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Latest News (102 stories)

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush.

Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit

Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit
Photo: Larry Dowling

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

North Carolina cracks down on Venus flytrap poachers

North Carolina cracks down on Venus flytrap poachers

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Marti Maguire
Being the rare kind of plant that eats living things, the Venus flytrap tends to be thought of as an aggressor, its spiked leaves trapping insects with a murderous snap before devouring them.

Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut

Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut
Photo: Erik De Castro

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Rosemarie Francisco
A tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the Philippine capital on Friday, flooding many parts of the city, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets.

French group develops mass electric car charging stations

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: France
Author: Geert de Clercq
A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge.

Green aid test for U.N. climate summit as poor seek $15 billion

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
A U.N. summit on climate change next week will test rich nations' willingness to fill a near-empty fund to help the poor, but pledges are likely to be far short of developing nations' hopes for $15 billion in 2014.

Finnish government nods to Russia-backed nuclear plant, Greens quit

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Finland
Author: Jussi Rosendahl
The Finnish government has given conditional backing to an updated application from Finnish-Russian group Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in the north of the country, prompting the Greens to quit and weaken the ruling coalition.

India's monsoon rains ease in past week ahead of retreat

India's monsoon rains ease in past week ahead of retreat

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: India
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India's monsoon rains were a quarter below average in the week to Sept. 17, the weather office said on Thursday, ahead of a delayed retreat of the rains expected from this weekend.

Sweden backs new global fund to secure community land rights

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Sweden
Author: Megan Rowling
Sweden plans to announce at the U.N. climate summit next week funding of around $14 million for a new body that will provide grants and expertise to help indigenous peoples and forest communities secure rights to their land.

Spain's Almaraz I nuclear power station stopped after pressure drop: regulator

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Spain
Author: Paul Day
Spain's 1,000-MW Almaraz I nuclear power station was automatically shut down late on Wednesday after the protection system was triggered by a pressure drop in the reactor, the Nuclear Security Council reported.

Japan vows to keep on whaling, calls resolution against its hunt 'regrettable'

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan vowed on Friday to resume its whaling program in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by the international body that oversees whales, terming the negative vote regrettable.

No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree

No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree
Photo: Laila Bahaa-el-din/Panthera/Handout via Reuters

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: DAKAR/LIBREVILLE
Author: Emma Farge and Gerauds Obangome
Alongside dirt roads twisting through the dense tropical forests of Gabon, the scaly bodies of lifeless long-snouted pangolins dangle from sticks stuck in the ground by hunters.

Delayed retreat of Indian monsoon rains to start this weekend

Delayed retreat of Indian monsoon rains to start this weekend
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India's monsoon season is set to enter its withdrawal phase by this weekend after a late surge in rainfall delayed the retreat by a fortnight, a senior weather official said, boosting output prospects for summer crops.

Five face federal charges over ride through protected Utah canyon

Five face federal charges over ride through protected Utah canyon
Photo: Jim Urquhart/Files

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Jennifer Dobner
Federal prosecutors in Utah filed criminal charges on Wednesday against five men who allegedly organized and led an all-terrain vehicle protest ride into a red-rock desert canyon closed to motorized use by federal land managers.

Yellowstone seeks to cull 900 bison from famed herd

Yellowstone seeks to cull 900 bison from famed herd
Photo: Jim Urquhart

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Yellowstone National Park plans to reduce its bison population this winter by as many as 900 head, or a fifth of the herd, by killing off those animals that stray from the park in what would be the largest such culling in seven years, the park's wildlife chief said on Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall, flash flooding threaten Arizona, New Mexico

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
Heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding to Arizona and New Mexico, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday, as severe weather associated with weakening Tropical Storm Odile sweeps across the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest.

Officials warn of potentially toxic algae on major Portland river

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Public health officials in Oregon warned recreational boaters and swimmers who on warm days flock to a river that bisects Portland to stay out of the water on Wednesday after detecting what they suspect is a potentially dangerous toxic algae.

Marches, prayer, mayors: What to expect at U.N. climate summit

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: SPAIN
Author: Megan Rowling
The U.N. climate summit in New York next week gives different parts of society - from businesses to faith groups to ordinary people - a chance to call for stepped-up action on climate change and make their own pledges.

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California
Photo: INCIWEB

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinkis
Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said.

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate
Photo: Luke McGregor

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Louis Charbonneau
Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise
Photo: Andrew Biraj

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Laura Onita
LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution : study

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution : study
Photo: Beawiharta

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Laura Onita
LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport or walk or cycle around cities offers the "least pain, most gain" way to cut air pollution from traffic by 2050, a new international study said on Wednesday.

Disease threatens as Kashmir flood waters turn fetid

Disease threatens as Kashmir flood waters turn fetid
Photo: ADNAN ABIDI

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: FAYAZ BUKHARI
Author: Fayaz Bukhari, Krista Mahr, Rupam Jain Nair, Adnan Abid
Indian emergency workers on Monday battled to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from spreading as fetid water swilled around the Kashmir valley more than a week after the worst flooding in more than a century.

EU, U.S. blast Iceland for stepping up whaling

EU, U.S. blast Iceland for stepping up whaling
Photo: SIGTRYGGUR JOHANNSSON

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Alastair Macdonald;
The European Union and United States delivered a strongly worded complaint to Iceland on Monday condemning an increase in whaling and urging it to observe an international ban on the commercial hunting of whales.

GMO safety, weed control top concerns as U.S. study kicks off

GMO safety, weed control top concerns as U.S. study kicks off
Photo: ERIK DE CASTRO

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday.

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting
Photo: ALEJANDRO ACUNA

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: MEXICO
Author: GERARDO ESQUERRE
Hurricane Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, gradually losing strength after injuring dozens of people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area.

Strong typhoon disrupts business as it sweeps past Hong Kong

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Anne Marie Roantree
Hong Kong was hit with strong winds and heavy rain on Tuesday after the No. 8 storm signal was hoisted and expected to disrupt business across the financial hub, with the stock market likely to stay closed for at least part of the morning.

Occidental in $190 million settlement to clean up New Jersey river

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Goldberg
Occidental Chemical Corp has agreed to pay New Jersey $190 million as part of a settlement to clean up the polluted Passaic River, state officials announced on Monday.

UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: UK
Author: NINA CHESTNEY
British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Fighting fern with fire in Florida's Everglades National Park

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: David Adams
Wildlife officials are preparing to set a 10,000-acre fire on Tuesday to combat an invasive fern in Florida's Everglades National Park, hoping to burn away a vine that is blocking sunlight to native plants