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Pope's climate change aide urges business to favor planet over profit

Pope's climate change aide urges business to favor planet over profit
Photo: Stefano Rellandini

Date: 22-May-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Alessandra Galloni
Pope Francis' top aide on climate change urged businesses on Wednesday not to let the pursuit of profit get in the way of protecting the planet.

Famous gray wolf in Oregon may have more puppies PORTLAND, Ore. | By Shelby Sebens

Date: 22-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
A gray wolf who signaled the comeback of his species in Oregon and California might be welcoming some new pups to his pack, wildlife biologists said on Wednesday.

EU says Europe's bathing waters have become cleaner

EU says Europe's bathing waters have become cleaner
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 22-May-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Europe's inland and coastal waters have become cleaner and nations such as heavily-indebted Greece and Cyprus boast some of the most pristine bathing spots, according to this year's EU report on water quality, published on Wednesday.

Out of Africa? Texans offer sanctuary to endangered rhinos

Out of Africa? Texans offer sanctuary to endangered rhinos
Photo: Mike Hutchings/Files

Date: 22-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Jon Herskovitz
In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect the wild African rhino from its biggest enemy - poachers in search of the animals' valuable horns.

Britain to press ahead with onshore wind subsidy cuts next week

Britain to press ahead with onshore wind subsidy cuts next week
Photo: Nigel Roddis

Date: 22-May-15
Country: UK
Author: Karolin Schaps
Britain's new government will next week outline implementing its pledge to reduce onshore wind farm subsidies, the new energy minister has said, which will likely scupper plans for new wind turbines.

IMF says energy subsidized by $5.3 trillion worldwide

IMF says energy subsidized by $5.3 trillion worldwide
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 22-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Anna Yukhananov
Governments around the world charge prices for energy that do not account for its harmful environmental, health and other side effects, amounting to a $5.3 trillion "post-tax" subsidy this year, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Monday.

Monsoon rains to hit southern India on time, may help sowing

Monsoon rains to hit southern India on time, may help sowing
Photo: Sivaram V.

Date: 15-May-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
India's weather office said on Thursday it expects monsoon rains to hit the southern Kerala coast around May 30, a timely arrival for farmers worried about dry weather from an El Nino weather pattern this year.

Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be improved: IAEA

Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be improved: IAEA
Photo: Kyodo

Date: 15-May-15
Country: AUSTRIA
Author: Shadia Nasralla
The U.N. nuclear watchdog said the management of radioactive waste and contaminated water at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be improved despite good progress in cleaning up the site.

A deepwater fish joins mammals, birds in the warm-blooded club

A deepwater fish joins mammals, birds in the warm-blooded club
Photo: Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Date: 15-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Move over, mammals and birds, and make room for a fish called the opah in the warm-blooded club.

Duke Energy pleads guilty to environmental crimes in North Carolina

Duke Energy pleads guilty to environmental crimes in North Carolina
Photo: Chris Keane

Date: 15-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Marti Maguire
Duke Energy Corp pleaded guilty on Thursday to environmental crimes over a North Carolina power plant's coal ash spill into a river and management of coal ash basins in the state, U.S. prosecutors said.

U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules

U.S. green groups sue in challenge to oil train safety rules
Photo: Andrew Cullen

Date: 15-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public.

El Niño near-certain to last through summer: U.S. climate center

Date: 15-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Marcy Nicholson, Chris Prentice and Luc Cohen in New York and David Adams in Miam
The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice.

Mozambique police seize 1.4 tons of poached rhino horn and ivory

Date: 15-May-15
Country: MOZAMBIQUE
Author: Manuel Mucari
Mozambican police have seized nearly 1.3 metric tons (1.4 tons) of ivory and rhino horns, obtained from the illegal slaughter of 65 rhinos and 170 elephants, in a house belonging to a Chinese national.

Peru on alert for moderate El Nino this year

Peru on alert for moderate El Nino this year
Photo: Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Date: 14-May-15
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj
Peru is bracing for a moderate El Nino weather event in coming months, with warming sea temperatures threatening to set the stage for another disastrous year for anchovy fishing and fishmeal exports.

New climate deal seen aiding GDP, lacking sanctions: U.N. chief

New climate deal seen aiding GDP, lacking sanctions: U.N. chief
Photo: Carlo Allegri

Date: 14-May-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A U.N. deal to combat global warming due in December will seek to lift world economic growth and be based more on encouragement than threats of punishment for non-compliance, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Wednesday.

Enbridge to pay $75 million to settle 2010 oil spill: Michigan officials

Enbridge to pay $75 million to settle 2010 oil spill: Michigan officials
Photo: Rebecca Cook

Date: 14-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Susan Heavey and Ayesha Rascoe
Enbridge Energy and its affiliates will pay $75 million to settle a 2010 oil spill into Michigan's Talmadge Creek and Kalamazoo River that dumped 800,000 gallons of oil, state officials said on Wednesday.

Cash-strapped Ivorian farmers struggle to ready next cocoa crop

Cash-strapped Ivorian farmers struggle to ready next cocoa crop
Photo: Thierry Gouegnon

Date: 14-May-15
Country: IVORY COAST
Author: Loucoumane Coulibaly
Poor weather has resulted in a small, low-quality cocoa crop in several of Ivory Coast's top growing regions, cutting farmers' earnings and leaving them struggling to prepare for next season, they said on Wednesday.

Rare white rhino undergoes veterinary treatment in California

Rare white rhino undergoes veterinary treatment in California
Photo: Ken Bohn/Copyright San Diego Zoo

Date: 14-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
A rare northern white rhinoceros, one of just five left on Earth, is undergoing treatment at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for what veterinarians believe is an abscess under its skin, a park spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

EU diplomats approve proposal to start CO2 market reform in 2019

EU diplomats approve proposal to start CO2 market reform in 2019
Photo: Yves Herman

Date: 14-May-15
Country: BELGIUM/UK
Author: Barbara Lewis and Susanna Twidale
European Union diplomats have approved a proposal to begin reform of the world's biggest carbon market in 2019, Latvia, the holder of the EU Presidency, said on Wednesday.

After Nepal quakes, monsoon poses risk of more landslides, floods

After Nepal quakes, monsoon poses risk of more landslides, floods
Photo: Navesh Chitraka

Date: 14-May-15
Country: NEPAL
Author: Krista Mahr and Gopal Sharma
Areas of Nepal remain perilously unstable following last month's devastating earthquake, and, as Tuesday's tremor showed, landslides pose an ongoing menace that will only increase when seasonal monsoon rains begin to fall in the coming weeks.

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA finds

U.S. honeybee losses soar over last year, USDA finds
Photo: Adrees Latif

Date: 14-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
Honey bees, critical agents in the pollination of key U.S. crops, disappeared at a staggering rate over the last year, according to a new government report that comes as regulators, environmentalists and agribusinesses try to reverse the decline.

El Nino has arrived, weather models call for "substantial" event: Australian weather bureau

El Nino has arrived, weather models call for
Photo: David Gray

Date: 13-May-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
An El Nino has formed and models indicate a "substantial" weather event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday.

G7 energy ministers upbeat on Paris climate deal

G7 energy ministers upbeat on Paris climate deal
Photo: Fabian Bimmer

Date: 13-May-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Markus Wacket
Energy ministers from the Group of Seven industrial nations said on Tuesday there was unprecedented consensus among them on the urgency of limiting climate change, markedly improving prospects for a U.N. climate deal in Paris later this year.

Western Canada farmers set fastest planting pace in a decade

Western Canada farmers set fastest planting pace in a decade
Photo: David Stobbe

Date: 13-May-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel
Western Canada's farmers are sowing crops at the speediest pace in about 10 years, which bodes well for an early, large harvest this autumn.

India eyes $1.1 billion solar loan from German bank KFW

India eyes $1.1 billion solar loan from German bank KFW
Photo: Amit Dave

Date: 13-May-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N. Das
German development bank KFW could lend India $1.1 billion for rooftop solar projects, on top of another loan it has extended to help the Asian country fund its ambitious green energy plans, India's top renewable energy bureaucrat told Reuters.

Globalization worsens food price shocks for importers - researchers - TRFN

Globalization worsens food price shocks for importers - researchers - TRFN
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 13-May-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
The chances of shock food price rises in import-dependent states are rising as the world's population grows and nations become more reliant on global markets, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.

WHO findings on weed killer will not speed up EU safety review

Date: 13-May-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU regulators will not accelerate a decision on whether to restrict use of the world's most widely used weed killer, even though it has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (WHO), officials said on Tuesday.

Weather centers to arm Central Africa's farmers against climate shifts

Date: 13-May-15
Country: CAMEROON
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon.

Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage: WFP

Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage: WFP
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 12-May-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Cropley
Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months due to a severe drought in the 'maize belt' of South Africa, where a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of over 50 percent, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.

Blue whales, unused to dodging, at risk from ships: Stanford biologist

Blue whales, unused to dodging, at risk from ships: Stanford biologist
Photo: Joshua Barton

Date: 12-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Blue whales are vulnerable to cargo ship strikes because they are so used to being the largest animal in the ocean that they often fail to avoid the vessels, a Stanford University biologist has found.

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