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Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill

Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill
Photo: Marco Garcia

Date: 28-Aug-15
Country: HAWAII
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Hawaii authorities reopened Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach on Wednesday after water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for swimmers following a serious sewage spill earlier this week.

Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

Date: 28-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science.

EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees

EU watchdog says pesticides harmful to bees, industry disagrees
Photo: FRANCOIS LENOIR

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: BARBARA LEWIS
Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday, reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa
Photo: PHILIMON BULAWAYO

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: GABON
Author: Wilfried-Gerauds Obangome
A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help to discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report
Photo: LUCY NICHOLSON

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb;
Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported.

Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows

Global sea levels climbed 3 inches since 1992, NASA research shows
Photo: CATHAL MCNAUGHTON

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Irene Klotz
Sea levels worldwide rose an average of nearly 3 inches (8 cm) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said on Wednesday.

EPA lacked view of pressure buildup at Colorado mine, internal report says

Date: 27-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency team working to address seepage at an abandoned Colorado gold mine underestimated water pressure at the site before triggering a blowout that sent toxic waste into rivers, according to an internal report released by the agency on Wednesday.

Mama panda prefers bigger twin cub, U.S. zoo worried about smaller one

Mama panda prefers bigger twin cub, U.S. zoo worried about smaller one
Photo: Smithsonian's National Zoo/Handout

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Giant panda Mei Xiang is focusing her care on the larger of her newborn twins, and the smaller cub's up-and-down weight is a concern, Washington's National Zoo said on Tuesday.

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure

Court orders Russia to pay compensation for Greenpeace ship seizure
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: NETHERLANDS
Author: Anthony Deutsch
A court in the Netherlands has ordered Russia to pay compensation for seizing the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during a protest against an offshore oil platform two years ago, a ruling which Moscow dismissed as lacking legal authority.

U.S. regulator sued for withholding information on GMO crops

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops.

NJ judge approves Exxon $225 million cleanup settlement

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
Exxon Mobil Corp's controversial $225 million settlement with New Jersey of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, despite objections from critics who viewed the accord as a sellout.

Zimbabwe lion kills tourist guide in Cecil's park

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
A Zimbabwean tourist guide was killed on Tuesday by a lion in a pride he was tracking with tourists in Hwange National Park, the home of the country's most prized lion Cecil, who was killed last month, the park said.

Sewage spill caused by rain flows into Honolulu's Waikiki Beach

Date: 26-Aug-15
Country: HAWAII
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Heavy rain caused a 500,000-gallon sewage spill in Honolulu that sent dirty water streaming into the city's famed Waikiki Beach, and officials warned people to stay out of the water or risk infection.

Recycling -- fashion world's antidote to environmental concerns

Recycling -- fashion world's antidote to environmental concerns
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: SWEDEN
Author: Anna Ringstrom
Hennes & Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials.

Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe's answer to shale gas?

Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe's answer to shale gas?
Photo: FRANCOIS LENOIR

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
With street names such as Temperance and Hygiene and plenty of green open spaces, the 1920s Bon Air (Good Air) housing estate in a working-class district of Brussels was meant to provide a healthy "garden city" way of life.

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter

Germany starts move to ban GMO crops: ministry letter
Photo: Tobias Schwarz

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Hans-Edzard Busemann
Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

Obama aims to boost homeowner renewable energy use

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Julia Edwards
President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for greater renewable energy adoption, announcing fresh financial incentives for solar power development and use.

Dakar Rally to bypass Peru after it cancels as host due to El Nino

Date: 25-Aug-15
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj
The annual South American off-road Dakar Rally will be rerouted, organizers said on Monday as Peru withdrew as host due to forecasts for a strong El Nino weather pattern which has caused floods and landslides there in the past.

Photos show first wild California wolf pack in nearly a century

Photos show first wild California wolf pack in nearly a century
Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife/Handout

Date: 21-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California's first gray wolf pack since wild wolves disappeared from the state nearly a century ago was spotted in the woods in the northern part of the state, wildlife officials said on Thursday.

Climate boss says EU can only back a strong Paris deal

Climate boss says EU can only back a strong Paris deal
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 21-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Union will support a U.N. deal to cap global warming only if the agreement is legally binding and includes regular reviews to ensure words translate into deeds, Europe's climate boss said on Thursday.

July was hottest month recorded worldwide: U.S. scientists

July was hottest month recorded worldwide: U.S. scientists
Photo: Max Rossi/Files

Date: 21-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici and Susan Heavey
July was the warmest month ever on record worldwide and 2015 has been so far the hottest year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday, just over three months to go before world leaders seek to reach a climate agreement in Paris.

Cyanide in waters near China blast site 277 times acceptable level: government report

Cyanide in waters near China blast site 277 times acceptable level: government report
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 21-Aug-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Sue-Lin Wong
Chinese authorities warned that cyanide levels in the waters around the Tianjin Port explosion site had risen to as much as 277 times acceptable levels although they declared that the city's drinking water was safe.

UK may use EU small print to swerve impact of green cuts

Date: 21-Aug-15
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
Britain is thinking of using an EU loophole to dodge the impact of its own subsidy cuts on renewable energy and escape fines for missing 2020 European renewable targets.

EU debate on green energy targets pitches UK against Germany

EU debate on green energy targets pitches UK against Germany
Photo: Thomas Peter

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Britain and Germany will line up on opposite sides of a European Union green energy debate starting next month on how to meet agreed renewable energy targets for the next decade.

China's carbon count could be overstated by 14 percent: Nature

China's carbon count could be overstated by 14 percent: Nature
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway and Kathy Chen
International organizations could be overestimating emissions from China, the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gas?because of problems in the way they calculate their data, said a study published by Nature on Wednesday.

Atlantic may see first 2015 hurricane as 'Danny' strengthens: U.S.

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
Tropical Storm Danny is on track to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season by Friday and could approach the Caribbean islands by the late weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

Regulator investigates NuVista pipeline leak in northern Alberta

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Nia Williams
The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating a leak on a NuVista Energy pipeline in northern Alberta that spilled 100 cubic meters, roughly 629 barrels, of oil and water and natural gas emulsion, the regulator said on Wednesday.

Groundwater pumping speeding subsidence in Central California: NASA

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
Parts of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California are sinking faster than ever due to excessive groundwater pumping as the state deals with a devastating drought, a NASA report released on Wednesday said.

Invasive plants spread fast in billion-dollar threat: study

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Many of the world's plants are turning "alien", spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses

Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses
Photo: US Forest Service/McCall Smokejumpers/Handout

Date: 19-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: David Ryder and Laura Zuckerman
Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses.

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