Austrian regions allow controversial wolf hunting

Several regions of Austria have allowed the controversial killing of wolves after reporting an increase in livestock attacks, sparking debate in the Alpine EU member.. "Time and again wolves are sighted near settlements and kill livestock," he told AFP this week, adding that evidence of their presence has "risen sharply since 2019."

Climate-vulnerable nations lead the way on finance reform

When Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley laid out a plan to fix the international financial architecture at climate talks last year, she galvanised world leaders on reforms that had languished for years.. "There needs to be a new deal," Mottley told world leaders at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt in November, laying out the Barbados "Bridgetown Initiative" plan.

'Time bomb'?: Race to identify health effects of microplastics

Tiny pieces of plastic have been found littered throughout human bodies, trapped in our lungs and laced through our blood, but the long-term health effects of this exposure remain unclear.. Coumoul compared microplastics to pesticides, saying "it has sometimes taken a long time to identify the long-term risk to humans".

'Every drop counts': Spain's crops thrive on wastewater

With rainfall increasingly scarce, irrigating crops can be a major challenge, but farmers in southeastern Spain have long relied on recycled wastewater in a model that is winning attention abroad. . Cheaper than desalinating seawater, recycling wastewater has sparked interest abroad, with France's President Emmanuel Macron saying in March he wanted to increase water reuse along the same lines as Spain.

Climate goals need clean energy surge in Global South: IEA

Financing for clean energy in developing and emerging economies excluding China must increase seven-fold within a decade if global warming is to be capped at tolerable levels, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.. According to the report, two-thirds of the finance for clean energy projects in emerging and developing economies excluding China will need to come from the private sector. 

Volvic on front line of France's new water fears

The public fountains in Volvic, the home of one of the world's most famous mineral waters, have been turned off.. France is both the world's biggest exporter of bottled water and the home of its most famous brands from Volvic to Evian, Vittel to Perrier.

Search for missing Titanic sub like 'going into space'

Rescuers trying to find the orca-sized submersible that vanished on its way to visit the wreck of the Titanic are facing a gargantuan task that will test the limits of technical know-how, experts say.. You can't see your hand in front of your face," Titanic expert Tim Maltin told NBC News Now. 

Verdict awaited in historic US climate trial

A verdict is awaited in a landmark US climate trial involving 16 young people accusing the state of Montana of violating their rights to a "clean and healthful environment.". - Closing arguments - At the heart of the case is a provision within the fossil fuel friendly state's constitution that says: "The state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment in Montana for present and future generations."

Iceland suspends whale hunt on animal welfare concerns

Iceland's government said Tuesday it was suspending this year's whale hunt until the end of August due to animal welfare concerns, likely bringing the controversial practice to a historic end.. "I have taken the decision to suspend whaling" until August 31, Food Minister Svandis Svavarsdottir said in a statement, after a government-commissioned report concluded the hunt does not comply with Iceland's Animal Welfare Act.

Historic US climate trial may conclude Tuesday

A landmark US climate trial involving 16 young people who accuse Montana of violating their rights to a "clean and healthful environment" is expected to conclude on Tuesday, an organization representing the plaintiffs said.. The plaintiffs are not seeking financial compensation, but rather a declaration that their rights are being violated.