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China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development

China to strengthen oversight of GM crops under development
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Dominique Patton
China plans to increase its oversight of genetically modified crops due to heightened public concern over Beijing's ability to keep illegal GM products out of the food chain.

New York state to turn lights out for migrating birds

New York state to turn lights out for migrating birds
Photo: Enrique de la Osa

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Hilary Russ
On their arduous flights North to their breeding grounds, birds migrating up the U.S. East Coast will have one less peril to worry about - bright lights from state-owned and -managed buildings in New York.

Drought may bring West Coast brownouts this summer: energy secretary

Drought may bring West Coast brownouts this summer: energy secretary
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner;
The West Coast could see power brownouts in coming months as hydro power stations struggle with the four-year drought, and in the longer term climate change could cause additional problems for power plants, the U.S. energy secretary said on Monday.

Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Lisa Baertlein
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch.

Storm knocks out power to New Orleans airport for hours

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
A line of storms moving through Louisiana on Monday knocked out power to the New Orleans International Airport, sent freight train cars tumbling from an elevated bridge and left nearly 238,000 customers without electricity.

Lone gray wolf found in Oregon as state weighs lifting protections

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
A rare male gray wolf has been detected roaming an Oregon Indian reservation, state fish and game officials said on Monday, days after wildlife managers ordered a review that could lessen state protections for once-decimated populations of the species.

Thailand makes second big ivory bust in two weeks

Date: 28-Apr-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Kaweewit Kaewjinda
Thai customs officials on Monday announced their second big seizure of African ivory in two weeks, amounting to around three tonnes of tusks worth about $6 million.

EU approves first new genetically modified crops since 2013

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: EUrope
Author: Philip Blenkinsop
The European Union cleared the import of 10 new types of genetically modified crops and two more kinds of cut flowers on Friday, its first authorizations in more than a year after a review of its blocked approval process.

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled
Photo: Rafael Arenas

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Chile
Author: Felipe Iturrieta
Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

Coffee production slipping in Tanzania as temperatures rise

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Tanzania
Author: Kizito Makyoe
Warmer weather means that Tanzania is producing less coffee as higher temperatures affect yields, hurting both the nation's producers and coffee drinkers who may pay more per cup, a South African university has found.

Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park

Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park
Photo: ToruHanai

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito
Authorities in the Japanese capital have cordoned off a playground where high levels of radiation were detected this week, reviving concerns about nuclear contamination four years after the Fukushima disaster.

Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Japan
Author: Henning Gloystein and Aaron Sheldrick
Solar power is set to become profitable in Japan as early as this quarter, according to the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, freeing it from the need for government subsidies and making it the last of the G7 economies where the technology has become economically viable.

Thousands of coal workers march in Berlin in protest against climate tax

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Germany
Author: Caroline Copley
Thousands of coal miners and workers in coal-fired plants marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest a proposed levy on the oldest, most polluting power stations, saying it could lead to massive job losses and the decline of the industry in Germany.

Population of North American sage-grouse sharply declining: study

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
The number of breeding males in the greater sage-grouse population of the United States and part of Canada has declined by 56 percent in recent years, in a sign of trouble for the ground-dwelling bird, a study released on Friday showed.

Arctic nations to fight climate change despite Russia tensions

Date: 27-Apr-15
Country: Canada
Author: Arshad Mohammed
The eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Seattle plans $600 million wastewater overflow project

Date: 27-Apr-15
Author: Eric M. Johnson
A Seattle utility unveiled a $600 million plan on Friday to stop millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into the area's creeks, lakes, the Duwamish river and the Puget Sound.

Canada will need new regulations to meet climate targets: PM

Canada will need new regulations to meet climate targets: PM
Photo: Lyle Stafford

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: CANADA
Author: David Ljunggren
Canada, heavily criticized over its environmental record, will need to introduce new regulations to meet updated international climate change targets, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

Australia urged to explain funding for climate contrarian

Australia urged to explain funding for climate contrarian
Photo: Tim Wimborne

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Matt Siegel
The former head of Australia's respected Climate Commission, which was disbanded by conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott in 2013, on Thursday challenged the government to explain its recent decision to fund a controversial new research institute.

Chinese banks must cut coal lending, shift to cleaner businesses: study

Chinese banks must cut coal lending, shift to cleaner businesses: study
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and David Stanway
China needs to cut lending to coal-related industries and shift more financing to cleaner businesses in order to address a huge funding gap that is hindering the country's war on pollution, a study drawn up in part by central bank researchers said.

Colorful macaws bring beauty to chaotic Caracas

Colorful macaws bring beauty to chaotic Caracas
Photo: Jorge Silva

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: VENEZUELA
Author: Diego Ore
In the 1970s, at the foot of the Caribbean mountain range flanking Caracas, a motorcycle-riding Italian immigrant turned heads for being inexplicably chased by a macaw nicknamed "Pancho."

Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
U.S. government geologists now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil fuel production.

Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state's prolonged drought would no longer face fines from municipalities for failing to maintain their properties under a bill passed Thursday in the state assembly.

Fuel slick washes up on Canary Islands after ship sinks

Date: 24-Apr-15
Country: SPAIN
Author: Paul Day
Around 120 kilos of shipping fuel has been scraped up off the Spanish Gran Canaria tourist beaches Veneguera, Tasarte and Taurito, the government said on Thursday, after a Russian fuel-laden ship sank off the coast last week.

Haitian marine biologist wins environmental activism prize

Haitian marine biologist wins environmental activism prize
Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize/Handout via Reuters

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: David Adams
A Haitian marine biologist who successfully fought to create a national park to protect a large swath of Haiti's north coast has won a prominent U.S. environmental activism prize.

Chile court rules tailings dam for Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine safe

Chile court rules tailings dam for Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine safe
Photo: IVAN ALVARADO

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: Chile
Author: Anthony Esposito
A Chilean court ruled on Wednesday that the tailings dam for Antofagasta Minerals' flagship Los Pelambres copper mine is safe, though a separate appeal has not yet been decided on a judge's ruling to demolish the facility that holds refuse left over from the extraction process.

Activist abandons Earth Day swim in polluted New York City canal

Activist abandons Earth Day swim in polluted New York City canal
Photo: Shannon Stapleton

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: SEBASTIEN MALO
An environmental activist on Wednesday gave up less than halfway through his attempt to swim the length of a notoriously polluted New York City canal, but not before comparing it to "swimming into a dirty diaper.

Exxon Mobil to pay $5.07 million for 2013 Arkansas oil spill

Exxon Mobil to pay $5.07 million for 2013 Arkansas oil spill
Photo: EPA/HANDOUT

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday.

Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding

Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding
Photo: DANI CARDONA

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Economic output by the world's oceans is worth $2.5 trillion a year, rivaling nations such as Britain or Brazil, but marine wealth is sinking fast because of over-fishing, pollution and climate change, a study said on Thursday.

U.S. earthquakes pose risk to record 140 million Americans: research

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Maria Caspani
More than 143 million people in 48 neighboring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday.

Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

Date: 23-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: BEN HIRSCHLER
Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.