Shut-down of the reactor at Yongbyon indicates that Pyongyang is having trouble cooling the plutonium production plant and that a failure in the cooling system could trigger 'the release of radioactivity.'
Inside 30 years Vietnam has gone from importing rice to becoming the world’s second largest rice exporter. Over-use of pesticides is damaging the environment, but farmers in the Mekong Delta say they've found a solution.
Breeding programs and co-operative efforts by various European zoos have helped increase the population of Przewalski's horses - a species that had been threatened by extinction for decades.
There has been a sharp increase in violence against environmental activists around the world, according to a new report from Global Witness. Brazil and Cambodia are among the countries worst affected by the problem.
Brazilian conservationists are risking their lives if they speak out about environmental atrocities occuring in the Atlantic Forest. Critics say the country's justice system is not doing enough to stop the violence.
Against all odds, climate researcher Ottmar Edenhofer says global climate protection is possible. But it's time for bold steps, the co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns.
UN experts say there's still hope to avert a climate disaster, but only for a limited time.
The low-lying nation of the Netherlands is already preparing to adapt to climate change.
India has a fast growing economy and a booming population. In a bid to decrease reliance on expensive energy imports, the government has started extracting oil locally. Farmers fear the drilling will destroy their crops.
Europe intends to slice through its last wild rivers with a series of dams. The new hydropower stations will deliver much-needed power to the region, but may also change the face of the Balkans forever.
State and federal politicians have renegotiated planned reforms to Germany's Renewable Energy Act at a summit in Berlin. They agreed to drop proposed limits on the country's wind power facilities.
Ganges dolphins are struggling to survive rising urban density.
The discovery of vast water reserves in Kenya's dry north could change the lives of people across the country. But even as locals celebrate, some worry that corruption will deny thirsty communities their right to water.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague has dismissed Japan's claims that its whaling program is for scientific research and ordered the country to halt whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is passionate about protecting trees - and growing them. The botanist has nurtured her own research forest in Canada, and believes trees remain the key to combating climate change.
Environment stories from around the world
The world's biggest solar thermal power project is being built in south-central Morocco.
Sweden's Treehotel aims to connect people with the forest - in luxury tree houses.
The European Parliament has passed a directive aimed at cutting the use of thin, single-use plastic bags by 80 percent by 2019. Roughly eight billion of these bags end up as litter each year, polluting the environment.
Whether organic, cotton, or paper - there are plenty of alternatives to disposable plastic bags.
The European Union is the world's largest fish import market and to a high degree responsible for global overfishing. New regulations are aiming to change this, but it's not clear how they will be implemented.
The cultivation of genetically modified corn is being debated throughout the European Union. There are big fears about possible health and environmental dangers. Are the worries warranted or unfounded?
Paradisiacal Bangka is being destroyed by a tin rush driven by the global demand for smartphones and tablets. Every year some 110,000 tons of tin are extracted in Indonesia. Environmentalists warn of the consequences.
Rising sea levels caused by climate change are threatening coastal areas worldwide, a recent IPCC report shows. Low-lying Netherlands is already getting prepared by building floating homes and redirecting rivers.
Scientists from Germany and Africa are teaming up to study the effects of climate change. Anna Shiweda, deputy director of an international research center in Namibia, believes both sides have a lot to gain.
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