Plastic bags dumped by the roadside blight the landscape in many placesImage caption: Plastic bags dumped by the roadside blight the landscape in many places

The island nation of Madagascar has a dubious accolade: it is the world-leader in deforestation.

New York has declared a public health emergency following a measles outbreak.

The Netherlands has its first resident wolf population in 140 years, according to ecologists.

Two-year-old Thayi loves the aerosol therapy room at Senegal's Albert Royer Children's Hospital, where she gets to fall asleep on her mother's lap, breathing deeply - something that is usually hard

The Kenyan press is reporting "an outcry" over a ban on all plastic bags coming into effect today.

Eritrean human rights activists have accused the EU of funding a scheme in Eritrea that uses "forced labour".

Roads are not only relatively empty of cars.

People living in one of Mozambique's largest cities have been warned to expect the "worst-case scenario" as a major cyclone makes landfall.

Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated.

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