Paris still struggling with worse pollution peak in decade

Facing its worse winter pollution in a decade, Paris is sticking to controversial traffic restrictions. Paris city hall has barred half of all cars from traveling and made public transportation free for a third consecutive day. A similar scheme will be implemented in the city of Lyon Friday as the ...

Zimbabwe crop farmers banking on science

Nov 26, 2016

Zimbabwe crop farmers banking on science

Under the scorching Zimbabwean sun, cattle seek shade among stunted thorn bushes in the drought-prone district of Zaka, where crops wither due to increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns. Severe lack of rain across southern Africa has hit the country hard, with government officials ...

Nov 7, 2016

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health 'emergency'

Authorities in Delhi on Monday closed schools, halted construction work and shut down a major power plant after days of choking smog led to warnings of a health “emergency” in the world’s most polluted capital. Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers ...

Oct 22, 2016

Invasive insects cause tens of billions in damage

Invasive insects cause at least $77 billion (€69 billion) in damage every year, according to a recent study that says this figure is “grossly underestimated” because it covers only a fraction of the globe. Climate change is on track to boost the area affected ...

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

Sep 24, 2016

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks, including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centers say. Every morning, with the dawn light shimmering on their patchy ...

Tasmanian devils pull back from brink of extinction

Sep 24, 2016

Tasmanian devils pull back from brink of extinction

Their numbers decimated by a vicious facial cancer, Tasmanian devils seem to be pulling back from the brink of extinction through lightning-fast genetic evolution, astonished scientists said. A detailed comparison of the genomes of 294 devils, before and after the cancer emerged 20 years ...

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

Sep 10, 2016

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

The pistachio trees at the village in southern Iran are long dead, bleached white by the sun — the underground water reserves sucked dry by decades of over-farming and waste. The last farmers left with their families 10 years ago, and the village has ...