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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.
“We are very happy with the backing of the International Court. We had never expected such a strong ruling."
- Geert Vons, a representative of Sea Shepherd

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New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

New law to protect Puerto Rico leatherback turtles

Puerto Rico has introduced a new law protecting a swathe of the island's coast that has become a major nesting site for the world's largest turtle, the leatherback.

U.N. overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty

The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.

Safer vaccine created without virus

British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Wednesday.

China, world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, will tax carbon

China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that the country will levy a tax on carbon emissions, reports Xinhua.

New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia

Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Lenses found to ‘cure colour-blindness’

Scientists say they have invented spectacle lenses that cure red-green colour blindness, which affects some women and one in every 10 men.

Gorillas to Be Protected with New Congo National Park

The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that conservationists hope with protect a core population of western lowland gorillas, a critically endangered species, as well as other threatened species, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced.

From the brink of extinction: elephant seals stage remarkable comeback

In the 19th century the Northern Pacific Elephant was thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered on an island of Baja California in 1892. Since then, the species has staged a remarkable comeback which was greatly accelerated by protective measures adopted by the U.S. and Mexican governments.

Nations agree on legally binding mercury rules

More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks.

Six million turn out for global garbage clean-up

More than six million volunteers from 96 countries collected an unprecedented 100,000 tonnes of garbage last year as part of a global, web-driven clean-up campaign, cyber-environmentalists said Friday.

Totally blind mice get sight back

Totally blind mice have had their sight restored by injections of light-sensing cells into the eye, UK researchers report.

Obama triples area of protected California coastline

On Friday President Obama announced the government would add almost 3,000 square miles of California coastline to the National Marine Sanctuary system, reports the Sierra Club.

Asahi’s auto glass blocks UV, filters out IR rays

As prolonged exposure to sunlight increasingly becomes a health hazard, causing skin problems and even cancer, automakers have started to incorporate glass that blocks harmful ultraviolet light.

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic bags. The next step is for the government to implement the ban.

Earth’s nearest solar neighborhood has a habitable planet

The nearest single Sun-like star to the Earth hosts five planets - one of which is in the "habitable zone" where liquid water can exist, astronomers say.

Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’

US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Human immune system proteins shown to suppress HIV

To survive HIV you need a cocktail of expensive drugs that often have side effects. That could change with research out of The Rockefeller University where scientists have found that harnessing proteins from the human immune system can suppress the virus in mice.

This week, a shark sanctuary the size of Australia has been established

The Cook Islands has approved a shark sanctuary in its waters, making for the largest such sanctuary in the world.

New Microscopy Technique Can See The Lengths Of Atomic Bonds

For the first time, scientists have used an imaging technique that’s so precise that it’s possible to see the different lengths of individual atomic bonds.

French move boosts shark sanctuaries

Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.

New radio telescope to watch for solar flares

After a long eight-year wait, the building of Australia's Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope has finally reached completion. The radio telescope's first major task will be to investigate the Sun to provide earlier warnings of solar storms that, if left unchecked, could fry satellites and power grids across the globe.

Canada introduces new rules to curb future vehicle emissions

OTTAWA -- On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada's contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

Brazil says Amazon deforestation at record low

Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon has slowed for a fourth consecutive year to its lowest rate since authorities began monitoring the world's largest rainforest, officials said Tuesday.

Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad

In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad.

Fighting cancer with cell phones

Only innovation can reduce illness and poverty in Africa, according to a program that is funding creative approaches to healthcare in developing countries.

‘Super-Earth’ exoplanet spotted 42 light-years away

Astronomers have spotted another candidate for a potentially habitable planet - and it is not too far away.

Amputee Climbs 103 Stories Using Mind-Controlled Bionic Leg

A man with a mind-controlled bionic leg climbed to the top of Chicago’s famous Sears Willis Tower Sunday, part of a charity stair-climbing event. Zac Vawter, 31, lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is the first person to climb that many floors wearing a bionic limb.

First liver cancer ‘chemo-bath’ in the UK

A "chemo-bath" which delivers toxic cancer drugs to just one organ in the body has been used on patients in the UK for the first time, say doctors.

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