36岁的律师路易斯庞(Lewis Pugh)周一开始尝试畅游长达203英里（约127 公里）的英国泰晤士河。但是在下水之前, 他不得不跑完19英里（约12公里）的干旱河床。因为泰晤士河在源头科茨沃尔德已经变成了一条溪流。
Swimmer's Thames marathon begins with dry run
Lewis Pugh, a 36-year-old lawyer and dedicated endurance swimmer, set off on Monday to swim the 203-mile length of England's river Thames. But he had to begin his journey with a 19-mile run on the dry riverbed, as the river is just a trickle at its source in the Cotswolds.
EU to propose limits on chemicals in lakes, rivers
The European Union's executive arm will propose new rules next week to reduce water pollution in the 25-nation bloc's lakes and rivers to try to cut down on substances that harm the environment and human health.
Greens slam G8 over climate change, nuclear boost
Environmental advocacy groups accused the Group of Eight industrial nations on Sunday of failing to take seriously the problems of climate change and the dangers of nuclear energy.
Chinese President Hu urges efforts to ensure global energy security
The international community should take joint efforts to ensure global energy security, Chinese President Hu Jintao said in St. Peterburg, Russia on Monday.
Tibetan antelope population grows to 150,000
The population of the endangered Tibetan antelope has grown to nearly 150,000, according to a Chinese forestry report, which took 18 years to compile and is the first scientific survey of its kind.
Loess Plateau home to worst soil erosion in China
The Loess Plateau, on the middle and upper reaches of Yellow River, is home to the most severe soil erosion in China, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Although the problem has been tackled for many years, soil erosion on the Loess Plateau covers an area of 450,000 km², 71% of the soil erosion in China.
Briefing: consumption and consumerism
Nations rich and poor need to reduce the impact of consumption on their natural resources, writes Maryann Bird, in the seventh of a series of guides to hot topics in a warming world.