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Police hunt for baby sea lion snatched from Los Angeles beach

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
Police were searching on Monday for a baby sea lion snatched from a Los Angeles beach over the weekend, as well as four suspects in their twenties seen harassing and taunting two pups, authorities said.

Ten baby crocodiles arrive in Cuba in conservation effort

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: CUBA
Author: Daniel Trotta
Ten baby crocodiles arrived in Cuba on Monday from a Swedish zoo where they had been born to a pair of Cuban crocodiles that former President Fidel Castro had given to a Soviet cosmonaut as a gift in the 1970s.

Windstorm Niklas to cost German insurers 750 million euros: body

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alexander Huebner and Jonathan Gould,
German insurers are likely to face damage claims of around 750 million euros ($808 million) from windstorm "Niklas", which struck the country on March 31, insurance trade body GDV said on Monday.

Norway to review electric car subsidies as sales soar

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Balazs Koranyi
Norway is reviewing its subsidies for electric vehicles after generous government incentives made the country the biggest user of battery powered cars in the world, hurting state revenues, the finance ministry said.

Renewable energy surge revives Europe's power trade

Renewable energy surge revives Europe's power trade
Photo: Heinz-Peter Bader

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: Germany
Author: Vera Eckert and Nina Chestney
The rise of renewable energy is delivering a boost to Europe's declining power market as traders get busy in short term deals to juggle unpredictable supplies of wind and solar.

India takes 'significant step' in HFC decision: U.S. envoy

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: India
Author: Valerie Volcovici
India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday.

India tea-sellers become unlikely heroes battling indoor air pollution

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: India
Author: Nita Bhalla
Armed with clean energy biomass stoves, tea-sellers in India's western city of Nashik are becoming unlikely heroes in the country's battle against indoor air pollution by not only using the wood-fuelled stoves for their trade but also selling them.

Data app pushes Chinese factories to cut pollution

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: China
Author: Laurie Goering
Today, more than 1,800 factories and 120 international firms have taken steps to reduce pollution because of public pressure brought about by the app. Using additional air pollution data now included in the app, 380 cities in China can check their air quality hourly.

Billionaire activist praises Bush on climate remarks

Billionaire activist praises Bush on climate remarks
Photo: Brian Snyder

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovicii
Billionaire activist Tom Steyer's climate change advocacy group offered unexpected praise on Friday to Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush for saying the United States should work with the world to reduce carbon emissions.

U.S., China top dumping of electronic waste; little recycled

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: USA & China
Author: Alister Doyle
The United States and China contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014 and less than a sixth ended up recycled worldwide, a U.N. study said on Sunday.

Honduras most dangerous country for environmental activists - report

Date: 20-Apr-15
Country: Honduras
Author: Anastasia Moloney
Honduras is the deadliest place for environmental activists with scores of Hondurans killed defending land rights and the environment from mining, dam projects and logging, a campaign group said on Monday.

EU approves German aid to support construction of 20 offshore wind farms

EU approves German aid to support construction of 20 offshore wind farms
Photo: Fabian Bimmer

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fioretti
The European Commission on Thursday gave Germany the green light to support the construction of 20 offshore wind farms by paying operators a premium on top of the market price for electricity, it said in a statement.

Obama carbon rules to cut coal-related jobs: conservative group

Obama carbon rules to cut coal-related jobs: conservative group
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
U.S. rules to cut carbon emissions could close more than 90 coal plants and eliminate jobs that support mining and power stations that the federal government has not fully considered, a report by the conservative American Action Forum research group said on Thursday.

China to ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries

China to ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries
Photo: David Gray

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and Dominique Patton
China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply.

Hazardous air particles in Beijing exceed national target: state media

Hazardous air particles in Beijing exceed national target: state media
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Megha Rajagopalan
Hazardous air particles blamed for asthma and breathing problems show up in the Chinese capital at a rate of more than double the national target, an environmental watchdog said on Thursday, according to state media.

U.S. judges raise doubts about early challenge to EPA carbon rules

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
In the first legal test of the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, two of three federal judges hearing a challenge to the regulations on Thursday expressed skepticism about weighing in before they are formally adopted.

Company bosses pledge emission cuts, call for strong Paris climate deal

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
Bosses from more than forty global companies called on negotiators to agree a United Nations climate change deal in Paris in December and pledged to make their own emission cuts, they said in an open letter published on Thursday.

SunPower, Apple to build solar projects in China

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Shubhankar Chakravorty
Solar panel maker SunPower Corp said it would partner with Apple Inc to build two solar power projects in China's Sichuan province with total capacity of 40 megawatts.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 sends Greek islanders rushing into street

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: GREECE
Author: Renee Maltezou
An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck around 50 km (30 miles) off the eastern tip of the Greek Mediterranean island of Crete, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Parasite treatment kills many fish at Texas aquarium

Date: 17-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
Up to 100 fish died at an aquarium in Texas that houses stingrays, barracuda and sharks after their tanks were treated with a compound designed to kill a parasite infestation, officials and media reports said on Wednesday.

Extreme fishing: 'Tiger' hunting in hippo and croc country

Extreme fishing: 'Tiger' hunting in hippo and croc country
Photo: Mike Hutchings

Date: 16-Apr-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Stoddard
You know the fishing is "not run of the mill" when your guide points to the path you're on and says "those are hippo tracks".

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry
Photo: Hugh Gentry/Files

Date: 16-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
Environmentalists seeking to curb the deaths of an estimated 53,000 sea turtles each year from getting caught in commercial shrimp nets off the southeastern United States sued federal regulators on Wednesday for stronger protections.

California suit is third since March against SeaWorld over killer whale treatment

California suit is third since March against SeaWorld over killer whale treatment
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 16-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Opponents of killer whale shows at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have filed a third lawsuit in as many weeks against the company, saying ticket holders were defrauded by claims that the animals are healthy and well-treated.

Chile eyes new environment rules to spur investment

Date: 16-Apr-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Antonio de la Jara
Chile will move to make changes to its environmental regulations to reduce uncertainty and encourage investment, President Michelle Bachelet announced on Wednesday.

Modi's coal turnaround to ease India's chronic power cuts

Date: 16-Apr-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N. Das
Fewer power cuts are likely in India this summer after a surge in output at Coal India helped generators amass record stocks, a turnaround for Narendra Modi who had to battle a power crisis within months of becoming prime minister last May.

At least 70 percent chance of El Nino in June: Australia weather bureau

At least 70 percent chance of El Nino in June: Australia weather bureau
Photo: David Gray

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Weather models show an El Nino is likely to emerge this year, with at least a 70 percent chance the weather pattern could arrive as early as June, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday.

Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply: FAO

Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply: FAO
Photo: Alessandro Bianchi

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: Magdalena Mis
There will be enough water to produce food for 10 billion people in 2050, but over-consumption and the impact of climate change threaten food security and water supplies in many regions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.

India builds first 'smart' city as urban population swells

India builds first 'smart' city as urban population swells
Photo: Amit Dave

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Aditi Shah
India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in western India.

Canada provinces urge PM to take stronger action on climate change

Canada provinces urge PM to take stronger action on climate change
Photo: Mathieu Belanger

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Kevin Dougherty
The leaders of nine Canadian provinces and territories on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take stronger measures to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

California drought renews thirst for desalination plants

California drought renews thirst for desalination plants
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
California's 3-year-old drought has thrust seawater desalination into the spotlight as San Diego County, Santa Barbara and other cities push ahead with treatment plants that will soon turn the Pacific Ocean into a source of drinking water.