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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.

Thousands could survive West Coast tsunami by walking to safety: study

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Thousands of people living along the U.S. Pacific coastline from Northern California to Washington state could survive a powerful tsunami, as long as they are prepared to walk briskly to higher ground, a researcher said on Tuesday.

WTO rules against U.S. dolphin-safe canned tuna labels

Date: 15-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Krista Hughes
The World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that U.S. rules on dolphin-safe labels for canned tuna run counter to international trade laws, siding with Mexico in a long-running dispute and opening the door to retaliation against U.S. exports.

China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming

China to surpass U.S. as top cause of modern global warming
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister, Doyle
China is poised to overtake the United States as the main cause of man-made global warming since 1990, the benchmark year for U.N.-led action, in a historic shift that may raise pressure on Beijing to act.

Thousands of non-native goldfish invade Colorado lake

Thousands of non-native goldfish invade Colorado lake
Photo: Rick Wilking

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Keith Coffman
A handful of goldfish dumped into a Colorado lake, evidently by a pet owner years ago, have reproduced and thousands of the non-native fish now threaten indigenous aquatic species, state wildlife officials said on Friday.

Cayman Islands take 'can't beat 'em, eat 'em' stance on lionfish

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: Cayman Islands
Author: Aileen Torres-Bennett
In a reef just off the popular USS Kittiwake dive site in Grand Cayman, hunters armed with spears seek out lionfish - an invasive species so destructive that authorities want them caught and served up as a tasty dish.

Ontario confirms it will join Quebec, California in carbon market

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Allison Martell and Mike De Souza
Ontario will join a cap-and-trade market set up by Quebec and California to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change, provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday.

Japan hopes to resume whale hunt this year, despite opposition by expert panel

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: JAPAN/UK
Author: Elaine Lies and Sarah Young
Japan on Monday said it hoped to resume its Antarctic whale hunt around the end of this year, after providing further information to win over an international panel that says its whaling plan does not prove the need for killing the animals.

Hundreds protest against pollution from south China coal plant

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Michael Martina and Niu Shuping
Hundreds of people in China's southern Guangdong province protested against the expansion of a coal-fired power plant on Sunday, state media reported, the latest sign of public discontent over pollution.

Six Greenpeace activists leave Arctic-bound oil rig

Date: 14-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Six Greenpeace activists rappelled down from an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after spending six days living on the structure to protest against drilling in the Arctic, the environmental organization said.

Genetic study finds severe inbreeding in mountain gorillas

Genetic study finds severe inbreeding in mountain gorillas
Photo: Kenny Katombe

Date: 10-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
The most extensive genetic analysis of mountain gorillas ever conducted has found the critically endangered apes burdened with severe inbreeding and at risk of extinction but the researchers still see reasons for optimism about their survival.

Acidic oceans implicated in Earth's worst mass extinction

Acidic oceans implicated in Earth's worst mass extinction
Photo: Lou Dematteis

Date: 10-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
It is one of science's enduring mysteries: what caused the worst mass extinction in Earth's history. And, no, it is not the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.