN Environment Report

    Use of natural resources tripled since 1970: UN Environment Report


    From 1970 to 2017, the annual global extraction of materials grew from 27 billion tonnes to 92 billion tonnes, tripling in that time and continuing to...

    From 1970 to 2017, the annual global extraction of materials grew from 27 billion tonnes to 92 billion tonnes, tripling in that time and continuing to grow.