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U.S. Virgin Islands to withdraw subpoena in climate probe into Exxon

U.S. Virgin Islands to withdraw subpoena in climate probe into Exxon
Photo: Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Date: 30-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Terry Wade
The U.S. Virgin Islands' attorney general on Wednesday agreed to withdraw a sweeping subpoena issued against Exxon Mobil Corp as part of a push by a coalition of state prosecutors to try to investigate whether the world's largest publicly traded oil company misled the public about climate change risks.

Germany waters down climate protection plan

Germany waters down climate protection plan
Photo: Wolfgang Rattay

Date: 30-Jun-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Markus Wacket and Caroline Copley
Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Important to look at individuals in VW scandal: Lynch

Important to look at individuals in VW scandal: Lynch
Photo: Nancy Wiechec

Date: 30-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Julia Edwards
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday that it was important for the Justice Department to look at individuals in the ongoing criminal investigation into the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust

Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust
Photo: Beawiharta/File Photo

Date: 30-Jun-16
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Fergus Jensen
Thousands of mines are closing in Indonesia's tropical coal belt as prices languish and seams run dry. But almost none of the companies have paid their share of billions of dollars owed to repair the badly scarred landscape they have left behind.

Murders, violence on rise as parched central India battles for water

Date: 30-Jun-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Shuriah Niazi
Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbors in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian region of Bundelkhand. Both relied on the same well for water and, according to police, frequently quarreled over how much the other was using.

VW agrees to buy back diesel vehicles, fund clean air efforts

VW agrees to buy back diesel vehicles, fund clean air efforts
Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/File photo

Date: 29-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson and Andreas Cremer
German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will pay as much as $15.3 billion after admitting it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, agreeing to buy back vehicles from consumers and provide funding that could benefit makers of cleaner technologies.

Search for entangled blue whale resumes off California

Search for entangled blue whale resumes off California
Photo: NOAA/Handout via Reuters

Date: 29-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Marine mammal rescue teams alerted boaters off Southern California on Tuesday to be on the lookout for a blue whale ensnared in the rigging of a commercial crab trap, a day after initial efforts to free the giant creature failed.

European Commission to extend glyphosate license for 18 months

European Commission to extend glyphosate license for 18 months
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 29-Jun-16
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Philip Blenkinsop, Alissa de Carbonnel and Barbara Lewis
The European Commission is extending by 18 months its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Tuesday.

Fire at Mississippi gas plant halts two U.S. Gulf Coast platforms

Date: 29-Jun-16
Country: USA/CANADA
Author: Catherine Ngai and Liz Hampton
At least two offshore oil platforms halted operations on Tuesday in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after a fire at a natural gas processing plant in Mississippi shut a crucial pipeline that brings output onshore, several companies said.

Mexican judge bans import of fresh potatoes from United States

Date: 29-Jun-16
Country: MEXICO
Author: Alizeh Kohari
A Mexican federal judge banned the entry of fresh potatoes from the United States amid concerns that pests they contain may damage the environment, Mexico's Federal Judicial Council (CJF) said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals

Exclusive: U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals

Date: 28-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: John Shiffman
Hunters, circuses, zoos, breeders and theme parks can get permits to import, export or sell endangered animals if they can demonstrate that the transactions will "enhance the survival" of the species. Often, records show, this requirement is met in part by making a cash contribution to charity - usually a few thousand dollars. The practice has angered both animal-rights activists who say it exploits wildlife and exhibitors who describe the process as unfair and arbitrary.

South China Sea reefs 'decimated' as giant clams harvested in bulk

South China Sea reefs 'decimated' as giant clams harvested in bulk
Photo: Farah Master

Date: 28-Jun-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Farah Master, Sharon Shi, Joyce Zhou, Venus Wu and Stefanie McIntyre
Ornaments made from the shells of endangered giant clams, renowned in China for having auspicious powers and the luster of ivory, have become coveted luxuries, a trend which has wreaked havoc on the ecosystem of the South China Sea.

Hong Kong timetables total ban on ivory trading for first time

Hong Kong timetables total ban on ivory trading for first time
Photo: Bobby Yip

Date: 28-Jun-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Farah Master, Sharon Shi, Joyce Zhou, Venus Wu and Stefanie McIntyre
Hong Kong has called for an end to local ivory trading within five years, a move activists hailed as significant given the financial hub's reputation as a wildlife trafficking blackspot, while calling for this ban to be speeded up.

Air pollution to kill millions more without energy policy change: IEA

Air pollution to kill millions more without energy policy change: IEA
Photo: KIM KYUNG-HOON

Date: 28-Jun-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said on Monday.

Canada resumes environmental review of Petronas-led LNG project

Canada resumes environmental review of Petronas-led LNG project
Photo: OLIVIA HARRIS

Date: 28-Jun-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Julie Gordon in Vancouver and David Ljunggren in Ottawa
The environmental review of a Petronas-led liquefied natural gas project in western Canada has resumed, starting the clock on a final three-month extension granted by the federal government, Canada's environmental regulator said on Monday.

China city shuts down waste-burning plant project over protests

Date: 28-Jun-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Megha Rajagopalan
The mayor of a city in central China made a rare public address calling for calm after thousands of people protested against a waste incineration project over fears it would damage the environment and residents' health.

EPA says filtered Flint, Michigan drinking water safe to drink

EPA says filtered Flint, Michigan drinking water safe to drink
Photo: Rebecca Cook/Files

Date: 24-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Ben Klayman
Federal officials said on Thursday it is safe for anyone to drink properly filtered water in Flint, Michigan, where a public health crisis erupted after residents were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead.

California oil pipeline spill stopped before reaching beach

California oil pipeline spill stopped before reaching beach
Photo: Ventura County Fire Department/Handout via Reuters

Date: 24-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
An oil spill of 700 barrels of crude spilled from a pipeline near California's coast on Thursday but was quickly contained in a dry creek bed and did not reach the Pacific Ocean in Ventura County, officials said.

California regulators voice support for cap and trade program

California regulators voice support for cap and trade program
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 24-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
Staff for California's air regulator on Thursday recommended the state extend its carbon cap and trade system beyond 2020, a move supported by utilities and some environmental groups but opposed by environmental activists representing low income communities.

Power output in Alberta oil sands near pre-fire levels

Power output in Alberta oil sands near pre-fire levels
Photo: Topher Seguin/File Photo

Date: 24-Jun-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Scott DiSavino
The amount of power generated by cogeneration electric plants around the fire-ravaged town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, climbed near levels seen before wildfires forced oil sands producers to shut their facilities in May.

Illinois residents clean up after tornadoes hit homes, trap residents

Date: 24-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Laila Kearney
Several communities in Illinois were cleaning up wreckage on Thursday following a series of tornadoes that destroyed homes, smashed vehicles and trapped residents a night earlier, weather officials said.

Court strikes down Obama fracking rules for public lands

Court strikes down Obama fracking rules for public lands
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 23-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: David Bailey and Ernest Scheyder
A federal judge has struck down the Obama administration's rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, a victory for oil and gas producers and state regulators who opposed the rules as an egregious overreach.

Dutch test 'Ocean Cleanup' plan to collect floating plastic trash

Dutch test 'Ocean Cleanup' plan to collect floating plastic trash
Photo: The Ocean Cleanup /Handout via Reuters

Date: 23-Jun-16
Country: NETHERLANS
Author: Toby Sterling
A Dutch foundation has developed floating barriers to try to collect trash from the world's oceans, and will launch a 100 meter-long prototype in the North Sea this week to see how it fares during storms.

Double happiness as China welcomes first giant panda twins of 2016

Double happiness as China welcomes first giant panda twins of 2016
Photo: China Daily/via REUTERS

Date: 23-Jun-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Reuters
Two healthy baby giant pandas were born at a Chinese breeding research base on Monday, the first twins of the endangered species born this year, media said.

In Chile's forests, shadowy rebel groups threaten logging industry

In Chile's forests, shadowy rebel groups threaten logging industry
Photo: Gram Slattery

Date: 23-Jun-16
Country: CHILE
Author: Gram Slattery
A few moments of relaxation for Chilean logger Nelson Hidalgo were shattered one day last month when 12 armed men piled out of a pick-up truck and demanded he step outside his work-site dining trailer.

Auctioneer gets year in U.S. prison for ivory, rhino horn smuggling

Date: 23-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Brendan Pierson and Nate Raymond
An executive with a Beverly Hills gallery and auction house was sentenced on Wednesday to one year and one day in prison after admitting that he conspired to smuggle at least $1 million in animal products that included rhino horn and elephant ivory.

Bangladesh river eats up land and homes, trapping poor villagers

Date: 23-Jun-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Rafiqul Islam
Piyara Begum once had a happy life in Garuhara village by the Brahmaputra River in northern Bangladesh, but worsening erosion of the river banks has displaced her family seven times.

At least six dead as rains batter quake-hit southwestern Japan

At least six dead as rains batter quake-hit southwestern Japan
Photo: Kyodo June 21

Date: 22-Jun-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
At least six people died and a university student was missing on Wednesday as record-breaking rains battered parts of southwestern Japan still reeling from earthquakes two months ago, setting off flooding and landslides.

Colombia coffee-growers worry over looming La Nina rains

Colombia coffee-growers worry over looming La Nina rains
Photo: John Vizcaino

Date: 22-Jun-16
Country: COLOMBIA
Author: Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime
Colombian coffee growers still dealing with the consequences of the El Nino drought are now bracing for heavy La Nina rains which could hurt the country's harvest even more, the head of the coffee federation said on Tuesday.

Alberta regulator toughens financial test for oil, gas asset buys

Alberta regulator toughens financial test for oil, gas asset buys
Photo: Todd Korol

Date: 22-Jun-16
Country: USA
Author: Nia Williams
The Alberta Energy Regulator has toughened rules determining if companies are financially strong enough to buy oil and gas assets, a move some energy industry players warned on Tuesday could hamper mergers and acquisition in the province.

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