Four countries have blocked a bid to add chrysotile asbestos to a list of dangerous substances subject to export restrictions during a UN meeting in Geneva that concluded early Saturday, participants said.
Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Zimbawe opposed listing the mineral also known as white asbestos, which health experts say causes cancer, on the Rotterdam Convention list, according to groups attending the Geneva meeting.Full Story
Nearly half the dolphins in Japan's aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday.
At least 18 of 33 Japanese aquariums that are home to dolphins say their stock were caught using the divisive "drive fishing" method, while eight declined to comment due to concerns over "negative reactions," the Yomiuri Shimbun said.Full Story
The silvery, round-bodied opah fish is the first warm-blooded fish known to science and this unusual ability gives it a competitive edge in the cold ocean depths, researchers said Thursday.
Also known as a moonfish, the creature is about the size of a tire and can warm itself much the same way as a car radiator, researchers said in the journal Science.Full Story
Giving the poor goats, chickens or cows and offering regular training in how to make a living has helped improve conditions in five countries around the world, researchers said Thursday.
Known as the "Graduation" program, the effort was under way for three years in Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Pakistan and Peru.Full Story
"If beekeepers are going to meet the growing demand for pollination services, researchers need to find better answers to the host of stresses that lead to both winter and summer colony losses," according to a reportView Photo
"If beekeepers are going to meet the growing demand for pollination services, …Full Story
The U.S. Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.Full Story
Indonesia has extended a landmark moratorium aimed at preserving the archipelago's vast swathes of tropical rainforest, but environmentalists said on Thursday the logging ban did not go far enough.
Large tracts of the country are covered in trees, including some of the world's most biodiverse rainforest that is home to endangered animals such as orangutans, tigers and elephants.Full Story
Ten people have been detained in China over the killing of an endangered wild panda for its meat and fur, state media said on Wednesday.
A panda skin was discovered in December along with 9.75 kilograms of meat, four bones and a gallbladder, state broadcaster CCTV reported.Full Story
The launch failure of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship has prompted the nation's space agency to delay both the landing of some of the International Space Station's crew and the launch of their successors, officials said Tuesday.
The chief of the Roscosmos space agency, Igor Komarov, said the April 28 launch mishap was caused by a leak of fuel tanks in the Soyuz rocket's third stage. Left in low orbit, the Progress cargo spaceship fell to Earth over the Pacific on May 8.Full Story
The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists said on Wednesday.
The loss of the Larsen C ice shelf could occur within a century but an earlier collapse cannot be ruled out, with major consequences for global sea levels, they said.Full Story