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Latest News (158 stories)

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls
Photo: Toru Hanai

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Japan
Author: Toru Hanai
Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

Oil spill that fouled Mexican river will take months to clean up

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Mexico
Author: David Alire Garcia and Adriana Barrera
An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up, the country's top water authority said on Thursday.

Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aaron Mendelson
The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.

Atlantic slows warming, temperature rises seen resuming from 2030: study

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Alister Doyle
The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said.

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park
Photo: Karen Parker

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
A rare Florida panther, found near death as a 1-pound newborn in January, bounded into its permanent new fenced home in a state park on Thursday, now a lively, nearly 50-pound kitten.

PETA joins protest against sale of rabbit meat at Whole Foods

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: John Clarie
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined a nationwide protest to stop Whole Foods stores from selling rabbit meat, the animal rights group said Thursday.

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes
Photo: Eric Gallard

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano

Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano
Photo: Sigtryggur Johannsson

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Mia Shanley
Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption.

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Robert-Jan Bartunek
Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday.

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Rich Mckay
A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Los Angeles waterslide plan draws protests during drought

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daina Beth Solomon
Plans to set up a three-block-long "slip 'n slide" in Los Angeles next month have drawn the ire of conservationists who say splashing up to 16,000 gallons of water down it during a severe drought is frivolous and irresponsible.

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
The bald eagle may no longer be at risk of extinction, but the U.S. effort to protect the national bird became harder on Wednesday.

USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund

USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund
Photo: Andrew Biraj

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: THAILAND
Author: Thin Lei Win
A $100 million fund launched on Tuesday aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively.

Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB

Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB
Photo: Mansi Thapliyal

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: NEPAL
Author: Gopal Sharma
Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts
Photo: Fujitsu Ltd./Handout via Reuters

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Sophie Knight
Japanese technology firms are applying their expertise in energy-saving and cloud technology to help farmers cope with shifting weather patterns, an onslaught of cheaper imports and a shrinking workforce.

On wings of endangered butterflies, critics attack Florida planned Walmart

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
A Florida real estate developer is putting on hold plans to build a Walmart store and hundreds of apartments after federal officials last week moved to protect two species of endangered butterflies on the proposed site, a rare tract of forest brimming with wildlife.

Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Bill Cotterell
Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources.

Mexico minister says Grupo Mexico account of toxic spill 'totally false'

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: MEXICO
Author: Tomas Sarmiento and Gabriel Stargardter
Mexico's environment secretary said on Tuesday that Grupo Mexico gave false information about a toxic spill at its Buenavista mine in northern Mexico, a day after the environmental authority said it would file a criminal complaint against the company.

Floods disrupt traffic, close roads in Phoenix

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
Heavy rains flooded the Phoenix area on Tuesday, closing part of an interstate highway for nearly an hour, shutting local roadways, and prompting authorities to pluck people from their cars in inundated areas.

Wildfire near Yosemite park prompts 13,000 evacuation orders

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle and Courtney Sherwood in Portland
Firefighters from across California were sent to battle an out-of-control wildfire on Tuesday near Yosemite National Park and authorities ordered the evacuation of 13,000 homes and businesses, officials said.

Oil spill from power plant closes 15-mile stretch of Ohio River

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Edward McAllister in New York, Ashutosh Pandey in Bangalore and Julie Ingwersen in Chicago
The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

NHC says 30 percent chance of cyclone off north-east coast of South America

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Koustav Samanta
An elongated area of low pressure extending from the north-eastern coast of South America into the central tropical Atlantic has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.

South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space - advisory body

South Korea running out of spent nuclear fuel storage space - advisory body
Photo: The Kori nuclear power plant in Busan, southeast of Seoul, is seen in this picture released by the plant to Reuters on April 14, 2011.

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: SOUTH KOREA
Author: Meeyoung Cho
South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.

1,000-pound alligator snared in Alabama hunt

1,000-pound alligator snared in Alabama hunt
Photo: Alabama DCNR/Handout via Reuters

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
Hunters in Alabama snared an alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds, the largest ever caught in a legal hunt in the state, conservation officials said on Monday.

Brazil makes progress on saving forests, Indonesia risks setbacks-report

Brazil makes progress on saving forests, Indonesia risks setbacks-report
Photo: Lunae Parracho

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a report commissioned by top forest aid donor Norway said on Monday.

U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting

U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting
Photo: Jim Young

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Meredith Davis
Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning fungus off wheat so farmers can sell it.

Iceland raises alert level for volcano eruption to second-highest

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: SWEDEN
Author: Anna Ringstrom
Iceland's Met Office on Monday raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth level on a five-grade scale.

Major earthquake in western Iran leaves 60 injured- IRNA

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Author: Michelle Moghtader
A major earthquake struck the western Iranian city of Abdanan on Monday, leaving 60 people injured, state news agency IRNA said.

As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

Date: 19-Aug-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive.

Colorado hunting outfitter admits harming wild cats for easy hunt

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
A Colorado hunting outfitter accused of injuring mountain lions and bobcats to help clients kill them more easily pleaded guilty on Friday in a U.S. court in Denver to one felony count of conspiring to break a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said.