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United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks

United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks
Photo: Mike Segar/Files

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.

EU to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches

EU to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Robert-Jan Bartunek
European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships, but the practice of dismantling them on beaches in South Asia at great human and environmental cost will still be hard to stop.

California getting 'second-hand smog' from Asia, researchers say

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California is suffering from "second-hand smog" drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state's prolonged drought has made air quality worse.

EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world's most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical, Reuters has learned.

EU lawmakers back plan to end overfishing in the Baltic sea

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fiorett
European Union lawmakers backed on Tuesday a long-term plan to end overfishing of cod, sprat and herring stocks in the Baltic Sea, the first such plan to be adopted under the EU's reformed common fisheries policy.

Global green energy investment climbs after two-year decline

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Global green energy investment surged in 2014, after two years of decline, due to a solar boom in China and Japan and record offshore wind investment in Europe, a U.N.-backed report showed.

Beijing to limit motorists on heavily polluted days

Beijing to limit motorists on heavily polluted days
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
Beijing has introduced measures to limit the number of motorists on heavily polluted days, the latest move by authorities in the Chinese capital to battle the choking smog that has blanketed the city in recent years.

German CO2 emissions fall for first time in three years BERLIN

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Caroline Copley
Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell for the first time in three years in 2014, helped by a mild winter and the expansion of renewable sources of energy, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.

Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents

Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: CANADA
Author: David Ljunggren
Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when.

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Ben Blanchard
Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday.

Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon's coast

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: CAMEROON
Author: Ntungwe Ngalame
For over 15 years, Raoul Meno has been fishing the waters off the coastal town of Kribi in southern Cameroon. He has sometimes had to face down storms and high seas to bring home a catch to support his family. But now, he is scared.

U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici
The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

Despite deforestation, the world is getting greener: scientists

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Alisa Tang
The world's vegetation has expanded, adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground in the decade since 2003, thanks to tree-planting in China, forest regrowth in former Soviet states and more lush savannas due to higher rainfall.

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien
The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.

Oregon ranchers in deal with federal government to protect sage grouse

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
Oregon ranchers have reached a deal with the federal government aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat while ensuring landowners won't face more restrictions if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act, officials said on Friday.

Mexico unveils national strategy for Paris climate talks

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December.

Georgia passes solar-friendly legislation

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Rich McKay
Solar electric power would become far more accessible to Georgia homeowners under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Friday, making it easier to lease solar equipment and then sell the power generated back to electric companies.

Drought, warm weather bring 'smog day' memories in California

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
The brown haze over California's San Joaquin Valley breadbasket on some winter days has been an unwelcome reminder of the bad old days, when pollution hung so thickly that people were warned to stay inside.

Zimbabwe capital turns to solar streetlights to cut costs, crime

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: Madalitso Mwando
Big cities across the world struggle with crime, and Zimbabwe's Harare is no exception.

California governor signs $1 billion emergency drought package

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Robin Respaut
California Governor Jerry Brown signed emergency legislation on Friday that fast-tracks over $1 billion in funding for drought relief and water infrastructure within the parched state.

Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves

Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.

U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction

U.S. gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at Texas auction
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo/Files

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: TEXAS
Author: Jon Herskovitz
A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral.

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes
Photo: Jeff Piotrowski

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Heide Brandes
About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged.

New Jersey lawmakers send post-Exxon pollution bill to governor

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Hilary Russ
New Jersey lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Chris Christie on Thursday that calls for more money from environmental settlements to fund cleanups.

EU regulators take Germany to court over Hamburg coal plant

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Vera Eckert
EU regulators have referred Germany to the EU Court of Justice over a failure to look into alternative cooling processes at a coal-fired plant in Hamburg, operated by Vattenfall in order to protect wildlife, the European Commission said.

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions down 8.4 percent in 2014

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 8.4 percent in 2014 due to a decline in fossil-fuel power generation, preliminary government data showed on Thursday.

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

Date: 27-Mar-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Megan Rowling
Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of the Japanese city of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their own produce.

Hungary in talks on Russian nuclear fuel supply with Euratom: EU

Hungary in talks on Russian nuclear fuel supply with Euratom: EU
Photo: Laszlo Balogh

Date: 26-Mar-15
Country: HUNGARY/BELGIUM
Author: Krisztina Than in Budapest and Barbara Lewis in Brussels
Talks are taking place between Hungary and the European Union's Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) to try to settle differences over a plan for Russia to supply nuclear fuel to the Paks power plant, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Wednesday.