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Infection from pregnancy killed endangered orca off Canada's Pacific coast

Infection from pregnancy killed endangered orca off Canada's Pacific coast
Photo: Comox Valley Echo/Michael Briones

Date: 17-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A pregnant killer whale from an endangered population in the U.S. Pacific Northwest that was found floating dead near Canada died of an infection linked to her nearly full-term fetus, according to preliminary necropsy results.

Indonesia lax when illegal loggers clear forests for palm plantations

Date: 17-Dec-14
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Chris Arsenault
A drop in world palm oil prices is not expected to slow illegal logging in Indonesia's rainforests as companies continue to expand plantations, according to a new report.

Thailand fails to clean poisoned creek despite court order: rights group

Date: 17-Dec-14
Country: THAILAND
Author: Thin Lei Win
Hundreds of families in western Thailand are suffering from lead poisoning near a polluted creek that the government has failed to clean up despite a court order two years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Parts of Pacific Ocean close to El Nino thresholds: Australia weather bureau

Date: 17-Dec-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean have exceeded El Nino thresholds for several weeks and there is a greater than 70 percent chance of the weather pattern emerging, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday.

Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth

Rare white rhino dies at San Diego zoo, leaving only five on earth
Photo: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo/Handout

Date: 16-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Mary Wisniewski
One of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday.

Paris climate summit faces tougher job after modest Lima deal

Paris climate summit faces tougher job after modest Lima deal
Photo: Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Date: 16-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici
A Paris summit in 2015 will face a tougher task to agree a U.N. deal to slow climate change after the hopes of many that cooperation between Washington and Beijing would be a magic key to end global gridlock dissolved in chaotic preparatory talks in Lima.

Denmark to claim slice of continental shelf in Arctic Ocean

Denmark to claim slice of continental shelf in Arctic Ocean
Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix Denmark

Date: 16-Dec-14
Country: DEMARK
Author: Ole Mikkelsen
Denmark will claim on Monday ownership of around 900,000 square kilometers of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean by filing documents to United Nations.

Cyclone with a catch: Indian fishermen enjoy bountiful haul

Date: 16-Dec-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Amarjyoti Borah
The cyclones that tear through India with increasing frequency often leave devastation in their wake. But sometimes they can also bring benefits, as the fisherman in India's lower Assam districts of Dhubri and Goalpara have discovered.

Developing states left in dark on 2020 climate finance goal

Date: 16-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Megan Rowling
Major questions persist over how rich countries will boost funding for poorer nations to tackle climate change in the next five years, after U.N. climate talks failed to decide on clear plans.

Let nature play a role in climate adaptation, experts urge: TRFN

Let nature play a role in climate adaptation, experts urge: TRFN
Photo: Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Date: 15-Dec-14
Country: Peru
Author: Saleem Shaikh
When the rainy season comes and floods the fields, poor families in northwest Bangladesh once cut trees to survive or went hungry.

Indonesia rescuers use earth-movers in landslide rescue as toll rises to 32

Indonesia rescuers use earth-movers in landslide rescue as toll rises to 32

Date: 15-Dec-14
Country: Indonesia
Author: Chris Nusatya and Michael Taylor
Indonesian rescuers on Sunday used heavy-lifting equipment for the first time to clear roads leading to the site of a landslide that destroyed a village and killed at least 32 people, officials said, with scores still missing.

Dozens of trekkers cut off by snowfall near Mount Everest

Date: 15-Dec-14
Country: Nepal
Author: Gopal Sharma
Dozens of foreign hikers and Nepali guides returning from a trekking trip to the base camp of Mount Everest have been cut off by heavy snowfall, a police official said on Sunday.

Latin American countries criticized at climate talks for oil plans

Date: 15-Dec-14
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
Latin American countries, participating in crucial global climate talks being hosted in the region this week, came under criticism for their plans to drastically increase oil production.

India on alert after oil spill in Sundarbans

Date: 15-Dec-14
Country: India
Author: Serajul Quadir & Sujoy Dhar
Authorities on India's eastern coast are on alert after a tanker and another vessel collided, spilling more than 350,000 liters of furnace oil into the waters of the Sundarban tidal mangrove forests in neighboring Bangladesh.

Protecting mangroves can lower disaster risks, offer cash: experts

Protecting mangroves can lower disaster risks, offer cash: experts
Photo: Danish Siddiqui

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Saleem Shaikh
Better protecting the world's fast-disappearing mangroves could have big economic, social and environmental benefits, experts said at the U.N. climate talks in Lima this week.

Peru's melting glaciers a deadly threat as temperatures rise

Peru's melting glaciers a deadly threat as temperatures rise
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj
High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes. Scientists warn that if a giant chunk of ice from the Hualcan glacier breaks off it could trigger a tsunami-like wave in Laguna 513 and send a lethal torrent of water cascading down the valley.

Migration stripping Pacific Islands of climate change know-how

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Catherine Wilson
Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place effective climate change policies and adaptation projects.

U.S. Coast Guard responding to oil spill in New Jersey: report

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Jose
The U.S. Coast Guard was responding to an oil spill in Sandy Hook Bay, Monmouth County in New Jersey on Thursday, news website nj.com reported.

Chinese builders bemoan green costs, risking government targets

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Clare Jim
Chinese developers are opting against constructing environment-friendly real estate because costs far outweigh the incentives, jeopardizing the government's goal of building 1 billion square meters of green space by the end of next year.

As Japan burns more coal, climate policies under pressure

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori
Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear.

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans
Photo: MARCUS ERIKSEN/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: WILL DUNHAM
There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

Up to 17,000 people without power as 'weather bomb' hits Britain

Up to 17,000 people without power as 'weather bomb' hits Britain
Photo: DARREN STAPLES

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: UK
Author: Costas Pitas
Up to 17,000 residents in the west of Scotland were left without power on Wednesday morning as a "weather bomb" of wet and windy conditions battered parts of Britain with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h).

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: COURTNEY SHERWOOD
Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools.

Greenpeace apologizes for protest at Peru's Nazca Lines

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Marcelo Teixeira;
Environmental activist group Greenpeace apologized on Wednesday for a protest it organized at the ancient Nazca Lines etched in a desert in Peru.

Green Climate Fund to back energy 'paradigm shift': director

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Megan Rowling
The Green Climate Fund will invest in energy projects that shift away from "business as usual" and have a significant impact on curbing climate change, its executive director has said.

Lava flows toward Hawaii village, threatens major intersection

Lava flows toward Hawaii village, threatens major intersection
Photo: Karin Stanton

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: HAWAII
Author: Karin Stanton
Slow-moving lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island continued to flow toward a small village, advancing about 250 yards on Monday, and threatened to reach a major traffic intersection before year's end.

Exxon says spill in Illinois river is minor, not from Joliet refinery

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Koustav Samanta
Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday that the release of an unidentified substance from a vessel into the Des Plaines river in Illinois on Monday was minor and not related to its Joliet refinery operations.

Australia pledges $200 million to Green Climate Fund

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Matt Siegel
Australia will contribute A$200 million over four years into a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, despite earlier having said it did not intend to contribute to the fund

EU presses for accountability, opening rift at UN climate talks

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Alister Doyle
European Union insistence on a right to challenge nations about their plans for fighting climate change, in the run-up to a United Nations summit in 2015, opened a rift at U.N. climate talks in Lima on Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf spill settlement

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf spill settlement
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard/Files/Handout

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP's challenge to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which the oil giant complained has allowed payouts to some businesses that are unable to trace their losses to the disaster.