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Nearly all California voters think water shortage is serious: poll

Nearly all California voters think water shortage is serious: poll
Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Files

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
Nearly all California voters believe the state's water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday.

Google invests $300 million in U.S. residential solar projects

Google invests $300 million in U.S. residential solar projects
Photo: Steve Marcus

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it created a $750 million fund to finance about 25,000 residential solar projects, with Google Inc investing nearly half the funding.

Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly: study

Cooler Pacific has slowed global warming, briefly: study
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

Heavy snow cuts power, snarls travel across U.S. South

Heavy snow cuts power, snarls travel across U.S. South
Photo: Chris Keane

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Marti Maguire
Residents across the U.S. South were digging out on Thursday after the latest winter wallop, which dumped more than a half-foot of snow and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in a region accustomed to milder cold-weather conditions.

Jordan, Israel agree $900 million Red Sea-Dead Sea project

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: JORDAN
Author: Suleiman al-Khalidi
Jordan and Israel signed an agreement to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea.

Netherlands hands out 46 million free carbon allowances to industry

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: THE NETHERLANDS
Author: Susanna Twidale
The Netherlands has begun distributing this year's quota of free carbon permits to industry, the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEA) said on Thursday.

Reducing consumer food waste could save $300 billion yearly by 2030

Date: 27-Feb-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Reducing consumer food waste could save the global economy up to $300 billion annually by 2030 as one third of all food produced worldwide ends up being discarded, a research group said on Thursday.

Frozen pipes plague Toronto amid Canadian deep freeze

Frozen pipes plague Toronto amid Canadian deep freeze
Photo: Mark Blinch

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Andrea Hopkins
The coldest February since 1934 has left thousands of Toronto homes without water since a cold snap started two weeks ago and residents in Canada's largest city have been urged to use hair dryers and warm towels to try to thaw frozen pipes.

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon

Gray wolves, once decimated by eradication campaign, rebound in Oregon
Photo: Oregon Fish & Wildlife/Handout

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials with the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Wednesday.

More than 70 vehicles in pileup on snowy Maine interstate

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Dave Sherwood
More than 70 vehicles were involved in a major pileup on a snowy highway outside Bangor, Maine, on Wednesday, with at least 17 people injured, two seriously, state police said.

Fisherman let off the hook in U.S. white-collar crime ruling

Date: 26-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court threw overboard on Wednesday a Florida fisherman's conviction under an evidence-tampering provision of a federal white collar crime law for disposing of undersized red grouper fish while he was under investigation.

Wintry mix in U.S. South snarls traffic, closes schools

Wintry mix in U.S. South snarls traffic, closes schools
Photo: Denton Police Department/Handout

Date: 25-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Colleen Jenkins
Snow and ice turned highways across the South into parking lots on Tuesday and caused schools to close, while hundreds of crashes on slick roads created havoc for commuters.

Fukushima operator finds new source of radiation leak into sea

Fukushima operator finds new source of radiation leak into sea
Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

Date: 25-Feb-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kiyoshi Takenaka
The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found a pool of highly contaminated water on the roof of a plant building and that it had probably leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained.

Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa

Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa
Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Date: 25-Feb-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Stoddard
In the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of "bio-detection" to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines and poachers.

Will sustainable palm oil surge exclude small farmers?

Will sustainable palm oil surge exclude small farmers?
Photo: Samsul Said

Date: 25-Feb-15
Country: BARCELONA
Author: Megan Rowling
Among Ghana's small-scale farmers, there's a saying that if your cocoa crop fails, you may as well go back and tend your oil palm.

EU lawmakers back new limit for food-based biofuel

Date: 25-Feb-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
A European Parliamentary committee on Tuesday backed a new limit on traditional biofuels made from food crops that critics say stoke inflation and do more harm than good to the environment.

Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change

Date: 25-Feb-15
Country: SRI LANKA
Author: Chris Arsenault
Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather.

Record-breaking cold in U.S. Midwest heads to frigid East Coast

Record-breaking cold in U.S. Midwest heads to frigid East Coast
Photo: Brian Snyder

Date: 20-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Mary Wisniewski
Bone-chilling cold in the U.S. Midwest shattered records in Chicago on Thursday, closing schools and starting its trudge eastward to an already frozen Boston and New York.

Cyclone slams into northeast Australia

Date: 20-Feb-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Jane Wardell and James Regan
Tens of thousands of Australians hunkered down on Friday as a powerful cyclone crossed the northeast, damaging houses, bringing down trees, cutting power lines and causing flash flooding, while a second storm made landfall to the west.

Winter storms ease California drought

Date: 20-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Wet winter storms that dropped up to a foot (30 cm) of rain on parts of California have modestly eased the state's ongoing drought over the past three months, U.S. drought experts said on Thursday.

Arsenic, nitrates among pollutants in California drinking water: report

Date: 20-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California's public drinking water systems violated safety levels for contaminants more than 1,000 times during the 2012-2013 fiscal year says a report that cites high levels in some water systems of arsenic, nitrates and other pollutants.

India offers farmers soil tests to boost yields

Date: 20-Feb-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India will provide soil testing for farmers to target the correct use of fertilizers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, to push up yields and cut back on costly misuse.

Indiana House panel advances measure to add solar power fees

Date: 20-Feb-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Tracy Rucinski
Indiana utilities are pressing state lawmakers to let them charge a monthly fee to customers who sell excess power from solar panels under a bill that has become a focal point in a battle between traditional and renewable energy companies.

Unprecedented sea lion strandings in California linked to warmer Pacific

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Mary Papenfuss
The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday.

New York court gives FEMA more time to help settle Sandy litigation

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: USA
Author: Sebastien Malo
A federal court in New York has indefinitely suspended a hearing over lawsuits that accuse insurers of doctoring reports on home damages caused by Hurricane Sandy after a government agency said it hoped to settle the litigation out of court.

Citigroup to set aside $100 billion to fund green initiatives

Citigroup to set aside $100 billion to fund green initiatives
Photo: Oswaldo Rivas

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Amrutha Gayathri
Citigroup Inc said it would set aside $100 billion to fund environmental projects over the next decade, doubling the amount it had earmarked for such projects in 2007.

EU introduces new rules to make cooking greener

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
The sale of energy wasting ovens and cooking hobs will be banned across the European Union after the latest set of rules to make household appliances more efficient takes effect from Friday.

Brazil finally gets some rain, but rationing still looms

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Jeb Blount
Heavy rains during Brazil's four-and-a-half-day Carnival holiday offered the first relief in months for the country's drought-stricken and economically crucial southeast, but was unlikely to end fears of water and electricity shortages.

Dutch gas field earthquake dangers ignored for decades: Safety Board

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: NETHERLANDS
Author: Anthony Deutsch
Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp and the Dutch government ignored the danger of earthquakes caused by gas extraction at the massive Groningen gas field for decades, the Dutch Safety Board said on Wednesday.

Two tropical storms heading for Australia: weather agency

Date: 19-Feb-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: James Regan and Colin Packham
Two tropical storms are intensifying in the warm waters off the coast of Australia as they slowly move toward land, meteorologists said on Wednesday.