Teen climate champion Greta Thunberg honored in France

World / Social Issues Jul 22, 2019

Teen climate champion Greta Thunberg honored in France

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage activist whose Friday school strikes protesting government inaction over climate change helped spark a worldwide movement, received the Freedom Prize in France on Sunday. Flanked by two WWII veterans who sponsor the prize, she accepted the award at a ceremony ...

1,000 firefighters battle wildfires in central Portugal

Environment Jul 21, 2019

1,000 firefighters battle wildfires in central Portugal

Portuguese authorities say 1,000 firefighters are working to contain wildfires that have injured eight firefighters and a civilian. Portugal's Civil Protection Agency said Sunday that firefighters are combating flames that broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometers (124 ...

Business Jul 17, 2019

Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside ...

Environmentalist Kenro Taura talks about why he thinks Japan is a laggard in the fight against climate change

People | 20 QUESTIONS Jul 13, 2019

Environmentalist Kenro Taura talks about why he thinks Japan is a laggard in the fight against climate change

by J.J. O'Donoghue

Name: Kenro Taura Age: 62 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Executive director of Kiko Network Likes: Justice and equal rights, positive thinking Dislikes: Selfishness, authority 1. What does Kiko Network do? Kiko Network is an environmental non-governmental organization that works to tackle climate change by bringing forth major changes in society. 2. How ...

Locals flock to 'Siberian Maldives' to take selfies

Environment Jul 13, 2019

Locals flock to 'Siberian Maldives' to take selfies

Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds — have been busy "instagramming" near a bright blue lake ...

France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020

Business Jul 10, 2019

France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020

France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives, the country's transport minister said Tuesday. The "ecotax" costing between €1.50 ($1.7) and €18 ($20) will apply to most flights departing in France, Elisabeth Borne said. The ...