Performers wearing effigies of world leaders (From L) German chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s president Xi Jinping, US president Barack Obama, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and French president Francois Hollande gather for a breakfast organized by Oxfam NGO in Paris, on the eve of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/ AFP/Getty Images

France has put 24 green activists under house arrest ahead of the United Nations climate talks, using emergency laws put in place following the(...)

A  woman wearing a mask is reflected in a glass panel on a smoggy day in Beijing on Wednesday.  Beijing’s environmental protection bureau warned of poor air quality that could continue in the coming days. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

China has issued 155 coal-fired power plants, generally blamed as one of the chief reasons for the country’s dire pollution problems, environmental pe(...)

Tepco workers standing before the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 28th, 2012. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

David McNeill in Tokyo The Japanese government says it has agreed to compensate a man who contracted leukemia while working at the Fukushima Daiichi n(...)

Kohei and Tomoko Yamauchi, who returned to Naraha after the evacuation order was lifted, inside their house. Photograph: Androniki Christodoulou

The home of Kohei and Tomoko Yamauchi bears little sign of the disaster that forced them to abandon it. On a freezing night in March 2011, the couple(...)

The Rainbow Warrior was heading for the Mururoa Atoll in the south Pacific, where France was planning a series of nuclear tests. Photograph: Patrick Riviere/AFP/Getty Images

An apology by a French spy for the fatal bombing of a Greenpeace ship 30 years ago has been welcomed by an Irish crew member of the vessel. However, (...)

 Divers on  the Great Barrier Reef, which Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called on the Australian government to protect. File photograph: Jeff Hunter/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images

A heritage committee of the Unesco cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raise(...)

Greenpeace activist Sini Saarela of Finland stands in a cage before a court hearing at the Primorsky courthouse in St Petersburg, Russia. Photograph: Dmitri Shamrov/EPA/ Greenpeace International Handout

Russian courts granted bail to nine jailed foreign Greenpeace activists today, a turnaround in Russia‘s treatment of 30 people facing trial over a pro(...)

Musician Damon Albarn  and actor Jude Law  join other demonstrators to protest against the detention in Russia of Greenpeace activists, outside the Russian Embassy in London on October 5th. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Russia was last night dismissive of a legal action by the Dutch government to free the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its 30 passengers, claiming (...)

The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is seen anchored outside the Arctic port city of Murmansk, on the day when members of a Russian Investigation Committee conducted an inspection of it. Photograph: Dmitri Sharomov/Greenpeace/Reuters

Russian authorities have charged two Greenpeace activists with piracy over a protest against Arctic oil drilling, Greenpeace Russia said.One of the ac(...)