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Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut
Photo: Carlo Allegri

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg
A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.

Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling

Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Julia Edwards
President Barack Obama will call on Congress to expand protection of Alaska's Arctic refuge where oil and gas drilling is prohibited to 12 million acres (5 million hectares), an area that includes 1.4 million oil-rich acres along the coast.

Australia temperatures rising faster than rest of the world: official report

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Jane Wardell
Australia faced a rise in temperature of potentially more than 5 degrees celsius (41 degrees fahrenheit) by the end of the century, an increase that would outpace global warming worldwide, the country's national science agency said on Tuesday.

Severe La Nina weather events in Pacific may double due to warming

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Extreme "La Nina" weather events that cool the Pacific Ocean and can disrupt weather worldwide will paradoxically happen almost twice as often in a warming world, an international team of scientists said on Monday.

University of Wisconsin closes laboratory, ending cat experiments

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Mark Guarino
A University of Wisconsin research laboratory that attracted controversy for using live cats in experiments is closing this year, the school said.

Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.

Some homes near Montana oil spill report dark ooze after flushing taps

Date: 27-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed.

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.