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Latest News (108 stories)

In film on alternative car fuels, former Shell executive speaks out

In film on alternative car fuels, former Shell executive speaks out
Photo: Jason Reed

Date: 22-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Lucas Iberico Lozada
Frustrated by what he describes as a lack of political courage, a former president of the U.S. unit of Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) takes center stage in a new documentary film that makes the case for using alternative fuels in cars.

Meandering Hawaii lava flow menaces another Big Island community

Date: 22-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Malia Mattoch McManus
A meandering volcanic lava flow that appeared to have spared one community on the Big Island of Hawaii was creeping in a slightly new direction on Friday as it headed straight for a nearby town to the northeast, local government officials said.

Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests
Photo: Stephen Lam

Date: 22-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinkis
A wildfire in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said.

Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan

Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan
Photo: Erik de Castro

Date: 22-Sep-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Manuel Mogato
Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding.

Czech zoo burns rhino horns to help save endangered species

Date: 22-Sep-14
Country: Czech Republic
Author: Dvur Kralove
A Czech zoo burned around 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of rhino horns on Sunday, part of an international campaign designed to highlight the plight of a species being driven towards extinction by poachers.

China drives world carbon emissions to record high

China drives world carbon emissions to record high
Photo: China Daily

Date: 22-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
World carbon dioxide emissions will hit a record high this year, driven by China's growth and keeping the world far off track from the deep cuts needed to limit climate change, a study said on Sunday.

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size

New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush.

Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit

Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit
Photo: Larry Dowling

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

North Carolina cracks down on Venus flytrap poachers

North Carolina cracks down on Venus flytrap poachers

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Marti Maguire
Being the rare kind of plant that eats living things, the Venus flytrap tends to be thought of as an aggressor, its spiked leaves trapping insects with a murderous snap before devouring them.

Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut

Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut
Photo: Erik De Castro

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Rosemarie Francisco
A tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the Philippine capital on Friday, flooding many parts of the city, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets.

French group develops mass electric car charging stations

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: France
Author: Geert de Clercq
A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge.

Green aid test for U.N. climate summit as poor seek $15 billion

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
A U.N. summit on climate change next week will test rich nations' willingness to fill a near-empty fund to help the poor, but pledges are likely to be far short of developing nations' hopes for $15 billion in 2014.

Finnish government nods to Russia-backed nuclear plant, Greens quit

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Finland
Author: Jussi Rosendahl
The Finnish government has given conditional backing to an updated application from Finnish-Russian group Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in the north of the country, prompting the Greens to quit and weaken the ruling coalition.

India's monsoon rains ease in past week ahead of retreat

India's monsoon rains ease in past week ahead of retreat

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: India
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India's monsoon rains were a quarter below average in the week to Sept. 17, the weather office said on Thursday, ahead of a delayed retreat of the rains expected from this weekend.

Sweden backs new global fund to secure community land rights

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Sweden
Author: Megan Rowling
Sweden plans to announce at the U.N. climate summit next week funding of around $14 million for a new body that will provide grants and expertise to help indigenous peoples and forest communities secure rights to their land.

Spain's Almaraz I nuclear power station stopped after pressure drop: regulator

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Spain
Author: Paul Day
Spain's 1,000-MW Almaraz I nuclear power station was automatically shut down late on Wednesday after the protection system was triggered by a pressure drop in the reactor, the Nuclear Security Council reported.

Japan vows to keep on whaling, calls resolution against its hunt 'regrettable'

Date: 19-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan vowed on Friday to resume its whaling program in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by the international body that oversees whales, terming the negative vote regrettable.

No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree

No place to hide for Africa's pangolins amid China buying spree
Photo: Laila Bahaa-el-din/Panthera/Handout via Reuters

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: DAKAR/LIBREVILLE
Author: Emma Farge and Gerauds Obangome
Alongside dirt roads twisting through the dense tropical forests of Gabon, the scaly bodies of lifeless long-snouted pangolins dangle from sticks stuck in the ground by hunters.

Delayed retreat of Indian monsoon rains to start this weekend

Delayed retreat of Indian monsoon rains to start this weekend
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India's monsoon season is set to enter its withdrawal phase by this weekend after a late surge in rainfall delayed the retreat by a fortnight, a senior weather official said, boosting output prospects for summer crops.

Five face federal charges over ride through protected Utah canyon

Five face federal charges over ride through protected Utah canyon
Photo: Jim Urquhart/Files

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Jennifer Dobner
Federal prosecutors in Utah filed criminal charges on Wednesday against five men who allegedly organized and led an all-terrain vehicle protest ride into a red-rock desert canyon closed to motorized use by federal land managers.

Yellowstone seeks to cull 900 bison from famed herd

Yellowstone seeks to cull 900 bison from famed herd
Photo: Jim Urquhart

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Yellowstone National Park plans to reduce its bison population this winter by as many as 900 head, or a fifth of the herd, by killing off those animals that stray from the park in what would be the largest such culling in seven years, the park's wildlife chief said on Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall, flash flooding threaten Arizona, New Mexico

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
Heavy rainfall could bring flash flooding to Arizona and New Mexico, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday, as severe weather associated with weakening Tropical Storm Odile sweeps across the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest.

Officials warn of potentially toxic algae on major Portland river

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Public health officials in Oregon warned recreational boaters and swimmers who on warm days flock to a river that bisects Portland to stay out of the water on Wednesday after detecting what they suspect is a potentially dangerous toxic algae.

Marches, prayer, mayors: What to expect at U.N. climate summit

Date: 18-Sep-14
Country: SPAIN
Author: Megan Rowling
The U.N. climate summit in New York next week gives different parts of society - from businesses to faith groups to ordinary people - a chance to call for stepped-up action on climate change and make their own pledges.

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California
Photo: INCIWEB

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinkis
Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said.

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate
Photo: Luke McGregor

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Louis Charbonneau
Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise
Photo: Andrew Biraj

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Laura Onita
LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution : study

Ditching cars for buses, bikes best way to cut city pollution : study
Photo: Beawiharta

Date: 17-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Laura Onita
LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport or walk or cycle around cities offers the "least pain, most gain" way to cut air pollution from traffic by 2050, a new international study said on Wednesday.

Disease threatens as Kashmir flood waters turn fetid

Disease threatens as Kashmir flood waters turn fetid
Photo: ADNAN ABIDI

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: FAYAZ BUKHARI
Author: Fayaz Bukhari, Krista Mahr, Rupam Jain Nair, Adnan Abid
Indian emergency workers on Monday battled to prevent waterborne diseases like cholera from spreading as fetid water swilled around the Kashmir valley more than a week after the worst flooding in more than a century.

EU, U.S. blast Iceland for stepping up whaling

EU, U.S. blast Iceland for stepping up whaling
Photo: SIGTRYGGUR JOHANNSSON

Date: 16-Sep-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Alastair Macdonald;
The European Union and United States delivered a strongly worded complaint to Iceland on Monday condemning an increase in whaling and urging it to observe an international ban on the commercial hunting of whales.