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Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology

Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology
Photo: Michael Kooren

Date: 29-May-15
Country: THE NETHERLANDS
Author: Thomas Escritt
From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies.

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees
Photo: Adrees Latif

Date: 29-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates.

SolarCity, BofA create tax equity fund for smaller investors

SolarCity, BofA create tax equity fund for smaller investors
Photo: Rick Wilking

Date: 29-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
Top U.S. solar installer SolarCity Corp on Thursday said it has partnered with Bank of America on a $200 million fund that will enable smaller investors such as regional banks to finance the company's residential solar systems.

Green investment bonds growing but rules needed to boost appeal

Green investment bonds growing but rules needed to boost appeal
Photo: Benoit Tessier

Date: 29-May-15
Country: SPAIN
Author: Barbara Lewis and Susanna Twidale
Engie, the utility formerly known as GDF Suez, this month launched the biggest green bond to date and found it was three times over-subscribed, in what analysts say is a mere baby step towards the maturing of green investment.

Norway-based energy consortium defers Canadian Arctic seismic tests

Date: 29-May-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Nia Williams
A Norway-based energy consortium planning to conduct seismic testing in the waters off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic has postponed the fiercely-contested project for this year, one of companies involved said on Thursday.

USDA plans to inject $100 million on ethanol infrastructure: sources

Date: 29-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Chris Prentice
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to inject $100 million in funding to get more ethanol at the gas pump, according to two industry sources, the latest push to get beyond a "blend wall" that has capped demand for the biofuel.

California oil spill cited by foes of new offshore drilling plan

California oil spill cited by foes of new offshore drilling plan
Photo: Jonathan Alcorn

Date: 28-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Environmentalists urged California regulators on Wednesday to reject a proposed expansion of the only offshore drilling operation still permitted in state waters along the Santa Barbara coastline, seizing on public outrage over last week's nearby oil spill.

Exxon, Chevron holders say 'no' to adding climate experts to boards

Exxon, Chevron holders say 'no' to adding climate experts to boards
Photo: Jessica Rinaldi

Date: 28-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Anna Driver
Shareholders of the top two U.S. oil companies on Wednesday rejected proposals to add directors with climate change expertise to their boards, but a measure passed at one, Chevron Corp, could give new power to minority investors with environmental concerns.

Obama administration issues new water protection rule

Obama administration issues new water protection rule
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 28-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Obama administration on Wednesday issued a new rule to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly.

At least three injured after tornado hits Texas gas drilling rig

Date: 28-May-15
Country: TEXAS
Author: Eric M. Johnson
At least three people were injured on Wednesday when a tornado hit a natural gas drilling rig in northern Texas, the Hemphill County sheriff and a hospital official said.

Norway's $900 billion sovereign fund told to reduce coal assets

Date: 28-May-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Stine Jacobsen
Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should cut its exposure to the global coal industry and sell stakes in firms that focus on the sector, a key parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.

Governments certain to seal Paris climate deal: U.N. climate chief

Governments certain to seal Paris climate deal: U.N. climate chief
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 27-May-15
Country: SPAIN
Author: Susanna Twidale
Governments are certain to sign a global climate deal in Paris in six months' time even though most countries have yet to outline how they plan to cut emissions, the United Nations' climate chief said on Tuesday.

Investment fund CEOs call for long-term greenhouse gas cuts

Investment fund CEOs call for long-term greenhouse gas cuts
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 27-May-15
Author: Alister Doyle
Some of the world's biggest investment funds urged the Group of Seven industrialized nations on Tuesday to commit to a long-term goal to cut world greenhouse gas emissions as part of a U.N. climate deal due to be agreed in December.

Japan nuclear regulator finishes review on Kyushu reactors, could be first to restart

Japan nuclear regulator finishes review on Kyushu reactors, could be first to restart
Photo: Mari Saito

Date: 27-May-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kentaro Hamada
Kyushu Electric Power Co's two-reactor Sendai nuclear plant on Wednesday cleared safety regulations introduced after the Fukushima crisis, paving the way for the resumption of nuclear power generation in Japan.

SE Asia must help farmers adapt in face of mounting disasters: Oxfam

Date: 27-May-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Alisa Tang
Southeast Asian governments must help farmers find better ways to grow food in the face of worsening droughts, storms and sea level rise that are threatening the region's agricultural output and pushing people into poverty, Oxfam said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Prosecutors probe possible criminal case in California oil spill

Exclusive: Prosecutors probe possible criminal case in California oil spill
Photo: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN

Date: 26-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Tim Reid
Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara - a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement. Perhaps one of the worst places on Earth for a crude oil leak, Santa Barbara is a beautiful sun-kissed coastal city rich with wildlife, environmental lawyers and wealthy liberal activists.

U.S., Canada and Mexico create new climate change partnership

Date: 26-May-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Mike De Souza
North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies.

Malawi forests shrink as power deficit fuels charcoal business

Date: 26-May-15
Country: MALAWI
Author: Karen Sanje
Impoverished villagers are hacking down Malawi's forests to make charcoal, undeterred by government efforts to confiscate the dirty fuel as a power deficit stokes demand.

Volcano erupts in Galapagos Islands, home to unique pink iguanas

Date: 26-May-15
Country: ECUADOR
Author: Alexandra Valencia
A volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the local authorities said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.

BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in South Africa

Date: 26-May-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Wendell Roelf
The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market.

Pope's climate change aide urges business to favor planet over profit

Pope's climate change aide urges business to favor planet over profit
Photo: Stefano Rellandini

Date: 22-May-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Alessandra Galloni
Pope Francis' top aide on climate change urged businesses on Wednesday not to let the pursuit of profit get in the way of protecting the planet.

Famous gray wolf in Oregon may have more puppies PORTLAND, Ore. | By Shelby Sebens

Date: 22-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
A gray wolf who signaled the comeback of his species in Oregon and California might be welcoming some new pups to his pack, wildlife biologists said on Wednesday.

EU says Europe's bathing waters have become cleaner

EU says Europe's bathing waters have become cleaner
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 22-May-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Europe's inland and coastal waters have become cleaner and nations such as heavily-indebted Greece and Cyprus boast some of the most pristine bathing spots, according to this year's EU report on water quality, published on Wednesday.

Out of Africa? Texans offer sanctuary to endangered rhinos

Out of Africa? Texans offer sanctuary to endangered rhinos
Photo: Mike Hutchings/Files

Date: 22-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Jon Herskovitz
In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect the wild African rhino from its biggest enemy - poachers in search of the animals' valuable horns.

Britain to press ahead with onshore wind subsidy cuts next week

Britain to press ahead with onshore wind subsidy cuts next week
Photo: Nigel Roddis

Date: 22-May-15
Country: UK
Author: Karolin Schaps
Britain's new government will next week outline implementing its pledge to reduce onshore wind farm subsidies, the new energy minister has said, which will likely scupper plans for new wind turbines.

IMF says energy subsidized by $5.3 trillion worldwide

IMF says energy subsidized by $5.3 trillion worldwide
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 22-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Anna Yukhananov
Governments around the world charge prices for energy that do not account for its harmful environmental, health and other side effects, amounting to a $5.3 trillion "post-tax" subsidy this year, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Monday.

Monsoon rains to hit southern India on time, may help sowing

Monsoon rains to hit southern India on time, may help sowing
Photo: Sivaram V.

Date: 15-May-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India's weather office said on Thursday it expects monsoon rains to hit the southern Kerala coast around May 30, a timely arrival for farmers worried about dry weather from an El Nino weather pattern this year.

Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be improved: IAEA

Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be improved: IAEA
Photo: Kyodo

Date: 15-May-15
Country: AUSTRIA
Author: Shadia Nasralla
The U.N. nuclear watchdog said the management of radioactive waste and contaminated water at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be improved despite good progress in cleaning up the site.

A deepwater fish joins mammals, birds in the warm-blooded club

A deepwater fish joins mammals, birds in the warm-blooded club
Photo: Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Date: 15-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club.

Duke Energy pleads guilty to environmental crimes in North Carolina

Duke Energy pleads guilty to environmental crimes in North Carolina
Photo: Chris Keane

Date: 15-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Marti Maguire
Duke Energy Corp pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes over a North Carolina power plant's coal ash spill into a river and management of coal ash basins in the state, U.S. prosecutors said.

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