South Korea is considering hunting whales in the waters off its shores for what it says are scientific purposes, drawing criticism from environmental groups and countries around the Pacific Rim.
Australia plans to create the world's largest network of marine reserves, its government announced Thursday.
On Saturday, European Space Agency astronaut and World Wildlife Fund ambassador André Kuipers will watch from the International Space Station as each time zone hits 8:30 p.m. -- and track to see who on Earth turns out the lights.
In the lush rainforests of Africa's Congo Basin, hundreds of thousands of indigenous people live as hunter gatherers, depending on the forest's natural resources for their survival. Yet most have no legal rights to the land that has been their home for millennia.
Tourism and wildlife officials want the slaughter to stop. Private security armies and the South African military have cracked down. Still, rhinos are being killed in South Africa alone at a rate exceeding one a day, a rate that has already made one species of rhino extinct and threatens the two others.
CNN's Robyn Curnow looks at what is fueling the demand for rhino poaching. (Contains graphic images)
Coke cans are getting a whitewash.
She ate her favorite food all day long and rarely exercised. She had a few brief failed relationships but mostly stayed single and never gave birth.
In Hong Kong, where factory space is stacked in skyscrapers, the 15th floor of an industrial block houses vast tanks in which thousands of rare fish swim under the eerie, purple glow of UV lights.
Well, we now have a new Republican Speaker of the House and a new year. But how much has really changed?
Five people are arrested in Gabon for dealing in illegal animal parts.
Authorities in Gabon have arrested five people for dealing in illegal animal parts, which included the heads of a gorilla and 12 chimpanzees, according to Conservation Justice, a wildlife preservation group.
Staff at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre care for 125 African Grey parrots rescued from smugglers.
The number of mountain gorillas, which are a critically endangered species, has increased by more than 26% in regions in eastern Africa, according to a new survey released Friday.
CNN's Colleen McEdwards shows us a Russian tiger park helping to save the species.
New plants and animals are found in the Amazon rainforest. CNN's Jenny Harrison explains.
Rising numbers of captive tigers in the United States are putting citizens at risk and could be fueling illegal trade in animal parts, which threatens their survival in the wild, conservationists have warned.
Delegates from all over the world descended on Nagoya in Japan on Monday for talks considered crucial to sustaining the future of animal, plant and human life on Earth.
The CEO of the Hungarian company behind a huge toxic spill on Thursday said he doesn't know whether he's responsible for the disaster, but added, "I have moral duties and I will fulfill them."
In this exclusive interview, the embattled CEO of the company behind a toxic spill in Hungary speaks to CNN.
Some experts see it as a well-meaning flight of fancy. To others, cleaning a bird soaked with oil from the Gulf of Mexico is the only chance it has for survival.
From pests to attractions, whale shark tourism has revived the fortunes of a Philippine village.
"Welcome to Donsol, the home of the gentle giants," Alan Amanse says smiling broadly at us as we awkwardly scramble onto the traditional fishing boat.
Twenty years ago when I had the opportunity to dive to 18,000 feet in the Japanese research submersible "Shinkai 6500" in the Sea of Japan. I fantasized about the amazing animals our team might see deep on the ocean floor: rat-tails, deep sea sharks, and octopi.
Conservationists have welcomed the decision to reject a bid from Tanzania and Zambia to temporarily suspend a worldwide ban on trading in African elephant ivory so they can offload legal stockpiles in a one-off sale.
Conservation groups are declaring victory after an important ivory trade vote. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
The Indonesian government is considering a controversial plan to place endangered tigers in private homes.
A male Sumatran tiger rears up against the bars of his cage, roaring. Even in captivity these creatures still remind us of their awesome power.
Tigers could become extinct in the wild in less than a generation, the World Wildlife Fund warned Wednesday as it launched a campaign to save them.
A possible rise in sea levels by 0.5 meters by 2050 could put at risk more than $28 trillion worth of assets in the world's largest coastal cities, according to a report compiled for the insurance industry.
Bolivian glaciers are disappearing leaving communities devastated. UNTV's Andi Gitow reports.
New data released Thursday suggests that the Arctic Ocean will be "largely ice free" during summer within a decade.
A new report says Arctic sea ice will largely disappear in summer within a decade. CNN's Phil Black reports.
A frog that eats birds and a gecko with leopard stripes are among the 163 new species discovered last year in the Greater Mekong region of southeast Asia, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund.
Over 350 new species including the world's smallest deer, a "flying frog" and a 100 million-year old gecko have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, a biological treasure trove now threatened by climate change.
It is the life blood for tens of millions of people -- but the mighty Mekong River in southeast Asia is now facing a "devastating" threat from not one, but 11 proposed dams.
A small band of sailors are facing a summer of raging Arctic storms, cramped quarters and soggy clothes in their search for the human face of climate change.
Experts have warned that the richly diverse coral reefs of the Coral Triangle around southeast Asia will disappear by the end of the century if action is not taken against climate change.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks with Nancy Knowlton who is representing the United States at the World Ocean Conference.
Most of us have grown used to conservation charities putting charismatic animals front and center of their fundraising campaigns.
A rat believed to be extinct for 11 million years, a spider with a foot-long legspan, and a hot pink cyanide-producing "dragon millipede" are among the thousand newly discovered species in the largely unexplored Mekong Delta region.
Some environmentalists attack bottled water. Not Conservation International, a Virginia-based nonprofit that aims to protect the earth's biodiversity.
Can a company grow and shrink at the same time?
Climate change is happening faster than previously predicted according to a new World Wildlife Fund report.
Baby birds get help from the common bumblebee. CNN's Kyung Lah reports
Setting one species up to scare off or even kill another is nothing new.
It seemed like a bolt from the blue.
How much fish caught worldwide each year gets thrown back in the sea dead or dying?
They might not be as cute as pandas but the threats facing the world's giant freshwater fish need to be taken just as seriously -- in fact more so, according to Dr. Zeb Hogan.
What do Oreo cookies made by Nabisco, Cheez-It crackers from Kellogg's or General Mills' Fiber One Chewy Bars have to do with global warming and the destruction of tropical rainforests? A lot, say environmental activists.
A rare rhino seen on video from a hidden camera in the jungles of Indonesia's Java island charges at the camera.
The world's wildlife has declined by 27 percent since 1970 because of the human impact on the environment, the World Wildlife Fund said Friday.
China's giant pandas are believed to be safe after Monday's earthquake, but concern is growing over how they will get their next meals.
Twelve American ecotourists who went missing Monday in China's earthquake used a satellite phone to let their loved ones know they are alive and well, an official said Wednesday.
Business travel sucks. It sucks energy, it sucks time, and mostly it just sucks. We're stuck with it because nothing beats a physical presence.
The Amazon rainforest is so vast and full of life that even its defenders don't know exactly what it is they are protecting.
CNN's Suzanne Simons speaks with Carter Roberts of the World Wildlife Fund about the Earth Hour event.
It is commonly said that we know more about the Moon than the deep blue sea.
New eco-fishing techniques can save Indonesia's precious underwater life. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.
On Saturday, March 29, people all over the world turned off their lights for one hour. Why?
Animal handlers in China have developed a "sexercise" program to try to encourage extinction-threatened pandas to overcome their notoriously low sex drives.
The gibbon mating game makes rehabilitation challenging. CNN's Arwa Damon looks at an effort to save the primate.
Primatologist Dr. Jatna Supriatna scans the treetops in a national park on the island of Java, looking for gibbons. This area is home to about 150 of the remaining 4,000 Java gibbons. These highly acrobatic creatures are easy prey on the ground and live well above it in the jungle canopy.
The wild population of all tigers -- including Bengal, Sumatran, Siberian and Indochinese tigers -- stands at a maximum of 7,000 and a minimum of 5,000, according to figures from the World Wildlife Fund.
A Vietnamese woman caught cooking a tiger carcass was sentenced to two and a half years in jail, state media reported Thursday.
Fishermen in Bangladesh beat a rare river dolphin to death because they had not seen "this kind of creature before," according to local news accounts.
Up until very recently, conventional wisdom held that shipping was a minor player in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. That all changed in October last year. Leaked details of a report by the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) got into the press, and revealed an uncomfortable truth about the shipping industry -- its emissions could be double the amount everyone previously believed.
The European Commission has suggested there should be a cut in catches for most waters. Yet the survival of stocks comes in conflict with sustaining the livelihoods of Europe's fishermen
Electricity is used to revive coral reefs threatened by climate change. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
This year, why not put an endangered turtle under the tree?
Feed the world's starving. Cure vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Put an end to crop failure. Combat global warming. Such are the promises of genetically modified (GM) rice. But if it all sounds too good to be true, environmentalists say, that's because it is.
Our crushing appetite for carnivorous fish like salmon and tuna depletes the oceans of smaller, feeder fish, and endangers the planet's marine ecology
A small fleet of foreign planes and helicopters is buzzing around Greece to try to battle dozens of wildfires that have killed at least 64 people.
Screwcapped wines are quickly gaining popularity, and it's got cork producers coming up with new ways to stay on top
Recently, I stopped by my neighborhood Exxon station to conduct a price test. A 20-ounce bottle of Aquafina water cost $1.57, including tax. A 20-ounce bottle of Pepsi also cost $1.57. Regular gas sold for $3.05 a gallon.
THE CARPET OF SUSHI-GRADE TUNA lining the floor of Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market offers a tempting display of the day's catch for wholesalers willing to bid tens of thousands of dollars for a specime...
A helicopter with 24 people on board -- including Western aid workers and Nepalese diplomats -- reportedly crashed Saturday in a remote Nepalese village.
CNN Connects: The Price of Progress will examine the evaluate the environmental issues posed by China's rapid economic growth. The following are biographies of some of the panelists taking part:
An American living on the south Pacific island of New Caledonia has reeled in a prize of $25,000 to help solve an ocean dilemma.
In 1969, the Cuyahoga River flowing past Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire and burned noxious sludge from steel mills, paint factories and sewage plants. In California, an offshore drilling rig stained the coast of Santa Barbara with more than 3 million gallons of crude oil. The skies of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home to the nation's steel industry, were so dark with soot that drivers sometimes had to turn on their headlights during the day.
Olympic runner Ryan Tolbert-Jackson is familiar with the effects of smog. She has asthma, which was triggered after she competed at the 1997 World Championships in Athens.
From sea turtles to whales to dolphins and birds, hundreds of thousands of animals die each year because they become entangled in fishing gear.
Where some people see rising sea levels, worsening storms, and polar bears becoming extinct, Sue Hall sees a business plan. The hard-driving London transplant with a Harvard MBA heads the Climate N...
Don't mess with the WWF. We mean the World Wildlife Fund, of course. Charging that the wrestlers breached a 1994 name-sharing arrangement, the nature group sued in Britain and won two rounds, raisi...
They're either coming off altogether or they're going wild. Dressing down at the office has become more common, so tiemakers have come up with eye-catching reasons to tie the knot. Novelty neckwear...
Just three days after India's killer quake struck last September, Anne-Lise Brown, 30, a project director for the AmeriCares Foundation in New Canaan, Conn., was winging to Bombay. Her mission: to ...
Few charities have gone mainstream faster than those that seek to protect the environment. In 1987, environmental groups raised $1.6 billion. Last year, they took in $2.5 billion. Another sign of g...
TEDDY GRAHAMS One vanishing species the World Wildlife Federation need not get alarmed about: the billions of tiny teddy bear cookies disappearing from supermarket shelves across America. Nabisco's...