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Latest News (162 stories)

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds

U.S. coastal flooding on the rise, government study finds
Photo: Zachary Fagenson

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Ryan McNeill
Flooding is increasing in frequency along much of the U.S. coast, and the rate of increase is accelerating along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, a team of federal government scientists found in a study released Monday.

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported
Photo: Dominick Reuter

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott Malone
Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change

California and Mexico sign pact to fight climate change
Photo: Edgard Garrido

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

U.S. Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports

U.S. Energy Secretary defends possible German nuke waste imports

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Harriet McLeod
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday defended his agency's controversial move to consider processing spent nuclear fuel from Germany at South Carolina's Savannah River Site nuclear facility, saying the proposal is consistent with U.S. efforts to secure highly enriched uranium across the globe.

Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast

Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast
Photo: Gene Blevins

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman and Dana Feldman
Lightning storms that killed a 20-year-old beachgoer in Los Angeles and sent eight other people to the hospital stemmed from a combination of atmospheric conditions relatively unusual for coastal Southern California, weather experts said on Monday.

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
Firefighters began to gain the upper hand on Monday against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and blackened nearly six square miles in the drought-parched foothills east of Sacramento, officials said.

U.S. proposal to ban import of boa constrictors draws backlash

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
A U.S. proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators who fear it could lead to more reptiles being released into the wild.

Storm leaves over 183,000 without power in U.S. Midwest, East

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino and Robert Gibbons in New York
Over 183,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. East and Midwest, mainly in Michigan, remained without power early Monday after severe storms rolled through the region over the weekend.

Drought hits China food production: Xinhua

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Reporting by Stian Reklev
Severe drought and scorching heat has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in China's Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces, with no immediate relief in sight, state news agency Xinhua reported.

China needs to import more food to ease water, energy shortages: official

Date: 29-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China should boost imports of food so it can dedicate more of its scarce water supplies to energy production, especially in arid but coal-rich regions like Xinjiang and Ningxia, a senior environmental official said on Monday.

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: China
Author: David Stanway
China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday.

U.S. envoy to U.N. aviation body hopeful on airline climate plan

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Alison Martell
The new U.S. representative to the United Nations body that oversees civil aviation said on Friday he is hopeful the organization's members will be able to agree on a global system to curb carbon emissions from airlines.

Colombia launches emergency plan to combat El Nino drought

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: Colombia
Author: Nelson Bocanegra
Colombia has launched an emergency plan to combat the impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has led to drought in several regions of the Andean nation, causing the death of livestock and damage to crops.

Arctic oil well blowout could spread more than 1,000 km: WWF study

Arctic oil well blowout could spread more than 1,000 km: WWF study
Photo: Susanne Miller/USFWS

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Nia Williams
Oil from a spill or oil well blowout in the Arctic waters of Canada's Beaufort Sea could easily become trapped in sea ice and potentially spread more than 1,000 kilometers to the west coast of Alaska, a World Wildlife Fund study showed on Friday.

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee
Photo: Max Whittaker

Date: 28-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Murphy
A wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents in a rural area east of the California state capital Sacramento on Saturday, a day after the blaze broke out, fire officials said.

South African court gives rhino poacher record 77 years

South African court gives rhino poacher record 77 years
Photo: Mike Hutchings

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Mfuneko Toyana
A South African court has sentenced a rhino poacher to 77 years in jail, the heaviest penalty imposed by authorities desperate to halt a wave of poaching that is threatening the population of the endangered animals.

Coal India's plans for 20 mines hit by land, environment delays

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N Das
Twenty new coal mine projects by state-run Coal India, planned with annual capacity of 52 million tonnes (46 million tons), have been delayed by difficulties acquiring land and environmental clearances, the coal minister said on Thursday, underlining the uphill task he faces in reforming the sector.

China's coal industry says times are hard, outlook worse

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
More than 70 percent of China's coal firms are making losses, the head of the coal industry association said on Thursday, with prices eroded by falling demand growth, a worsening supply glut and a war on smog.

For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy
Photo: Eric Thayer

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Jennifer Chaussee
An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows.

Oregon GMO labeling measure certified for November ballot

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: PORTLAND Ore.
Author: Courtney Sherwood
An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters -study

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.

China issues new rules on U.S. DDG imports-U.S. trade bodies

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Christine Stebbins and Julie Ingwersen
China's Import Inspection Authority, AQSIQ, is now requiring U.S. distiller's dried grains imports to be officially certified free of the MIR 162 GMO trait, the U.S. Grains Council, an export trade group, said in a letter emailed to Reuters by a trade source.

Texas, gas states biggest winners under EPA carbon rules: report

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.

Codelco submits changes to Andina project to reduce environmental impact

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Anthony Esposito
World No. 1 copper producer Codelco submitted to Chilean environmental authorities changes to its controversial Andina project that it said would reduce the mine's potential impact on nearby glaciers and water supply.

Crews gain ground on Washington state wildfire as residents assess damage

Crews gain ground on Washington state wildfire as residents assess damage
Photo: David Ryder

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Crews battling the largest wildfire in Washington state's history had more than half the 10-day-old blaze contained on Thursday as displaced residents began assessing damage in a dozen fire-ravaged communities.

Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join 'Frankenfish' battle

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: ANNAPOLIS Md.
Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish."

Storm kills two, injures 31 at Virginia campground

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 31 as it downed trees and overturned vehicles, officials said.

New China feed grain rule unworkable: U.S. export group

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Christine Stebbins
The biggest U.S. grain export association called on China on Thursday to rescind its latest restriction of a GMO corn strain, saying the new demand was unworkable.

Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought

Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 25-Jul-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein and Jennifer Chaussee
Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua

Beijing shuts big coal-fired power plant to ease smog: Xinhua
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 24-Jul-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency.