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Cruise ship battered by storm to return to New Jersey

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Colleen Jenkins and Letitia Stein
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas headed back to its New Jersey port on Monday after a storm packing high winds and 30-foot (9-meter) waves toppled furniture and shattered glass on the vessel, slightly injuring four people.

Earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude felt in New Zealand capital

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Author: Charlotte Greenfield
New Zealand's capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country's earthquake monitoring service.

Newcrest halts Indonesia gold mine after collapse traps worker

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Sonali Paul
Newcrest Mining suspended all mining and processing at its Gosowong operation in Indonesia after the underground section of the gold mine was damaged by a cave-in late on Monday, which trapped one of its workers.

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N. Das and Mayank Bhardwaj
Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.

China's Hebei still smoggiest province in 2015 - ministry

China's Hebei still smoggiest province in 2015 - ministry
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Seven of China's 10 smoggiest cities were located in the northern steel-producing province of Hebei in 2015, the same as the previous year, despite an economic downturn and a high-profile campaign to cut industrial capacity.

Brazil state says losses from Samarco accident at 1.2 billion reais

Brazil state says losses from Samarco accident at 1.2 billion reais
Photo: Ricardo Moraes

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marcelo Teixeira and Marta Nogueira
Brazil's Minas Gerais state said on Thursday the November dam burst in an installation operated by miner Samarco caused losses to municipalities estimated at 1.2 billion reais ($308 million), not considering the environmental problems.

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study
Photo: Regis Duvignau/Files

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.

Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over Flint aid

Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over Flint aid
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
Senate Democrats teamed up with some of their Republican counterparts on Thursday and blocked a wide-ranging U.S. energy bill in a fight over aid to Flint, Michigan, to help rectify its drinking water crisis.

Environmental groups sue to stop federal killings of wolves in Oregon

Environmental groups sue to stop federal killings of wolves in Oregon
Photo: Oregon Fish & Wildlife/Handout via Reuters

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Environmentalists sued a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday in a bid to block federal agents from carrying out targeted killings of gray wolves in Oregon, as debates simmers over protections afforded the animals in the wild.

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions
Photo: Carl Recine

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: BRUSSELS
Author: Barbara Lewis
European lawmakers on Wednesday backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal.

Severe weather threatens tornadoes, floods along U.S. Atlantic Coast

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Harriet McLeod
A handful of tornadoes were spotted in the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday as a storm system brought high winds, rain and threats of flooding to the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Switching plans on U.S. plutonium disposal costly, risky: study

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Andrea Shalal
Switching the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to New Mexico from an existing South Carolina site could cost the U.S. government more than $20 billion and raise safety concerns, according to a new study commissioned by the firms building the current site.

U.S. issues alert on offshore oil equipment problems WASHINGTON

U.S. issues alert on offshore oil equipment problems WASHINGTON
Photo: Patrick T. Fallon

Date: 03-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The U.S. Interior Department issued a safety alert on Tuesday, warning offshore oil and gas drillers about recurring problems with bolts on equipment including blowout preventers.

U.S. northern Midwest sees blizzards, while tornadoes hit south

U.S. northern Midwest sees blizzards, while tornadoes hit south
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 03-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Mary Wisniewski in Chicago, Ian Simpson in Washington, D.c. and Letitia Stein in Tampa, Florida
A major storm system brought a mix of bad weather on Tuesday to much of the central United States, with a possibly dangerous tornado in Alabama and heavy snow in the northern Midwest.

FBI joins Michigan's Flint water probe

FBI joins Michigan's Flint water probe
Photo: Rebecca Cook/Files

Date: 03-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it was joining a criminal investigation of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention.

In garbage crisis, Lebanon chokes on bad air and bad politics

In garbage crisis, Lebanon chokes on bad air and bad politics
Photo: Aziz Taher

Date: 03-Feb-16
Country: LEBANON
Author: Lisa Barrington
Lebanon's government is so dysfunctional, Beirut stinks. And now it's getting dangerous.

California escalates legal action over methane leak near Los Angeles

Date: 03-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
California's attorney general sued Southern California Gas Co on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near Los Angeles, escalating legal action sparked by an underground pipeline rupture that has forced thousands of residents from their homes since October.

U.S. urges gas storage owners to shore up leak prevention

Date: 03-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
Federal pipeline safety regulators on Tuesday urged operators of underground natural gas storage facilities to shore up efforts to prevent leaks like the one that has devastated a Los Angeles area community.

In India, govt aid helps carmakers go green and cheap to fight smog crisis

In India, govt aid helps carmakers go green and cheap to fight smog crisis
Photo: Adnan Abidi/Files

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Aditi Shah
Carmakers are gearing up to launch affordable hybrid and electric cars for India in the next few years, executives said, lured by government incentives for fuel-efficient vehicles as the country accelerates efforts to cut worsening air pollution.

California senators seek methane leak task force in U.S. energy bill

California senators seek methane leak task force in U.S. energy bill
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The two U.S. Senators representing California said on Friday they will propose a federal task force to investigate the cause and response to the massive natural gas leak near Los Angeles.

Ethiopia seeks donor support to meet drought needs

Ethiopia seeks donor support to meet drought needs
Photo: Tiksa Negeri

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: ETHIOPIA
Author: Edmund Blair
Ethiopia urged international donors on Sunday to offer aid promptly for relief operations to support 10.2 million people critically short of food, and said it was committed to allocating as much of its own funds as necessary.

Ample grain stocks could dampen impact of El Nino/La Nina shift

Ample grain stocks could dampen impact of El Nino/La Nina shift
Photo: Karl Plume

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Mark Weinraub
When El Nino gives way to its little sister, La Nina, this year, as meteorologists are forecasting, the disruptive weather patterns may still be unable to disperse the bearish clouds that have hung over U.S. grains markets for years.

Michigan environmental agency to present Flint water-testing plan: report

Michigan environmental agency to present Flint water-testing plan: report
Photo: Rebecca Cook

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Ben Klayman
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will present a comprehensive plan to federal officials on Monday to test lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, the Detroit Free Press reported.

China unveils first oil spill response plan

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Meng Meng and Chen Aizhu
China's cabinet has approved the country's first oil spill emergency response scheme to be ready by 2020, to tackle increasing risks from offshore leakages, the government said on Monday.

Historic deal to protect Canada rainforest from logging

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Julie Gordon
British Columbia on Monday unveiled a historic agreement to protect a massive swath of rainforest along its coastline, having reached a deal that marries the interests of First Nations, the logging industry and environmentalists after a decade of often-tense negotiations.

Cyclone passes over Australia's northwest as wild weather hits nation

Date: 02-Feb-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Morag MacKinnon
A tropical cyclone that crossed Australia's northwest coast early on Sunday weakened, although several small inland communities were on red alert and the risk of heavy swells, flooding and storm surges remained.

California narrowly upholds key policy for solar growth

California narrowly upholds key policy for solar growth
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
California delivered a narrow victory to the solar industry on Thursday by maintaining a policy that has underpinned rooftop solar's dramatic growth while introducing fees that were smaller than utilities requested.

Mali's desert elephants face extinction in three years

Mali's desert elephants face extinction in three years
Photo: Jaime Dias

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: SENEGAL
Author: Emma Farge
Mali's elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless the government does more to protect them, a conservation group said on Thursday.

Billionaire Paul Allen's yacht damaged Caribbean protected coral: media

Billionaire Paul Allen's yacht damaged Caribbean protected coral: media
Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
A massive luxury yacht owned by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen destroyed most of a protected coral reef during a visit to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean earlier this month, media reported.

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop
Photo: Alexandre Meneghini

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: CUBA
Author: Marc Frank
Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba's tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island's supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States.

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