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Pastoralist women turn to wrangling new herds - of pawpaws

Pastoralist women turn to wrangling new herds - of pawpaws
Photo: Siegfried Modola

Date: 01-May-15
Country: Kenya
Author: Kagondu Njagi
The new economic freedom that has come from raising and selling fruit and vegetables is also buying freedoms, particularly the ability to spend money, without risk.

Europe calls for tougher limits on super greenhouse gases

Europe calls for tougher limits on super greenhouse gases
Photo: Fabrizio Bensch

Date: 01-May-15
Country: Europe
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Commission on Thursday called for a tougher U.N. Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer by curbing super greenhouse gases known as HFCs, that have a global warming potential thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide

Church of England divests from coal, tar sands as adopts new climate policy

Date: 01-May-15
Country: UK
Author: Shivam Srivastava
The Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board said they have divested 12 million pounds ($18.42 million) from their investments in thermal coal and tar sands companies as part of an initiative aimed at promoting transition to a low carbon economy.

Climate change could push a sixth of species to extinction: study

Date: 01-May-15
Author: Alister Doyle
Climate change could drive up to a sixth of animals and plants on Earth to extinction unless governments cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, according to a U.S. study published on Thursday.

U.S. government to pay New Mexico $73 million over radiation leak

Date: 01-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The U.S. Energy Department will pay New Mexico $73 million in road and other infrastructure projects for violations by an underground nuclear waste dump and nuclear research lab that led to a radiation leak last year, officials said on Thursday

Tesla unveils suite of batteries for homes, businesses

Tesla unveils suite of batteries for homes, businesses
Photo: Rebecca Cook

Date: 01-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom and Paul Lienert
Tesla introduced its home battery, named Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to store energy at residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation.

Chile volcano Calbuco erupts again with new cloud of ash

Chile volcano Calbuco erupts again with new cloud of ash

Date: 01-May-15
Country: Chile
Author: Anthony Esposito and Antonino de la Jara
Chilean volcano Calbuco erupted for the third time in eight days on Thursday, sending a new cloud of ash and gas high into the sky, although officials said the latest eruption was less powerful than those of last week.

China solar expansion needs billions from wary investors

China solar expansion needs billions from wary investors
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Charlie Zhu and Adam Rose
Chinese solar companies, some already heavily indebted, will need to raise many billions of dollars this year to fund a big expansion in capacity, a major test of investor confidence in a sector hit hard by the global financial crisis.

California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030

California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll in Los Angeles and Laila Kearney in New York;
California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, a move he said was necessary to combat the growing threat of climate change.

G7 says Chernobyl shelter to be completed by Nov 2017

G7 says Chernobyl shelter to be completed by Nov 2017
Photo: Valentyn Ogirenko

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: Marc Jones
The world's leading powers said on Wednesday a protective cover over the collapsed Chernobyl nuclear power plant would be completed by November 2017, although they were still short of funds to finish the project.

McConnell suggests Obama plan to cut power emissions won't stick

McConnell suggests Obama plan to cut power emissions won't stick
Photo: Yuri Gripas

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The U.S. Senate majority leader on Wednesday urged countries to go slowly on committing to cut carbon emissions in any global agreement later this year, in his latest effort to cripple President Barack Obama's clean power plan.

California cities still have nation's worst smog, report shows

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Despite years of progress, California cities have the worst smog and particulate air pollution in the nation, conditions made worse by the state's ongoing drought, a report shows.

Map, video plot activities of bears living among humans in Anchorage

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A group of bears who make their home in the city of Anchorage, Alaska, have been busy rooting through garbage, eating from dog food bowls and even walking past a bear taxidermy mount, scientists tracking their activities said on Wednesday.

Washington state tribe's whale hunting request triggers new backlash

Date: 30-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
A Native American tribe's request to resume its sacred canoe and harpoon hunts of federally protected gray whales off the Washington state coast has drawn fresh opposition while the treaty-enshrined proposal is weighed by U.S. fisheries managers.

Forest fire threatens Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear zone

Forest fire threatens Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear zone
Photo: Andrew Kravchenko/Pool

Date: 29-Apr-15
Country: UKRAINE
Author: Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice
Emergency services were battling on Tuesday to prevent Ukraine's largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said.

Amid drought, California's Brown wants big fines for wasting water

Amid drought, California's Brown wants big fines for wasting water
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 29-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Robin Respaut
Governor Jerry Brown proposed legislation on Tuesday that would impose steep fines for wasting water in drought-parched California.

Vatican and U.N. team up on climate change against skeptics

Vatican and U.N. team up on climate change against skeptics
Photo: Osservatore Romano

Date: 29-Apr-15
Country: VATICAN CITY
Author: Philip Pullella
The Vatican and the United Nations teamed up to warn the world of the effects of climate change on Tuesday, coming down firmly against skeptics who deny human activities help change global weather patterns.

Fight goes on to limit EU fishing after industry wins loophole

Date: 29-Apr-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
European lawmakers on Tuesday backed reforms meant to end decades of overfishing, but critics said unscrupulous fishermen would be able to carry on throwing away perfectly good fish because of a glaring loophole.

Climate indicators suggest El Nino is forming - Australian weather bureau

Date: 29-Apr-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Climate indicators are nearing levels associated with an El Nino weather event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.

China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Dominique Patton
China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.

New York state to turn lights out for migrating birds

New York state to turn lights out for migrating birds
Photo: Enrique de la Osa

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Hilary Russ
On their arduous flights North to their breeding grounds, birds migrating up the U.S. East Coast will have one less peril to worry about - bright lights from state-owned and -managed buildings in New York.

Drought may bring West Coast brownouts this summer: energy secretary

Drought may bring West Coast brownouts this summer: energy secretary
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner;
The West Coast could see power brownouts in coming months as hydro power stations struggle with the four-year drought, and in the longer term climate change could cause additional problems for power plants, the U.S. energy secretary said on Monday.

Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Lisa Baertlein
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch.

Storm knocks out power to New Orleans airport for hours

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
A line of storms moving through Louisiana on Monday knocked out power to the New Orleans International Airport, sent freight train cars tumbling from an elevated bridge and left nearly 238,000 customers without electricity.

Lone gray wolf found in Oregon as state weighs lifting protections

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
A rare male gray wolf has been detected roaming an Oregon Indian reservation, state fish and game officials said on Monday, days after wildlife managers ordered a review that could lessen state protections for once-decimated populations of the species.

Thailand makes second big ivory bust in two weeks

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Kaweewit Kaewjinda
Thai customs officials on Monday announced their second big seizure of African ivory in two weeks, amounting to around three tonnes of tusks worth about $6 million.

EU approves first new genetically modified crops since 2013

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: EUrope
Author: Philip Blenkinsop
The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorizations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled
Photo: Rafael Arenas

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Chile
Author: Felipe Iturrieta
Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

Coffee production slipping in Tanzania as temperatures rise

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Tanzania
Author: Kizito Makyoe
Warmer weather means that Tanzania is producing less coffee as higher temperatures affect yields, hurting both the nation's producers and coffee drinkers who may pay more per cup, a South African university has found.

Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park

Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park
Photo: ToruHanai

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito
Authorities in the Japanese capital have cordoned off a playground where high levels of radiation were detected this week, reviving concerns about nuclear contamination four years after the Fukushima disaster.