Far out into the Indian Ocean where it is forced to be self-reliant, the island nation of Mauritius is weaning itself off fossil fuels by turning to its main cash-crop sugar cane, for electricity.
In Mauritius, sugar cane means money, renewable energy
As day broke on negotiations at a momentous climate change conference in the Polish city of Katowice, politicians, diplomats and scientists were given a rude awakening.
COP24: Poland shows no signs of breaking coal addiction
Yemen’s war and the ensuing economic collapse has left 15.9 million people, 53 percent of the population, facing “severe acute food insecurity” and famine was a danger if immediate action was not taken, a survey said on Saturday.
Yemen food survey finds majority in 'dire' crisis, famine a danger
Students often end up making lifelong friendships with the fellow "freshers" they find themselves placed next to in their accommodation – but what determines who lives alongside each other?
University friends: By chance or by design?
In the middle of the vast Avalon cemetery in Johannesburg's Soweto township, two gravediggers shoveled soil out of an old grave containing remains buried years ago.
South African cities short of cemetery space
Japan's parliament approved a controversial new law allowing hundreds of thousands of foreigners into the country to ease labor shortages.
Japan eases immigration rules for workers
One after another, landmark US protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks.
Landmark US environmental protections being rolled back
For the first time in her life, retired physical education teacher Elizabeth Ribeiro planted a tree, thorny papaya, native to Brazil’s central savanna.
Water, an environmental product of agriculture in Brazil
Wildlife and rivers are under threat after the UK Environment Agency cut pollution inspections by a third in just four years, an investigation has found.
UK countryside becoming 'lawless' as EA cuts inspections by one third

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