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Latest News (108 stories)

History of U.S. biofuel mandate provides opening for legal challenge

Date: 31-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: distribution capacity.

Central Costa Rica volcano erupts, ash sprinkles capital

Date: 31-Oct-14
Country: COSTA RICA
Author: Zach Dyer, Ana Isabel Martinez and Elinor Comlay
Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano staged its most powerful eruption in years overnight, belching a plume of gas and ash that was reported to sprinkle the capital San Jose some 50 kilometers (30 miles) away, emergency services said on Thursday.

China's growth-obsessed officials ignoring green policies: parliament

Date: 31-Oct-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen, David Stanway and Stian Reklev
Local officials determined to make their economies bigger at any cost are ignoring Beijing's push to cut hazardous air pollution, opting instead to expand heavy industries and cut clean energy from the grid, a Chinese parliamentary report said.

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 30-Oct-14
Country: Sri Lanka
Author: Ranga Sirilal
All hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night.

Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS

Date: 30-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy boom.

Snap to it: U.S. mulls adding turtles to endangered species list

Date: 30-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ros Krasny
The U.S. government has proposed adding four types of freshwater turtles to an international endangered species list, in part to better monitor exports of the species, whose meat is considered a delicacy in Asia.

Australian government wins backing for emissions scheme

Date: 30-Oct-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Stian Reklev
Australia's government has reached a compromise with independent senators and a key opposition party to secure support for a A$2.5 billion ($2.2 billion) fund to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Wednesday.

China shipping delivers toxic pollution cocktail-report

Date: 30-Oct-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Stian Reklev and Michael Perry
China is waging war on pollution, closing factories and targeting dirty coal-fired power plants, but its ports are pumping out pollution virtually unchecked, according to a report by a U.S. environmental group.

Sandy's silver lining: clean water in long-polluted Long Island bay

Sandy's silver lining: clean water in long-polluted Long Island bay
Photo: Shannon Stapleton

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Goldberg
Chris Soller headed across a Fire Island beach ravaged by Superstorm Sandy two years ago and stopped to admire the unexpected gift the deadly storm left behind: water clear enough to see the sandy bottom of the long-polluted bay.

U.S. EPA seeks more input on sweeping power plant rule

U.S. EPA seeks more input on sweeping power plant rule
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
U.S. regulators said on Tuesday they wanted more input on elements of a sweeping plan to reduce pollution from power plants and about the role natural gas can play to achieve emissions cuts.

Volkswagen to launch over 20 green vehicle models in China by 2018

Volkswagen to launch over 20 green vehicle models in China by 2018
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada
Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), Europe's biggest carmaker, plans to launch more than 20 models of battery-driven cars in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution.

Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima

Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima
Photo: Mari Saito/Files

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Mari Saito
A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

EU on track so far with green energy goals, 2030 a challenge

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU nations have work to do to meet new green energy goals agreed last week, as increased fossil fuel burning last year drove up pollution in some countries, although the bloc is on track to meet its earlier targets, official data showed on Tuesday.

European Commission proposes new catch limits to tackle overfishing

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fioretti
The European Commission has proposed a reduction in catch limits for some types of Atlantic herring to zero to fight overfishing while increasing limits for horse mackerel.

A year on, typhoon-devastated Philippine city fails to rebuild homes

Date: 29-Oct-14
Country: PHILIPPINES
Author: Manuel Mogato
The mayor of the central Philippine city worst hit by a super typhoon a year ago said on Tuesday fewer than 100 of 14,500 promised permanent homes had been built and that thousands were still living in danger zones.

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 100 yards from nearest residence

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 100 yards from nearest residence
Photo: U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY/HANDOUT

Date: 28-Oct-14
Country: HONOLULU
Author: Malia Mattoch McManus in Honolulu and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles;
Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 100 yards (meters) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday.

China says more heavy smog expected ahead of APEC summit

China says more heavy smog expected ahead of APEC summit
Photo: JASON LEE

Date: 28-Oct-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China's capital is expected to face more heavy smog from Wednesday as it battles to try to guarantee air quality ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit starting on Saturday, forecasters said.

Families seek damages stemming from deadly Washington state mudslide

Date: 28-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Ten families who lost relatives in a Washington state landslide in March have filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging state and local officials were aware the area was at risk for a disaster but did nothing to prevent it, an attorney said on Monday.

Stealthy Norwegian entrepreneur aims to revolutionize U.S. energy storage

Date: 28-Oct-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: NICHOLA GROOM
Jostein Eikeland, a Norwegian entrepreneur with a mixed record of success, is hoping to jolt the world of energy storage.

China to shut factories during APEC to curb Beijing pollution: Xinhua

China to shut factories during APEC to curb Beijing pollution: Xinhua
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 27-Oct-14
Country: China
Author: Kazunori Takada
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli ordered a temporary shutdown of factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing next month, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Friday.

Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll

Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 27-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Most Californians favor a ballot initiative authorizing spending $7.5 billion on projects to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply, including a new reservoir and underground storage projects, a poll shows.

EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels

EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 27-Oct-14
Country: Europe
Author: Barbara Lewis
European Union leaders reached a deal early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 versus 1990 levels, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a Twitter message.

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

Date: 27-Oct-14
Country: Japan
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll

Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Most Californians favor a ballot initiative authorizing spending $7.5 billion on projects to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply, including a new reservoir and underground storage projects, a poll shows.

Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln

Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln
Photo: Nicola Muirhead

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: BERMUDA
Author: Barbara Liston
Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.

EU set to allow car emissions into carbon trading market

EU set to allow car emissions into carbon trading market
Photo: Charles Platiau

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Union is set to make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move that critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases.

US, Europeans row over post-Fukushima nuclear safety step

US, Europeans row over post-Fukushima nuclear safety step
Photo: Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: AUSTRIA
Author: Fredrik Dahl
The United States is lobbying against an amendment to an international nuclear safety pact proposed by Switzerland, which Berne argues could help prevent Fukushima-style disasters but which may also increase industry costs, diplomats said.

Washington state community devastated by mudslide could face floods

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A Washington state community devastated by a mudslide that killed 43 people in March was bracing for its first rainy season since the disaster and the threat of flooding from a river that changed course as a result of it, officials said on Thursday.

U.S. charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
A South African company has been indicted in Alabama for selling illegal rhinoceros hunts to Americans and secretly trafficking in the endangered animals' horns, which sell on the black market at prices higher than gold, prosecutors said on Thursday.

EU leaders seek climate deal, but are divided over costs

Date: 24-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
European leaders aim to agree a new decade of energy policy to cut climate-warming gas emissions out to 2030 at an EU summit on Thursday, though sharp differences over sharing the cost means a deal could elude them.