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Latest News (136 stories)

Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
Wildlife authorities in Florida caught a man who killed and ate 15 gopher tortoises and planned to slaughter 11 more of the threatened reptiles, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Deepa Seetharaman
During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. He estimates about half his inventory was damaged, winding up in three-foot piles in the aisles.

Warming aids Arctic economies but far short of 'cold rush'

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a "cold rush" for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average.

India to chip in with five percent of global rare earth output

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: India
Author: Krishna N Das
India is commissioning a plant to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of rare earths a year, a state company official told Reuters, which could help it contribute about 5 percent to the global supply of the metals used in cameras, cars, iPhones and wind turbines.

U.S. lists 20 corals as threatened; activists want more

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
The U.S. government pared back the number of reef-building coral species it was considering to label as threatened from 66 to 20 this week, prompting criticism from conservationists.

Drop in disaster payouts strengthens case for reinsurance price cut

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: Switzerland
Author: Joshua Franklin
Payouts by insurers for disaster claims in the first six months of the year were below the average for the past 10 years, a study showed on Wednesday, which is likely to bolster insurers' calls for cheaper reinsurance.

Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output : study

Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output : study
Photo: Kham

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
New roads long enough to girdle the Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising food production, a study showed on Wednesday.

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.

Forest Service to allow logging of burned trees near Yosemite National Park

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
The U.S. Forest Service said on Wednesday it would sell thousands of trees burned in last year's devastating wildfire around Yosemite National Park to loggers in an effort to reduce fuel for future blazes and stimulate the regional economy.

More quakes jolt Iceland overnight, spread to second volcano

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Sven Nordenstam
Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high, the country's Meteorological Office said on Wednesday.

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could threaten homes, scientists say

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Malia Mattoch Manus
State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood.

Exxon Mobil unit to pay $1.4 million penalty for Louisiana oil spill

Exxon Mobil unit to pay $1.4 million penalty for Louisiana oil spill
Photo: Jessica Rinaldi

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aruna Viswanatha
An Exxon Mobil Corp unit has agreed to pay $1.4 million to resolve U.S. government claims over a 2012 crude oil spill in Louisiana, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Plastic bag ban stalls in California amid manufacturers' opposition

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aaron Mendelson
Prospects are dimming for a ban on plastic grocery bags in California, as the legislative session winds down and supporters remain three votes short of a majority in the face of strong opposition from manufacturers.

U.S. court rules for groups defending historic site from coal mining

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Mica Rosenberg
A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday in favor of environmental groups fighting to protect the site of a historic 1920s-era labor battle between miners and companies in West Virginia from being destroyed by modern-day coal mining.

Lightning strike kills police dog in Florida

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
A lightning strike apparently killed a police dog in northern Florida after the animal was left in a kennel during a thunderstorm, the local police department said on Tuesday.

Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

Date: 27-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Lisa Marie Garza
A nearly complete skeleton of a mammoth that died 20,000 to 40,000 years ago is pictured near Dallas,Texas in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 26, 2014.

Two endangered Florida panther cubs die after being hit by cars

Two endangered Florida panther cubs die after being hit by cars
Photo: TIM DONOVAN/FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
Two rare Florida panther cubs were struck and killed by cars during the weekend, authorities said on Monday, bringing the total road deaths for the endangered species to 16 this year.

California wine country quake losses seen in the billions

California wine country quake losses seen in the billions
Photo: STEPHEN LAM

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
The strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's historic Napa Valley wine country out of their beds in the wee hours on Sunday caused insured property losses likely to run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but the region's economic losses will be several times that amount, experts said on Monday.

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Barani Krishnan
A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

Storm watch issued for Bermuda; Cristobal moving away from Bahamas: NHC

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: BERMUDA
Author: Koustav Samanta
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda due to Tropical Storm Cristobal, which was moving slowly away from the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Monday afternoon.

A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: ZACHARY FAGENSON
A Miami man remained hospitalized in serious condition after a crocodile for the first time in Florida history attacked a pair of late-night swimmers near an upscale suburb, a wildlife official said on Monday.

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Bills to regulate California groundwater use opposed by farmers

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Joaquin Palomino
A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures' fates in the waning days of the state's legislative session this week.

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes southern Peru: USGS

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck southern Peru on Sunday, shaking the capital Lima 300 miles away but triggering no widespread damage or injuries.

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised
Photo: David Gray

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: UK
Author: Magda Mis
If you recently bought a pair of jeans or ate a burger for dinner, followed by a nice cup of coffee, you probably didn't link the touch of cotton or the aroma of the food to the amount of water that was used to produce them.

Conservation of Amazon threatened by poor social conditions of its people: study

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: Brazil
Author: Astrid Zweynert
The conservation of Brazil's Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.

Iceland lowers volcano warning as no sign of eruption

Iceland lowers volcano warning as no sign of eruption
Photo: Sigtryggur Johannsson

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Robert Robertsson
Iceland lowered its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry to orange from red on Sunday after further analysis of an apparent eruption under a glacier found there had been no eruption after all.

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls
Photo: Toru Hanai

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Japan
Author: Toru Hanai
Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

Oil spill that fouled Mexican river will take months to clean up

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Mexico
Author: David Alire Garcia and Adriana Barrera
An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up, the country's top water authority said on Thursday.