As the year draws to an end, the EU's largest economy is expanding rapidly. After a slow start in which Germany narrowly avoided recession, the latest figures say it's back on track and will grow firmly into 2014 as well.
When humans get loud, the impacts are far-reaching for fish, mammals, birds, insects and even plants. The effects are similar, and similarly bad.
Britain is again hunting for a suitable site to store its highly radioactive nuclear waste after a previous attempt was blocked by residents. Rural areas could be given cash if they house the underground facility.
Thousands of Australians, including farmers on horseback, have marched through Sydney, calling for an end to coal mining and a focus on renewable energy. The rally participants say mining projects damage productive land.
We are most sensitive to sounds when they disturb us. This is when sound becomes noise, knocking many species — on land, underwater and in the air — off balance. How big a problem is it?
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