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Nuclear

Fears grow over safety of North Korean reactor

ImageShut-down of the reactor at Yongbyon indicates that Pyongyang is having trouble cooling the plutonium production plant and that a failure in the cooling system could trigger 'the release of radioactivity.'

Biodiversity

Europe dams its last wild rivers

Europe intends to slice through its last wild rivers with a series of dams. The new hydropower stations will deliver much-needed power to the region, but may also change the face of the Balkans forever.

Agriculture

Vietnam uses ecological engineering to save rice

Inside 30 years Vietnam has gone from importing rice to becoming the world’s second largest rice exporter. Over-use of pesticides is damaging the environment, but farmers in the Mekong Delta say they've found a solution.

Crime

Global Witness: 'Environmentalist murders escalating worldwide'

There has been a sharp increase in violence against environmental activists around the world, according to a new report from Global Witness. Brazil and Cambodia are among the countries worst affected by the problem.

Crime

Brazil's Atlantic Forest hides a deadly secret

Brazilian conservationists are risking their lives if they speak out about environmental atrocities occuring in the Atlantic Forest. Critics say the country's justice system is not doing enough to stop the violence.

Climate

Edenhofer: Climate protection a 'task that can be solved'

Against all odds, climate researcher Ottmar Edenhofer says global climate protection is possible. But it's time for bold steps, the co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns.

Climate

Climate experts sound the alarm

Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing and with it the danger of global catastrophes. That's the bad news in the new report from UN climate change panel, the IPCC. The good news? There's still hope - for a limited time.

Climate

Floating houses to fight climate change in Holland

Rising sea levels caused by climate change are threatening coastal areas worldwide, a recent IPCC report shows. Low-lying Netherlands is already getting prepared by building floating homes and redirecting rivers.

Oil

Oil sludge threatens Indian farms

India has a fast growing economy and a booming population. In a bid to decrease reliance on expensive energy imports, the government has started extracting oil locally. Farmers fear the drilling will destroy their crops.

Water

The discovery of water changes lives in Kenya

The discovery of vast water reserves in Kenya's dry north could change the lives of people across the country. But even as locals celebrate, some worry that corruption will deny thirsty communities their right to water.

Conservation

World court harpoons Japanese whaling program

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has dismissed Japan's claims that its whaling program is for scientific research and ordered the country to halt whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.

Biodiversity

Canadian forester says trees can heal the planet

Diana Beresford-Kroeger is passionate about protecting trees - and growing them. The botanist has nurtured her own research forest in Canada, and believes trees remain the key to combating climate change.

Environment

EU to slash plastic bag use by 80 percent by 2019

The European Parliament has passed a directive aimed at cutting the use of thin, single-use plastic bags by 80 percent by 2019. Roughly eight billion of these bags end up as litter each year, polluting the environment.

Sustainability

EU demand for fish exceeds sustainable supply

The European Union is the world's largest fish import market and to a high degree responsible for global overfishing. New regulations are aiming to change this, but it's not clear how they will be implemented.

Agriculture

Five fears about GM corn

The cultivation of genetically modified corn is being debated throughout the European Union. There are big fears about possible health and environmental dangers. Are the worries warranted or unfounded?

Climate

Floating houses to fight climate change in Holland

Rising sea levels caused by climate change are threatening coastal areas worldwide, a recent IPCC report shows. Low-lying Netherlands is already getting prepared by building floating homes and redirecting rivers.

Biodiversity

The Dodo offers a lesson in extinction

Big, flightless and apparently also fearless, the Dodo was by all accounts a strange bird. An environmentalist from Mauritius, where the feathered creature lived more than 300 years ago, has the story.