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Latest News (166 stories)

Threat of El Nino eases, says Australian weather agency

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Pacific Ocean temperatures have eased in recent weeks and an El Nino weather event later this year is now indicated by only a slight majority of climate models, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.

NHC says 70 percent chance of cyclone in mid-Atlantic

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Anupam Chatterjee
An area of low pressure located in the mid-Atlantic ocean, about 1,000 miles (1600 km) west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, has a high, or 70 percent chance, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday in its latest update.

Rare tornado slams Boston area, knocks out power

Rare tornado slams Boston area, knocks out power
Photo: Dominick Reuter

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott Malone
Officials and residents in the Boston-area city of Revere were picking up the pieces early on Tuesday after it was raked by a rare tornado that knocked out power and damaged homes and buildings.

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries
Photo: Claudia Daut

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Gabriel Stargardter
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damages.

Whale-watching tour stranded overnight off Boston

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Elizabeth Barber
A planned three-hour whale watching cruise off the Massachusetts coast turned into an all-night affair for 163 people aboard a boat that limped back into Boston Harbor on Tuesday morning.

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

Act now on climate change or see costs soar, White House says

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Roberta Rampton
Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said on Tuesday in a report meant to bolster a series of actions President Barack Obama has proposed to address global warming.

More mysterious craters found in Russia's remote Siberia region

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: RUSSIA
Author: Alexei Anishchuk
Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia's Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported.

Idaho suspends plan to kill wolves in wilderness

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Conservationists claimed victory on Tuesday after Idaho wildlife managers suspended the killing of wolves in a protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by commercial hunters.

Opponents fail to kill crow hunting proposal in Utah

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: Utah
Author: Jennifer Dobner
Wildlife enthusiasts in Utah failed on Tuesday in their bid to block a crow hunt planned in the state for this fall, but said they had seen no evidence that killing the birds was necessary.

U.S. EPA kicks off hearings on power plant emissions rules

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Environmental Protection Agency launched public hearings on Tuesday on its proposal to slash carbon emissions from the country's power plants, and interested groups ranging from coal miners to senators made their views known.

No Fukushima radiation in tests off U.S. West Coast: scientists

Date: 30-Jul-14
Country: PORTLAND Ore.
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Tests of water off the U.S. West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the U.S. shore, scientists said on Tuesday.

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds
Photo: Zachary Fagenson

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Ryan McNeill
Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday.

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported
Photo: Dominick Reuter

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott Malone
Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change
Photo: Edgard Garrido

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

U.S. Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports

U.S. Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Harriet McLeod
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency's controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina's Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe.

Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast

Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast
Photo: Gene Blevins

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman and Dana Feldman
Lightning storms that killed a 20-year-old beachgoer in Los Angeles and sent eight other people to the hospital stemmed from a combination of atmospheric conditions relatively unusual for coastal Southern California, weather experts said on Monday.

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
Firefighters began to gain the upper hand on Monday against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and blackened nearly six square miles in the drought-parched foothills east of Sacramento, officials said.

U.S. proposal to ban import of boa constrictors draws backlash

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
A U.S. proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators who fear it could lead to more reptiles being released into the wild.

Storm leaves over 183,000 without power in U.S. Midwest, East

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino and Robert Gibbons in New York
Over 183,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. East and Midwest, mainly in Michigan, remained without power early Monday after severe storms rolled through the region over the weekend.

Drought hits China food production: Xinhua

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Reporting by Stian Reklev
Severe drought and scorching heat has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in China's Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, with no immediate relief in sight, state news agency Xinhua reported.

China needs to import more food to ease water, energy shortages: official

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China should boost imports of food so it can dedicate more of its scarce water supplies to energy production, especially in arid but coal-rich regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, a senior environmental official said on Monday.

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.