Since last year's 'Red Sludge' disaster, Hungary's worst environmental tragedy, Hungarians have used the tools of democracy to seek restitution – a rarity in this former Communist state.
As Russia invests $3 billion to attract visitors, it could open a nature preserve with the largest concentration of active volcanoes and geysers in Eurasia to tourism.
Green energy sources now account for 20 percent of Germany's electricity production – a new high. Germany aims to be 35 percent green by 2020, and to have phased out nuclear power by 2022.
Although Shell has apologized for the North Sea spill, which has yet to be contained, the oil company's belated release of information is still drawing criticism from environmentalists.
Shell oil spill: Although the amount of oil involved in the Shell spill off the coast of Scotland is an order of magnitude smaller than BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster — around 1,300 barrels so far compared to an estimated 4.9 million in the Gulf — the spill undercuts Shell's earlier suggestions that it is a safer company than BP.
Smoke rises from a garbage mountain as garbage collectors work on a dump site in Guiyang, in southwest China's Guizhou province, in 2008. As more Chinese ride the nation's economic boom, a torrent of garbage is one result. Cities are bursting at the seams, and local officials struggle to cope.
Greenpeace activists dressed up as climate change refugees before floating on a symbolic melting iceberg on the River Danube in front of the Parliament building of Budapest, Hungary. Greenpeace wants Hungary, hosting the six months rotating EU Presidency till the end of June, to push the European Union to reduce its CO2 gas emission by up to 30 percent.
ICANN, the group that manages the use of Internet suffixes such as '.com,' has announced that next year, websites can make their own suffixes. With a big fee involved, not everyone will do it, but the move could unleash reams of new suffixes on web surfers.
An International Atomic Energy Agency report Wednesday said it was the tsunami that followed the March 11 earthquake that damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.