Tag: Environment

‘Uncharted territory’ as bushfires rage across Australia’s east

by Andrew BEATTY Australian firefighters warned they were in "uncharted territory" as they struggled to contain more than a dozen out-of-control bushfires across the east of the country on Friday. Around a hundred blazes pockmarked the New South Wales and Queensland countryside, around 17 of them...

Scores of Indian farmers arrested over polluting fires

More than 80 farmers have been arrested in northern India for starting fires that contributed to the recent pollution crisis in New Delhi and other cities, officials said Thursday. Each winter the post-harvest burning of crop stubble covers swaths of the region in toxic smog,...

Black year for European beekeepers

by Celine CORNU with Isabel MALSANG in Paris, Laurence BOUTREUX in Madrid and Mihaela RODINA in Bucharest This year has been a black one for many European beekeepers, particularly in France and Italy, where unpredictable weather has produced what are being termed the worst honey...

New Aussie law aims to help save Great Barrier Reef

Australia introduced stricter new laws to limit agricultural run-off into the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Thursday, in an attempt to save the reef and keep its prized world heritage status. The world's largest coral reef system faces multiple threats to its survival, most notably...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro fuels spat with Europe, fires soar

by Jordi Miro, with Sebastian Smith in Washington President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that Europe has "nothing to teach" Brazil about preserving the environment, as the country aligns itself with the United States over fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. The far-right leader's comments come as...

Brazil’s army fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up

Brazil on Sunday deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft to douse fires devouring parts of the Amazon rainforest, as hundreds of new blazes flared up and thousands protested over the destruction. Heavy smoke covered the city of Porto Velho in the northwestern state of Rondonia where...

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as outrage over Amazon grows

by Carlos Fabal, with Allison Jackson in Rio de Janeiro Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, official data showed Saturday, as thousands of troops were made available to help fight the worst blazes in years following a global outcry. Multiple fires...

UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires ‘crisis’

by Giovanna FLEITAS / with Jorge SVARTZMAN in Rio de Janeiro Paris and the United Nations called Thursday for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president accused his French counterpart of having a "colonialist mentality" over the issue. Official figures show nearly...

Five sneaker brands that are made from recycled materials

Did you know that sneakers are one of the most wasteful retail items to produce and one of the longest to (30 to 40 years) to decompose? I had no idea. I love me some cool kicks, and like most people, I own more...

Foreign family shows appreciation to Singapore by picking up litter on National Day

In a heart-warming post on the evening of August 9, a foreigner living in Singapore shared that he and his family spent National Day showing appreciation to the country they have made their home by picking up litter in their neighbourhood. The act was met...