Ukraine marks Chernobyl disaster amid efforts to secure reactor
29/04/2013 10:27 am
Ukrainians on Friday lit candles and laid flowers to remember the victims of the world's worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 27 years ago, as engineers pressed on with efforts to permanently shield the stricken reactor.
Rare snake bite death in Australia
29/04/2013 10:18 am
A hockey player has died in Australia after being bitten by a snake that he picked up -- a rare fatality despite the country being home to the planet's 10 deadliest species.
EU set to ban pesticides blamed for decline of bees: source
26/04/2013 8:45 am
The EU appears set to impose a two-year ban on the use of insecticides blamed for a sharp and worrying decline in bee populations, an EU source said Thursday.
Protected pangolins seized from Philippine boat
24/04/2013 8:33 am
Philippine authorities have seized 23 protected scaly anteaters found hidden in a cargo boat, in the second case of suspected trafficking of the species in a month, officials said.
China pandas 'panicked' as forest home jolted in quake
23/04/2013 8:41 am
Pandas living in a reserve near the epicentre of China's weekend quake clambered up trees in panic as their forest home was jolted, but none were injured, officials said Monday.
European lawmakers tighten rules on ship-breaking industry
19/04/2013 8:26 am
The ship-breaking industry, which critics say harms the environment and exploits low-paid workers in developing countries, faces tougher controls if plans approved by European lawmakers Thursday come into force.
Greenpeace protest over bee deaths at Swiss firm
18/04/2013 9:07 am
Greenpeace activists claiming pesticides decimate bee populations protested Wednesday at the headquarters of Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta, hanging a huge banner outside.
Mass sea lion strandings baffle California
15/04/2013 11:19 am
Peter Wallerstein realized something was seriously wrong when a sea lion pup turned up seven miles inland at a cellphone store in California.
Asian gecko threatened by medicine trade: TRAFFIC
11/04/2013 8:41 am
Activists warned Thursday that wild populations of Southeast Asia's striking Tokay Gecko were in danger of being over-hunted for use in traditional medicine in China and other countries.
Balkan folklore helps puts bite on bedbugs
10/04/2013 8:39 am
It's been frozen, baked, suffocated and sprayed with toxins... and each time the bedbug bounces back, leaving tiny bite marks on legs or arms where it takes a blood meal.