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Japan to cut emphasis on nuclear in next energy plan: sources

Japan to cut emphasis on nuclear in next energy plan: sources
Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool/File Photo

Date: 27-May-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Aaron Sheldrick
Japan will cut reliance on nuclear power when it releases an updated energy plan as early as next year, reflecting public opposition and a recognition that current policy is unrealistic, three sources familiar with official thinking told Reuters.

From hardy pigs to super-crops, gene editing poses new EU dilemma

From hardy pigs to super-crops, gene editing poses new EU dilemma
Photo: Stuart McDill

Date: 27-May-16
Country: UK
Author: Ben Hirschler
Heat-tolerant Angus beef cattle designed for the tropics with white coats instead of black or red. A button mushroom that doesn't turn brown. Pigs that don't fall sick.

From Easter Island to Stonehenge, climate change threatens iconic tourist sites

From Easter Island to Stonehenge, climate change threatens iconic tourist sites
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 27-May-16
Country: UK
Author: Magdalena Mis
Extreme weather is becoming one of the biggest risks to World Heritage icons like the Polynesian Easter Island or Britain's Stonehenge, posing a threat to tourism and economies alike, scientists and U.N. experts said on Thursday.

Timber smugglers could make Senegal's last forests disappear soon

Timber smugglers could make Senegal's last forests disappear soon
Photo: Jean-Francois Huertas

Date: 27-May-16
Country: SENEGAL
Author: Diadie Ba
Forests in Senegal's lush Casamance region risk disappearing within two years because of illegal timber smuggling, one of the West African country's foremost environmentalists said on Thursday.

Chaotic urbanization puts cities in harm's way: UN

Chaotic urbanization puts cities in harm's way: UN
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 27-May-16
Country: ISTANBUL
Author: Megan Rowling
The risk of man-made and natural disasters hitting fast-growing cities is rising, and national governments must do more to help municipal authorities protect residents through better planning, the head of the U.N. agency for human settlements said.

As climate risks expand, diplomats start to overshadow green experts

As climate risks expand, diplomats start to overshadow green experts
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 27-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
Diplomats are gradually crowding out environment experts in global efforts to tackle climate change, a shift signaling a higher profile for the issue and improved chances for more coordination to fight it.

Tornado warning prompts evacuation of Kansas City airport

Date: 27-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
The Kansas City International Airport was evacuated briefly on Thursday over a tornado warning, airport officials said, a day after tornadoes destroyed or damaged nearly 30 homes in neighboring Kansas.

Sri Lankan flood-hit families left with nothing, Red Cross says in emergency appeal

Sri Lankan flood-hit families left with nothing, Red Cross says in emergency appeal
Photo: Dinuka Liyanawatte

Date: 26-May-16
Country: SRI LANKA
Author: Magdalena Mis
Floods in Sri Lanka which have forced more than 350,000 people from their homes have left some families with nothing, the Red Cross said on Wednesday as it launched an emergency appeal to deliver relief to tens of thousands of people in the country.

Exxon shareholders pass measure that may put climate expert on board

Exxon shareholders pass measure that may put climate expert on board
Photo: Mike Blake/File Photo

Date: 26-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Luc Cohen and Rory Carroll
Voters at Exxon Mobil Corp's (XOM.N) annual meeting on Wednesday approved a measure to let minority shareholders nominate outsiders for seats on the board, meaning a climate activist could eventually become a director at the world's largest publicly traded oil company.

US Congress moves to revamp toxic chemical law

US Congress moves to revamp toxic chemical law
Photo: Joshua Roberts

Date: 26-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Richard Cowan
Legislation with bipartisan support that would revamp U.S. chemical safety law for the first time in decades is advancing in Congress, winning overwhelming passage in the House of Representatives as backers sought quick Senate action.

China to replace direct coal combustion with electricity in new plan

China to replace direct coal combustion with electricity in new plan
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 26-May-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China will reduce the amount of coal burned directly in industrial furnaces and residential heating systems in order to tackle a major source of smog, the country's energy regulator said on Wednesday.

More than half of Malawi's population need food relief - minister

More than half of Malawi's population need food relief - minister
Photo: Mike Hutchings/File Photo

Date: 26-May-16
Country: MALAWI
Author: Mabvuto Banda
More than half of Malawi's population is in need of food aid after an El Nino-induced drought decimated crops, the minister of agriculture said on Wednesday.

Japan to see average to warmer weather during June-Aug

Japan to see average to warmer weather during June-Aug
Photo: Thomas Peter

Date: 26-May-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Fumika Inoue
Japan will see mostly average to warmer weather from June to August, the official forecaster said on Wednesday.

Filipino painters used dirty-water pigments to highlight pollution in Manila

Date: 26-May-16
Country: PHILLIPPINES
Author: Roli Ng
Polluted Manila river water has inspired a team of Filipino artists to paint watercolors using dirty water pigments to promote awareness of environmental degradation.

Tuvalu PM urges new legal framework for climate migrants

Tuvalu PM urges new legal framework for climate migrants
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 25-May-16
Country: TUVALU
Author: Megan Rowling
Tuvalu's prime minister on Tuesday called for a U.N. resolution to create legal protection for people displaced by the impacts of climate change, saying there was currently no international framework to protect their rights.

Firefighters protect Canada's oil sands battling 1,100 C flames

Firefighters protect Canada's oil sands battling 1,100 C flames
Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Handout/File Photo

Date: 25-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Liz Hampton,Edmonton, Eric M. Johnson,Nia Williams &Ethan Lou
Fighting massive forest fires is dangerous and taxing enough, but those sent into Canada's oil sands are not only wrestling with one of the worst wildfires in the country's history. They are doing it surrounded by the volatile, explosive chemicals and compounds critical to pumping oil from some of the world's largest reserves.

Greens urge halt to G7 nations' funding for overseas coal

Greens urge halt to G7 nations' funding for overseas coal
Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Date: 25-May-16
Author: Alister Doyle
Environmental groups urged Group of Seven (G7) nations led by Japan and Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad, which they said amounted to $42 billion since 2007.

Some crude production restarts as cool weather saps Canadian wildfire

Some crude production restarts as cool weather saps Canadian wildfire
Photo: Todd Korol

Date: 25-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
Some crude producers restarted operations on Tuesday in Canada's energy heartland as a mass evacuation of the Fort McMurray oil town entered its fourth week, though cool weather and light winds were helping firefighters dampen the blaze.

Peru declares mining-related emergency in remote part of Amazon

Peru declares mining-related emergency in remote part of Amazon
Photo: Brendan McDermid

Date: 25-May-16
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining, the country's environment minister said on Monday.

Cambodia takes solace from plow ceremony amid worst drought in 50 years

Cambodia takes solace from plow ceremony amid worst drought in 50 years
Photo: Samrang Pring

Date: 25-May-16
Country: CAMBODIA
Author: Prak Chan Thul
As the worst drought in half a century delays rice planting in Cambodia, a pair of oxen on Tuesday delved into rice, corn and bean bowls at an annual plowing ceremony in an omen for good harvests for those crops in the year ahead.

Strongest El Nino in nearly 20 years ends: Australian weather bureau

Date: 25-May-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
The strongest El Nino in nearly 20 years, which damaged crop production in Asia and caused food shortages, has ended, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday.

German minister slams Fiat for not showing up at emissions meeting

German minister slams Fiat for not showing up at emissions meeting
Photo: Mario Anzuoni

Date: 20-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Michael Nienaber
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has criticized Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for not showing up for a meeting on Thursday to discuss emissions irregularities of its diesel vehicles.

South Africa plans levy on mines to tackle acid mine water pollution

South Africa plans levy on mines to tackle acid mine water pollution
Photo: Mike Hutchings

Date: 20-May-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Mfuneko Toyana
South African mining firms say plans by government to charge them two-thirds of the cost for treating water pollution resulting from their operations are unfair and would put the ailing industry under further financial strain.

Kingsgate CEO says arsenic, manganese never used at Thai mine

Kingsgate CEO says arsenic, manganese never used at Thai mine
Photo: Jorge Silva

Date: 20-May-16
Country: THAILAND
Author: Simon Webb and Pairat Temphairojana
Thailand's only working gold mine has never used the toxic substances found in people living nearby, the chief executive of the mine's Australian owner said on Thursday, expressing shock at a government order to shut down.

Renewables cannot replace nuclear in France yet : EDF exec

Renewables cannot replace nuclear in France yet : EDF exec
Photo: Stephane Mahe

Date: 20-May-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Geert De Clercq
Renewable energy is far from being able to replace nuclear energy in France's electricity mix, utility EDF's head of nuclear said on Thursday.

Container shipping firms' costs soar on new fuel rules: OECD

Date: 20-May-16
Country: DENMARK
Author: Ole Mikkelsen
Container shipping firms' annual costs have risen by a total $500 million due to new sulfur emissions regulations that have forced vessels to use higher cost fuel, the OECD said in a report on Thursday.

U.S. blames Plains pipeline company for Santa Barbara oil spill

Date: 20-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Numerous lapses in safety measures, judgment and planning by Plains All American Pipeline LP led to and worsened a major oil spill last year that fouled miles of shoreline and ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday.

Canada says genetically modified salmon safe for consumption

Date: 20-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Leah Schnurr
Canada approved a type of genetically modified salmon for sale, health officials said on Thursday, the first such animal to be cleared as safe for consumption in the country.

NAACP sues Michigan state and governor over Flint's lead-contaminated water

NAACP sues Michigan state and governor over Flint's lead-contaminated water
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 19-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Ben Klayman
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan and its governor on behalf of the residents and businesses in Flint, where high levels of lead in the drinking water has created a health crisis.

Canada wildfire evacuees get tentative return date

Canada wildfire evacuees get tentative return date
Photo: Canadian Armed Forces/Handout via Reuters

Date: 19-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Nia Williams and Eric M. Johnson
Evacuees who fled a wildfire in northern Alberta two weeks ago may be allowed to return home as soon as June 1, officials said on Wednesday, as the massive blaze kept oil production shuttered north of Fort McMurray.

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