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Elephant poaching in Africa down, but still far too high: CITES

Elephant poaching in Africa down, but still far too high: CITES
Photo: Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Date: 29-Jul-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The illegal killing of African elephants for their ivory seems to have fallen from record peaks but poaching of the animal is still far too high, an international report said on Thursday.

UK says to review EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear energy plan

UK says to review EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear energy plan
Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo

Date: 29-Jul-16
Country: UK
Author: William Schomberg
Britain's government has said it will launch a new review into a controversial project to build two new nuclear reactors led by French utility EDF, the country's first new nuclear plant in decades.

Ivory Coast drives thousands of cocoa farmers out of national park

Ivory Coast drives thousands of cocoa farmers out of national park
Photo: Luc Gnago/File

Date: 29-Jul-16
Country: IVORY COAST
Author: Ange Aboa
Ivorian security forces have driven thousands of cocoa farmers out of a national park this week at the start of an operation to preserve the refuge for endangered chimpanzees and forest elephants, a government source and locals said on Thursday.

Drought-hit Honduras needs new approach to tackle extreme weather: U.N. envoy

Date: 29-Jul-16
Country: COLOMBIA
Author: Anastasia Moloney
Honduras must develop a long term approach to combat the impact of drought exacerbated by climate change and put the poorest and most vulnerable at the center of government initiatives and funding, a U.N. special envoy said.

Weaker La Nina event expected this year, WMO says

Date: 29-Jul-16
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Stephanie Nebehay
A La Nina event, which affects rainfall and temperatures in the tropics, may develop in the third quarter of the year but it is likely to be weak and far less intense that El Nino that ended in May, the United Nations weather agency said on Thursday.

Chinese polluters to face more business, financing restrictions

Chinese polluters to face more business, financing restrictions
Photo: Jacky Chen/File Photo

Date: 28-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Chinese firms guilty of exceeding emissions limits or building plants without environmental permits will face tougher punishments including credit bans and land use restrictions, the country's environmental ministry said late on Wednesday.

France to support grain farmers after crops hit by weather

France to support grain farmers after crops hit by weather
Photo: Vincent Kessler

Date: 28-Jul-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Sybille de La Hamaide
France will help grain farmers cope with an expected plunge in revenue after torrential rain and a lack of sunshine in late spring hit the country's cereal crops.

BHP Billiton adds to red ink for 2016 with $1 billion-plus Brazil charge

BHP Billiton adds to red ink for 2016 with $1 billion-plus Brazil charge
Photo: David Gray/File Photo

Date: 28-Jul-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Sonali Paul
BHP Billiton will book a charge of up to $1.3 billion to cover the costs of a dam disaster last November at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil, putting it on course to report its worst ever annual loss.

California wildfire displaces exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs, too

California wildfire displaces exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs, too
Photo: David McNew

Date: 28-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
A virtual Noah's Ark of wild beasts and livestock has been relocated to save them from a massive wildfire burning north of Los Angeles in a region that is home to exotic animal sanctuaries and horse ranches.

From herdsmen to central bankers, southern Africa counts drought cost

From herdsmen to central bankers, southern Africa counts drought cost
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo /File Picture

Date: 28-Jul-16
Country: Botswana
Author: Ed Stoddard
Molefi Ramantele, a small-scale livestock farmer who ekes out a living in Botswana's arid scrubland, lost a third of his cattle in the drought that has scorched southern Africa.

California power operator urges conservation during heat wave

Date: 28-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino
California's power grid operator issued an alert urging consumers to conserve electricity on Wednesday as a heat wave baked the state, especially in the north.

Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy

Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy
Photo: Bertrand Piccard/SI2/Handout via Reuters

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: ABU DHABI
Author: Stanley Carvalho
A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage that demonstrated the potential of renewable energy.

Brazil agency to say Rio Olympics will bring no environmental gains: sources

Brazil agency to say Rio Olympics will bring no environmental gains: sources
Photo: Ricardo Moraes

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Lisandra Paraguassu and Leonardo Goy
Brazil's top government finance and spending regulator is expected to report in the coming months that Rio de Janeiro will receive almost none of the environmental benefits promised by organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games, officials working on the report told Reuters.

California firefighters battling wildfires face hot, windy weather

California firefighters battling wildfires face hot, windy weather
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles on Wednesday face a second consecutive day of scorching weather and erratic winds that could hinder their efforts.

Husky says Canadian oil spill started day before pipeline was shut

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel and Nia Williams
An oil spill into a major Canadian river from a Husky Energy Inc pipeline started late on July 20, but flows were not shut down until the following morning, the company said on Tuesday.

Over one million people hit as floods worsen in India's tea region of Assam

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Nita Bhalla
More than 1.2 million people in northeast India have been hit by floods which have submerged hundreds of villages, inundated large swathes of farmland and damaged roads, bridges and telecommunications services, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Land used for palm oil could double without damaging forests: researchers

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Chris Arsenault
The area covered by palm oil plantations worldwide could double without damaging protected areas or sensitive forests, Austrian researchers said on Tuesday.

Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change

Date: 27-Jul-16
Country: UK
Author: Zoe Tabary
Record temperatures in the first half of 2016 have taken scientists by surprise despite widespread recognition that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, the director of the World Climate Research Program said.

Obama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees

Obama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees
Photo: Mark Blinch

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
The White House on Thursday said it was expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of a broader effort to boost EV sales.

Lithium rivals SQM and Albemarle sign environment deal

Lithium rivals SQM and Albemarle sign environment deal
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien
SQM and Albemarle's Rockwood, two of the world's biggest lithium producers, have agreed to work together on "environmental administration" of the giant Chilean salt flats where they operate, SQM said on Thursday.

African honeyguide birds aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership

African honeyguide birds aid hunters in rare, sweet partnership
Photo: Claire Spottiswoode/Science/ Handout via

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A small African bird that guides people to bees' nests hoping to share honey and wax responds to hunters' special calls in a rare example of a partnership between wild animals and humans, scientists said on Thursday.

China launches new alert system to tame wind power investments

China launches new alert system to tame wind power investments
Photo: Jason Lee/Files

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen
China has launched a risk alerting system to prevent further investments in wind power generation in certain locations, after large amounts of power were wasted due to inadequate power transmission infrastructure.

Record number of dolphin deaths along Bulgaria's Black Sea coast

Date: 22-Jul-16
Country: BULGARIA
Author: Angel Krasimirov
Carcasses of dolphins are washing up on Bulgaria's Black Sea beaches at a higher than normal rate, with a record 108 dead animals discovered this year, local authorities said on Thursday.

After warming fast, part of Antarctica gets a chill: study

After warming fast, part of Antarctica gets a chill: study
Photo: Alister Doyle/File Photo

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The Antarctic Peninsula, among the fastest warming places on Earth last century, has since cooled due to natural swings in the local climate, scientists said on Wednesday, adding that the respite from the thaw is likely to be brief.

South Africa's great white sharks could die out: study

South Africa's great white sharks could die out: study
Photo: Scott Eisen/Files

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Wendell Roelf
There are 350-520 great white sharks left off the South African coast, 50 percent fewer than previously thought, according to a six year study carried out mainly in Gansbaai, a shark hotspot 160 kilometers from Cape Town. South Africa's great white sharks could die out due to human interference, ocean pollution and a limited gene pool, a new study released on Wednesday showed.

Heavy rain disrupts trains, flights in Chinese capital

Heavy rain disrupts trains, flights in Chinese capital
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Beijing newsroom
Persistent heavy rain on Wednesday caused widespread disruption in the Chinese capital, Beijing, forcing the delay and cancellation of hundreds of flights and the closure of some subway stations.

U.S., Enbridge reach $177 million pipeline spill settlement

U.S., Enbridge reach $177 million pipeline spill settlement
Photo: Rebecca Cook/File Photo

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici & Julie Gordon
Canadian pipeline operator Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) has agreed to pay $177 million in penalties and improved safety measures in a settlement with the U.S. government tied to one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history.

China pipeline fire kills two, cuts gas supplies

China pipeline fire kills two, cuts gas supplies
Photo: Bobby Yip/File Photo

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Aizhu Chen
China's Sinopec has shut down a section of the Sichuan-East China gas pipeline in the country's central region after it was hit by a landslide and fire, killing two people.

Brazil state could ban dam design used at Samarco mine

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marta Nogueira
A Brazilian state law to ban upstream tailings dams, the design used at a dam that collapsed at the Samarco iron ore mine in November, could be approved this year, an environmental official for the state of Minas Gerais told Reuters on Wednesday.

El Nino driving child marriage and labor across southern Africa: agencies

Date: 21-Jul-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Katy Migiro
Tens of thousands of children across southern Africa are being pushed out of school and into early marriage or child labor because of drought and hunger caused by the El Nino weather pattern, charities said on Wednesday.

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