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Big tsunami raked Mexico's Yucatan coast 1,000 years ago

Big tsunami raked Mexico's Yucatan coast 1,000 years ago
Photo: Victor Ruiz Garcia/Files

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
A wall of debris stretching about 30 miles (50 km) may be the remnants of a natural disaster that struck Mexico's Caribbean coast more than 1,000 years ago in an area where tourists now flock to beach resorts and ancient Maya ruins.

French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20

French host of climate talks seeks EU pledge by March 20
Photo: Philippe Wojazer

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Reporting by Alister Doyle in Oslo and Barbara Lewis and Francesco Guarascio in Brussels
EU ministers must agree by March 20 a European Union goal to cut the bloc's emissions by at least 40 percent as its official contribution to U.N. climate change talks, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said on Thursday.

China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity

China tries to ditch its coal addiction, reduce energy intensity
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway and Henning Gloystein
China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years.

Exxon settles New Jersey environmental lawsuit for $225 million

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Hilary Russ
ExxonMobil has agreed to pay New Jersey $225 million to settle a long-standing lawsuit over environmental damage from its refinery operations and service stations, state officials said on Thursday.

U.S. weather forecaster extends likelihood of El Nino through summer

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Chris Prentice
The U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday extended its forecast for a 50-60 percent chance of El Nino conditions through Northern Hemisphere summer 2015.

New Jersey Governor Christie's office drove favorable Exxon settlement: NYT

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Ismail Shakil
New Jersey's long legal battle to recover $8.9 billion from Exxon Mobil Corp for environmental damage ended when Governor Chris Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, cut a deal to settle for $250 million, the New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with the negotiation.

Chile eyes new push on a glacier protection law

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Fabian Cambero
The Chilean government and congressional lawmakers agreed this week to work together to try to pass legislation to protect the country's glaciers, a move that could hinder development of mining projects in the world's No. 1 copper exporter.

India, Bangladesh, China most at risk from river floods: study

Date: 06-Mar-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said on Thursday.

Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash

Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash
Photo: Navesh Chitrakar

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: NEPAL
Author: Gopal Sharma
Six decades after the first conquest of the world's highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink.

Zimbabwe's tobacco production hit by heavy rains

Zimbabwe's tobacco production hit by heavy rains
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
Zimbabwe's tobacco crop will fall to 190 million kilograms this year, down from 216 million kilograms in 2014, an official said on Wednesday, as late planting and heavy rains hit production of the country's biggest exporter earner.

Exclusive: India expects better monsoon rains this year

Exclusive: India expects better monsoon rains this year
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India expects higher rainfall from the monsoon this year after patchy rains affected farm output last season, weather office sources told Reuters.

Winter storm to bring snow, ice to U.S. East

Winter storm to bring snow, ice to U.S. East
Photo: Rick Wilking

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
More than 1,600 U.S. flights were canceled on Wednesday ahead of an overnight winter storm predicted to dump up to a foot (30 cm)of snow on parts of the eastern United States through Thursday.

Tanzania floods kill at least 38, damage roads

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: TANZANIA
Author: Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala
Flash floods have killed at least 38 people in north-western Tanzania after strong winds and hail battered villages, the president's office said on Wednesday.

Environmentalists file suit over California oil refinery project

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
Environmentalists in California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Contra Costa County over its approval last month of a plan to increase propane recovery at Phillips 66's Rodeo refinery, saying the environmental review did not take into account the broader impact of the project.

Britain's Prince William calls for end to ivory trade on China visit

Date: 05-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Michael Martina
Britain's Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade on Wednesday, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the southwestern province of Yunnan at the close of a three-day trip to the country that focused partly on wildlife conservation.

Disasters have same human impact as tuberculosis: U.N.

Date: 05-Mar-15
Author: Megan Rowling
Deaths, economic damage and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million life years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said.

Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory in anti-poaching fight, to destroy its stockpile by year-end By Humphrey Malalo

Kenya burns 15 tonnes of ivory in anti-poaching fight, to destroy its stockpile by year-end By Humphrey Malalo
Photo: Thomas Mukoya

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: KENYA
Author: Humphrey Malalo
Kenya burnt 15 tonnes of ivory on Tuesday and promised to destroy all of its stockpile this year, the latest step in its campaign against elephant poaching.

China hopes novice environment chief will be breath of fresh air

China hopes novice environment chief will be breath of fresh air
Photo: Aly Song

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway and Kathy Chen
One year after "declaring war" on pollution, China has appointed an inexperienced outsider as its new environment minister tasked with breathing life into a massive clean-up campaign that even optimists say will take decades to complete.

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth
Photo: Herwig Prammer

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said.

Chilean volcano goes quiet after overnight eruption

Chilean volcano goes quiet after overnight eruption
Photo: Lautaro Salinas

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien and Antonio de la Jara
Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile went quiet on Tuesday after an eruption that sent a plume of ash and lava high into the sky in the early hours put Chile on high alert.

FEMA settles first wave of NY, NJ Sandy insurance litigation

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Laila Kearney
Federal disaster relief officials have settled with a first swath of Hurricane Sandy victims who were denied insurance claims or underpaid for property damage caused by the historic 2012 storm, attorneys said on Tuesday.

Senate waters down French energy bill, committee to seek compromise

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Michel Rose
The French government's energy bill was approved by the opposition-controlled upper house of parliament on Tuesday in a watered-down version that ditches key nuclear reduction targets and is likely to be changed again before its final adoption.

Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organization funding appeal

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official with the U.N. agency said on Tuesday.

Alaska environmental officials investigating oil line leak

Date: 04-Mar-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Steve Quinn
Investigators are reviewing the cause of an oil production pipeline breach on Alaska's North Slope where upwards of 4,000 gallons (15,100 liters) of fluid spilled, state officials said on Monday.

Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating

Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating
Photo: Bruno Kelly

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Kyle Plantz
Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.

Dutch government says sorry for gas field causing quakes

Dutch government says sorry for gas field causing quakes
Photo: Michael Kooren

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: THE NETHERLANDS
Author: Toby Sterling
The Dutch government apologized on Monday for ignoring risks posed by earthquakes caused by production of natural gas in the northern province of Groningen.

New film on China's pollution sparks debate, seen as milestone

New film on China's pollution sparks debate, seen as milestone
Photo: Aly Song/Files

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Alexandra Harney
Could "Under the Dome", Chinese journalist Chai Jing's new documentary about pollution, become China's "Silent Spring", the 1962 book that spurred the development of the U.S. environmental movement?

Up to 1,500 gallons of motor oil leak into Washington state creek, Yakima River

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
As much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Washington state into a creek that flows into the Yakima River, vital to the apple-growing state's agricultural hub, officials said on Monday.

EU's 2050 green goals will need radical policy shifts: report

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The European Union will need radical new policies to reach goals for safeguarding the environment by 2050 after limited progress in curbing pollution and climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.

China orders two local governments to punish polluting steel mills

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Ruby Lian and David Stanway
China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality.