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Latest News (112 stories)

Hurricane Ana stays well south of Hawaii

Date: 21-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Murphy,
Hurricane Ana stayed on a slow course south of Hawaii on Sunday, well off shore but spinning off threats of heavy rains, strong winds and high surf to the Pacific archipelago, the National Weather Service said.

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.

U.S. court rebuffs Marine Corps families in polluted water case

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Pamela MacLean
In a defeat for families claiming they were sickened by groundwater contamination many years ago at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina, a federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by the state's legislature to extend a time limit for filing pollution-related lawsuits.

Severe storm rattles Washington amid brief tornado warning

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Susan Heavey, Tim Ryan, Melissa Bland
A tornado warning briefly rattled the U.S. capital on Wednesday as a severe storm swept through the Washington area.

EPA approves Dow's Enlist herbicide for GMO soy, corn

Date: 16-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
The Environmental Protection Agency gave final approval on Wednesday to a new herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences that has faced broad opposition, ordering a series of restrictions to address potential environmental and health hazards.

EU to ban fish from Sri Lanka, saying lax on illegal fishing

Date: 15-Oct-14
Country: International
Author: Julia Fioretti
The European Commission proposed a ban on imports of fish from Sri Lanka for not tackling illegal fishing properly and lifted a ban on fish imports from Belize following the reform of its vessel inspection practices.

German green power surcharge to ease 1.1 percent in 2015: sources

Date: 15-Oct-14
Country: Germany
Author: Tom Kaeckenhoff and Markus Wacket
Germany's green energy surcharge will fall 1.1 percent next year, sources close to the process said on Tuesday, reflecting expectations for lower power prices for consumers after the government scaled back support for renewable power.

French energy transition law to cut red tape on renewables

Date: 15-Oct-14
Country: France
Author: Michel Rose
France's much-delayed energy transition bill passed a key hurdle on Tuesday after a clear majority of the lower house of parliament adopted a text that skirts the key nuclear issue but includes simplification measures likely to boost renewables.

Typhoon Vongfong heads off Japan coast; one dead, 2 missing

Typhoon Vongfong heads off Japan coast; one dead, 2 missing
Photo: Kyodo

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: Japan
Author: Junko Fujita and William Mallard
A large storm was heading off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday, leaving one person dead, two missing and 93 injured even as it weakened sharply from what had been the strongest typhoon to hit Japan this year.

Cyclone kills 24 in east India, sparks fears of floods

Cyclone kills 24 in east India, sparks fears of floods
Photo: Stringer

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: India
Author: Jatindra Dash
The death toll from a powerful cyclone which battered India's eastern coastline rose to 24 on Monday, as the storm weakened and moved inland, leaving a swathe of destruction and triggering fears heavy rains would bring flash floods.

The key to nuclear's future or an element of doubt?

The key to nuclear's future or an element of doubt?
Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: International
Author: Geert De Clercq
Behind thick glass in a laboratory nestled in French woodland, a silvery molten metal swirls like a liquid mirror. But the material is no mere novelty; as dangerous as it is captivating, it could offer a solution to the nuclear power debate.

U.S. military lays out plan for coping with climate change

U.S. military lays out plan for coping with climate change
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday laid out its plan to respond to climate change, arguing that rising temperatures and more frequent destructive weather around the globe pose "immediate risks to U.S. national security."

Cyclone Hudhud blasts India's east coast, at least five dead

Cyclone Hudhud blasts India's east coast, at least five dead
Photo: Stringer

Date: 13-Oct-14
Country: India
Author: Jatindra Dash
Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least five people despite a major evacuation effort.

Colombian farmers sue BP over pipeline's environmental impact: FT

Colombian farmers sue BP over pipeline's environmental impact: FT
Photo: Luke McGregor

Date: 13-Oct-14
Country: Colombia
Author: Ankush Sharma
Seventy-three farmers from Colombia are suing BP Plc alleging the company negligently managed the construction of the Ocensa oil pipeline in Colombia during the mid-1990s, which caused severe damage to their land, the Financial Times reported.

As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis

As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis
Photo: Lee Jae-Won

Date: 13-Oct-14
Country: South Korea
Author: Meeyoung Cho
Among the usual commercials for beer, noodles and cars on South Korean TV, one item stands in marked contrast.

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool
Photo: UC Davis/Handout

Date: 10-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Mountain lions in Southern California are under growing pressure from a shrinking gene pool, fragmented by highways and urban sprawl that has left the cats' territories increasingly isolated from each other, a study published on Wednesday showed.