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Latest News (139 stories)

Residents in western New York call snow worst in memory

Residents in western New York call snow worst in memory
Photo: Maj. Mark Frank, Joint Force Headquarters of the New York National Guard/Handout

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Ellen Wulfhorst
Fresh snow fell on Thursday in snowbound western New York, where longtime residents described the blast of winter weather as the worst in memory.

Britain pledges $1.1 billion to U.N. Green Climate Fund

Britain pledges $1.1 billion to U.N. Green Climate Fund
Photo: David Gray

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Britain has pledged up to 720 million pounds ($1.13 billion) on Thursday to a United Nations fund to help poor nations cope with global warming, the government said.

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking: draft law

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking: draft law
Photo: Jochen Luebke/Pool

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: GERMANY
Author: Markus Wacket
Germany's government plans to stop short of an outright ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry, according to the latest draft of a law from the environment ministry seen by Reuters.

EXCLUSIVE: Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal

EXCLUSIVE: Irving downplays air quality problems at Canada oil-rail terminal
Photo: Devaan Ingraham

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada's largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern.

U.S. voters view climate change at 'hyperlocal' level: Dem donor

U.S. voters view climate change at 'hyperlocal' level: Dem donor
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Climate change resonates with voters more on a local than a national level, billionaire hedge fund trader turned Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer said Wednesday, reflecting on the 2014 mid-term elections.

Niagara women's basketball team endures 24 hours on snowbound bus

Niagara women's basketball team endures 24 hours on snowbound bus
Photo: Tiffany Corselli

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Sebastien Malo
For Niagara University's women's basketball team, the experience of being stranded for more than 24 hours on a bus during a massive western New York snowstorm was a bit frightening, but the players say the ordeal helped bring them closer together.

U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 billion in pledges at Berlin conference

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: GERMANY
Author: Madeline Chambers
Donor nations pledged up to $9.3 billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the funds fell short of what they want.

Backyard pesticides show up increasingly in California watersheds: report

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday.

Two California cities weigh putting climate-change warning on gas pumps

Date: 21-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
Officials in San Francisco and Berkeley are considering what they say would be a first-in-the-nation move to require warnings about climate change to be placed at gas pumps at filling stations in the two California cities.

Deadly western New York snowstorm to get second wind

Deadly western New York snowstorm to get second wind
Photo: Judith Gros

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Laila Kearney
Western New York state braced for a fresh wave of heavy snow on Wednesday after a freakish storm swept off the Great Lakes and deposited 5 feet (1.5 meters) of powder in parts of the region, killing at least six people and stranding motorists overnight.

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don't rule it out

Could Obama cut deal on Keystone pipeline? Don't rule it out
Photo: Andrew Cullen

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton
President Barack Obama might be open to using the Keystone pipeline as leverage with Republicans if they cooperate on other aspects of his long-stalled domestic agenda, such as investing in infrastructure, closing tax loopholes or reducing carbon emissions.

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change
Photo: KEVIN LAMARQUE

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Jane Wardell
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday warned that next year's landmark climate change summit in Paris will fail if world leaders decide to put cutting carbon emissions ahead of economic growth.

Washington state to sue federal government over nuclear site vapors

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Washington state's attorney general said on Wednesday he intends to sue the U.S. government for not adequately protecting workers involved in the decades-long cleanup of a decommissioned nuclear site, saying dozens have been sickened by toxic vapors.

U.S. farmers set to get huge government payouts despite bumper harvest

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Ros Krasny and Christine Stebbins
U.S. farmers are about to reap a bumper harvest not just in corn and soybeans but also in new subsidies that could soar to $10 billion, blowing a hole in the government's promise that its new five-year farm bill would save taxpayers money.

Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in Senate

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner and Susan Cornwell
A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported.

Naked outdoor protest over SeaWorld float in NY's Thanksgiving parade

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Sebastien Malo
Animal rights advocates outraged that a SeaWorld float is included in next week's lineup for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade unveiled plans on Wednesday for a naked protest outside the landmark store.

Up to UK court to make Britain comply with NO2 limits: EU court

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
The European Union's highest court ruled on Wednesday that Britain's courts have the authority to order the British government to comply with EU nitrogen dioxide limits as soon as possible, speeding up action to tackle the air pollutant.

U.S. sportsmen support sage grouse protections, survey says

Date: 20-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
A majority of U.S. hunters in Western states where greater sage grouse live support restrictions on activities in important habitats to avoid having the birds listed as an endangered species, a poll by a conservation group said on Wednesday.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020 to meet climate goals -think tank

China needs to cap coal use by 2020 to meet climate goals -think tank
Photo: Fayen Wong

Date: 19-Nov-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and David Stanway
China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfill its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an influential government think tank said on Tuesday.

Japan plans new Antarctic whale hunt, but vows to slash quota

Japan plans new Antarctic whale hunt, but vows to slash quota
Photo: Reuters/Kyodo

Date: 19-Nov-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan on Tuesday unveiled plans to resume whale hunting in the Southern Ocean despite an international court ruling that previous hunts were illegal, but said it would slash the quota for the so-called scientific whaling program.

Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California

Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California
Photo: Steve Marcus

Date: 19-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
U.S. power company NRG Energy Inc aims to grab a bigger piece of the residential solar industry by expanding its business in California, the nation's biggest solar market, and offering a new financing option to its customers.

South Korea to store low radioactive waste next month at the earliest

Date: 19-Nov-14
Country: SOUTH KOREA
Author: Meeyoung Cho
South Korea hopes to win sufficient community support to open a long-delayed storage facility for low and medium level radioactive waste next month at the earliest, the head of the country's nuclear safety body said on Tuesday.

Uganda probes theft of ivory stockpile, suspends wildlife agency staff

Date: 19-Nov-14
Country: UGANDA
Author: Elias Biryabarema
Uganda said on Tuesday it had launched an investigation into the theft of more than a ton of ivory from the vaults of its state-run wildlife protection agency and had suspended five staff members.

Higher Pacific sardine limits urged over environmental objections

Date: 19-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Daina Beth Solomon
West Coast fishery managers have recommended easing federal limits on commercial catches of Pacific sardine for the first time in 15 years, despite evidence of sharp declines of the tiny fish, a key food source of sea birds and marine mammals.

Virus implicated in massive die-off of North American starfish

Virus implicated in massive die-off of North American starfish
Photo: ELIZABETH CERNY-CHIPMAN/OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 18-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Scientists investigating a huge die-off of starfish along North America's Pacific coast have identified a virus they say is responsible for a calamitous wasting disease that has wiped out millions of the creatures since it first appeared last year.

White House offers climate change help to U.S. cities

White House offers climate change help to U.S. cities
Photo: ERIC MILLER

Date: 18-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: VALERIE VOLCOVICI,
After announcing two major global initiatives on climate change last week, the Obama administration pivoted on Monday to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming.

California Chinook salmon fall run slowed amid warm weather, drought

Date: 18-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday.

Keystone Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

Keystone Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks
Photo: GARY CAMERON

Date: 18-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: TIMOTHY GARDNER AND RICHARD COWAN
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather one last vote to pass a bill that authorizes the project that would help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task that became harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic.

Groups file suit seeking stronger U.S. protections for Canada lynx

Date: 18-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Conservationists filed a lawsuit on Monday demanding that the Obama administration give greater protection to the Canada lynx, a type of rare wild cat that roams mountainous areas across the northern United States and the Rocky Mountains.

Germany government reiterates its ban on fracking

Date: 18-Nov-14
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alexander Ratz
Germany said on Monday it has no plans to lift a ban on fracking, following a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction to allow test drilling.