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Latest News (148 stories)

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could threaten homes, scientists say

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Malia Mattoch Manus
State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood.

Exxon Mobil unit to pay $1.4 million penalty for Louisiana oil spill

Exxon Mobil unit to pay $1.4 million penalty for Louisiana oil spill
Photo: Jessica Rinaldi

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aruna Viswanatha
An Exxon Mobil Corp unit has agreed to pay $1.4 million to resolve U.S. government claims over a 2012 crude oil spill in Louisiana, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Plastic bag ban stalls in California amid manufacturers' opposition

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aaron Mendelson
Prospects are dimming for a ban on plastic grocery bags in California, as the legislative session winds down and supporters remain three votes short of a majority in the face of strong opposition from manufacturers.

U.S. court rules for groups defending historic site from coal mining

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Mica Rosenberg
A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of environmental groups fighting to protect the site of a historic 1920s-era labor battle between miners and companies in West Virginia from being destroyed by modern-day coal mining.

Lightning strike kills police dog in Florida

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
A lightning strike apparently killed a police dog in northern Florida after the animal was left in a kennel during a thunderstorm, the local police department said on Tuesday.

Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Lisa Marie Garza
A nearly complete skeleton of a mammoth that died 20,000 to 40,000 years ago is pictured near Dallas,Texas in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 26, 2014.

Two endangered Florida panther cubs die after being hit by cars

Two endangered Florida panther cubs die after being hit by cars
Photo: TIM DONOVAN/FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
Two rare Florida panther cubs were struck and killed by cars during the weekend, authorities said on Monday, bringing the total road deaths for the endangered species to 16 this year.

California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

California wine country quake losses seen in the billions
Photo: STEPHEN LAM

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
The strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's historic Napa Valley wine country out of their beds in the wee hours on Sunday caused insured property losses likely to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's economic losses will be several times that amount, experts said on Monday.

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Barani Krishnan
A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

Storm watch issued for Bermuda; Cristobal moving away from Bahamas: NHC

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: BERMUDA
Author: Koustav Samanta
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda due to Tropical Storm Cristobal, which was moving slowly away from the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Monday afternoon.

A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: ZACHARY FAGENSON
A Miami man remained hospitalized in serious condition after a crocodile for the first time in Florida history attacked a pair of late-night swimmers near an upscale suburb, a wildlife official said on Monday.

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Bills to regulate California groundwater use opposed by farmers

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Joaquin Palomino
A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures' fates in the waning days of the state's legislative session this week.

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes southern Peru: USGS

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck southern Peru on Sunday, shaking the capital Lima 300 miles away but triggering no widespread damage or injuries.

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised
Photo: David Gray

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: UK
Author: Magda Mis
If you recently bought a pair of jeans or ate a burger for dinner, followed by a nice cup of coffee, you probably didn't link the touch of cotton or the aroma of the food to the amount of water that was used to produce them.

Conservation of Amazon threatened by poor social conditions of its people: study

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: Brazil
Author: Astrid Zweynert
The conservation of Brazil's Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.

Iceland lowers volcano warning as no sign of eruption

Iceland lowers volcano warning as no sign of eruption
Photo: Sigtryggur Johannsson

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Robert Robertsson
Iceland lowered its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry to orange from red on Sunday after further analysis of an apparent eruption under a glacier found there had been no eruption after all.

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls
Photo: Toru Hanai

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Japan
Author: Toru Hanai
Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

Oil spill that fouled Mexican river will take months to clean up

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Mexico
Author: David Alire Garcia and Adriana Barrera
An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up, the country's top water authority said on Thursday.

Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aaron Mendelson
The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.

Atlantic slows warming, temperature rises seen resuming from 2030: study

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Alister Doyle
The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said.

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park
Photo: Karen Parker

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
A rare Florida panther, found near death as a 1-pound newborn in January, bounded into its permanent new fenced home in a state park on Thursday, now a lively, nearly 50-pound kitten.

PETA joins protest against sale of rabbit meat at Whole Foods

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: John Clarie
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined a nationwide protest to stop Whole Foods stores from selling rabbit meat, the animal rights group said Thursday.

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes
Photo: Eric Gallard

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano

Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano
Photo: Sigtryggur Johannsson

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Mia Shanley
Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption.

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Robert-Jan Bartunek
Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday.

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Rich Mckay
A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Los Angeles waterslide plan draws protests during drought

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daina Beth Solomon
Plans to set up a three-block-long "slip 'n slide" in Los Angeles next month have drawn the ire of conservationists who say splashing up to 16,000 gallons of water down it during a severe drought is frivolous and irresponsible.

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
The bald eagle may no longer be at risk of extinction, but the U.S. effort to protect the national bird became harder on Wednesday.