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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.

Tiger, tiger burning bright in Indian habitat

Tiger, tiger burning bright in Indian habitat
Photo: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI

Date: 21-Jan-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Tony Tharakan
India's tiger population has increased by nearly a third to 2,226, a government survey showed on Tuesday, boosting conservation efforts in the country with the biggest population of the endangered big cats.

Badly located renewable power plants cost Europe $100 billion: Davos report

Badly located renewable power plants cost Europe $100 billion: Davos report
Photo: LISI NIESNER

Date: 21-Jan-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: GEERT DE CLERCQ
Europe could have saved itself $100 billion by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places, the World Economic Forum's "Future of Electricity" platform said in a report released on Tuesday.

Australia weather bureau says models show low chance of El Nino

Date: 21-Jan-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Weather models show a low chance of an El Nino, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday, after indicators of the climate event eased in recent weeks.

Ice may delay restart of pipeline's breached Montana section

Date: 21-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Samantha Sunne
A ruptured section of a pipeline that spilled 1,200 barrels of Bakken crude oil is under a frozen part of the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, which may delay an investigation that is required for the pipeline's restart.

Norway moves Arctic ice edge north, oil firms on alert

Date: 21-Jan-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
Norway's government invited firms to drill for oil and gas further inside the Arctic Circle on Tuesday, putting it at loggerheads with opposition parties as it seeks to open up new fields at a time of declining output.

Food diversity under siege from global warming, U.N. says

Date: 20-Jan-15
Author: Chris Arsenault
Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world's food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper said on Monday.

More rains, more deaths as floods across southern Africa set to worsen

Date: 20-Jan-15
Country: KENYA
Author: Katy Migiro
Aid agencies raced on Monday to reach tens of thousands of people displaced by catastrophic floods across southern Africa, as more heavy rain was forecast in the coming days.

Oil spills in Montana's Yellowstone River after pipeline leak

Date: 20-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Scott Haggett and Nia Williams
Bridger Pipeline LLC said on Monday it has shut the 42,000 barrel per day Poplar pipeline system after a weekend breach that sent as much as 1,200 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana.

Poisoned chickens crack clean energy glass ceiling in Kenya

Date: 20-Jan-15
Country: KENYA
Author: Justus Wanzala
Not many women are clean energy entrepreneurs in Kenya. But poisoned chickens turned Lydia Waithera into one.

Last year was Earth's hottest on record, U.S. scientists say

Last year was Earth's hottest on record, U.S. scientists say

Date: 19-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Irene Klotz
Last year was Earth's hottest on record in new evidence that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases into the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday.

Cyclone forecast to form near Australian iron ore ports

Date: 19-Jan-15
Country: Australia
Author: James Regan
Australia's iron ore ports could be hit by a cyclone as a tropical depression builds over the country's northwest and heads into the Indian Ocean, with winds forecast to reach 100 kmph (62 mph), the weather bureau said on Monday.

Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure: U.S. court

Date: 19-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country.

Malawi flooding death toll nears 200, more missing

Date: 19-Jan-15
Country: Malawi
Author: Mabvuto Banda
The death toll from flooding in Malawi has risen to 176 and others are still missing, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Friday after touring the worst-hit parts of the southern African country, one of the world's poorest states.

Climate change, extinctions signal Earth in danger zone: study

Date: 19-Jan-15
Author: Alister Doyle
Climate change and high rates of extinctions of animals and plants are pushing the Earth into a danger zone for humanity, a scientific report card about mankind's impact on nature said on Thursday.

BP's max fine for spill cut by billions on court ruling

BP's max fine for spill cut by billions on court ruling
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 16-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
BP Plc will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, several billion less than feared, after a judge found on Thursday the size of the spill was smaller than the U.S. government claimed.

Pope says climate change mostly man's fault

Pope says climate change mostly man's fault
Photo: Stefano Rellandin

Date: 16-Jan-15
Country: ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE
Author: Philip Pullella
Pope Francis said on Thursday he believed that man was primarily responsible for climate change and that he hoped this year's Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment

Humans push planet beyond boundaries towards "danger zone": study

Date: 16-Jan-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Human activity has pushed the planet across four of nine environmental boundaries, sending the world towards a "danger zone", according to a study published on Thursday in the journal Science.

German offshore wind capacity more than doubles in 2014

Date: 16-Jan-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Christoph Steitz
Germany's offshore wind capacity more than doubled last year as investors warm up to the technology, helping Europe's largest economy in its ambitious push into renewable power.

India urged stop evicting tribes from 'Jungle Book' tiger reserve

Date: 16-Jan-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Nita Bhalla
Thousands of tribal people allegedly evicted from a tiger reserve in central India that inspired Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book must be allowed to return to their ancestral forest homes, said an indigenous rights group.