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Maryland launches campaign against illegal crab fishing

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: John Clarke
Maryland on Tuesday launched a campaign to police recreational and commercial crab fishing as the state grapples with a low population of crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said.

EU to curb pollution from mid-sized power plants

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU member states on Tuesday agreed new rules to limit pollution from hundreds of thousands of medium-sized power plants that had previously escaped regulation.

Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show
Photo: Miami-Dade County/Handout via Reuters

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
New revelations that a long strip of protected mangrove trees were illegally razed amid preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has outraged Florida environmentalists.

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July

Shell says could begin Arctic oil exploration off Alaska in late July
Photo: Jason Redmond

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Timothy Gardner in Washington, D.C.
Royal Dutch Shell could begin drilling for oil in the Arctic off Alaska as early as the third week in July, when it expects sea ice to begin clearing, a spokesman said on Monday.

U.S. top court rules against Obama administration over air pollution rule

U.S. top court rules against Obama administration over air pollution rule
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled the Obama administration should have considered compliance cost when it decided to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, a setback for the government that leaves the legal status of the regulation in limbo.

China works for 'win-win' climate plan, poised for U.N. pledge

China works for 'win-win' climate plan, poised for U.N. pledge
Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Files

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Barbara Lewis and Robin Emmott
China seeks a fair, global system to tackle climate change and will deliver its pledge to the United Nations by the end of Tuesday on how much it will cut emissions, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said after talks with top European Union officials.

Oregon bumblebee deaths prompt state investigation

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Hundreds of bumblebees have been found dead in downtown Portland during the past two weeks, prompting agriculture officials in Oregon to investigate whether the die-offs may be connected to other bee deaths reported across the country over recent years.

South Korea to cut 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from BAU levels

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: SOUTH KOREA
Author: Meeyoung Cho
South Korea has finalised its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from business-as-usual (BAU) levels, higher than its earlier plan for a 15-30 percent cut.

Britain needs to extend policies to reduce emissions - adviser

Date: 30-Jun-15
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
The British government needs to extend policies and funding to reduce carbon emissions into the next decade to avoid increasing the cost and impact of global warming, Britain's climate change adviser said on Tuesday.

In interview switch, Obama questions British naturalist for BBC program

In interview switch, Obama questions British naturalist for BBC program
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Roberta Rampton
In an interview, President Barack Obama is normally the one giving the answers. But on Sunday, he will turn the tables and ask the questions in an interview with naturalist Sir David Attenborough airing on BBC.

Los Angeles transportation agency to cut water use by 20 percent

Los Angeles transportation agency to cut water use by 20 percent
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Phoenix Tso
The Los Angeles County transportation agency, facing a catastrophic drought that has led the state to issue its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, has decided to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017.

Coral breeding may help cooler reefs survive warming: study

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Corals that naturally thrive in the hottest tropical waters can be bred with cousins in cooler seas to help them survive mounting threats from global warming, scientists reported on Thursday.

Deforestation freeze unlikely in U.S.-Brazil climate declaration

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
A target date for Brazil to reach zero net deforestation, something climate activists have been asking for, is not expected to be a part of a U.S.-Brazilian joint climate declaration to be issued next week when President Dilma Rousseff visits Barack Obama in Washington, climate specialists say.

Fire and water don't mix for Tanzania whistleblower

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: TANZANIA
Author: Stella Dawson
John Lugembe sat under a huge baobab tree shielding himself from the blazing sun, his hands blackened from the lumps of charcoal he packs into thin polyethylene bags ready for sale.

As Karachi scorches, deaths linked to power and water cuts, fasting

Date: 26-Jun-15
Country: PAKISTAN
Author: Aamir Saeed
Sabir Majeed, 59, had been fasting for Ramadan amid Karachi's 45-degree Celsius heat wave when he became dehydrated and fainted Monday afternoon.

Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low

Water level in reservoir formed by Hoover Dam dips to record low
Photo: Jim Urquhart/Files

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
The largest capacity reservoir in the United States has hit its lowest water level in history following years of severe drought that have dramatically reduced flows from the Colorado River, water managers said on Wednesday.

Attention aurora watchers: repeat performance due Wednesday

Attention aurora watchers: repeat performance due Wednesday
Photo: Lucas Jackson/Files

Date: 25-Jun-15
Author: Scott DiSavino
The Northern and Southern Lights, Mother Nature's kaleidoscopic treat, will make a repeat performance on Wednesday.

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska near Anchorage: USGS

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: ALASKA
Author: Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and Emily Flitter in Anchorage
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska about 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Anchorage on Wednesday at a depth of 71 miles (115 km), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

U.S. and China to cooperate to end 'massacre' of wildlife: U.S. official

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Idrees Ali
U.S. and Chinese officials on Wednesday agreed during high-level talks in Washington to work together to end the "massacre" of wildlife and reduce the flow of illegal wildlife trafficking, a senior U.S. official said.

Germany to decide between coal levy and alternative on July 1

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Vera Eckert and Caroline Copley
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday he was considering an alternative to a proposed levy on coal-fired power plants and would make a final decision on July 1.

Dutch government ordered to speed up greenhouse gas cuts

Date: 25-Jun-15
Country: NETHERLANDS
Author: Anthony Deutsch
A district court ordered the Dutch government on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster than currently planned in a rare use of the legal system to curb global warming.

Florida discusses reduced protection for endangered panther

Florida discusses reduced protection for endangered panther
Photo: Tim Donovan/Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission/Handout via Reuters

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
Florida's wildlife agency may cut back on its efforts to save the endangered Florida panther two decades after helping return the big cats from the brink of extinction, according to an agency memo.

China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan

China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan
Photo: China Daily

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Valerie Volcovici and David Brunnstrom
It will cost China over $6.6 trillion (41 trillion yuan) to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals it will lay out later this month in its strategy for United Nations climate negotiations, the country's lead negotiator for the talks said Tuesday.

Thunderstorms lash Mid-Atlantic, disrupt travel, cut power

Thunderstorms lash Mid-Atlantic, disrupt travel, cut power
Photo: Lucas Jackson

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Powerful thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds lashed the U.S. Middle Atlantic area late on Tuesday, snarling travel and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of customers.

LG to lower U.S. headquarter's height after environmental fight

LG to lower U.S. headquarter's height after environmental fight
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Laila Kearney
A long-running battle between LG Electronics Inc and environmentalists ended on Tuesday when LG agreed to halve the height of its planned North American headquarters so it will not obstruct views of the New Jersey Palisades cliffs.

U.S. appeals court backs claim under state law in Rocky Flats saga

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday a decades-old pollution case over nuclear weapons production in Colorado should be sent back to the district court which in 2006 ordered companies that ran the facility to pay damages of $353 million.

Shell's Arctic plan counters U.S. walrus protections-green groups

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
Green groups urged the U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday to revoke the agency's conditional approval of Royal Dutch Shell's 2015 Arctic oil exploration plan, saying it runs counter to established protections for walruses.

Tar balls on Los Angeles-area beach linked to Santa Barbara oil spill

Date: 24-Jun-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
At least some of the tar balls found littering one of southern California's most popular beaches last month were matched by lab tests to crude oil that spilled from a ruptured pipeline along the Santa Barbara coast about 100 miles away, state and pipeline company officials said on Monday.

North Korea's fledgling markets provide buffer against drought

North Korea's fledgling markets provide buffer against drought
Photo: Jacky Chen

Date: 23-Jun-15
Country: NORTH KOREA
Author: James Pearson
Despite a severe drought this year, North Korea's fledgling markets and private farm plots should provide a buffer against a famine of the sort that devastated the totalitarian nation in the 1990s.

SoftBank, partners eye $20 billion investment in Indian solar projects

SoftBank, partners eye $20 billion investment in Indian solar projects
Photo: Amit Dave

Date: 23-Jun-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Tommy Wilkes in New Delhi and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Mumbai
Japan's Softbank Corp (9984.T), together with Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan's Foxconn (2354.TW), will invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India, in one of the biggest investment pledges to date in the country's renewable energy sector.

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