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EU nations threaten to block green energy rules at summit talks

EU nations threaten to block green energy rules at summit talks
Photo: Kacper Pempel

Date: 23-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU leaders face a long day on Thursday as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy at a summit in Brussels, with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal.

Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market

Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 23-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance.

Drought threatens more than 500,000 in Honduras -Red Cross

Date: 23-Oct-14
Country: HONDURAS
Author: Gabriel Stargardter and Gustavo Palencia
A severe drought is endangering more than half a million people in Honduras, ramping up pressure on them to migrate, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Wednesday.

Former Cargill beef plant worker fined by Canadian court

Date: 23-Oct-14
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel
A former worker at Cargill Ltd's [CARGIL.UL] High River, Alberta beef plant has been fined for tampering with wastewater samples that were required by the Canadian province of Alberta, its government said on Wednesday.

Boeing and Chinese partner to make jet fuel from 'gutter oil'

Date: 23-Oct-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Adam Rose
Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel.

Portugal could block EU climate deal over connection target

Date: 23-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Portugal warned on Wednesday it could block an EU plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions if other states at a summit this week reject a binding target for building cross-border power cables and pipelines.

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments

Japan prosecutors set to rule on possible Fukushima indictments
Photo: Toru Hanai/Files

Date: 22-Oct-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: James Topham and Aaron Sheldrick
Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court.

Indian capital braces for worst air quality this festive week

Indian capital braces for worst air quality this festive week
Photo: Reinhard Krause

Date: 22-Oct-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Aditya Kalra
Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to "severe" levels this week when Indians set off firecrackers to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, a government scientist said, leaving many at risk of respiratory problems.

U.S. Arctic envoy looks to 1970s New York for inspiration

Date: 22-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
As he contemplates dealing with crumbling shores, melting ice and other changes in the rapidly changing Arctic, Admiral Robert Papp looks back at the rough and tumble New York City of the 1970s for inspiration.

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

Date: 22-Oct-14
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
The Brazilian government said on Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.

Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington

Date: 22-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday.

NHC says 40 percent chance of cyclone in southern Bay of Campeche

Date: 22-Oct-14
Author: Ratul Ray Chaudhuri
A low-pressure system over the southern Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico has 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours while it moves eastward toward the western coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Hurricane Gonzalo speeds across far north Atlantic

Hurricane Gonzalo speeds across far north Atlantic
Photo: NICOLA MUIRHEAD

Date: 21-Oct-14
Country: BERMUDA
Author: Ellen Wulfhorst
Hurricane Gonzalo was speeding across the cold waters of the far north Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, meteorologists said, leaving Bermuda to clean up from a direct hit of howling winds and driving rain.

Fire closes UK power generation unit, squeezing electricity supply

Fire closes UK power generation unit, squeezing electricity supply
Photo: EDDIE KEOGH

Date: 21-Oct-14
Country: UK
Author: Kate Holton, Nina Chestney and Karolin Schaps
A fire at a British power station close to London has closed a power generation unit, which could exacerbate Britain's already constrained electricity supply as winter approaches and demand rises.

Syngenta lawsuit against Bunge over GMO corn revived on appeal

Date: 21-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Tom Polansek,
A federal appeals court has opened the door for Syngenta Seeds to revive a lawsuit it brought against Bunge North America in 2011 over the agribusiness company's refusal of a type of genetically modified corn.

Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

Date: 20-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Kathy Finn
Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

Six die in heavy rains, mud slides in southwestern Mexico

Date: 20-Oct-14
Country: Mexico
Author: Jean Luis Arce and Alexandra Alper
Heavy rains, flooding and mud slides in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero killed six and forced hundreds to evacuate as tropical storm Trudy hammered the region, state rescue workers said on Sunday.

Small avalanches hamper final search for Nepal storm survivors

Small avalanches hamper final search for Nepal storm survivors

Date: 20-Oct-14
Country: Nepal
Author: Rupam Jain Nair
Small avalanches hampered the search for Nepali porters and guides missing for six days after a devastating Himalayan storm, officials said on Monday, as rescue crews began to scale back the hunt for survivors of a disaster that killed 40 people.

'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California

'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 20-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters.

Montana to give bison from Yellowstone to tribes instead of zoos

Montana to give bison from Yellowstone to tribes instead of zoos
Photo: JIM URQUHART

Date: 17-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman in Salmon
An Indian reservation in Montana will receive 145 bison from Yellowstone National Park that were quarantined to create a herd free of a disease that threatens ranchers' cattle, according to a government plan approved on Thursday.

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda

Hurricane Gonzalo regains strength on way to Bermuda
Photo: NASA/NOAA GOES PROJECT/HANDOUT

Date: 17-Oct-14
Country: BERMUDA
Author: SAM STRANGEWAYS
One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to menace Bermuda regained strength as it swirled toward the Atlantic island on Thursday, forecasters said, sending residents scrambling to prepare for the second major storm in a week.

Canadian trekkers, sherpa hid under rock in Nepal avalanche

Canadian trekkers, sherpa hid under rock in Nepal avalanche
Photo: NEPAL ARMY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 17-Oct-14
Country: NEPAL
Author: GOPAL SHARMA
Survivors of a Himalayan blizzard that killed at least 29 people in Nepal said on Thursday they dived under a boulder to shelter from an avalanche that buried four Canadians in their group when it smashed into the trail.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation grants $2 million for ocean conservation

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation grants $2 million for ocean conservation
Photo: MIKE SEGAR

Date: 17-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Patricia Reaney
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation foundation said on Thursday it has awarded a $2 million grant to establish marine reserves and to stop overfishing.

South Africa's Eskom powers up wind farm

Date: 17-Oct-14
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Zandi Shabalala
South African power utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL] said on Thursday it had plugged its wind farm into the national grid, the first major step in a drive to reduce heavy reliance on coal to power Africa's most advanced economy.

Interpol joins hunt for Kenyan poaching suspect

Date: 17-Oct-14
Country: KENYA
Author: Joseph Akwiri
Kenya's police have asked Interpol to issue a wanted persons alert for a businessman accused of illegal trafficking in ivory and other game trophies in east Africa.

Freak Nepal blizzards kill at least 20, including hikers, guides

Freak Nepal blizzards kill at least 20, including hikers, guides
Photo: Nepal Army/Handout via Reuters

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: NEPAL
Author: Gopal Sharma
At least 20 people, including eight foreign hikers and a group of yak herders, were killed in Nepal by unseasonal blizzards and avalanches triggered by the tail of cyclone Hudhud, officials said on Wednesday.

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project
Photo: Lockheed Martin

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Andrea Shalal
Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.

Japan's nuclear restart unlikely this year, local vote expected in December

Japan's nuclear restart unlikely this year, local vote expected in December
Photo: Mari Saito

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kentaro Hamada
As Japan pitches an unpopular nuclear restart to residents near Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant, local politicians say approval is unlikely until December, delaying an already fraught process to revive the country's idled reactors.

Tropical Storm Ana close to hurricane status as it nears Hawaii

Tropical Storm Ana close to hurricane status as it nears Hawaii
Photo: NOAA/Handout

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: HONOLULU
Author: Malia Mattoch McManus
Tropical Storm Ana, churning across the central Pacific with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour (113 kph), was expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday as it closed in on Hawaii, with landfall possible this weekend, forecasters said.

Category 3 Hurricane Gonzalo weakens as it heads for Bermuda

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: David Adams
Gonzalo weakened to a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday and was forecast to continue losing strength over the next 48 hours as it moves over cooler Atlantic water toward Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.