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Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice: U.S. study

Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice: U.S. study
Photo: RUSSELL CHEYNE

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated melting of the sea ice the bruins depend on for survival, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday.

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources
Photo: INA FASSBENDER

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Michael Nienaber and Markus Wacket
The German government decided on Thursday to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, government sources told Reuters.

Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind into hydrogen

Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind into hydrogen
Photo: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE

Date: 02-Jul-15
Author: Vera Eckert,
Siemens will on Thursday start an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads
Photo: MARK LEFFINGWELL

Date: 02-Jul-15
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic beads that are known to pollute waterways.

Field fires hamper French grain harvest as heatwave builds PARIS

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Valerie Parent
Fires linked to hot, dry weather are disrupting the early stages of this year's grain harvest in France, the European Union's top producer, destroying hundreds of hectares and triggering fire prevention measures in some areas.

Suez eyes China waste, Asia expansion with Chonqqing deal

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Geert De Clercq
French environmental services company Suez said on Wednesday it aims to enlarge its Chinese water and waste business and is looking for opportunities outside China through a new partnership with the city of Chongqing.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef outlook poor but not 'in danger': UNESCO

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Alister Doyle
The heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency said on Wednesday that the outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef was poor due to threats including pollution and climate change but stopped short of listing it as "in danger".

Japan's top three automakers to spend $50 million to subsidize hydrogen stations

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: jAPAN
Author: MINAMI FUNAKOSHI
Japan's top three automakers said on Wednesday they will spend up to 6 billion yen ($48.92 million) combined to subsidize the cost of operating hydrogen fuelling stations as the country aims to lead the world in developing cars that use the fuel.

New CO2 rules should aid Keystone XL approval, TransCanada says

New CO2 rules should aid Keystone XL approval, TransCanada says
Photo: Andrew Cullen

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Scott Haggett
TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) said on Tuesday that tightening climate-change rules from the governments of Canada and the province of Alberta help justify the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

U.S., Brazil pledge to raise renewable energy in power output

U.S., Brazil pledge to raise renewable energy in power output
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Jeff Mason and Valerie Volcovici
The United States and Brazil pledged on Tuesday to increase their share of renewable energy in electricity generation from sources other than hydro-power to 20 percent by 2030 in an effort to show commitment to fighting climate change.

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo

Small volcanic eruption closes parts of resort near Tokyo
Photo: Kyodo

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Hiroyuki Nomura and Billy Mallard
A small volcanic eruption at a Japanese hot springs resort not far from Tokyo prompted authorities on Tuesday to further limit access to the area, warn that more eruptions were possible and urge a handful of people to evacuate.

Maryland launches campaign against illegal crab fishing

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: John Clarke
Maryland on Tuesday launched a campaign to police recreational and commercial crab fishing as the state grapples with a low population of crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.

EU to curb pollution from mid-sized power plants

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU member states on Tuesday agreed new rules to limit pollution from hundreds of thousands of medium-sized power plants that had previously escaped regulation.

Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show
Photo: Miami-Dade County/Handout via Reuters

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
New revelations that a long strip of protected mangrove trees were illegally razed amid preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has outraged Florida environmentalists.

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July
Photo: Jason Redmond

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Timothy Gardner in Washington, D.C.
Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a spokesman said on Monday.

U.S. top court rules against Obama administration over air pollution rule

U.S. top court rules against Obama administration over air pollution rule
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled the Obama administration should have considered compliance cost when it decided to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, a setback for the government that leaves the legal status of the regulation in limbo.

China works for 'win-win' climate plan, poised for U.N. pledge

China works for 'win-win' climate plan, poised for U.N. pledge
Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Files

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Barbara Lewis and Robin Emmott
China seeks a fair, global system to tackle climate change and will deliver its pledge to the United Nations by the end of Tuesday on how much it will cut emissions, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said after talks with top European Union officials.

Oregon bumblebee deaths prompt state investigation

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Hundreds of bumblebees have been found dead in downtown Portland during the past two weeks, prompting agriculture officials in Oregon to investigate whether the die-offs may be connected to other bee deaths reported across the country over recent years.

South Korea to cut 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from BAU levels

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: SOUTH KOREA
Author: Meeyoung Cho
South Korea has finalised its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from business-as-usual (BAU) levels, higher than its earlier plan for a 15-30 percent cut.

Britain needs to extend policies to reduce emissions - adviser

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
The British government needs to extend policies and funding to reduce carbon emissions into the next decade to avoid increasing the cost and impact of global warming, Britain's climate change adviser said on Tuesday.

In interview switch, Obama questions British naturalist for BBC program

In interview switch, Obama questions British naturalist for BBC program
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Roberta Rampton
In an interview, President Barack Obama is normally the one giving the answers. But on Sunday, he will turn the tables and ask the questions in an interview with naturalist Sir David Attenborough airing on BBC.

Los Angeles transportation agency to cut water use by 20 percent

Los Angeles transportation agency to cut water use by 20 percent
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Phoenix Tso
The Los Angeles County transportation agency, facing a catastrophic drought that has led the state to issue its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, has decided to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017.

Coral breeding may help cooler reefs survive warming: study

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Corals that naturally thrive in the hottest tropical waters can be bred with cousins in cooler seas to help them survive mounting threats from global warming, scientists reported on Thursday.

Deforestation freeze unlikely in U.S.-Brazil climate declaration

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
A target date for Brazil to reach zero net deforestation, something climate activists have been asking for, is not expected to be a part of a U.S.-Brazilian joint climate declaration to be issued next week when President Dilma Rousseff visits Barack Obama in Washington, climate specialists say.

Fire and water don't mix for Tanzania whistleblower

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: TANZANIA
Author: Stella Dawson
John Lugembe sat under a huge baobab tree shielding himself from the blazing sun, his hands blackened from the lumps of charcoal he packs into thin polyethylene bags ready for sale.

As Karachi scorches, deaths linked to power and water cuts, fasting

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: PAKISTAN
Author: Aamir Saeed
Sabir Majeed, 59, had been fasting for Ramadan amid Karachi's 45-degree Celsius heat wave when he became dehydrated and fainted Monday afternoon.

Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low

Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low
Photo: Jim Urquhart/Files

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
The largest capacity reservoir in the United States has hit its lowest water level in history following years of severe drought that have dramatically reduced flows from the Colorado River, water managers said on Wednesday.

Attention aurora watchers: repeat performance due Wednesday

Attention aurora watchers: repeat performance due Wednesday
Photo: Lucas Jackson/Files

Date: 25-Jun-15
Author: Scott DiSavino
The Northern and Southern Lights, Mother Nature's kaleidoscopic treat, will make a repeat performance on Wednesday.

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska near Anchorage: USGS

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Emily Flitter in Anchorage
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Anchorage on Wednesday at a depth of 71 miles (115 km), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

U.S. and China to cooperate to end 'massacre' of wildlife: U.S. official

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Idrees Ali
U.S. and Chinese officials on Wednesday agreed during high-level talks in Washington to work together to end the "massacre" of wildlife and reduce the flow of illegal wildlife trafficking, a senior U.S. official said.

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