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Stories about Environment

‘Maohi Lives Matter': Tahiti protesters condemn French nuclear testing legacy

"According to our calculations, based on a scientific reassessment of the doses received, approximately 110,000 people were infected, almost the entire Polynesian population at the time."

Vultures soar back into Pokhara

Despite the decline in vultures across South Asia, the endangered scavengers are recovering in Nepal due to tighter regulations and community initiatives.

Thousands of flamingos found dead in Central Anatolia

Every year in March, thousands of flamingos migrate to the south of Lake Tuz, earning it the moniker “flamingo paradise.”

Volunteers tackle Bali’s plastic problem during pandemic

On average in Bali, per capita, a tourist uses 3.5 times more plastic per day than a local resident.

Developers say the reef at St. Vincent's Indian Bay is dead. These photos say otherwise

"I have witnessed coral regrowing in key spots throughout the bay. Imagine what's possible if we put some real, intentional effort into it; an artificial reef is not the solution."

Environmentalists stage protest in front of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Environmentalists staged a protest in front of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources in Baku, citing deforestation and the long term lease of forest lands to private holders.

Controversy over an explosion in the Caspian sea

A July 4 explosion in the Caspian Sea caught international attention. According to officials, the blast was caused by an underwater mud volcano. No casualties were reported. 

Threats to Nepal’s endangered orchids

Nepal has 507 recorded orchid varieties, however, illegal trade and misuse of these magnificent wildflowers for their end-use as ornaments, medicine and food has made them vulnerable to extinction.

Groups call for the release of Mother Nature environmental activists in Cambodia

"The work that activists undertake should be praised rather than hampered, and their voices should be listened to rather than silenced."

Elsa, the first major storm of 2021's hurricane season, sweeps across the Caribbean

With flash flooding, felled trees, and damage to homes and buildings, Elsa announces this year's hurricane season with unwelcome fanfare.

North Macedonia creates a new national park occupying 2% of its territory

Activists warn, however, that declaring the Shar Mountains a national park will not stop the construction of seven small hydro power plants that are already devastating the area's natural environment.

UNESCO proposes listing World Heritage Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’

The fairness of the diplomatic process are irrelevant to the wider context of the reef’s 'in danger' listing. Australia risks being labelled an international climate change pariah.

Marmara Sea covered by “sea snot”, with possible dangers to environment

"Sea snot"—or "marine mucilage"—may cause biodiversity loss. It is triggered by global warming, waste pollution and rising water temperatures.

Arrests of more Mother Nature environmentalists in Cambodia labeled a witch hunt

Officials called the group "rebellious" and claimed they were using foreign funding in efforts to topple the government.

Japanese brown bear runs amok in Hokkaido island's largest city

The incident illustrates the increasing interactions between bears and humans in Japan.

Nepal’s wild elephants are also on the move

This year, because of the lack of human movement caused by COVID-19 restrictions, elephant herds shifted the path of annual migration from India into Nepal, marching right through villages.

Green playlist: Asian short films on protecting the environment

These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.

China's wandering elephant herd show. Not as ‘lovable’ as it looks.

"Finally an expert has provided an explanation about the herd’s northbound journey. Local officials avoided addressing the truth."

Illegal logging, poaching and waste dumping endanger nature in North Macedonia

North Macedonia's great and varied biological diversity is seriously endangered and was significantly impacted by COVID-19, as protected areas in the country, and national parks' income were impacted.

Global Voices’ top stories on environmental destruction, as the planet just observed World Environment Day

Global Voices has covered environmental issues extensively, and one focus of our stories has been the way pollution, massive urbanization, development infrastructures, and human-caused accidents are destroying fragile ecosystems.

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