Spending cuts on protected areas 'worrying'

A new study has shown that protected areas are effective in the conservation of biodiversity, but the SA lead researcher has raised concerns about governmental budget cuts.

South Korea delays smog tax until 2020

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and US car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.
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Fukushima accepts radioactive waste storage

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima has agreed to accept the 'temporary' storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.
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Kenyan rangers on frontline of poaching war

As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi's armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol.
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Thailand heading for a waste crisis

A blaze at a rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.
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California passes first US plastic bag ban

California lawmakers have approved a measure that will make the state the first in the US to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
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Shell wants to drill in Arctic

Royal Dutch Shell has submitted a new plan for drilling in the Arctic offshore Alaska, more than one year after halting its program following several embarrassing mishaps.
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Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorised about how large rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.
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Brazil arrests 8 in Amazon deforestation swoop

Brazilian police say they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.
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Small island states seek economic overhaul

Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies.

Kenya recycles global e-waste

Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law

GPS measures west US drought, finds Earth rising

Scientists using GPS technology to study the extent of the western US drought say the water shortage is causing parts of the Earth's crust to rise.
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36 jackals poisoned in Addo Elephant Park

A reward has been offered by the Addo Elephant National Park after 36 jackals and two crows were poisoned.
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Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river

Thieves who tapped an oil pipeline in northern Mexico caused a spill that contaminated the San Juan River, a key irrigation source for farmers says.

Silva's economic proposals for Brazil

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva has little experience with economic policy, but her advisers promise a more business-friendly approach.
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