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For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud

For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud
Photo: Joe Penney

Date: 30-Jan-15
Country: MAlI
Author: Soumaila T. Diarra
Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.

Germany boosts onshore wind capacity by record amount in 2014

Germany boosts onshore wind capacity by record amount in 2014
Photo: Fabrizio Bensch

Date: 30-Jan-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Vera Eckert
Germany's newly installed onshore wind power capacity rose by a record 4,750 megawatts (MW) in 2014, industry groups said on Thursday, marking what is likely to be a peak annual gain as the country gears up for a nuclear-free future.

Millions of poor farmers to benefit from new type of insurance: study

Millions of poor farmers to benefit from new type of insurance: study
Photo: R Narendra

Date: 30-Jan-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
Governments from Mongolia to Nigeria are creating new forms of insurance to protect the developing world's small farmers, who are suffering especially badly from extreme weather events made worse by global warming, a new study said.

Environmentalists sue to stop crude-by-rail terminal in California

Date: 30-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
Environmental groups on Thursday sued a California regulator that permitted trains carrying crude oil to begin making deliveries at a terminal in Bakersfield, arguing the permit was issued in secret and the volatile crude could cause explosions.

Sierra Nevada red fox, one of North America's rarest, seen at Yosemite

Date: 30-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Biologists have spotted a Sierra Nevada red fox at Yosemite National Park in California for the first time - a sighting of one of the rarest mammals in North America, thought to number only 50 on the continent, officials said on Thursday.

U.S. Forest Service to designate routes for snowmobiles on public lands

Date: 30-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The U.S. Forest Service adopted a rule on Wednesday that requires managers of the nation's nearly 200 forests and grasslands to formally designate where snowmobiles can be operated on the 193 million acres of public land the agency oversees.

Council defers vote on permits for UK's first shale-producing wells

Council defers vote on permits for UK's first shale-producing wells
Photo: DARREN STAPLES

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: UK
Author: KAROLIN SCHAPS
A local English government council has delayed a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects in a test case showing the challenges facing the industry in Britain.

Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: SCOTT MALONE
Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England.

Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies: study

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday.

North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Ernest Scheyder
North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble.

EU presses on with anti-pollution law after Commission U-turn

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: BARBARA LEWIS
European Union president Latvia will push ahead with a law to clamp down on air pollution after the European Commission's plan to withdraw the proposals was rejected by many lawmakers.

China appoints new party boss for environment ministry

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Stian Reklev and David Stanway
China has appointed Chen Jining, the president of Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, as party chief of its environment ministry, since the controversial current incumbent is retiring, the ministry said on its website on Wednesday.

Madagascar seeks international aid after tropical storm kills 68

Date: 29-Jan-15
Country: KENYA
Author: LOVASOA RABARY
Madagascar's government appealed for international aid on Wednesday after a tropical storm earlier this month devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, causing damage worth around $40 million.

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years
Photo: Julius Csotonyi/Handout

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts
Photo: Brian Snyder

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: USA
Author: Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone
A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast.

Date: 28-Jan-15

Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction

Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction
Photo: Michael Fiala

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: MEXICO
Author: Laura Zuckerman
A tally of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico rose to 56. 5 million this year from a record low of 34 million last year but conservationists said on Tuesday the increase was too slight to reduce the threat of extinction facing the insect.

Naturalist Attenborough fancies the lowly slug - for sex appeal

Naturalist Attenborough fancies the lowly slug - for sex appeal
Photo: Eloy Alonso

Date: 28-Jan-15
Country: UK
Author: Holly Rubenstein
David Attenborough has seen many of nature's most spectacular creatures in his 60 years of making television documentaries, but he says one of his favorites is the lowly, and in his view sexy, slug.

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.