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Latest News (159 stories)

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.

Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: Solomon Islands
Author: Megan Rowling
Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands.

Tiger shark caught off Texas coast cooked up and served to homeless

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Amanda Orr
An 800 pound (365-kg) tiger shark caught off the Texas coast this week had a section of its flesh filleted, cooked and served to nearly 100 homeless people in Corpus Christi, a charity said on Friday.

At least 53 killed in Nepal floods and mudslides

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: Nepal
Author: Gopal Sharma
Flash floods and mudslides following heavy rains have killed at least 53 people in Nepal over the past three days and cut off remote communities in the mountains, the government said on Saturday.

SeaWorld to build bigger enclosures for killer whales in U.S.

SeaWorld to build bigger enclosures for killer whales in U.S.
Photo: Seaworld

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sruthi Ramakrishnan
Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Friday it would nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid criticism over its treatment of the animals.

Monsoon floods hit north India, 200 villages under water

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: India
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
Floods triggered by heavy rains have inundated nearly 200 villages in northern India, killing at least 21 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday, as forecasts for more rain prompted fresh flood warnings.

The cost of caring for Europe's elderly nuclear plants

The cost of caring for Europe's elderly nuclear plants
Photo: Yves Herman

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: Europe
Author: Nina Chestney and Susanna Twidale
Europe's ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars.

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Stian Reklev and Kathy Chen
The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.

Rio passes first Olympic test, water quality surprises

Rio passes first Olympic test, water quality surprises
Photo: Sergio Moraes

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Jeb Blount
Rio de Janeiro passed its first 2016 Olympics test with the end of an international sailing regatta on Guanabara Bay, one of the most heavily criticized venues in a city under attack for disorganization and construction delays.

Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat, study says

Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat, study says
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions have become the dominant cause of melting in glaciers from the Alps to the Andes that is raising world sea levels, a study said on Thursday.

Plan to sell burned California trees sends sparks flying

Plan to sell burned California trees sends sparks flying
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Long, heavy logging trucks, swaying with the weight of charred California pines, wind through the forest near Yosemite National Park, part of an effort to clean up from last year's devastating wildfires even as new blazes break out this summer.

Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada

Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada
Photo: Mathieu Belanger/Files

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Patrick Rucker and Nia Williams
Thousands of oil train tankers soon to be deemed obsolete in the United States are unlikely get a second life in Canada's oil sands industry, undercutting a U.S. government forecast that the costly cars will continue in use in the energy sector.

Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Anastasia Moloney
Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region's poor.