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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.

Super storm lashes Australian east coast for third day

Super storm lashes Australian east coast for third day
Photo: Jason Reed

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Jane Wardell
A cyclonic storm lashed Australia's east coast for a third day on Wednesday, causing millions of dollars of damage to property and infrastructure in Sydney and other cities.

In North Korea, solar panel boom gives power to the people

In North Korea, solar panel boom gives power to the people
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: SOUTH KOREA
Author: James Pearson
In a country notorious for a lack of electricity, many North Koreans are taking power into their hands by installing cheap household solar panels to charge mobile phones and light up their homes.

San Francisco board approves wild animal performance ban

San Francisco board approves wild animal performance ban
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Emmett Berg
Performances by wild and exotic animals, from the circus big top to movie and television sets, will soon be banned in San Francisco under an ordinance given final approval on Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors.

Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought

Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations.

Obama administration sets agenda to modernize energy infrastructure

Obama administration sets agenda to modernize energy infrastructure
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovic
The Obama administration on Tuesday laid out an agenda under its Quadrennial Energy Review to modernize the country's energy infrastructure and make it more resilient to challenges ranging from extreme weather to the domestic energy boom.

Japan court rejects request to halt restart of Kyushu Electric's Sendai reactors

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kentaro Hamada
A Japanese court rejected a lawsuit to halt the restart of Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear station, plaintiffs said on Wednesday, brushing aside the concerns of local residents worried about the safety of the plant.

Oklahoma scientists say earthquakes linked to oil and gas work

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Missouri and Edward McAllister in New York
Oklahoma geologists have documented strong links between increased seismic activity in the state and the injection into the ground of wastewater from oil and gas production, a state agency said on Tuesday.

Lawsuit seeks to stop government from killing Oregon birds

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
Five conservation and animal welfare groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from killing thousands of native birds on an Oregon island in the name of saving salmon, activists said Tuesday.

Nobel winners to help Asian cities tackle climate change

Date: 22-Apr-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Nine Nobel prize winners in fields ranging from economics to medicine will try to come up with ideas this week to help fast-growing cities in Asia cope with global warming.

Australia's east coast battered by cyclone-like storm

Australia's east coast battered by cyclone-like storm
Photo: Jason Reed

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: Australia
Author: Colin Packham
Cyclone-strength winds, huge seas, torrential rain and flash flooding battered Australia's east coast on Tuesday, leaving one woman critically injured and more than 100,000 homes without power.

California drought causes cattle and elk to lock horns over pasture

California drought causes cattle and elk to lock horns over pasture
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Mary Papenfuss
A herd of tule elk move warily along a California coastal hill as a herd of Black Angus cattle graze nearby. Despite the apparent peaceful coexistence, the animals are at the center of a battle for precious grasslands reduced by the state's drought.

U.S. court hears Chevron's fraud claims in $9.5 billion Ecuador dispute

U.S. court hears Chevron's fraud claims in $9.5 billion Ecuador dispute
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Nate Raymond
Chevron Corp urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to uphold a ruling finding that an American lawyer used corrupt means to secure a $9.5 billion pollution judgment in Ecuador.A lawyer for Chevron told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that Steven Donziger, a U.S. lawyer who represented a group of Ecuadorians that sued the oil giant, pursued a case "shot through with fraud."

Germany's environment minister hits back at opposition to coal levy

Germany's environment minister hits back at opposition to coal levy
Photo: Fabrizio Bensch

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: Germany
Author: Caroline Copley and Markus Wacket
Germany's environment minister on Monday hit back at opposition from leading members of Angela Merkel's conservatives to a proposed coal levy, saying it risked jeopardizing the chancellor's credibility ahead of the G7 summit in June.

Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes 'biggest seizure' of tusks

Ivory-smuggling destination Thailand makes 'biggest seizure' of tusks
Photo: Chaiwat Subprasom

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: Thailand
Author: Juarawee Kittisilpa
Thai customs officials have seized four tonnes of ivory worth $6 million, authorities said on Monday, in what the department called the largest bust of its kind in Thailand's history.

Police hunt for baby sea lion snatched from Los Angeles beach

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
Police were searching on Monday for a baby sea lion snatched from a Los Angeles beach over the weekend, as well as four suspects in their twenties seen harassing and taunting two pups, authorities said.

Ten baby crocodiles arrive in Cuba in conservation effort

Date: 21-Apr-15
Country: Cuba
Author: Daniel Trotta
Ten baby crocodiles arrived in Cuba on Monday from a Swedish zoo where they had been born to a pair of Cuban crocodiles that former President Fidel Castro had given to a Soviet cosmonaut as a gift in the 1970s.