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Latest News (152 stories)

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: China
Author: David Stanway
China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday.

U.S. envoy to U.N. aviation body hopeful on airline climate plan

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Alison Martell
The new U.S. representative to the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation said on Friday he is hopeful the organization's members will be able to agree on a global system to curb carbon emissions from airlines.

Colombia launches emergency plan to combat El Nino drought

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: Colombia
Author: Nelson Bocanegra
Colombia has launched an emergency plan to combat the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has led to drought in several regions of the Andean nation, causing the death of livestock and damage to crops.

Arctic oil well blowout could spread more than 1,000 km: WWF study

Arctic oil well blowout could spread more than 1,000 km: WWF study
Photo: Susanne Miller/USFWS

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Nia Williams
Oil from a spill or oil well blowout in the Arctic waters of Canada's Beaufort Sea could easily become trapped in sea ice and potentially spread more than 1,000 kilometers to the west coast of Alaska, a World Wildlife Fund study showed on Friday.

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Murphy
A wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents in a rural area east of the California state capital Sacramento on Saturday, a day after the blaze broke out, fire officials said.

South African court gives rhino poacher record 77 years

South African court gives rhino poacher record 77 years
Photo: Mike Hutchings

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Mfuneko Toyana
A South African court has sentenced a rhino poacher to 77 years in jail, the heaviest penalty imposed by authorities desperate to halt a wave of poaching that is threatening the population of the endangered animals.

Coal India's plans for 20 mines hit by land, environment delays

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N Das
Twenty new coal mine projects by state-run Coal India, planned with annual capacity of 52 million tonnes (46 million tons), have been delayed by difficulties acquiring land and environmental clearances, the coal minister said on Thursday, underlining the uphill task he faces in reforming the sector.

China's coal industry says times are hard, outlook worse

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
More than 70 percent of China's coal firms are making losses, the head of the coal industry association said on Thursday, with prices eroded by falling demand growth, a worsening supply glut and a war on smog.

For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy
Photo: Eric Thayer

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Jennifer Chaussee
An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows.

Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: PORTLAND Ore.
Author: Courtney Sherwood
An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters -study

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.

China issues new rules on U.S. DDG imports-U.S. trade bodies

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Christine Stebbins and Julie Ingwersen
China's Import Inspection Authority, AQSIQ, is now requiring U.S. distiller's dried grains imports to be officially certified free of the MIR 162 GMO trait, the U.S. Grains Council, an export trade group, said in a letter emailed to Reuters by a trade source.

Texas, gas states biggest winners under EPA carbon rules: report

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.

Codelco submits changes to Andina project to reduce environmental impact

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Anthony Esposito
World No. 1 copper producer Codelco submitted to Chilean environmental authorities changes to its controversial Andina project that it said would reduce the mine's potential impact on nearby glaciers and water supply.

Crews gain ground on Washington state wildfire as residents assess damage

Crews gain ground on Washington state wildfire as residents assess damage
Photo: David Ryder

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Crews battling the largest wildfire in Washington state's history had more than half the 10-day-old blaze contained on Thursday as displaced residents began assessing damage in a dozen fire-ravaged communities.

Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join 'Frankenfish' battle

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: ANNAPOLIS Md.
Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish."

Storm kills two, injures 31 at Virginia campground

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 31 as it downed trees and overturned vehicles, officials said.

New China feed grain rule unworkable: U.S. export group

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Christine Stebbins
The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought

Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein and Jennifer Chaussee
Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency.

EU Commission agrees 30 percent energy savings goal for 2030: sources

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.

U.S. scientists urge 'national vision' to curb coastal risks in report

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.

Sweden's nuclear plants forced to cut output due to warm weather

Sweden's nuclear plants forced to cut output due to warm weather
Photo: Mikael Fritzon

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Balazs Koranyi
Sweden's top nuclear power generators have been forced to cut output because of exceptionally warm weather in Scandinavia, and their output could be reduced for over a week, their operators said on Wednesday.

U.S. Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of 'superweeds'

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

U.S. scientists to map interior of Mount St. Helens volcano

U.S. scientists to map interior of Mount St. Helens volcano
Photo: Scott Taylor HB

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists were expected to rattle Washington state's Mount St. Helens on Wednesday as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in U.S. history.

Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, one killed, some damage reported

Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, one killed, some damage reported
Photo: Pichi Chuang

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: TAIWAN
Author: Faith Hung
Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools, with at least one person killed and some damage reported.

Philippine province proves mass storm deaths can be avoided

Philippine province proves mass storm deaths can be avoided
Photo: Erik De Castro

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Rosemarie Francisco
Nearly 100 people were killed in the Philippines last week when Typhoon Rammasun roared through, raising doubts about efforts to end the heavy tolls from storms that are only expected to get more intense as the global climate changes.

Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 U.S. national forests

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four Western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety.

Taiwan battens down as second typhoon threatens region

Taiwan battens down as second typhoon threatens region
Photo: Pichi Chuang

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: TAIWAN
Author: Faith Hung in Taipei, Manuel Mogato in Manila, Megha Rajagopalan in Beijing and Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong
The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines.

UK council rejects Celtique Energie's fracking proposal

UK council rejects Celtique Energie's fracking proposal
Photo: Neil Hall

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
A plan by London-based oil and gas exploration firm Celtique Energie to drill for shale gas in southern England failed to win county government approval on Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks to Britain's fledgling shale industry.