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Top firms' greenhouse gas emissions rise, despite call for cuts

Date: 23-Dec-14
Author: Alister Doyle
Greenhouse gas emissions by the world's top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday.

Vantage Energy fined nearly $1 million for environmental violations

Date: 23-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino and Anupam Chatterjee
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on Monday said it imposed a $999,900 fine on U.S. oil and natural gas company Vantage Energy Inc, one of the largest given to a driller by DEP this year, for several environmental regulations violations.

Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish

Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish
Photo: Robert Durrell

Date: 23-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.

China drafts new law to fight air pollution: Xinhua

China drafts new law to fight air pollution: Xinhua
Photo: Jacky Chen

Date: 23-Dec-14
Country: China
Author: Stian Reklev
China plans tougher pollution limits and heavier penalties in a revision of its air pollution law, state-run news agency Xinhua said, as the government battles to reduce smog that takes hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the "last mile"

10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the
Photo: Adress Latif

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: Indonesia
Author: Aubrey Belford
In April 2012, Indonesia's Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster.

U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ecuador halts environment deals with Germany over rainforest visit

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: Ecuador
Author: Alexandra Valencia
Ecuador halted environmental cooperation deals with Germany worth some 43 million euros to the Latin American country after German lawmakers tried to visit an Amazon rainforest recently opened for oil production, the foreign minister said on Friday.

U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations

U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from stormwater runoff.

Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules

Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules
Photo: Joshua Roberts

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.

Harmful road traffic noise affects a quarter of Europeans: study

Harmful road traffic noise affects a quarter of Europeans: study
Photo: Luke MacGregor

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: Europe
Author: Alister Doyle
Harmful levels of road traffic noise affect one in four people in Europe and raise health risks ranging from sleepless nights to heart disease, the European Environment Agency said on Friday.

Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee

Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee
Photo: Gunnar Kramer

Date: 22-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Scientists said on Thursday that little songbirds known as golden-winged warblers fled their nesting grounds in Tennessee up to two days before the arrival of a fierce storm system that unleashed 84 tornadoes in southern U.S. states in April.

EU ministers set 2015 fishing quotas; campaigners say still too high

EU ministers set 2015 fishing quotas; campaigners say still too high
Photo: Pascal Rossignol

Date: 18-Dec-14
Country: Europe
Author: Julia Fioretti
European Union fisheries ministers agreed on Tuesday night to new catch quotas for next year, but environmental groups said the limits were still too high and would fail to end decades of overfishing.

U.S. to unveil plan to curb oil and gas sector methane soon: sources

Date: 18-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday.

EU member states oppose to plans to scrap environment law

Date: 18-Dec-14
Country: Europe
Author: Barbara Lewis and Francesco Guarscio
European environment ministers opposed plans on Wednesday from the EU executive to scrap draft laws on waste and air quality, saying they sent a "negative signal" about Europe's ambition to curb climate change and were at odds with a push for growth.

Back to the future: Scientists want 'rewilded' crops to boost agriculture

Date: 18-Dec-14
Country: Italy
Author: Chris Arsenault
Scientists should "re-wild" food crops by inserting lost genetic properties of ancient, edible plants in order to boost agricultural output for a growing population, a new study said.

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.