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From oil use to ocean pollution: five facts about the plastics industry

A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry<p>The world of plastics is in drastic need of reform. This is the conclusion of a new report released at Davos by the World Economics Forum, the Ellen …

Overfishing fears cast aside as sushi boss pays $118,000 for single bluefin tuna

Sale of 200kg fish to restaurant in Japan comes despite campaigners’ warnings that species is heading for extinction<p>A sushi restaurant in Japan has paid US$118,000 (£80,000/AU$164,000) for a bluefin tuna at the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, despite repeated warnings that the …

Vanishing act: The threat of disappearing coral reefs

Swim out into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, just beyond where the sandy sea floor gives way to massive rock formations, and a decades-long …

Cologne attacks: Germans left feeling vulnerable

<b>The New Year's Eve attacks on women in Cologne are still reverberating in Germany, with the resignation of the city's police chief on Friday, and news that migrants were among the suspected attackers. The BBC's Jenny Hill looks back on a week that has left both women and asylum-seekers feeling</b> …

COP21: Ministers in final push for Paris climate deal

<b>Ministers from all over the world gather in Paris on Monday in a final push for a new global climate compact.</b><p>The politicians will attempt to craft a deal from a draft negotiating text signed off by delegates here on Saturday.<p>Poor countries warned the talks would fail if the rich tried to limit …

Earth - How hot could the Earth get?

It has been getting a little warm lately. In November 2015, Brits experienced the hottest November days ever recorded in the UK. That was shortly followed by news from the World Meteorological Organization that 2015 is likely to be the hottest year since records began.<p>Global temperatures are now …

Life on Malaysia's most remote islands

The Bajau, a native people who live on remote islands off the coast of Malaysia, have depended on the ocean for centuries.Réhahn Croquevielle<p>Earlier this year, French photographer Réhahn took a trip to some of Malaysia's most remote islands in the hopes of documenting the lives of the Bajau, the …

Brussels lockdown: Belgian police arrest 16 in anti-terror raids

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France

Does Montserrat's volcano hold the key to its future?

<b>Montserrat's devastating volcano - which has left two-thirds of the Caribbean island an exclusion zone and the former capital city buried deep in ash - may now hold the key to its future.</b><p>Multi-million dollar tests carried out by Icelandic experts indicate promising potential to power the British …

Colombia's Alta Guajira region struggles with drought

<b>Water is as vital as it is scarce in the Alta Guajira region of north-eastern Colombia.</b><p>It has been three years since its 200,000 inhabitants, most of them members of the Wayuu indigenous group, have seen rain fall.<p>Rain used to fall seasonally here, but repeated El Nino weather systems have …

Elephants' low cancer rates explained

<b>Elephants have enhanced defences against cancer that can prevent tumours forming, say scientists.</b><p>They were trying to explain why the animals have lower levels of cancer than would be expected by their size.<p>The team at the University of Utah said "nature has already figured out how to prevent …

One in three young Chinese men will die from smoking, study says

<b>A new study has warned that a third of all men currently under the age of 20 in China will eventually die prematurely if they do not give up smoking.</b><p>The research, published in The Lancet medical journal, says two-thirds of men in China now start to smoke before 20.<p>Around half of those men will die …

Call for UK-wide taskforce on Volkswagen emissions scandal

<b>A UK-wide taskforce should be set up in response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, according to Scotland's environment secretary Richard Lochhead.</b><p>Mr Lochhead has written to UK transport minister Patrick McLoughlin with the proposal, voicing his "deep concern" over the German car maker's …

Hungary PM Orban: Europe borders threatened by migrants

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Eastern Europe

Chile quake triggers mass evacuation and tsunami alert

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Natural Disasters

Seven climbers dead in French Alps avalanche in Pelvoux

<b>Seven climbers have been killed and another seriously injured in avalanche in the Pelvoux region of the French Alps, officials say.</b><p>The avalanche happened at around midday local time (10:00 GMT) on the 4,000m-high (13,000ft) Dome de Neige des Ecrins mountain, according to reports.<p>Foreigners are …

Migrant crisis: Hungary declares emergency at Serbia border

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European Union

Mexico and Texas hit by deadly storms

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Mexico

Boston bombing trial: Death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

<b>A US jury has sentenced Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection.</b><p>Three people were killed and 260 were injured when Tsarnaev, now 21, and his brother placed bombs at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.<p>Tsarnaev is likely to be moved to a federal prison in Terre …

5 dead after shooting in Swiss town

<b>(CNN) —</b> Five people died in the northern Swiss town of Wuerenlingen after residents heard shots fired late Saturday, federal police said.<p>Responding officers from Aargau County Police found their bodies lying outdoors and inside a residence.<p>A large group of officers and investigators worked through …

2 babies die, dozens hospitalized after vaccination in southern Mexico

Read this story in Spanish at CNNMexico.com<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Mexican health officials are investigating after two babies died and 29 children were hospitalized from suspected adverse reactions to shots from the country's national vaccination program.<p>Six of the children hospitalized in the southern Mexican …

Baltimore riots: A few people tried to stop the unrest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Please, not even a demonstration. Freddie Gray's family had asked for quiet on Baltimore's streets the day they laid him to rest. And above all, no violence.<p>Many people turned a deaf ear to that Monday, but a handful of people embraced the family's message. They tried to stop young people …

Nepal quake: Death toll passes 3,200 as nation struggles with devastation

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) —</b> The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal two days ago surged past 3,000 on Monday, a government official said. The desperate search for survivors from the country's worst natural disaster in more than 80 years continued.<p>The number of people confirmed …

A Yazidi captive's tale: Sold by ISIS as a sex slave

<b>Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan (CNN) —</b> In the canvas expanse of the Shariya refugee camp, thousands of Yazidis live within hearing distance of one of Iraqi Kurdistan's frontlines with ISIS.<p>The vast majority of the camp's occupants are from the town of Sinjar and fled the ISIS assault there back in August. …

Yazidis

Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'genocide' claim

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Christianity

Ebola outbreak 'over by August', UN suggests

<b>The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the UN Ebola mission has told the BBC.</b><p>Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the UN had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting "arrogantly".<p>A year after the outbreak was officially declared, the virus has …

Cyclone Pam: UN confirms 24 dead and 3,300 displaced in Vanuatu

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Natural Disasters

Hormone-disrupting chemicals ‘cost billions’

<b>Common chemicals that disrupt human hormones could be costing more than €150bn ($165.4bn; £108.5bn) a year in damage to human health in Europe, a series of studies claims.</b><p>The data suggests the high economic impact of chemicals in pesticides, plastics and flame retardants.<p>The team, led by New York …

ISIS releases some Christian hostages -- but why?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Igniting a live man in a cage; severing the heads of dozens; kidnapping, raping and selling women and children -- ISIS' shocking maltreatment of its captives has become regrettably predictable.<p>But that has made their latest decision on the fate of 19 Christian prisoners all the more …

The girl who gets gifts from birds

<b>Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.</b><p>Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, …