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China to toughen inspection on air quality data: Xinhua

China to toughen inspection on air quality data: Xinhua
Photo: Aly Song

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
China's vice minister for environmental protection has announced a two-year inspection campaign to root out fake air quality data and accused some local governments of manipulating the data to meet national standards, state media said.

California activists want water restrictions to include oil industry

California activists want water restrictions to include oil industry
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
California should require oil producers to cut their water usage as part of the administration's efforts to conserve water in the drought-ravaged state, environmentalists said on Wednesday.

California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought

California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein and Dan Whitcomb
California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history.

Burkina Faso government confirms outbreak of bird flu in chickens

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: BURKINA FASO
Author: Mathieu Bonkoungou
Burkina Faso's government confirmed on Wednesday that an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu was responsible for the deaths of large numbers of chickens in two regions of the country in recent weeks.

Portland bans insecticide to protect declining honey bees

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Oregon's biggest city on Wednesday banned the use of an insecticide on city lands blamed by conservationists as a factor in the decline of honey bees in recent years.

Here's why Obama is approving Arctic drilling again WASHINGTON | By Timothy Gardner

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama's decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction.

Typhoon hurtles toward central Philippines, tourists warned

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: PHILIPPINES
Author: Rosemarie Francisco
The Philippines put troops on alert on Wednesday and prepared food and medical supplies as it warned residents and tourists along its eastern coast to be ready for a super typhoon expected to land some time in the next 72 hours.

Southeast Asia faces increasingly intense climate events: analysts

Date: 02-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: Joseph D'Urso
Densely populated Southeast Asian island states such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines are likely to face more intense climate events in future, analysts said on Thursday.

United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks

United States sets official strategy for Paris climate talks
Photo: Mike Segar/Files

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change.

EU to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches

EU to ban owners from scrapping ships on South Asian beaches
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Robert-Jan Bartunek
European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships, but the practice of dismantling them on beaches in South Asia at great human and environmental cost will still be hard to stop.

California getting 'second-hand smog' from Asia, researchers say

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California is suffering from "second-hand smog" drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state's prolonged drought has made air quality worse.

EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
U.S. regulators will put new restrictions on the world's most widely used herbicide to help address the rapid expansion of weeds resistant to the chemical, Reuters has learned.

EU lawmakers back plan to end overfishing in the Baltic sea

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fiorett
European Union lawmakers backed on Tuesday a long-term plan to end overfishing of cod, sprat and herring stocks in the Baltic Sea, the first such plan to be adopted under the EU's reformed common fisheries policy.

Global green energy investment climbs after two-year decline

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Global green energy investment surged in 2014, after two years of decline, due to a solar boom in China and Japan and record offshore wind investment in Europe, a U.N.-backed report showed.

Beijing to limit motorists on heavily polluted days

Beijing to limit motorists on heavily polluted days
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
Beijing has introduced measures to limit the number of motorists on heavily polluted days, the latest move by authorities in the Chinese capital to battle the choking smog that has blanketed the city in recent years.

German CO2 emissions fall for first time in three years BERLIN

Date: 01-Apr-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Caroline Copley
Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell for the first time in three years in 2014, helped by a mild winter and the expansion of renewable sources of energy, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.

Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents

Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.

Shell will resume drilling off Alaska coast: U.S. Arctic envoy

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: CANADA
Author: David Ljunggren
Royal Dutch Shell will resume drilling off Alaska after suspending operations for two years in the wake of an accident, the special U.S. envoy to the Arctic said on Monday, but gave no details as to when.

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Ben Blanchard
Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday.

Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon's coast

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: CAMEROON
Author: Ntungwe Ngalame
For over 15 years, Raoul Meno has been fishing the waters off the coastal town of Kribi in southern Cameroon. He has sometimes had to face down storms and high seas to bring home a catch to support his family. But now, he is scared.

U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici
The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

Despite deforestation, the world is getting greener: scientists

Date: 31-Mar-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Alisa Tang
The world's vegetation has expanded, adding nearly 4 billion tonnes of carbon to plants above ground in the decade since 2003, thanks to tree-planting in China, forest regrowth in former Soviet states and more lush savannas due to higher rainfall.

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien
The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.

Oregon ranchers in deal with federal government to protect sage grouse

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
Oregon ranchers have reached a deal with the federal government aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat while ensuring landowners won't face more restrictions if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act, officials said on Friday.

Mexico unveils national strategy for Paris climate talks

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Mexico on Friday said it will cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, becoming one of the first countries to formally submit its national climate plan to the United Nations ahead of a climate summit in Paris in December.

Georgia passes solar-friendly legislation

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Rich McKay
Solar electric power would become far more accessible to Georgia homeowners under a bill approved by state lawmakers on Friday, making it easier to lease solar equipment and then sell the power generated back to electric companies.

Drought, warm weather bring 'smog day' memories in California

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
The brown haze over California's San Joaquin Valley breadbasket on some winter days has been an unwelcome reminder of the bad old days, when pollution hung so thickly that people were warned to stay inside.

Zimbabwe capital turns to solar streetlights to cut costs, crime

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: Madalitso Mwando
Big cities across the world struggle with crime, and Zimbabwe's Harare is no exception.

California governor signs $1 billion emergency drought package

Date: 30-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Robin Respaut
California Governor Jerry Brown signed emergency legislation on Friday that fast-tracks over $1 billion in funding for drought relief and water infrastructure within the parched state.