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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.

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry

Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Alisa Tang
Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say.

Third calf born to endangered orca population in U.S. Pacific Northwest

Third calf born to endangered orca population in U.S. Pacific Northwest
Photo: Candice Emmons

Date: 02-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A healthy, days-old orca calf has been spotted with a pod of killer whales in the open waters of the U.S. Pacific Northwest, the third baby born to the endangered population this winter, scientists said on Friday.

Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east
Photo: Brendan McDermid

Date: 02-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Mary Wisniewski
Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast.

UK government rejects calls for higher diesel tax to cut pollution

Date: 02-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
The British government rejected calls on Sunday to raise taxes on diesel vehicles to reduce air pollution but said it will consider a national network of low-emission zones.

Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts

Doctors should take lead in push to curb climate change: experts
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 02-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Kyle Plantz
Doctors should take the lead in supporting political efforts to cut the pace of climate change and encouraging more people to see the problem as a crucial issue for public health, experts say.

Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise
Photo: Michael Fiala

Date: 02-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers that a widely used herbicide poses to the declining monarch butterfly population.

Nearly all California voters think water shortage is serious: poll

Nearly all California voters think water shortage is serious: poll
Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Files

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
Nearly all California voters believe the state's water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday.

Google invests $300 million in U.S. residential solar projects

Google invests $300 million in U.S. residential solar projects
Photo: Steve Marcus

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it created a $750 million fund to finance about 25,000 residential solar projects, with Google Inc investing nearly half the funding.

Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly: study

Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly: study
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

Heavy snow cuts power, snarls travel across U.S. South

Heavy snow cuts power, snarls travel across U.S. South
Photo: Chris Keane

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Marti Maguire
Residents across the U.S. South were digging out on Thursday after the latest winter wallop, which dumped more than a half-foot of snow and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in a region accustomed to milder cold-weather conditions.

Jordan, Israel agree $900 million Red Sea-Dead Sea project

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: JORDAN
Author: Suleiman al-Khalidi
Jordan and Israel signed an agreement to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea.

Netherlands hands out 46 million free carbon allowances to industry

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: THE NETHERLANDS
Author: Susanna Twidale
The Netherlands has begun distributing this year's quota of free carbon permits to industry, the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEA) said on Thursday.

Reducing consumer food waste could save $300 billion yearly by 2030

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Reducing consumer food waste could save the global economy up to $300 billion annually by 2030 as one third of all food produced worldwide ends up being discarded, a research group said on Thursday.

Frozen pipes plague Toronto amid Canadian deep freeze

Frozen pipes plague Toronto amid Canadian deep freeze
Photo: Mark Blinch

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Andrea Hopkins
The coldest February since 1934 has left thousands of Toronto homes without water since a cold snap started two weeks ago and residents in Canada's largest city have been urged to use hair dryers and warm towels to try to thaw frozen pipes.

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon
Photo: Oregon Fish & Wildlife/Handout

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials with the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Wednesday.

More than 70 vehicles in pileup on snowy Maine interstate

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Dave Sherwood
More than 70 vehicles were involved in a major pileup on a snowy highway outside Bangor, Maine, on Wednesday, with at least 17 people injured, two seriously, state police said.