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Council defers vote on permits for UK's first shale-producing wells

Council defers vote on permits for UK's first shale-producing wells
Photo: DARREN STAPLES

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: UK
Author: KAROLIN SCHAPS
A local English government council has delayed a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects in a test case showing the challenges facing the industry in Britain.

Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: SCOTT MALONE
Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England.

Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday.

North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Ernest Scheyder
North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble.

EU presses on with anti-pollution law after Commission U-turn

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: BARBARA LEWIS
European Union president Latvia will push ahead with a law to clamp down on air pollution after the European Commission's plan to withdraw the proposals was rejected by many lawmakers.

China appoints new party boss for environment ministry

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Stian Reklev and David Stanway
China has appointed Chen Jining, the president of Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, as party chief of its environment ministry, since the controversial current incumbent is retiring, the ministry said on its website on Wednesday.

Madagascar seeks international aid after tropical storm kills 68

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: KENYA
Author: LOVASOA RABARY
Madagascar's government appealed for international aid on Wednesday after a tropical storm earlier this month devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, causing damage worth around $40 million.

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years
Photo: Julius Csotonyi/Handout

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts
Photo: Brian Snyder

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone
A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast.

Date: 28-Jan-15

Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction

Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction
Photo: Michael Fiala

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: MEXICO
Author: Laura Zuckerman
A tally of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico rose to 56. 5 million this year from a record low of 34 million last year but conservationists said on Tuesday the increase was too slight to reduce the threat of extinction facing the insect.

Naturalist Attenborough fancies the lowly slug - for sex appeal

Naturalist Attenborough fancies the lowly slug - for sex appeal
Photo: Eloy Alonso

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: UK
Author: Holly Rubenstein
David Attenborough has seen many of nature's most spectacular creatures in his 60 years of making television documentaries, but he says one of his favorites is the lowly, and in his view sexy, slug.

Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut
Photo: Carlo Allegri

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg
A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.

Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Julia Edwards
President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast.

Australia temperatures rising faster than rest of the world: official report

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Jane Wardell
Australia faced a rise in temperature of potentially more than 5 degrees celsius (41 degrees fahrenheit) by the end of the century, an increase that would outpace global warming worldwide, the country's national science agency said on Tuesday.

Severe La Nina weather events in Pacific may double due to warming

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Extreme "La Nina" weather events that cool the Pacific Ocean and can disrupt weather worldwide will paradoxically happen almost twice as often in a warming world, an international team of scientists said on Monday.

University of Wisconsin closes laboratory, ending cat experiments

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Mark Guarino
A University of Wisconsin research laboratory that attracted controversy for using live cats in experiments is closing this year, the school said.

Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.

Some homes near Montana oil spill report dark ooze after flushing taps

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed.

South Africa moves 100 rhinos outside country to fight poaching

South Africa moves 100 rhinos outside country to fight poaching
Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Date: 23-Jan-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Stoddard
South Africa said on Thursday that it had moved around 100 rhinos to unspecified neighboring states as part of efforts to stem the illicit slaughter of the animals for their horns.

U.N. asks countries for climate plans after record warm 2014

U.N. asks countries for climate plans after record warm 2014
Photo: Nacho Doce

Date: 23-Jan-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici
The United Nations asked governments on Thursday to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a deal due in Paris in December to limit global warming, after scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record.

Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country

Harvard buys up water rights in drought-hit wine country
Photo: Phil Klein

Date: 23-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California's drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region, securing water well drilling permits to feed its vineyards days before lawmakers banned new pumping, according to records reviewed by Reuters.

Countdown to catastrophe: Doomsday Clock moved closer to midnight

Date: 23-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: David Bailey
Rising threats from climate change and nuclear arsenals prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to move it two minutes closer to midnight on Thursday, its first shift in three years.

Into thin air: Boston pipes leak $90 million in fuel yearly - study

Date: 23-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Boston's aging pipeline network leaks about $90 million worth of natural gas each year, marking a sizeable financial loss and a threat to the environment, according to a study released on Thursday by Harvard researchers.

Death by chocolate: a problem for bears in New Hampshire

Date: 23-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
New Hampshire wildlife officials are drawing up a proposal to curb the use of chocolate as bait by hunters seeking to draw black bears out of the woods after four of the wild animals were found dead at a trapping site from an overdose of the treat.

Love for Florida manatees should have limits, regulators say

Love for Florida manatees should have limits, regulators say
Photo: Scott Audette

Date: 22-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
On winter days, Florida manatees flock by the hundreds to the balmy waters of Three Sisters Springs, drawing crowds of snorkelers and kayakers to the U.S. sanctuary, where people may swim with the endangered species.

Pakistan pushes climate change back up political agenda

Pakistan pushes climate change back up political agenda
Photo: Zohra Bensemra

Date: 22-Jan-15
Country: PAKISTAN
Author: Saeed Khan
Pakistan has reinstated its ministry for climate change, suggesting the government plans to pay more attention to the issue as countries prepare a new international deal to curb global warming.

New satellite system to track illegal 'pirate fishing'

Date: 22-Jan-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."

Gore, Pharrell announce global Live Earth climate concert in June

Date: 22-Jan-15
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Ben Hirschler
A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will take place on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.

Mystery goop coats hundreds of San Francisco Bay sea birds

Mystery goop coats hundreds of San Francisco Bay sea birds
Photo: ROBERT GALBRAITH

Date: 21-Jan-15
Country: USA
Scientists are stepping up efforts to identify a mysterious gooey substance polluting waters along the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay, coating hundreds of sea birds and killing scores of them, a state wildlife official said Tuesday.