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Russia says algae killed marine life off far eastern coast

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MOSCOW Russia said on Friday the mass death of marine life off the coast of its far eastern Kamchatka region had been caused by toxic algae and was not a man-made disaster, but Greenpeace said it was still too early to say for sure.

Brazilian indigenous leader wins Robert Kennedy rights award

BRASILIA Alessandra Korap of the Munduruku tribe in the Amazon was awarded the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize for her work defending the rights, ancestral lands and culture of indigenous people in Brazil.

Environment, 23 Oct 2020

Australia fast tracks mega renewable energy, hydrogen project

MELBOURNE Australia will fast track the approvals process for one of the world's biggest wind and solar projects in Western Australia, which aims to start generating power and producing hydrogen and ammonia late this decade.

Environment, 22 Oct 2020

Chile celebrates breeding of endangered Loa water frogs

SANTIAGO A clutch of critically-endangered water frogs rescued from a muddy puddle in Chile’s driest desert has birthed 200 offspring at the country’s national zoo, the Chilean government announced on Wednesday.

Environment, 22 Oct 2020

China commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River Commission

BANGKOK China on Thursday signed an agreement with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to share year-round data on the flow of its portion of the vital waterway amid concern that Chinese dams may be causing drought downstream in Southeast Asia.

Environment, 22 Oct 2020

Taps and reservoirs run dry as Moroccan drought hits farmers

RABAT Two years of drought have drained reservoirs in southern Morocco, threatening crops the region relies on and leading to nightly cuts in tap water for an area that is home to a million people.

Environment, 21 Oct 2020

HSBC, Australia's Queensland buy 'credits' to protect Great Barrier Reef

SYDNEY Australia's Queensland state and HSBC said on Thursday they will make a "world-first investment" to protect the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef which is suffering from extensive coral bleaching events.

Environment, 21 Oct 2020

China says environment still grim despite five years of progress

SHANGHAI China's environment conditions are "grim", falling short of public expectations even after five years of efforts to improve air quality, boost clean energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Health, Environment, 21 Oct 2020

Japan PM Suga says aims for quick decision on disposing contaminated water at Fukushima

JAKARTA Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that he is aiming to make a speedy decision on the disposal of contaminated water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Health, Environment, Japan 21 Oct 2020

Vietnam troops find more bodies after latest deadly landslide

HANOI Vietnamese soldiers with heavy machinery and rescue dogs searched on Monday for the last remaining troops buried under a mudslide, after recovering 18 bodies from the latest in a week of deadly landslides caused by unrelenting rains.

Environment, 19 Oct 2020