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Latest News (113 stories)

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

Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday.

Edouard set to become first major 2014 Atlantic hurricane

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: Atlantic
Author: Peter Cooney
Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said.

Singapore's air pollution index rises to unhealthy level: government website

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: Singapore
Author: Rujun Shen
Singapore's air pollution rose to levels classified as "unhealthy" on Monday, the government's National Environment Agency said on its website (www.haze.gov.sg).

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights
Photo: David Cartier, Sr / NASA

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Stargazers across a wide swath of the United States could get a rare view on Friday of the northern lights, a colorful cosmic display normally only visible in far northern latitudes.

'Dolphin Tale' hero's new home tangled in aquarium politics

'Dolphin Tale' hero's new home tangled in aquarium politics
Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
The family-friendly hit "Dolphin Tale," whose sequel opened in theaters this weekend, tells the true story of a dolphin who learns to swim without a tail. The movie ends with Winter, the tail-less dolphin, helping save the struggling Florida aquarium that rescued her. In real-life, the story has not yet wrapped up so neatly.

Croatia struggles with floods after heavy rains

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: Croatia
Author: Igor Ilic
As many as two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding, with the worst occurring in central Croatia, the national rescue agency DUZS said on Sunday.

Typhoon Kalmaegi slams northern Philippines, cuts power lines

Typhoon Kalmaegi slams northern Philippines, cuts power lines
Photo: Romeo Ranoco

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Manuel Mogato
A strong typhoon slammed into the rice-producing Philippine northern region on Sunday, cutting power and communications lines and forcing people to flee to higher ground, national disaster agency officials said.

A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded in Indian Kashmir

A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded in Indian Kashmir
Photo: Adnan Abidi

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: India and Pakistan
Author: Krista Mahr and Fayaz Bukhari
About 150,000 people were still stranded in their homes a week after Indian Kashmir's worst flood in over a century and fears grew on Sunday of an outbreak of diseases from vast fields of stagnant brown water.

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study
Photo: China Daily

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Late Fukushima manager flagged risks of Japan's big nuclear plants

Late Fukushima manager flagged risks of Japan's big nuclear plants
Photo: Koji Sasahara

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito and Kentaro Hamada
The late manager of Japan's destroyed Fukushima plant questioned the safety of large nuclear facilities, documents showed on Thursday, potentially affecting the debate over the restart of the world's biggest nuclear power station.

Grupo Mexico dodges mine closure with $151 million toxic spill fund

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: Mexico
Author: Adriana Barrera
Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries on Thursday dodged losing a concession to run one of the biggest copper mines in the world as long as they comply with government obligations following a toxic spill that include creating a $151 million clean-up fund.

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 percent, a two-decade government study said on Thursday.

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed
Photo: Lisi Niesner

Date: 11-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Will Dunham
Gibbons - the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia - have become the last of the planet's apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery : U.N

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery : U.N
Photo: Eric Gaillard

Date: 11-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Tom Miles
The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion, a U.N. study said on Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news on the environment.

Brazil confirms Amazon deforestation sped up in 2013

Brazil confirms Amazon deforestation sped up in 2013
Photo: Ricardo Moraes

Date: 11-Sep-14
Country: Brazil
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
The destruction of the world's largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29 percent spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen since 2009.

Quenching Beijing's thirst may stunt regional growth

Quenching Beijing's thirst may stunt regional growth
Photo: China Daily

Date: 10-Sep-14
Country: China
Author: Stian Reklev
China is about to realize a dream of Communist leader Mao Zedong to redirect China's river flows to benefit Beijing and the dry north, but critics say the resources grab by the politically powerful capital will harm regional China.

U.S. cellulosic fuel makers press Obama to alter biofuel plan

U.S. cellulosic fuel makers press Obama to alter biofuel plan
Photo: Mark Blinch

Date: 10-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The nascent U.S. cellulosic ethanol industry has urged the White House to change course on targets for biofuel use, warning in a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that current policy risks losing investments to China and Brazil.