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Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien
The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.

Oregon ranchers in deal with federal government to protect sage grouse

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
Oregon ranchers have reached a deal with the federal government aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat while ensuring landowners won't face more restrictions if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act, officials said on Friday.

Mexico unveils national strategy for Paris climate talks

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December.

Georgia passes solar-friendly legislation

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Rich McKay
Solar electric power would become far more accessible to Georgia homeowners under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Friday, making it easier to lease solar equipment and then sell the power generated back to electric companies.

Drought, warm weather bring 'smog day' memories in California

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
The brown haze over California's San Joaquin Valley breadbasket on some winter days has been an unwelcome reminder of the bad old days, when pollution hung so thickly that people were warned to stay inside.

Zimbabwe capital turns to solar streetlights to cut costs, crime

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: Madalitso Mwando
Big cities across the world struggle with crime, and Zimbabwe's Harare is no exception.

California governor signs $1 billion emergency drought package

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Robin Respaut
California Governor Jerry Brown signed emergency legislation on Friday that fast-tracks over $1 billion in funding for drought relief and water infrastructure within the parched state.

Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves

Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.

U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo/Files

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: TEXAS
Author: Jon Herskovitz
A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral.

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes
Photo: Jeff Piotrowski

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Heide Brandes
About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged.

New Jersey lawmakers send post-Exxon pollution bill to governor

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Hilary Russ
New Jersey lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Chris Christie on Thursday that calls for more money from environmental settlements to fund cleanups.

EU regulators take Germany to court over Hamburg coal plant

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Vera Eckert
EU regulators have referred Germany to the EU Court of Justice over a failure to look into alternative cooling processes at a coal-fired plant in Hamburg, operated by Vattenfall in order to protect wildlife, the European Commission said.

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions down 8.4 percent in 2014

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 8.4 percent in 2014 due to a decline in fossil-fuel power generation, preliminary government data showed on Thursday.

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Megan Rowling
Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of the Japanese city of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their own produce.

Hungary in talks on Russian nuclear fuel supply with Euratom: EU

Hungary in talks on Russian nuclear fuel supply with Euratom: EU
Photo: Laszlo Balogh

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: HUNGARY/BELGIUM
Author: Krisztina Than in Budapest and Barbara Lewis in Brussels
Talks are taking place between Hungary and the European Union's Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) to try to settle differences over a plan for Russia to supply nuclear fuel to the Paks power plant, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

U.S. seeks fresh round of public input on fate of rare reindeer

U.S. seeks fresh round of public input on fate of rare reindeer
Photo: Idaho Fish and Game/Wayne Wakkinen/Handout

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
U.S. wildlife managers on Tuesday sought further public comment on whether to reclassify woodland caribou that have all but disappeared from their natural range in the lower 48 states as threatened, a downgrade from their current status of endangered.

Heavy rains in northern Chile leave thousands cut off

Heavy rains in northern Chile leave thousands cut off
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien
Heavy rains in Chile's northern desert regions have caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving residents stranded and forcing several companies to suspend copper mining operations in the world's No.1 producer.

Tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Arkansas, damaging structures

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Jon Herskovitz in Austin and Heide Brandes in Oklahoma City
A storm system produced at least three tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, downing power lines and causing damage to structures, officials said.

Termite species mix in Florida, reproducing at breakneck rate

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
Two of the most destructive termites species in the world are mating in South Florida, producing hybrid colonies that are growing at twice the normal rate of other termites, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Bald eagle hatches on popular Pennsylvania nest camera

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Laila Kearney
An eaglet hatched in the Pennsylvania wild was seen for the first time on Wednesday by thousands who watched live footage of the fuzzy fledgling from a camera monitoring a resurgence of bald eagles in the northeastern United States.

U.S. safety regulators probe Lumber Liquidators laminates

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Emily Stephenson
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday it was investigating Chinese-made laminates used by Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, after reports that the company's flooring products had too-high levels of formaldehyde.

Indonesia defends deforestation for palm oil on economic grounds

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Stella Dawson
Clearing forests for palm oil plantations is a "technical" matter that should not get tied up with trade discussions, an Indonesian minister told a land and poverty conference.

Chile says drought here to stay, lays out plan to ensure water

Chile says drought here to stay, lays out plan to ensure water
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 25-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Anthony Esposito
With no end in sight to a drought that has blighted Chile for the last several years, the government will invest in desalinization plants and reservoirs to ensure access to potable water, President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.

Beijing mayor promises frugal, smog-free Winter Games

Beijing mayor promises frugal, smog-free Winter Games
Photo: China Daily

Date: 25-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Ben Blanchard
If Beijing wins the right to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics they will be both frugal and free from the city's notorious smog, the city's mayor was quoted as saying in a state-run newspaper on Tuesday.

Obama mercury air pollution rule faces test at U.S. top court

Date: 25-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

Bark beetles not adding to U.S. West's wildfire woes: study

Date: 25-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
Forests in Western U.S. states that have been ravaged by mountain pine beetles are no more likely to be consumed by wildfires than forests unaffected by the insects, a new study by scientists in Colorado has found.

Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate

Date: 25-Mar-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.

EPA call for comments raises questions over biofuel standards delay

Date: 25-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Chris Prentice
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) request on Tuesday for comments from cellulosic biofuels makers raised speculation among industry analysts of further delays in the release of government-mandated renewable fuels volumes.

Chile environmental court rules Barrick project did not harm glaciers

Chile environmental court rules Barrick project did not harm glaciers

Date: 24-Mar-15
Country: Chile
Author: Nicole Mordant in Vancouver and Rosalba O'Brien in Santiago
Chile's Environmental Court ruled on Monday that Barrick Gold Corp's halted Pascua-Lama gold and silver project has not damaged glaciers within its "area of influence," the Toronto-based gold producer said.

BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group

BP drops out of conservative ALEC policy group
Photo: RUSSELL CHEYNE

Date: 24-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
Oil company BP said on Monday it has stopped supporting conservative political group ALEC, becoming the latest corporation to end its membership in a group critics say works to deny the existence of climate change.