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Four British power firms call for carbon tax extension

Four British power firms call for carbon tax extension
Photo: Dylan Martinez

Date: 27-Sep-16
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
Four British power generators have called on the government to maintain the country's carbon tax until at least 2025, according to a letter seen by Reuters, putting them at odds with industrial groups who want it scrapped.

India to speed up hydropower building on rivers flowing into Pakistan: source

India to speed up hydropower building on rivers flowing into Pakistan: source
Photo: Danish Ismail

Date: 27-Sep-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Tommy Wilkes
India will accelerate its building of new hydropower plants along three rivers that flow into Pakistan, a source familiar with the plan said on Monday, in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations with its neighbor a week after an attack on an Indian army base.

OceanaGold has not violated environmental regulation in Philippines: CEO

Date: 27-Sep-16
Country: PHILLIPPINES
Author: Manolo Serapio Jr.
OceanaGold Corp, the top gold producer in the Philippines, has not violated environmental regulations in the Southeast Asian country, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, braces for flooding as river expected to crest

Date: 27-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Mclaughlin
Emergency crews have erected nearly 10 miles (16 km) of temporary flood barricades and laid a quarter-million sandbags in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as residents braced on Monday for what could be the second-largest flood in the city's history, officials said

Fear of polar vortex repeat lifts U.S. natgas from doldrums

Date: 27-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino
Fears that the coming winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex of two years ago has started a scramble in markets for natural gas, driving the primary U.S. heating fuel's price to 16-month highs.

Three Mississippi River locks may close due to flood: Army Corps

Date: 27-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Karl Plume
Flooding on the Mississippi River is likely to close three locks on the grain shipping waterway from southern Iowa to northern Missouri later this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Monday.

Climate change could cross key threshold in a decade: scientists

Climate change could cross key threshold in a decade: scientists
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 23-Sep-16
Country: UK
Author: Laurie Goering
The planet could pass a key target on world temperature rise in about a decade, prompting accelerating loss of glaciers, steep declines in water availability, worsening land conflicts and deepening poverty, scientists said this week.

Native American tribes bring Dakota pipeline fight to U.S. Congress

Native American tribes bring Dakota pipeline fight to U.S. Congress
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 23-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Richard Cowan
Native American tribes took their fight to Washington on Thursday to stop development of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline, as Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the federal government to scrap construction permits and reconsider the project.

U.S., Canada aboriginal tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines

U.S., Canada aboriginal tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines
Photo: Ben Nelms

Date: 23-Sep-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel
Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment.

Undersea quake measuring 6.4 magnitude strikes southeast of Tokyo: USGS

Date: 23-Sep-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Michael Perry
A strong undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck southeast of Tokyo on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Climate deal comes one step closer to effect at United Nations

Climate deal comes one step closer to effect at United Nations
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: UNITED NATIONS
Author: Michelle Nichols and Valerie Volcovici
An agreement to fight global warming came one step closer to taking effect on Wednesday when dozens of countries deposited their ratification of the deal at the United Nations, taking the total to 60, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

UK pledges to ratify Paris climate deal by year-end

UK pledges to ratify Paris climate deal by year-end
Photo: Eduardo Munoz

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: UK
Author: Oleg Vukmanovic
British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to world leaders to ratify the Paris agreement to slow climate change by the end of the year.

Philippines to suspend 12 more mines in environmental crackdown

Philippines to suspend 12 more mines in environmental crackdown
Photo: Romeo Ranoco

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: PHILLIPPINES
Author: Neil Jerome Morales and Enrico dela Cruz
A dozen more Philippine mines, mostly nickel projects, are in danger of being suspended in an ongoing environmental crackdown on the sector, an environment undersecretary said on Wednesday.

Rusty patched bumble bee proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species.

EU court rules against Britain over power plant emissions

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Philip Blenkinsop
Britain failed to respect European Union limits on nitrogen oxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Wales, the European Court of Justice said on Wednesday.

Corn mold lurks in U.S. fields, threatening crop yields

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Julie Ingwersen
A fungal disease called Diplodia ear rot is lurking in corn fields in portions of the U.S. Midwest, and crop experts and farmers fear lower yields and crop damage that could force growers to accept steep discounts on the cash market.

France to seek compensation from carmakers exceeding CO2 goals

Date: 22-Sep-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Yann Le Guernigou and Laurence Frost
France may seek compensation from carmakers whose vehicles far exceed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions targets in normal driving, budget minister Christian Eckert said on Wednesday.

U.S. nuclear waste backlog could be eased by private disposal: Moniz

U.S. nuclear waste backlog could be eased by private disposal: Moniz
Photo: Joshua Roberts

Date: 21-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The United States could alleviate growing stockpiles of nuclear waste at U.S. power plants by allowing private companies to dispose of it and foster support for new nuclear projects, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Tuesday.

U.S., Montana to make announcement on 2011 Exxon pipeline spill

U.S., Montana to make announcement on 2011 Exxon pipeline spill
Photo: John Warner

Date: 21-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Tim Ahmann
The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it would join officials from Montana and other federal agencies on Wednesday to announce a "significant development" toward restoring natural resources damaged by a 2011 crude oil spill from a pipeline owned by Exxon Mobil Corp.

More than 300 scientists warn over Trump's climate change stance

More than 300 scientists warn over Trump's climate change stance
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 21-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Hundreds of top scientists warned on Tuesday against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's vow to pull the United States out of the Paris climate-warming accord if elected in November.

Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 'haze' deaths

Indonesia rejects U.S. research estimate of 100,000 'haze' deaths
Photo: Rony Muharrman/Antara Foto/Files

Date: 21-Sep-16
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Fergus Jensen and Bernadette Christina Munthe
Harvard and Columbia university research showing smoke from land fires in Southeast Asia led to more than 100,000 premature deaths last year "makes no sense at all," an official at Indonesia's Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Regional powers back studies on impact of Ethiopia's Nile dam

Date: 21-Sep-16
Country: SUDAN
Author: Khaled Abdelaziz
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia commissioned studies into the environmental and economic impact of a $4 billion dam on the Nile that Addis Ababa aims to make the centerpiece of its bid to become Africa's biggest power exporter.

Florida sinkhole to cost Mosaic up to $50 million to fix

Date: 21-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Rod Nickel
A massive leak of contaminated water through a sinkhole at a Mosaic Co fertilizer facility in Florida will cost it $20 million to $50 million to fix, a company executive said on Tuesday.

California restricts pollutants from cow flatulence to diesel emissions

California restricts pollutants from cow flatulence to diesel emissions
Photo: Alex Gallardo

Date: 20-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California on Monday moved to restrict air pollutants from sources as diverse as diesel trucks and cow flatulence, the latest of several efforts in the most populous U.S. state to reduce emissions leading to climate change.

Canada will impose nationwide carbon price: minister

Canada will impose nationwide carbon price: minister
Photo: Chris Wattie

Date: 20-Sep-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Ethan Lou
Canada will impose a carbon price on provinces that do not adequately regulate emissions by themselves, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Sunday without giving details on how the Liberal government will do so.

Australia settles six years after Barrier Reef marine accident

Date: 20-Sep-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: James Regan
Australia on Monday reached a A$39.3 million ($29.66 million) out-of-court settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that ran aground in 2010 on the Great Barrier Reef.

DiCaprio's 'Before The Flood' a wake-up call on climate change: director

Date: 20-Sep-16
Country: UK
Author: Lin Taylor
Turning a blind eye to climate change will come at a price the world can no longer afford to pay, the director of a documentary produced by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio said on Monday.

Solar scale-up in Pakistan hits roadblock after payments slashed

Date: 20-Sep-16
Country: PAKISTAN
Author: Aamir Saeed
An effort to boost large-scale solar energy production in Pakistan has hit a roadblock after the government cut the rate it pays for solar electricity, frustrating investors.

Israel looks for firms to build its largest solar power facility

Date: 20-Sep-16
Country: ISRAEL
Author: ARI Rabinovitch
Israel is planning a tender for building its largest ever solar power facility, which will have a capacity of up to 500 megawatts, in the southern Negev desert.

Obama joins other world leaders to create new ocean sanctuaries

Obama joins other world leaders to create new ocean sanctuaries
Photo: Hugh Gentry

Date: 16-Sep-16
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe and Lesley Wroughton
The United States on Thursday joined more than 20 countries in creating 40 new marine sanctuaries around the world to protect oceans from the threat of climate change and pollution.

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