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Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy

Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy
Photo: Bertrand Piccard/SI2/Handout via Reuters

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: ABU DHABI
Author: Stanley Carvalho
A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage that demonstrated the potential of renewable energy.

Brazil agency to say Rio Olympics will bring no environmental gains: sources

Brazil agency to say Rio Olympics will bring no environmental gains: sources
Photo: Ricardo Moraes

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Lisandra Paraguassu and Leonardo Goy
Brazil's top government finance and spending regulator is expected to report in the coming months that Rio de Janeiro will receive almost none of the environmental benefits promised by organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games, officials working on the report told Reuters.

California firefighters battling wildfires face hot, windy weather

California firefighters battling wildfires face hot, windy weather
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles on Wednesday face a second consecutive day of scorching weather and erratic winds that could hinder their efforts.

Husky says Canadian oil spill started day before pipeline was shut

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel and Nia Williams
An oil spill into a major Canadian river from a Husky Energy Inc pipeline started late on July 20, but flows were not shut down until the following morning, the company said on Tuesday.

Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Nita Bhalla
More than 1.2 million people in northeast India have been hit by floods which have submerged hundreds of villages, inundated large swathes of farmland and damaged roads, bridges and telecommunications services, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Land used for palm oil could double without damaging forests: researchers

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Chris Arsenault
The area covered by palm oil plantations worldwide could double without damaging protected areas or sensitive forests, Austrian researchers said on Tuesday.

Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: UK
Author: Zoe Tabary
Record temperatures in the first half of 2016 have taken scientists by surprise despite widespread recognition that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, the director of the World Climate Research Program said.

Obama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees

Obama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees
Photo: Mark Blinch

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
The White House on Thursday said it was expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of a broader effort to boost EV sales.

Lithium rivals SQM and Albemarle sign environment deal

Lithium rivals SQM and Albemarle sign environment deal
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien
SQM and Albemarle's Rockwood, two of the world's biggest lithium producers, have agreed to work together on "environmental administration" of the giant Chilean salt flats where they operate, SQM said on Thursday.

African honeyguide birds aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership

African honeyguide birds aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership
Photo: Claire Spottiswoode/Science/ Handout via

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A small African bird that guides people to bees' nests hoping to share honey and wax responds to hunters' special calls in a rare example of a partnership between wild animals and humans, scientists said on Thursday.

China launches new alert system to tame wind power investments

China launches new alert system to tame wind power investments
Photo: Jason Lee/Files

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen
China has launched a risk alerting system to prevent further investments in wind power generation in certain locations, after large amounts of power were wasted due to inadequate power transmission infrastructure.

Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: BULGARIA
Author: Angel Krasimirov
Carcasses of dolphins are washing up on Bulgaria's Black Sea beaches at a higher than normal rate, with a record 108 dead animals discovered this year, local authorities said on Thursday.

After warming fast, part of Antarctica gets a chill: study

After warming fast, part of Antarctica gets a chill: study
Photo: Alister Doyle/File Photo

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The Antarctic Peninsula, among the fastest warming places on Earth last century, has since cooled due to natural swings in the local climate, scientists said on Wednesday, adding that the respite from the thaw is likely to be brief.

South Africa's great white sharks could die out: study

South Africa's great white sharks could die out: study
Photo: Scott Eisen/Files

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Wendell Roelf
There are 350-520 great white sharks left off the South African coast, 50 percent fewer than previously thought, according to a six year study carried out mainly in Gansbaai, a shark hotspot 160 kilometers from Cape Town. South Africa's great white sharks could die out due to human interference, ocean pollution and a limited gene pool, a new study released on Wednesday showed.

Heavy rain disrupts trains, flights in Chinese capital

Heavy rain disrupts trains, flights in Chinese capital
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Beijing newsroom
Persistent heavy rain on Wednesday caused widespread disruption in the Chinese capital, Beijing, forcing the delay and cancellation of hundreds of flights and the closure of some subway stations.

U.S., Enbridge reach $177 million pipeline spill settlement

U.S., Enbridge reach $177 million pipeline spill settlement
Photo: Rebecca Cook/File Photo

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici & Julie Gordon
Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) has agreed to pay $177 million in penalties and improved safety measures in a settlement with the U.S. government tied to one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history.

China pipeline fire kills two, cuts gas supplies

China pipeline fire kills two, cuts gas supplies
Photo: Bobby Yip/File Photo

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Aizhu Chen
China's Sinopec has shut down a section of the Sichuan-East China gas pipeline in the country's central region after it was hit by a landslide and fire, killing two people.

Brazil state could ban dam design used at Samarco mine

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marta Nogueira
A Brazilian state law to ban upstream tailings dams, the design used at a dam that collapsed at the Samarco iron ore mine in November, could be approved this year, an environmental official for the state of Minas Gerais told Reuters on Wednesday.

El Nino driving child marriage and labor across southern Africa: agencies

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Katy Migiro
Tens of thousands of children across southern Africa are being pushed out of school and into early marriage or child labor because of drought and hunger caused by the El Nino weather pattern, charities said on Wednesday.

Rotterdam offers burial at sea for greenhouse gases

Rotterdam offers burial at sea for greenhouse gases
Photo: Francois Lenoir/File Photo

Date: 20-Jul-16
Country: NETHERLANS/BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis and Robert-Jan Bartunek
A scheme to collect millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and bury them under the North Sea off the coast of Rotterdam is Europe's best hope of showing it can make carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology work.

Australian farmers left high and dry after report rejects drought insurance

Australian farmers left high and dry after report rejects drought insurance
Photo: David Gray/File Photo

Date: 20-Jul-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
An Australian government commissioned report on Tuesday rejected drought insurance for farmers as uneconomical, dashing landowner hopes of a change in government policy which could help boost output to meet Asia's fast-growing food market.

Monsanto rejects Bayer's sweetened offer, open to talks

Monsanto rejects Bayer's sweetened offer, open to talks
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 20-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Greg Roumeliotis in New York, Ludwig Berger in Frankfurt and Swetha Gopinath and Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru
U.S. seed company Monsanto Co turned down a sweetened $64 billion acquisition offer from Bayer AG,but said it was open to further talks with the German healthcare and chemicals group as well as other parties.

Vienna climate meeting aims for progress on deal to cut HFC use

Date: 20-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Diplomats meeting in Vienna this week hope to take a major step toward a deal under the Montreal Protocol to decrease the use of a potent greenhouse gas, in what could be the most significant measure to combat global warming since last year's Paris climate agreement.

UK's 2050 CO2 goal to cost extra 30 billion pounds without CCS: report

Date: 20-Jul-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Meeting Britain's carbon emissions reduction target for 2050 will cost an additional 30 billion pounds ($40 billion) without large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, a report by the National Audit Office shows.

How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land: U.N. expert

Date: 20-Jul-16
Country: ITALY
Author: Magdalena Mis
Indigenous people are better than governments at preventing forests from being cut and should be seen as a solution, not a barrier to protecting them, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People said on Tuesday.

China's urban air quality improves in first half: ministry

China's urban air quality improves in first half: ministry
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 19-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Nick Heath and Winni Zhou
Air quality in China's largest cities continued to improve during the first six months of 2016, the country's environment ministry said on Sunday.

U.S. regulators say fuel efficiency pays, despite cheaper gas

U.S. regulators say fuel efficiency pays, despite cheaper gas
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 19-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
Automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency by 2025, but the fleet-wide improvement will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup trucks and SUVs, federal regulators said Monday.

Ships worsen air pollution over China, killing thousands: study

Ships worsen air pollution over China, killing thousands: study
Photo: Aly Song/File Photo

Date: 19-Jul-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A boom in shipping is aggravating air pollution in China and other nations in East Asia, causing thousands of deaths a year in a region with eight of the world's 10 biggest container ports, scientists said on Monday.

India doubles down on solar parks after SunEdison setback

India doubles down on solar parks after SunEdison setback
Photo: Amit Dave/Files

Date: 19-Jul-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N. Das
India will double the target for energy to be generated from solar parks by 2020, a top government official said, as roof-top installations progress slower than anticipated and U.S. company SunEdison's projects are threatened by its bankruptcy.

Can we feed the world without cutting forests? It can be done, says U.N.

Date: 19-Jul-16
Country: ITALY
Author: Magdalena Mis
Agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation globally fueled by a growing demand for food, yet it is possible to feed the world without cutting forests, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

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