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Latest News (123 stories)

Recovery of Japan volcano victims suspended amid signs of rising activity

Date: 01-Oct-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Liesand & Chris Meyers
Search and recovery efforts for at least two dozen victims of Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades were called off on Tuesday due to worries about rising volcanic activity, including the chance of another steam explosion.

Dominion finds damaged fuel rods at Virginia nuclear plant

Date: 01-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Dominion Virginia Power has discovered two damaged nuclear fuel rods at its North Anna power plant, 90 miles (140 km) southwest of Washington, and has shut it down, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

Date: 01-Oct-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Dominique Patton
China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

Stanford scientists say greenhouse gases worsen California drought

Stanford scientists say greenhouse gases worsen California drought
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 30-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Joaquin Palomino
California's catastrophic drought has most likely been made worse by man-made climate change, according to a report released Monday by Stanford University, but scientists are still hesitant to fully blame the lack of rain on climate change.

Invasive apple snail threatens Florida Everglades clean up

Invasive apple snail threatens Florida Everglades clean up
Photo: Mike Baranski/FWC/Handout via Reuters

Date: 30-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
Florida wildlife and water managers are worried about an invasive snail that is wreaking havoc on the state's billion-dollar effort to remove chemicals from the fragile Everglades.

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF
Photo: Thomas Mukoya

Date: 30-Sep-14
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Tom Miles
The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

NHC says 20 pct chance of cyclone for low west of Bermuda

Date: 30-Sep-14
Country: BERMUDA
Author: Vijaykumar Vedala
A low-pressure area located west of Bermuda has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Monday.

Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA

Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 30-Sep-14
Country: UK
Author: Sarah McFarlane
Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West's energy watchdog, said on Monday.

At least 36 feared dead on Japanese volcano, search called off

Date: 30-Sep-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers, but the search for victims was abandoned on Monday because of fears of toxic gases.

China embraces carbon pricing and UN takes a shine to plan

China embraces carbon pricing and UN takes a shine to plan
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 29-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Millions of visitors and residents could hardly miss the message projected on the side of the world famous United Nations building in New York this week: "Put a price on carbon."

Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar

Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar
Photo: Tim Wimborne

Date: 29-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Tracy Rucinski and Byron Kaye
A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

Japan resumes search for victims of volcanic eruption

Japan resumes search for victims of volcanic eruption
Photo: Kyodo

Date: 29-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Elaine Lies
More than 500 rescuers in Japan resumed searching on Monday for victims of a volcano that erupted without warning at the weekend, leaving four confirmed dead and 27 presumed to have perished in a sudden rain of ash and stone.

Japan's Kyushu Electric shuts off renewable suppliers from grid

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: James Topham
Kyushu Electric Power Co said on Thursday it would cut access to its grid for renewable energy suppliers, the third of Japan's 10 regional monopolies to place limits on their cleaner energy intake because of network limitations.

Norway has fundamental role in helping EU energy security: Oettinger

Norway has fundamental role in helping EU energy security: Oettinger
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: Europe
Author: Julia Fioretti
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday Norway could play a fundamental role in shoring up EU energy supplies in the face of uncertainty over Russian gas because of the conflict over Ukraine.

EU orders Germany to stop using banned car refrigerant

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: Germany
Author: Foo-Yun Chee & Barbara Lewis
The European Commission on Thursday ordered Germany to stop using a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines.

Greenpeace lauds India court ruling on illegal coal allocations

Greenpeace lauds India court ruling on illegal coal allocations
Photo: Ahmad Masood

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: India
Author: Nita Bhalla
Greenpeace India has lauded a landmark ruling by the country's top court to scrap 214 coal blocks given by the government to various companies after the allocations were deemed to be illegal and arbitrary.

Aid, rain save South Sudan from famine, 2015 outlook grim: WFP

Aid, rain save South Sudan from famine, 2015 outlook grim: WFP
Photo: Andreea Campeanu

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: South Sudan
Author: Katy Migiro
Emergency food aid, normal rainfall and the start of the harvest have helped to stave off famine in South Sudan, the latest analysis shows, but there is a risk of mass starvation in early 2015.

Colombia to speed environmental licenses for energy, mining projects

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: Colombia
Author: Luis Jaime Acosta & Julia Symmes
Colombia will expedite the environmental licensing process for oil, mining, energy and infrastructure projects, but maintain the same rigorous standards, the environment minister said on Thursday.

US Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Lisa Anderson
Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

EU regulators seek to limit emissions of non-road engines

Date: 26-Sep-14
Country: Europe
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Commission on Thursday published draft law to reduce emissions from non-road engines as part of efforts to clean up the air and improve human health.

U.S. judge rejects BP bid to recoup some payments made for spill

U.S. judge rejects BP bid to recoup some payments made for spill
Photo: Alexander Demianchuk/Files

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: TEXAS
Author: Terry Wade
BP Plc cannot recoup what it says were inflated claims paid under a multi-billion dollar settlement program to compensate people hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday.

California town approves coyote trapping after spike in pet attacks

California town approves coyote trapping after spike in pet attacks
Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout via Reuters

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Officials in a Southern California suburb beset by a surge in coyote attacks on pets, including a small dog snatched from its owner's living room, have approved a plan to trap and kill some of the wild canines roaming the town.

World risks spending $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development goals

World risks spending $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development goals
Photo: Drazen Jorgic

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Death toll mounts to 43 in India's flood-hit northeast

Death toll mounts to 43 in India's flood-hit northeast
Photo: Utpal Baruah

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Biswajyoti Das
At least 43 people have died and many are missing in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains that lashed India's remote northeast, officials said on Wednesday, in the second flood tragedy to strike the subcontinent this month.

Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought

Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought
Photo: Inciweb/Handout via Reuters

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Joaquin Palomino
California's three-year drought might have triggered Mount Shasta's worst mudslide in two decades which damaged hiking trails and forced two roads to close over the weekend, a National Forest spokeswoman said on Monday.

U.N. climate summit falls short for marchers, world's poorest

U.N. climate summit falls short for marchers, world's poorest
Photo: Adrees Latif

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Megan Rowling
Leaders at the U.N. climate summit in New York made too few commitments on curbing climate change to meet the demands of the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded streets worldwide on Sunday calling for bold action, civil society groups said.

Obama to designate world's largest marine sanctuary in the Pacific

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Eric Beech
President Barack Obama on Thursday will designate the largest marine sanctuary in the world in an area of the Pacific Ocean that will be off-limits to commercial fishing and deep-sea mining, the White House said on Wednesday.

China says first-half results exceed target for cutting water pollution

Date: 25-Sep-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and Stian Reklev
China is on track to exceed its 2014 target for cutting water pollution, the government announced on Wednesday, amid reports that it plans a $326 billion action plan to clean up its rivers and lakes.

Obama says global climate deal must include emerging economies

Obama says global climate deal must include emerging economies
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 24-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday a new global agreement on climate change must include strong commitments from emerging economies and move past the rich-poor country divide that has hampered progress in United Nations negotiations.

U.N. puts spotlight on climate change

U.N. puts spotlight on climate change
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 24-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
With crises from Islamic State to Ebola competing for attention, the United Nations on Tuesday will zero in on climate change, giving leaders from 125 countries a platform to explain how they plan to address the issue.