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Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs

Australia, New Zealand defend climate plans, say face high costs
Photo: Daniel Munoz

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they faced unusually high costs to cut greenhouse gas emissions because of their respective dependence on coal and livestock, after criticism that they are doing too little to tackle climate change.

Mongolia in for double whammy: drought now, 'dzud' next

Mongolia in for double whammy: drought now, 'dzud' next
Photo: B. Rentsendorj

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: MONGOLIA
Author: Terrence Edwards
Balchig Baljinnyam, a small-time farmer in central Mongolia, is busy building a shelter for his dairy cows ahead of what is expected to be the most brutal winter in years. A summer drought has already cut traditional sources of fodder for his herd.

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study
Photo: Janine Costa

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Michael Taylor
The rate at which trees were cut down slowed globally for a third year in a row in 2014, but tree loss still covered an area twice the size of Portugal, an environmental research group said.

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study
Photo: Janine Costa

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Michael Taylor
The rate at which trees were cut down slowed globally for a third year in a row in 2014, but tree loss still covered an area twice the size of Portugal, an environmental research group said.

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic
Photo: Rob Rothway/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Roberta Rampton
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States needs to quickly acquire at least one new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where melting sea ice has spurred more traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

Water will be clean in time for Games: Rio 2016 chief

Water will be clean in time for Games: Rio 2016 chief
Photo: Paul Childs

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: UK
Author: Mike Collett
The water quality at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro is a serious issue but will be resolved by the time the Games begin next year, Rio Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Tuesday.

Native protesters seize oil wells in Peru to urge government action

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj and Teresa Cespedes
Indigenous protesters in Peru seized oil wells in an Amazonian oil block on Tuesday and said they also planned to halt output in a neighboring concession to press the government to address pollution and compensation demands.

This year's El Nino weather pattern could be strongest on record: experts

Date: 02-Sep-15
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Tom Miles
The current El Nino weather phenomenon is expected peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts from the World Meteorological Organization said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart

Japan nuclear power outlook bleak despite first reactor restart
Photo: Issei Kato/Files

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kentaro Hamada and Aaron Sheldrick
The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows.

With glaciers as backdrop, Obama uses Alaska trip to push climate agenda

With glaciers as backdrop, Obama uses Alaska trip to push climate agenda
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Roberta Rampton
President Barack Obama arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at showing how the state's melting permafrost and eroding coastlines are a preview of bigger disasters to come unless the world does more to slow climate change.

Low water still hampers Rhine, Danube river shipping in Germany

Low water still hampers Rhine, Danube river shipping in Germany
Photo: Wolfgang Rattay

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Michael Hogan
Low water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany mean cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of both rivers, traders said on Monday.

Climate change brings cyclone risk to Persian Gulf: study

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
Climate change is bringing small risks that tropical cyclones will form in the Persian Gulf for the first time, in a threat to cities such as Dubai or Doha which are unprepared for big storm surges, a U.S. study said on Monday.

Indonesia looks to increase emissions cut pledge ahead of Paris meet

Date: 01-Sep-15
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Michael Taylor
Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth, a senior government adviser said on Monday, with a final decision likely by mid-September.

Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill

Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill
Photo: Marco Garcia

Date: 28-Aug-15
Country: HAWAII
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Hawaii authorities reopened Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach on Wednesday after water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for swimmers following a serious sewage spill earlier this week.

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Date: 28-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.

EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees

EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees
Photo: FRANCOIS LENOIR

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: BARBARA LEWIS
Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa
Photo: PHILIMON BULAWAYO

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: GABON
Author: Wilfried-Gerauds Obangome
A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help to discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report
Photo: LUCY NICHOLSON

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb;
Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported.

Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows

Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows
Photo: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Irene Klotz
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday.

EPA lacked view of pressure buildup at Colorado mine, internal report says

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency team working to address seepage at an abandoned Colorado gold mine underestimated water pressure at the site before triggering a blowout that sent toxic waste into rivers, according to an internal report released by the agency on Wednesday.

Mama panda prefers bigger twin cub, U.S. zoo worried about smaller one

Mama panda prefers bigger twin cub, U.S. zoo worried about smaller one
Photo: Smithsonian's National Zoo/Handout

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Giant panda Mei Xiang is focusing her care on the larger of her newborn twins, and the smaller cub's up-and-down weight is a concern, Washington's National Zoo said on Tuesday.

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: NETHERLANDS
Author: Anthony Deutsch
A court in the Netherlands has ordered Russia to pay compensation for seizing the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during a protest against an offshore oil platform two years ago, a ruling which Moscow dismissed as lacking legal authority.

U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.

NJ judge approves Exxon $225 million cleanup settlement

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
Exxon Mobil Corp's controversial $225 million settlement with New Jersey of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, despite objections from critics who viewed the accord as a sellout.

Zimbabwe lion kills tourist guide in Cecil's park

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
A Zimbabwean tourist guide was killed on Tuesday by a lion in a pride he was tracking with tourists in Hwange National Park, the home of the country's most prized lion Cecil, who was killed last month, the park said.

Sewage spill caused by rain flows into Honolulu's Waikiki Beach

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: HAWAII
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Heavy rain caused a 500,000-gallon sewage spill in Honolulu that sent dirty water streaming into the city's famed Waikiki Beach, and officials warned people to stay out of the water or risk infection.

Recycling -- fashion world's antidote to environmental concerns

Recycling -- fashion world's antidote to environmental concerns
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: SWEDEN
Author: Anna Ringstrom
Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials.

Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe's answer to shale gas?

Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe's answer to shale gas?
Photo: FRANCOIS LENOIR

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
With street names such as Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the 1920s Bon Air (Good Air) housing estate in a working-class district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy "garden city" way of life.

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter
Photo: Tobias Schwarz

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Hans-Edzard Busemann
Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

Obama aims to boost homeowner renewable energy use

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Julia Edwards
President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar power development and use.

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