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Rain expected to boost Australia crops, help farmers

Rain expected to boost Australia crops, help farmers
Photo: David Gray

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Australia is expected to see higher rainfall than average from May to July, watering crops and boosting the fortunes of farmers in one of the world's top exporters of commodities ranging from grains to beef.

Republican donor backs clean energy senators with digital campaign

Republican donor backs clean energy senators with digital campaign
Photo: David Becker

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
A Republican political donor said on Wednesday he would spend "seven figures" on a targeted digital campaign backing two senators who support clean energy policies, which could help tip the balance in their tight November re-election races.

Obama to visit Flint, Michigan to hear about water crisis

Obama to visit Flint, Michigan to hear about water crisis
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan next week to hear from residents about the drinking water crisis, the White House said on Wednesday.

Radical action needed to decarbonize world energy supply: report

Radical action needed to decarbonize world energy supply: report
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
More radical action is needed to decarbonize the world's energy supply and improve energy efficiency to keep the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said on Wednesday.

German firms could pay less than feared for nuclear clean-up

German firms could pay less than feared for nuclear clean-up
Photo: Jochen Luebke/Pool

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: BERLIN/FRANKFURT
Author: Markus Wacket and Christoph Steitz
German power firms will have to pay less for the storage of radioactive waste than investors had feared if the government accepts a recommendation from a panel that announced its decision on Wednesday after months of wrangling.

Vietnam says no proof Formosa steel plant linked to mass fish deaths

Vietnam says no proof Formosa steel plant linked to mass fish deaths
Photo: Kham

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: VIETNAM
Author: Ho Binh Minh and Mai Nguyen
The Vietnamese government said on Wednesday there was no evidence that discharge from a new Taiwanese-built steel plant was to blame for the death of huge numbers of fish in farms and coastal waters.

Oklahoma measure pits farmers' rights against pollution fears

Oklahoma measure pits farmers' rights against pollution fears
Photo: Adrees Latif/File Photo

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Jon Herskovitz
For advocates, it is all about protecting a fundamental right of Americans to farm their land. For opponents, it is about big business, pollution and puppy mills.

Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
Stanford University's announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has raised the ire of campus climate activists, who said on Tuesday they will protest the decision.

30 years on, Ukrainians remember victims of Chernobyl disaster

30 years on, Ukrainians remember victims of Chernobyl disaster
Photo: Vasily Fedosenko

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: UKRAINE
Author: Alessandra Prentice and Natalia Zinets
Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system.

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
A government plan to tackle air pollution in five major cities in Britain by 2020 will not be enough and more urgent action needs to be taken, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies
Photo: Bruno Kelly

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Bruno Kelly
After trekking nearly two hours through dense jungle, Brazilian environmental special forces burst into a clearing where the trees had been sawn and a muddy crater dug: an illegal gold mine on indigenous land in the heart of the Amazon.

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions
Photo: Jacky Naegelen

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Emmanuel Jarry
The French government has committed to unilaterally set a carbon price floor for electricity producers in a move aimed at curbing coal-fired power generation and boosting renewables.

Billionaire green donor launches U.S. millennial voter drive

Billionaire green donor launches U.S. millennial voter drive
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to help elect candidates that champion climate change policies in November's general election.

Brazil to ask Congress to pass Paris climate deal: minister

Brazil to ask Congress to pass Paris climate deal: minister
Photo: Christian Hartmann

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Valerie Volcovici in New York, and Marcelo Teixeira in Sao Paulo
Brazil's government will ask legislators this week to ratify the Paris climate agreement, the environment minister said late on Sunday, even as President Dilma Rousseff faces possible impeachment and lacks majority support in Congress.

Volkswagen has not fixed a single car in Britain, minister says

Volkswagen has not fixed a single car in Britain, minister says
Photo: Damir Sagolj

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Costas Pitas
Volkswagen has not fixed any of the 1.2 million cars in Britain affected by the diesel emissions scandal, a British transport minister said on Monday, despite the company having said it had begun software modifications to some models.

Taking on Tesla: China's Jia Yueting aims to outmuscle Musk

Taking on Tesla: China's Jia Yueting aims to outmuscle Musk
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Norihiko Shirouzu
Tomorrow's cars will be all-electric, self-driving, connected to high-speed communications networks ... and free.

Test of Fiat diesel model shows irregular emissions: Bild am Sonntag

Test of Fiat diesel model shows irregular emissions: Bild am Sonntag
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Agnieszka Flak, Edward Taylor, Markus Wacket
A German emissions probe conducted following the Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) scandal suggested that some Fiat vehicles showed irregular levels of diesel exhaust pollution if the cars ran for longer than 22 minutes, Bild am Sonntag said.

Elephant poachers kill rangers, wound Swedish park manager in Congo

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: CONGO
Author: Marine Pennetier
Elephant poachers killed three rangers in Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba wildlife park and wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager, environmental officials said.

Zimbabwe's tobacco revenue up in smoke due to El Nino

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: Jeffrey Moyo
Shouting, sweating and stamping their feet, dozens of farm laborers fill Tinago Chisvo's makeshift office to demand their money, as the tobacco farmer desperately tries to explain the crisis that has hit his farm. Nobody listens.

Carbon pricing campaign stepped up ahead of climate deal ceremony

Carbon pricing campaign stepped up ahead of climate deal ceremony
Photo: Victor Fraile

Date: 22-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
A group of world leaders and international banks on Thursday urged more countries to launch schemes that put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Palm oil industry fumes as Indonesia gets tough on forest fires

Palm oil industry fumes as Indonesia gets tough on forest fires
Photo: Beawiharta/File Photo

Date: 22-Apr-16
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fergus Jensen
Palm oil firms have slammed Indonesia's move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo's latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world's top producer of the commodity.

Mitsubishi Motors manipulated mileage data on electric car: Sankei

Mitsubishi Motors manipulated mileage data on electric car: Sankei
Photo: Toru Hanai

Date: 22-Apr-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Ritsuko Ando
Mitsubishi Motors Corp manipulated fuel economy data on an additional model other than vehicles already disclosed and may have also misstated data on four other models, the Sankei newspaper reported on Friday.

EU approves use of recycled plastics containing DEHP

EU approves use of recycled plastics containing DEHP
Photo: Antonio Bronic

Date: 22-Apr-16
Country: EUROPEAN UNION
Author: Meredith McGrath
The European Union has agreed to let companies use recycled plastics containing softening additive diethylhexyl phthalate despite opposition from politicians and environmentalists who say exposure to the chemical poses a threat to human health.

With climate deal, activists seek land rights for native people

With climate deal, activists seek land rights for native people
Photo: Janine Costa

Date: 22-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Sebastien Malo
With world leaders converging in New York to sign a landmark climate deal, activists along with actor Alec Baldwin called on Thursday for a halt to deforestation, a contributor to global warming, by giving indigenous people rights to their land.

Australia sees $73 million cleanup bill for nickel plant near Barrier Reef

Australia sees $73 million cleanup bill for nickel plant near Barrier Reef
Photo: David Gray

Date: 21-Apr-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: James Regan
Australia estimates it will cost A$93 million ($72.68 million) to begin the clean-up of environmental damage at the bankrupt Yabulu nickel refinery in the country's northeast near the Great Barrier Reef, local media said on Wednesday.

U.N. members fear U.S. 'sabotage' of Obama's climate commitments

U.N. members fear U.S. 'sabotage' of Obama's climate commitments
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 21-Apr-16
Country: UNITED NATIONS
Author: Louis Charbonneau
There are concerns at the United Nations about apparent attempts inside the United States to "sabotage" President Barack Obama's commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the head of the U.N. General Assembly said on Wednesday.

VW to offer to buy back nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel cars - sources

VW to offer to buy back nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel cars - sources
Photo: Ina Fassbender

Date: 21-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
Volkswagen AG and U.S. officials have reached a framework deal under which the automaker would offer to buy back almost 500,000 diesel cars that used sophisticated software to evade U.S. emission rules, two people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

Climate change brings more pleasant weather to U.S.: for now

Climate change brings more pleasant weather to U.S.: for now
Photo: Joshua Roberts

Date: 21-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Researchers have a message for Americans who like the milder winters and agreeable summers experienced in most of the United States since the 1970s thanks to global climate change: enjoy it while you can.

California communities beg for relief from drought restrictions

California communities beg for relief from drought restrictions
Photo: Mike Blake/File Photo

Date: 21-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California communities where a wet winter has filled reservoirs and begun ameliorating the state's catastrophic four-year drought begged water regulators on Wednesday to reduce or eliminate emergency conservation measures imposed last year.

Hopes of finding Ecuador quake survivors fade as death toll nears 500

Hopes of finding Ecuador quake survivors fade as death toll nears 500
Photo: Henry Romero

Date: 20-Apr-16
Country: ECUADOR
Author: Julia Symmes Cobb in Pedernales and Ana Isabel Martinez in Canoa;
Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope on Tuesday of finding more survivors from an earthquake that killed nearly 500 people and dealt a shattering blow to the South American OPEC country's already fragile economy.

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