After Canada, Norway, which also hunts seals in large numbers, has threatened to submit a complaint to the WTO if the European Parliament bans the import of products derived from seals. A vote is expected in early May.
Violence in Kenya, between inhabitants of the centre of the country and members of an unlawful mafia-style sect, has provoked reports and interest from the Web. Also: internet users rally for Earth Day.
As the world marks Earth Day, environment ministers from the leading industrialised and developing nations gather in Sicily for three days of talks on agreeing to an international accord to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Signatories of the Antarctic Treaty agreed to impose new limits on the size of cruise ships and the number of passengers landing in Antarctica. The countries agreed to the restrictions in a bid to protect the region's fragile ecosystem.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shifted course by deeming carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a health risk. The move marks a significant shift away from the Bush administration on the issue of climate change.
There is plenty more fish in the sea the old saying goes, but there are in fact less and less of them, with some species facing extinction. This week 'Environment' looks at the fate of the bluefin tuna and the problems in Lake Victoria.
Up to 5,000 orangutans from an endangered species could be living in Borneo, scientists say, after the discovery of over 200 orangutan "nests" on the island. The news raises hope for the survival of what was thought to be a nearly extinct species.
In this edition: the landslide victory for the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria's elections does not satisfy the opposition; Morocco clamps down on counterfeit products; the fight against the desert continues in Mauritania.