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China takes 'zero tolerance' approach to regional polluters: Cabinet

China takes 'zero tolerance' approach to regional polluters: Cabinet
Photo: Aly Song

Date: 28-Nov-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China will take a "zero tolerance" approach to a wide range of environmental violations and has promised stronger action against regional governments that protect polluters or hinder inspections, according to a Cabinet document.

U.S., British data show 2014 could be hottest year on record

Date: 28-Nov-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
This year may eclipse 2010 as the hottest since records began in the 19th century, a sign long-term global warming is being stoked by rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said.

France to stop credits for coal projects in developing countries

Date: 28-Nov-14
Country: FRANCE
Author: Michel Rose
France will eliminate export credits for energy projects in developing countries which involve coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

Rare white lion cub born at Omaha zoo

Rare white lion cub born at Omaha zoo
Photo: Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium/Handout via Reuters

Date: 27-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Mary Wisniewski
A rare white lion cub has been born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, zoo officials said on Wednesday.

Opposing Japan's whaling program is 'eco-imperialism': official

Opposing Japan's whaling program is 'eco-imperialism': official
Photo: Issei Kato

Date: 27-Nov-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Opposition to Japan's whaling program is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science - much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan's top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Nigeria's parliament says Shell should pay $4 billion for 2011 oil spill

Nigeria's parliament says Shell should pay $4 billion for 2011 oil spill
Photo: Akintunde Akinleye

Date: 27-Nov-14
Country: NIGERIA
Author: Abraham Terngu
Nigeria's National Assembly said on Wednesday oil major Shell should pay $3.96 billion for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield in the latest assessment of damage to the environment.

Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

Date: 27-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with environmentalists over impacts on the premier U.S. park.

Ontario's curbs on insecticide may protect bees but diminish crops

Date: 27-Nov-14
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel
The Canadian province of Ontario's move to protect bees by reducing use of an insect-killing pesticide may diminish corn and soybean production, seed companies said on Wednesday.

In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches

In wake of China rejections, GMO seed makers limit U.S. launches
Photo: Arnd Wiegmann

Date: 26-Nov-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Tom Polansek
China's barriers to imports of some U.S. genetically modified crops are disrupting seed companies' plans for new product launches and keeping at least one variety out of the U.S. market altogether.

Air pollution costs EU up to $235 billion: EU agency

Air pollution costs EU up to $235 billion: EU agency
Photo: Philippe Wojazer

Date: 26-Nov-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros ($235 billion) in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report published on Tuesday.

U.S. EPA expected to tighten long-awaited ozone standards: sources

Date: 26-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose on Wednesday more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, the main culprit in smog, sources said.

Canadian pleads guilty in U.S. to attempted rhino horn smuggling

Date: 26-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Nate Raymond
A Canadian antiques dealer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to export black rhinoceros horns purchased in New York from undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents.

Death toll in southern Morocco floods rises to 32

Date: 25-Nov-14
Country: Morocco
Author: Aziz El Yaakoubi
Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities said on Monday.

Extreme El Nino weather stunted growth of Peruvian children

Date: 25-Nov-14
Country: Peru
Author: Alister Doyle
Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.

Quiet Atlantic hurricane season spares U.S. for ninth year running

Date: 25-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: ZACHARY FAGENSON AND DAVID ADAMS
A combination of cooler seas and a quiet West African monsoon season made for a less active Atlantic hurricane season, giving the South and East Coasts of the United States one of their lengthiest reprieves in history from a major hurricane, forecasters said on Monday.

Prospects rise for a 2015 U.N. climate deal, but likely to be weak

Date: 25-Nov-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
A global deal to combat climate change in 2015 looks more likely after promises for action by China, the United States and the European Union, but any agreement will probably be too weak to halt rising temperatures.

Some climate change impacts unavoidable: World Bank

Some climate change impacts unavoidable: World Bank
Photo: Petar Kujundzic

Date: 24-Nov-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
Some future impacts of climate change, such as more extremes of heat and sea level rise, are unavoidable even if governments act fast to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank said on Sunday.

Cape Verde orders evacuation after Fogo volcano erupts

Date: 24-Nov-14
Country: Capo Verde
Author: Emma Farge
A volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted on Sunday morning, the prime minister said, calling for residents to evacuate.

Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013

Date: 24-Nov-14
Country: Spain
Author: Megan Rowling
BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global investment in tackling climate change fell for a second year in 2013 to $331 billion, largely due to a drop in the cost of solar power technology, according to an annual report on climate finance.

AT&T to pay California $52 million in hazardous waste disposal settlement

Date: 24-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
AT&T Inc (T.N) will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won't be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday.

Wildlife managers confirm rare sighting of gray wolf at Grand Canyon

Wildlife managers confirm rare sighting of gray wolf at Grand Canyon

Date: 24-Nov-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
A canine spotted in and around the north rim of the Grand Canyon has been confirmed to be the first western gray wolf at the national park in Arizona since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, U.S. wildlife managers said on Friday.

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.