California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday by the state's environment-friendly governor.
California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants
'Sad' parrots and 'stressed-out' frogs might be unlikely contenders for concern in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster.
Dominica's beloved wildlife still shaky a year after Maria
Nearly a decade after rubies were first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has proven a poisoned chalice, said the traditional local ruler, Cristina Joaquim.
Ruby rush brings 'hell', not riches, to Mozambique village
Guatemala’s constitutional court on Sunday made a provisional ruling by a unanimous vote to allow the chief of a United Nations-backed anti-graft body to return to the country, a judge told a news conference at the court.
Guatemala court rules for return of chief of anti-graft body
More than 28 percent of Japan's population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age.
Government: Over 28 percent of Japanese population officially old
Mexico will mark the anniversaries on Wednesday of two deadly earthquakes: One that devastated the country last year, claiming 369 lives, and another that killed more than 10,000 people on the same date in 1985.
Mexico to mark twin anniversaries of deadly quakes
Bangladesh saw around 234,000 deaths, including 80,000 in urban areas, due to environmental pollution and related health risks in 2015, making it one of the worst affected countries in the world, revealed a World Bank report.
Pollution the killer
Australia ordered an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles hidden in strawberries, amid growing alarm over scares across the country.
Australia’s strawberry needle scare widens; investigation ordered
More than one-in-five Irish farmers have said the impact of climate change could lead them to quitting the farm.
Climate change could see farm exodus, according to poll
The financial hub of Hong Kong began clearing up after being battered by one of the strongest typhoons in recent years, with financial markets and offices operating as normal.
Hong Kong, southern China clean up after super typhoon

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