ecology

Bangladeshis toil to clean up oil spill with bare hands


An oil spill in Bangladesh is threatening to destroy rare species, an entire ecosystem, and the economic resources that thousands of people rely on. The spill took place a week ago in Bengal, in the protected region of Sundarbans. Due to the slow reaction of the authorities, locals are trying to mop up their river themselves, using what little means they have. Read more…
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Hawaiians battle telescope threatening ‘sacred volcano’

Astronomers had planned to celebrate the groundbreaking on the biggest telescope in the world in Hawaii last week. But activists opposed to its construction had other ideas. Read more...

Take part in our survey: Where have our green spaces gone?

 
After our first survey, "A World of Waste", we're launching a second one, this time about how green spaces are disappearing from cities around the world. You are invited to participate by sending us photos and videos. Here's how it works...
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“We don’t want your radioactive pollution!” Malaysians tell Australians

 
Thousands of green-clad protesters took to the streets in the eastern Malaysian city of Kuantan on Tuesday to protest against the construction of an Australian rare earth minerals treatment plant, whose activities they worry will severely pollute their region. Read more...

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Occupy…Armenia? Protesters battle to save Yerevan public park

 
Three months after Occupy Wall Street protesters were kicked out of New York City's Zuccotti Park they were squatting, the Occupy movement has lost much of its momentum. However, the Occupy spirit has made a comeback in one rather surprising place: Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Read more...
 
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Protesters undeterred as 'Chernobyl on wheels' reaches depot

 
A controversial train carrying nuclear waste arrived in the German station of Dannenberg on Monday, setting up a final showdown between environmental activist and police after a three-day journey that was massively delayed by protests. Read more…

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The shantytown where fridges are recycled into kitchenware

The shantytown of Agbogbloshie, in the suburb of Accra, is used as an international dump for all kinds of electrical equipment. Our Observer followed a group of immigrants from Togo who make their living by recycling old refrigerators. Read more...

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Is the Burmese junta really saving tigers?

The Burmese junta announced in August that it would triple the size of the protected game reserve for endangered tigers situated in the northern region of Kachin. But, the truth is, a real-estate tycoon close to the junta has continued, unhindered, to raze large parcels of the land. Read more...

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The New Caledonian nickel factory that cooks fish alive

Our Observer tells us about his fight against Vale Inco's nickel treatment plant in New Caledonia, where repeated accidents threaten to wreck the island's unique flora and fauna. Read more...

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The permanent oil slick no one is talking about

Nigera is Africa’s main crude oil producer. It is also the country which counts the most oil spills in the world. The Niger Delta, once an ecological sanctuary, has become a no-fishing zone because of the slicks that permanently poison its waters. Read more...

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