Scientists say that more than 100 thousand varieties of rice have been safeguarded for the future.
Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.
There's a 70% chance of a recurrence of the El Niño weather event before the end of this year, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.
More than 1,500 listings of live animals for sale have been found on Facebook in Thailand by a wildlife trafficking watchdog.
The starting pistol has been fired in a race to develop "climate change resistant" wheat with the publication of a map of the crop's genes.
The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world.
Endangered monkeys and apes will almost certainly face new risks if Africa becomes a big player in the palm oil industry.
Almost every species of lemur, wide-eyed primates unique to Madagascar, are under threat of extinction.
Australian researchers say for the first time an entire city has been protected from viral disease dengue.
South Africa will push ahead with plans to amend the constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation, its president says.
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