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When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'
Photo: D. Gordon E. Robertson/Handout

Date: 31-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
They look alike, act alike and long have been considered to be the same species. But, in the case of the golden jackals found across parts of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, it turns out that appearances can be deceiving.

Californians exceeded mandatory water conservation target in June

Californians exceeded mandatory water conservation target in June
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 31-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein;
Californians reduced their water use by more than 27 percent in June, exceeding the amount ordered by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in the state's first-ever mandatory conservation rules amid an ongoing catastrophic drought, authorities said.

U.N. tackles illicit wildlife poaching amid Cecil the lion uproar

U.N. tackles illicit wildlife poaching amid Cecil the lion uproar
Photo: Eric Miller

Date: 31-Jul-15
Country: UNITED NATIONS
Author: Michelle Nichols
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday called on all countries to step up their efforts to tackle illicit poaching and trafficking in wildlife amid global uproar over the unlawful killing of "Cecil" the lion in Zimbabwe.

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30

Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30
Photo: Navesh Chitrakar

Date: 31-Jul-15
Country: NEPAL
Author: Aisling Curtis
Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said.

Shipping company Matson to pay Hawaii $15 million over molasses spill

Date: 31-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
A U.S. shipping company has agreed to pay Hawaii more than $15 million to reimburse the state for the cost of cleanup and restoration following a massive molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor two years ago, officials said on Wednesday.

Shrinking Dead Sea leaves trail of perilous sinkholes

Shrinking Dead Sea leaves trail of perilous sinkholes
Photo: Amir Cohen

Date: 30-Jul-15
Country: ISRAEL
Author: Ari Rabinovitch
A neglected grove of date palms, their leaves long fallen, trunks drooping in the searing heat at the lowest point on earth, is the latest casualty of a dramatic rise in sinkholes wreaking havoc along the coast of the Dead Sea.

U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters

Date: 30-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb
The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large, patchy oil sheen that appeared off the Southern California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, not far from the site of a petroleum pipeline spill in May, officials said.

Sweltering Iraq declares four-day weekend from Thursday

Date: 30-Jul-15
Country: IRAQ
Author: Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin
A searing heat wave forecast to sweep through Iraq prompted the government to declare a four-day holiday starting on Thursday and order regular power cuts at state institutions.

Oregon bridge danglers hope to delay Shell's Arctic drilling

Oregon bridge danglers hope to delay Shell's Arctic drilling
Photo: Steve Dipaola/Greenpeace/Handout

Date: 30-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens in Portland, Oregon, and Timothy Gardner in Washington
Protestors rappelled off a bridge and formed a kayak flotilla in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday hoping to delay Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration this summer by blocking the return of a ship to Alaska that holds emergency equipment.

More and bigger drilling-linked earthquakes rattle Oklahoma

Date: 30-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Heide Brandes
Several earthquakes shook Oklahoma on Monday as the state experiences a sharp increase in the frequency of tremors linked to wastewater disposal from gas and oil drilling, including from fracking, state and federal officials said.

Fires in U.S. West threaten thousands of structures

Fires in U.S. West threaten thousands of structures
Photo: ROBERT DESROSIER/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 29-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
Fires burning in drought-parched California on Tuesday menaced thousands of structures as firefighters struggled to corral the blazes there and elsewhere in the U.S. West, authorities said.

U.S. appeals court upholds bulk of Obama air pollution rule

U.S. appeals court upholds bulk of Obama air pollution rule
Photo: ROBERT GALBRAITH

Date: 29-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: LAWRENCE HURLEY
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday mostly upheld a major federal environmental regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.

Oregon 'kayaktivists' to protest Shell Arctic oil search

Date: 29-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: SHELBY SEBENS
Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration.

Conservation group finds haze, ozone problems at U.S. national parks

Date: 29-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
A conservation group found 36 U.S. national parks had moderate or worse levels of ozone pollution in a report card released on Tuesday, with four parks in California receiving the worst grades for health effects.

American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion

Date: 29-Jul-15
Country: Zimbabwe
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe;
Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American hunter of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

Cold front brings rare July snow to Northern Rockies

Date: 29-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: LAURA ZUCKERMAN
A freak July cold front brought snow to the Northern Rockies on Monday in a rare weather event that set record-low daytime temperatures across Idaho and could see overnight readings at or near freezing in parts of the region, meteorologists said.

U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 28-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate change.

General Electric aims big in energy storage after battery step back

General Electric aims big in energy storage after battery step back
Photo: Benoit Tessier

Date: 28-Jul-15
Author: Lewis Krauskopf
General Electric Co wants to be a "sizable" player in the market for systems that store energy to manage power volatility, a sector the company expects to quadruple to $6 billion by 2020, the head of GE's energy storage business told Reuters.

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project

Date: 28-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

France plans extension of green energy tax - source

Date: 28-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Michel Rose
The French government is considering a reform of the tax levied on power bills to fund renewable energy that would see it extended to natural gas and road fuels, a source close to the matter said on Sunday.

Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government

Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government
Photo: Jamal Saidi

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: LEBANON
Author: Tom Perry
The stench of uncollected refuse in the streets of Beirut is a stark reminder of the crisis of government afflicting Lebanon, where politicians divided by local and regional conflicts have been unable to agree on where to dump the capital's rubbish.

Addicted to antibiotics, Chile's salmon flops at Costco, grocers

Addicted to antibiotics, Chile's salmon flops at Costco, grocers
Photo: Victor Ruiz Caballero

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Anthony Esposito
Chile's salmon farmers are using record levels of antibiotics to treat a virulent and pervasive bacteria, driving away some U.S. retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, which is turning to antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon.

Idaho will not restrict fishing despite regional drought-linked die-offs

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Idaho fisheries managers will not follow the lead of neighboring states in restricting catch-and-release angling, despite a drought and heat wave that have killed or stressed large numbers of trout and other fish.

U.S. proposes voluntary oil and gas company cuts in methane emissions

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a program for oil and gas companies to make voluntary pledges to cut and track emissions of methane, one component of its wider strategy to target the potent greenhouse gas and combat climate change, the agency said Thursday.

China prepares 'California-style' scheme for green cars BEIJING | By Jake Spring

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Jake Spring
China is preparing a new scheme to encourage automakers and consumers to use electric and hybrid vehicles, learning lessons from California's efforts to promote a similar switch, the head of a major state-owned carmaker said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: SRI LANKA
Author: Amantha Perera
Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater per year, which would otherwise drain into the sea, in an ambitious effort to boost irrigation and power production.

China's air less polluted in first half of 2015: Greenpeace

China's air less polluted in first half of 2015: Greenpeace
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Adam Rose
China saw levels of two common air pollutants improve modestly in the first half of 2015, environmental group Greenpeace East Asia said on Wednesday.

Nexen says may take months to pinpoint cause of Alberta pipeline spill

Nexen says may take months to pinpoint cause of Alberta pipeline spill
Photo: Nexen Energy/Handout via Reuters

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Mike De Souza
Finding the root cause of the oil-sands pipeline leak discovered earlier this month in northern Alberta, one of the biggest oil-related spills on land ever in North America, will likely take months, a senior Nexen Energy executive said on Wednesday.

Oregon salmon trucked north to stem die-off in warm waters

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Federal officials in Oregon have been trucking hatchery salmon more than a hundred miles (160 km) north to another hatchery in Washington state throughout July to preserve fish that had been dying off by the thousands in an unseasonably warm river.

U.S. says Shell is not yet allowed to drill in Arctic oil zone

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until required emergency equipment arrives in the region.

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