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Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve in final push on climate

Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve in final push on climate
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 26-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Roberta Rampton
U.S. President Barack Obama will dramatically expand the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii on Friday, the White House said, an action that will ban commercial fishing from more than 582,500 sq miles (1.5 million sq km) of the Pacific Ocean.

Coastal land expands as construction outpaces sea level rise

Coastal land expands as construction outpaces sea level rise
Photo: Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo

Date: 26-Aug-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The Earth has gained coastal land equivalent to the size of Jamaica in the past 30 years with man-made construction outpacing erosion caused by rising sea levels, mapping data showed on Thursday.

Ancient Greece's restored Tower of Winds keeps its secrets

Ancient Greece's restored Tower of Winds keeps its secrets
Photo: Michalis Karagiannis

Date: 26-Aug-16
Country: GREECE
Author: Karolina Tagaris and Phoebe Fronista
It is said to be the world's first weather station, to date back more than 2,000 years, and to have been used by merchants to tell the time - even in darkness.

Philippines could suspend more mines in environmental crackdown

Philippines could suspend more mines in environmental crackdown
Photo: Romeo Ranco

Date: 26-Aug-16
Country: PHILLIPPINES
Author: Manolo Serapio Jr. and Enrico dela Cruz
The Philippines could suspend more mines in a crackdown on environmental abuses that has halted operations of 10 miners, a minister said on Wednesday, dismissing a claim by mineral producers the review was a "demolition campaign" against them.

GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain

GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/File photo

Date: 26-Aug-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N. Das
A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition.

U.N. aviation emissions pact to let states opt out in first phase: sources

Date: 26-Aug-16
Country: MONTREAL/BRUSSELS
Author: Allison Lampert and Julia Fioretti
A new global deal on curbing aviation emissions will likely give states the right to opt out of its initial voluntary phases, according to sources familiar with the matter, in a concession to developing countries like aviation powerhouses China and India.

Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa
Photo: Jose Cabezas

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: El Salvador
Author: Nelson Renteria
Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing region of El Salvador: to swap his coffee trees for cocoa as a warming climate hit his crop.

Man-made warming dates back almost 200 years: study

Man-made warming dates back almost 200 years: study
Photo: David Gray/File Photo

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Man-made greenhouse gases began to nudge up the Earth's temperatures almost 200 years ago as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace, far earlier than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

Celebrities join Native American pipeline protest in Washington, DC

Celebrities join Native American pipeline protest in Washington, DC
Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Ruthy Munoz
Actors Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough and Shailene Woodley joined members of North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest against construction of a pipeline they say would pollute water and desecrate sacred land.

Obama creates new national monument in Maine forest

Obama creates new national monument in Maine forest
Photo: Yuri Gripas

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated 87,500 acres in Maine's North Woods as a national monument, as the administration prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Spring rain for Australia's north to hold cattle prices high

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Tom Westbrook
Australia's north is forecast to receive above average rainfall over the next three months, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday, boosting cattle herds.

California legislature passes climate change bills

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
California lawmakers voted to extend the state's climate change fighting efforts out to 2030 on Wednesday, giving a new lease on life to the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program in the country.

Wildfire forces closure of south entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Ruffin Prevost
Burning trees and thick smoke from a large Wyoming wildfire have prompted authorities to close the main connecting road between the south end of Yellowstone National Park and the northern border of Grand Teton National Park.

Mexico to ban gasoline oxygenated with ethanol in three urban centers

Date: 25-Aug-16
Country: MEXICO
Author: Ana Isabel Martinez
Mexico will ban the sale of gasoline oxygenated with ethanol beginning in late October in three major urban centers as part of a push to combat the worst pollution in over a decade due to high concentrations of ozone in the atmosphere, government officials say.

Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010

Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010
Photo: Gene Blevins

Date: 23-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Frank McGurty
A pair of fatalities from lightning strikes over the weekend lifted the U.S. death toll from such accidents this year to 29, the most since 2010, the National Weather Service said on Monday.

U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadline

U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadline
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 23-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
U.S. regulators on Monday denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025.

Ivory Coast rains help main cocoa crop, some farmers fear disease

Date: 23-Aug-16
Country: IVORY COAST
Author: Loucoumane Coulibaly
Light rains in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa regions augur well for the crop in the world's biggest producer, farmers said on Monday, but cloudy weather has stoked fears of disease in the south.

Canadian wildlife officers kill nine bears in three days

Date: 23-Aug-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Ethan Lou
Authorities have killed nine bears in three days in a western Canadian city, a conservation officer said on Monday, warning that the death toll will rise if unsecured trash continues to draw the animals into residential areas.

Solar power brings northern Mali much needed light

Date: 23-Aug-16
Country: MALI
Residents in Kidal in northern Mali are finding it easier to work and study into the night thanks to a solar lighting project recently introduced to the area

Wild fires spread in southern France, four firemen injured

Wild fires spread in southern France, four firemen injured
Photo: Philippe Laurenson

Date: 11-Aug-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Jean-Francois Rosnoblet et Gerard Bon
Several wild fires broke out in various parts of southern France on Wednesday, causing a major firefighting operation in which four firemen were injured, three of them seriously, the interior ministry said in a statement.

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture

China backs GMO soybeans in push for high-tech agriculture
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 11-Aug-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Dominique Patton
China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years as it seeks to raise the efficiency of its agriculture sector, potentially boosting output of the crop by the world's top soy importer and consumer.

Peru detects fresh oil spill from decades-old Amazon pipeline

Date: 11-Aug-16
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj
A fresh oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon was detected from the country's four-decades-old pipeline on Thursday, operator Petroperu said, bringing the number of leaks this year to four.

Philippines suspends two more mines in environmental crackdown

Date: 11-Aug-16
Country: PHILLIPPINES
Author: Enrico dela Cruz
The Philippine government has suspended the operations of two more mines, one of them producing nickel, due to environmental violations, amid an ongoing audit of mining businesses across the Southeast Asian country, officials said on Thursday.

China halts work on $15 billion nuclear waste project after protests

Date: 11-Aug-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
A Chinese city has suspended preliminary work on a proposed 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) nuclear waste processing plant following protests by local residents concerned about health risks.

U.N. chief urges large nations to ratify Paris climate accord

U.N. chief urges large nations to ratify Paris climate accord
Photo: Agustin Marcarian

Date: 09-Aug-16
Country: ARGENTINA
Author: Gram Slattery
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Argentina and other large nations to ratify the Paris climate accord at a Buenos Aires conference on Monday, and Argentina's foreign minister said she hoped the country would do so by the end of the year.

Javier swirls toward Mexico's Baja Peninsula resorts, no hurricane seen

Javier swirls toward Mexico's Baja Peninsula resorts, no hurricane seen
Photo: Eduardo Resendiz

Date: 09-Aug-16
Country: MEXICO
Author: Christine Murray and David Alire Garcia
Tropical Storm Javier was expected to bring wind and rain to Mexico's tourist haven of Cabo San Lucas later on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, adding that it was no longer expected to become a hurricane.

German court to speed up VW investor lawsuits

German court to speed up VW investor lawsuits
Photo: Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

Date: 09-Aug-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Andreas Cremer
A German court will adopt a rarely used class-action style procedure to more efficiently process claims by investors seeking damages from Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) over a diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to a ruling.

Italy's anti-trust agency fines VW over diesel emissions

Italy's anti-trust agency fines VW over diesel emissions
Photo: Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Date: 09-Aug-16
Country: ITALY
Author: Isla Binnie
Italy's anti-trust agency said on Monday it had fined German carmaker Volkswagen 5 million euros ($5.54 million) for allegedly misinforming car buyers about diesel emissions results.

Chevron wins U.S. ruling blocking $8.6 billion Ecuador rainforest award

Chevron wins U.S. ruling blocking $8.6 billion Ecuador rainforest award
Photo: Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Date: 09-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
Chevron Corp persuaded a federal appeals court on Monday to block enforcement in the United States of an $8.65 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment that it said, and which the court agreed, was obtained through bribery and fraud.

Colorado anti-fracking initiatives hit signature target

Date: 09-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Liz Hampton
Environmental groups in Colorado on Monday said they collected enough signatures to add proposed anti-fracking initiatives to a state ballot in November, as long as their petitions make it through a validation review by the Secretary of State's office.

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