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Explosive news: Plants can fight back against TNT pollution - researchers

Explosive news: Plants can fight back against TNT pollution - researchers
Photo: Liz Rylott/Handout

Date: 04-Sep-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Scientists have discovered why TNT is so toxic to plants and intend to use this knowledge to tackle the problem of cleaning up the many sites worldwide contaminated by the commonly used explosive.

Conservationists protest killing of endangered North Carolina red wolves

Conservationists protest killing of endangered North Carolina red wolves
Photo: Steve Hillebrand/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout via Reuters

Date: 04-Sep-15
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
The federal wildlife service on Thursday stood by its decision to authorize recent killings of two highly endangered North Carolina red wolves on private property, despite plans by conservationists to sue.

China slowdown needn't hamper climate deal: U.N.

China slowdown needn't hamper climate deal: U.N.
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 04-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
A slowdown in the Chinese economy that has alarmed global stock markets won't cast a "dark cloud" over U.N. efforts to reach an accord to slow global warming by December, the United Nations' climate chief predicted on Thursday.

California officials unveil plans for wildlife bridge over highway

Date: 04-Sep-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Officials have unveiled plans for a grassy bridge over a Southern California highway that would provide a safe and natural passage for mountain lions and other animals migrating between wilderness areas.

European top court upholds EU ban on seal imports

Date: 04-Sep-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fioretti
A European Union ban on imports of seal products not derived from the traditional Inuit seal hunt is legal, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled on Thursday.

India's monsoon rains seen falling short of previous forecast

India's monsoon rains seen falling short of previous forecast
Photo: Ajay Verma

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Mayank Bhardwaj
India's monsoon rains are likely to be below the prior forecast of 88 percent of the long-term average, the weather office chief said, which could make it the driest year since 2009 and worsen rural distress by cutting farm output.

Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rate

Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rate
Photo: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Files

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Earth is home to just over 3 trillion trees - the redwoods of California, the olive trees of Tunisia, the cherry trees of Japan, the eucalyptus of Australia and so many more - but they are being lost at an alarming rate because of human activities.

National emissions plans too weak to limit climate change: study

National emissions plans too weak to limit climate change: study
Photo: Mick Tsikas

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
National plans for limiting greenhouse gas emissions fall short of tough action needed to slow climate change under a United Nations agreement due in Paris in December, European researchers said on Wednesday.

Washington state sues U.S. over toxic vapors at nuclear waste site

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
The U.S. government has failed to adequately safeguard crews involved in the decades-long cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, leaving workers sickened by exposure to toxic vapors, the state said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

Florida officials propose bear hunt limit of 320 kills

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: USA
Florida would allow hunters to kill up to a total of 320 bears in October during the state's first bear hunt season in 20 years, according to a recommendation from the state's wildlife agency presented at a public hearing on Wednesday.

EU cuts Baltic cod catch limits for 2016

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fioretti
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday cutting the catch limits for some types of cod in the Baltic Sea by a fifth next year as it seeks to put fishing in the European Union on a sustainable footing by 2020.

Sudanese poachers kill elephants amid Central Africa chaos: UN experts

Date: 03-Sep-15
Country: UNITED NATIONS
Author: Louis Charbonneau;
Sudanese poachers have been taking advantage of the chaos in conflict-torn Central African Republic and are killing elephants for their ivory and other wild animals, an expert panel that monitors U.N. sanctions said in a confidential report seen by Reuters.

Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs

Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs
Photo: Daniel Munoz

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they faced unusually high costs to cut greenhouse gas emissions because of their respective dependence on coal and livestock, after criticism that they are doing too little to tackle climate change.

Mongolia in for double whammy: drought now, 'dzud' next

Mongolia in for double whammy: drought now, 'dzud' next
Photo: B. Rentsendorj

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: MONGOLIA
Author: Terrence Edwards
Balchig Baljinnyam, a small-time farmer in central Mongolia, is busy building a shelter for his dairy cows ahead of what is expected to be the most brutal winter in years. A summer drought has already cut traditional sources of fodder for his herd.

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study
Photo: Janine Costa

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Michael Taylor
The rate at which trees were cut down slowed globally for a third year in a row in 2014, but tree loss still covered an area twice the size of Portugal, an environmental research group said.

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study
Photo: Janine Costa

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Michael Taylor
The rate at which trees were cut down slowed globally for a third year in a row in 2014, but tree loss still covered an area twice the size of Portugal, an environmental research group said.

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic
Photo: Rob Rothway/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Roberta Rampton
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States needs to quickly acquire at least one new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where melting sea ice has spurred more traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

Water will be clean in time for Games: Rio 2016 chief

Water will be clean in time for Games: Rio 2016 chief
Photo: Paul Childs

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: UK
Author: Mike Collett
The water quality at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro is a serious issue but will be resolved by the time the Games begin next year, Rio Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Tuesday.

Native protesters seize oil wells in Peru to urge government action

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj and Teresa Cespedes
Indigenous protesters in Peru seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block on Tuesday and said they also planned to halt output in a neighboring concession to press the government to address pollution and compensation demands.

This year's El Nino weather pattern could be strongest on record: experts

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Tom Miles
The current El Nino weather phenomenon is expected peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts from the World Meteorological Organization said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart
Photo: Issei Kato/Files

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kentaro Hamada and Aaron Sheldrick
The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows.

With glaciers as backdrop, Obama uses Alaska trip to push climate agenda

With glaciers as backdrop, Obama uses Alaska trip to push climate agenda
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Roberta Rampton
President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at showing how the state's melting permafrost and eroding coastlines are a preview of bigger disasters to come unless the world does more to slow climate change.

Low water still hampers Rhine, Danube river shipping in Germany

Low water still hampers Rhine, Danube river shipping in Germany
Photo: Wolfgang Rattay

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Michael Hogan
Low water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany mean cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of both rivers, traders said on Monday.

Climate change brings cyclone risk to Persian Gulf: study

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
Climate change is bringing small risks that tropical cyclones will form in the Persian Gulf for the first time, in a threat to cities such as Dubai or Doha which are unprepared for big storm surges, a U.S. study said on Monday.

Indonesia looks to increase emissions cut pledge ahead of Paris meet

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Michael Taylor
Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth, a senior government adviser said on Monday, with a final decision likely by mid-September.

Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill

Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill
Photo: Marco Garcia

Date: 28-Aug-15
Country: HAWAII
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Hawaii authorities reopened Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach on Wednesday after water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for swimmers following a serious sewage spill earlier this week.

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Date: 28-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.

EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees

EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees
Photo: FRANCOIS LENOIR

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: BARBARA LEWIS
Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa
Photo: PHILIMON BULAWAYO

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: GABON
Author: Wilfried-Gerauds Obangome
A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help to discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report
Photo: LUCY NICHOLSON

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb;
Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported.

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