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Indonesia and EU announce historic deal on timber trade

Indonesia will become the first country in the world to export wood products to the EU that meet new environmental standards to curb illegal loggingIndonesia will in November become the first country in the world to export wood products to the European…

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Green-powered boat prepares for round-the-world voyage

Vessel aiming to be the ‘Solar Impulse of the seas’ will be powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen during its six-year voyageDubbed the “Solar Impulse of the seas”, the first boat to be powered solely by renewable energies and hydrog…

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First dolphins killed in Japan’s annual Taiji hunt

Fishermen catch 20 of the mammals on the first day of the controversial six-month hunting season featured in anti-dolphin killing film The CoveJapanese fishermen on Friday killed the first dolphins of the season in a controversial annual hunt that attr…

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Australian kitesurfer killed by shark off New Caledonia

West Australian man in his 50s, whose name has not been released, bitten while kitesurfing inside the reef at KoumacA shark has bitten and killed an Australian kitesurfer off New Caledonia in the second fatal attack in the South Pacific territory in si…

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Pacific Islands fail to agree plan to protect tuna

Countries from around the Pacific Ocean met to discuss ways of protecting the shrinking supplies but were unable to come to any agreement, officials sayPacific island states and countries failed on Friday to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies …

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Indonesia seizes hundreds of frozen pangolins

Authorities find more than 650 critically endangered pangolins hidden in freezers in Java Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife prot…

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Nobel winners slam Greenpeace for anti GM campaign

About a third of living Nobel laureates sign an open letter saying Greenpeace has misrepresented the risks and benefits of genetically modified cropsAbout a third of living Nobel laureates – 108 at last count – have signed an open letter which atta…

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German government agrees to ban fracking after years of dispute

Coalition revived proposals after companies said last week they would push ahead with projectsGerman politicians have approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underg…

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Poisonous tropical lionfish could be spreading through Mediterranean

Voracious predator with sting that has been known to kill humans is spotted in waters off Turkey and Cyprus The lionfish – a tropical creature with poisonous barbs and a painful sting that can kill humans in rare cases – may be spreading through th…

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EU to investigate Poland over logging in ancient forest

European Union launches infringement procedure against Poland over tree-clearing in the Białowieża forest, a protected Unesco World Heritage site The European Union on Thursday launched an investigation into Polish logging in its ancient Białowieża…

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