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Latest News (148 stories)

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency.

EU Commission agrees 30 percent energy savings goal for 2030: sources

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.

U.S. scientists urge 'national vision' to curb coastal risks in report

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.

Sweden's nuclear plants forced to cut output due to warm weather

Sweden's nuclear plants forced to cut output due to warm weather
Photo: Mikael Fritzon

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Balazs Koranyi
Sweden's top nuclear power generators have been forced to cut output because of exceptionally warm weather in Scandinavia, and their output could be reduced for over a week, their operators said on Wednesday.

U.S. Midwestern farmers fighting explosion of 'superweeds'

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

U.S. scientists to map interior of Mount St. Helens volcano

U.S. scientists to map interior of Mount St. Helens volcano
Photo: Scott Taylor HB

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists were expected to rattle Washington state's Mount St. Helens on Wednesday as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in U.S. history.

Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, one killed, some damage reported

Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, one killed, some damage reported
Photo: Pichi Chuang

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: TAIWAN
Author: Faith Hung
Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools, with at least one person killed and some damage reported.

Philippine province proves mass storm deaths can be avoided

Philippine province proves mass storm deaths can be avoided
Photo: Erik De Castro

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Rosemarie Francisco
Nearly 100 people were killed in the Philippines last week when Typhoon Rammasun roared through, raising doubts about efforts to end the heavy tolls from storms that are only expected to get more intense as the global climate changes.

Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 U.S. national forests

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four Western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety.

Taiwan battens down as second typhoon threatens region

Taiwan battens down as second typhoon threatens region
Photo: Pichi Chuang

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: TAIWAN
Author: Faith Hung in Taipei, Manuel Mogato in Manila, Megha Rajagopalan in Beijing and Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong
The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines.

UK council rejects Celtique Energie's fracking proposal

UK council rejects Celtique Energie's fracking proposal
Photo: Neil Hall

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
A plan by London-based oil and gas exploration firm Celtique Energie to drill for shale gas in southern England failed to win county government approval on Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks to Britain's fledgling shale industry.

Parched Texas town turns to sewage water to keep city flush with water

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Marice Richter
When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking.

Rains due to drench Brazil coffee, sugar cane harvests

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Roberto Samora
Harvest of the world's biggest coffee and sugar cane crops may be stalled by the four to five days of rain that are in store for southeast Brazil starting Thursday, forecasters said on Tuesday.

France backs 30 percent energy efficiency goal: letter

France backs 30 percent energy efficiency goal: letter
Photo: Charles Platiau

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
France's energy minister threw her weight behind an energy savings goal of at least 30 percent for 2030 ahead of talks in Brussels on Wednesday to thrash out a target.

Firefighters advance on biggest wildfire on record in Washington state

Firefighters advance on biggest wildfire on record in Washington state
Photo: Washington State National Guard

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history but the massive blaze that has destroyed 200 homes continued to threaten some communities and forced a fresh round of evacuations.

Drought-stricken California agencies seek 'water cops'

Drought-stricken California agencies seek 'water cops'
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 23-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Jennifer Baires
Hosing down a driveway in drought-stricken California could soon mean a visit from the "water cops," as agencies throughout the state begin beefing up staff to enforce strict new conservation rules set to take effect next month.

China death toll from super typhoon rises to 33: Xinhua

China death toll from super typhoon rises to 33: Xinhua
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 22-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Megha Rajagopalan
The death toll from a super typhoon, the strongest to hit southern China in 40 years, has risen to 33, state media said on Monday, after leaving at least 77 dead in the Philippines last week.

New York environment regulators seek summer shutdown at Indian Point

New York environment regulators seek summer shutdown at Indian Point
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 22-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino
New York state environmental regulators are proposing shutting the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant to protect fish in the Hudson River during summer months, when demand for electricity for air-conditioning is greatest.

California marks warmest winter and spring on record

California marks warmest winter and spring on record
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 22-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California had its warmest winter and spring on record this year, leading to stresses on water resources and agriculture, as well as increased risk of wildfire in the most populous U.S. state, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Washington state wildfire claims first fatality, weather improving

Washington state wildfire claims first fatality, weather improving
Photo: David Ryder

Date: 22-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Cooler weather and lower winds aided firefighters on Monday as they battled a week-old wildfire in Washington state that has destroyed up to 150 homes, scorched a wide swath of wilderness east of the Cascade Mountains and left one person dead.

Funnel cloud passes over Texas refining hub, no damage

Date: 22-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Erwin Seba and Tom Brown
A slender funnel cloud passed over the refining hub of Texas City, Texas, on Monday but never touched down, the city's emergency management director said.

Florida utilities seek to end energy efficiency rebates

Date: 22-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Bill Cotterell
Attorneys for major power companies told state regulators Monday that mandates for energy efficiency rebates make them reward well-off Floridians at the expense of all residents and businesses.

U.S. approves plan to open Atlantic to oil reserve surveys

Date: 21-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The Obama administration on Friday approved a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling.

Japan PM says will offer about $20,000 subsidy for fuel-cell cars

Japan PM says will offer about $20,000 subsidy for fuel-cell cars
Photo: Yuya Shino

Date: 21-Jul-14
Country: Japan
Author: Yoko Kubota
Japan will offer at least 2 million yen ($19,700) in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said according to media, as the government and Japanese carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles.

Heathrow to cancel flights as Britain braces for more storms

Date: 21-Jul-14
Country: England
Author: Costa Pitas
Heathrow Airport has told airlines to cancel one in five flights during a two-hour period later on Saturday afternoon, as Britain faces further heavy storms and lightning that have hit many parts of the country in the last 24 hours.

Super typhoon kills fourteen in southern China: Xinhua

Super typhoon kills fourteen in southern China: Xinhua
Photo: Stringer

Date: 21-Jul-14
Country: China
Author: Paul Carsten
A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead.

Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated

Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated
Photo: David Ryder

Date: 21-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A wildfire raging unchecked for a sixth day east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes, displaced hundreds of residents and left thousands without electricity, emergency officials said on Saturday.

Late monsoon starts Indian farmer's 'journey to hell'

Late monsoon starts Indian farmer's 'journey to hell'
Photo: Stringer

Date: 21-Jul-14
Country: India
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
Indian farmer Asghar Bhura scrapes a living by growing sugarcane, but this year's late monsoon has left his tiny plot parched and he will earn nothing from his harvest.

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits near Gulf of Alaska in Canada: USGS

Date: 18-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Susan Heavey
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck western Canada near the Gulf of Alaska early on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

'Peak soil' threatens future global food security

Date: 18-Jul-14
Country: UK
Author: Nigel Hunt and Sarah McFarlane
The challenge of ensuring future food security as populations grow and diets change has its roots in soil, but the increasing degradation of the earth's thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation.