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U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance
Photo: Mike Segar

Date: 28-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Some of the biggest U.S. corporate names on Monday offered their support - and billions of dollars in green financing pledges - to buttress the Obama administration's quest for a global agreement on combating climate change.

General Electric aims big in energy storage after battery step back

General Electric aims big in energy storage after battery step back
Photo: Benoit Tessier

Date: 28-Jul-15
Author: Lewis Krauskopf
General Electric Co wants to be a "sizable" player in the market for systems that store energy to manage power volatility, a sector the company expects to quadruple to $6 billion by 2020, the head of GE's energy storage business told Reuters.

Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project

Date: 28-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

France plans extension of green energy tax - source

Date: 28-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Michel Rose
The French government is considering a reform of the tax levied on power bills to fund renewable energy that would see it extended to natural gas and road fuels, a source close to the matter said on Sunday.

Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government

Beirut's mounting trash reflects crisis of government
Photo: Jamal Saidi

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: LEBANON
Author: Tom Perry
The stench of uncollected refuse in the streets of Beirut is a stark reminder of the crisis of government afflicting Lebanon, where politicians divided by local and regional conflicts have been unable to agree on where to dump the capital's rubbish.

Addicted to antibiotics, Chile's salmon flops at Costco, grocers

Addicted to antibiotics, Chile's salmon flops at Costco, grocers
Photo: Victor Ruiz Caballero

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Anthony Esposito
Chile's salmon farmers are using record levels of antibiotics to treat a virulent and pervasive bacteria, driving away some U.S. retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, which is turning to antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon.

Idaho will not restrict fishing despite regional drought-linked die-offs

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Idaho fisheries managers will not follow the lead of neighboring states in restricting catch-and-release angling, despite a drought and heat wave that have killed or stressed large numbers of trout and other fish.

U.S. proposes voluntary oil and gas company cuts in methane emissions

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a program for oil and gas companies to make voluntary pledges to cut and track emissions of methane, one component of its wider strategy to target the potent greenhouse gas and combat climate change, the agency said Thursday.

China prepares 'California-style' scheme for green cars BEIJING | By Jake Spring

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Jake Spring
China is preparing a new scheme to encourage automakers and consumers to use electric and hybrid vehicles, learning lessons from California's efforts to promote a similar switch, the head of a major state-owned carmaker said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power

Date: 24-Jul-15
Country: SRI LANKA
Author: Amantha Perera
Sri Lanka plans to store and use a billion cubic meters of rainwater per year, which would otherwise drain into the sea, in an ambitious effort to boost irrigation and power production.

China's air less polluted in first half of 2015: Greenpeace

China's air less polluted in first half of 2015: Greenpeace
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Adam Rose
China saw levels of two common air pollutants improve modestly in the first half of 2015, environmental group Greenpeace East Asia said on Wednesday.

Nexen says may take months to pinpoint cause of Alberta pipeline spill

Nexen says may take months to pinpoint cause of Alberta pipeline spill
Photo: Nexen Energy/Handout via Reuters

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Mike De Souza
Finding the root cause of the oil-sands pipeline leak discovered earlier this month in northern Alberta, one of the biggest oil-related spills on land ever in North America, will likely take months, a senior Nexen Energy executive said on Wednesday.

Oregon salmon trucked north to stem die-off in warm waters

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Federal officials in Oregon have been trucking hatchery salmon more than a hundred miles (160 km) north to another hatchery in Washington state throughout July to preserve fish that had been dying off by the thousands in an unseasonably warm river.

U.S. says Shell is not yet allowed to drill in Arctic oil zone

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until required emergency equipment arrives in the region.

U.N. climate deal draft must be shorter, clearer: minister

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: UK
Author: Megan Rowling
Ministers working towards a new U.N. deal to tackle climate change, due in December, need a negotiating text that is shorter and more manageable than the current draft, the Marshall Islands' foreign minister said after informal talks in Paris.

At U.S. Capitol, Arizona Apaches protest planned copper mine

Date: 22-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Lacey Ann Johnson
Scores of Native American demonstrators protested at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday against a proposed $6 billion copper mine in Arizona at a site that members of the Apache tribe say is sacred.

Pope urges U.N. to take strong action on climate change

Date: 22-Jul-15
Country: VATICAN CITY
Author: Philip Pullella
Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the United Nations to take a "very strong stand" on climate change at a landmark summit this year in Paris on global warming.

Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project

Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project
Photo: David Gray

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Byron Kaye
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hostility to "visually awful" wind farms has sent a chill through the industry and could jeopardize the country's biggest renewable energy project, a $2 billion-plus wind and solar plant in the country's north.

Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: report

Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: report
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Stephanie Nebehay
Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes due to floods, storms and earthquakes last year, a problem likely to worsen due to climate change, but which could be eased by better construction, a report said on Monday.

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto woos U.S. farmer support

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto woos U.S. farmer support
Photo: Arnd Wiegmann

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
As Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges.

California irrigator faces record $1.5 million fine for drought violation

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
State regulators on Monday proposed a record $1.5 million fine against a northern California irrigation district accused of defying emergency drought restrictions by continuing to draw surface water placed off-limits for such diversions.

New York politicians seek ban on microbeads in cosmetics, cite water pollution

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Katie Reilly
New York political leaders on Monday renewed their push to outlaw microbeads, the personal care plastic additives blamed for polluting waterways, and urged a statewide ban even as Congress considers prohibiting them across the nation.

No solace for food-deprived polar bears as sea ice wanes

No solace for food-deprived polar bears as sea ice wanes
Photo: Susanne Miller/USFWS/Handout

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Polar bears are the kings of the ice surface covering the top of the globe, but the ongoing loss of the Arctic sea ice on which they hunt seals is causing summer food deprivation that threatens these imposing white-furred predators.

"Peak coal" by 2020 could save China thousands of lives: study


Photo: Kham

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and David Stanway
Bringing coal use to a peak by 2020 could save China billions of dollars in environmental costs, slash water consumption by nearly 30 percent and prevent tens of thousands of deaths from coal-related illnesses, a study released on Thursday said.

Russia, U.S. agree fishing ban in Arctic as sea ice melts

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole, an agreement delayed more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark, is a response to global warming, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean.

Stressed Italian cows get air-conditioned sheds to combat heatwave

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Isla Binnie
Italian farmers are installing showers and air conditioning in cowsheds and pigsties to allow the animals to freshen up in the baking summer heat, an agriculture group said on Thursday.

Dry spell wilts Indian crops, stokes food inflation concerns

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Rajendra Jadhav
Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops across the country, raising fears of lower yields and surging food prices in a mostly impoverished nation.

SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California

SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Marty Graham
An animal rights group said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, known for its dolphin and killer whale performances, sent an employee on secret missions to infiltrate events organized by the group in an attempt to undermine its work.

Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: UK
Author: Kate Kelland
Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide.

Four dead after flash floods in Kentucky, Indiana

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Bittenbender
Four people have died and at least five were still unaccounted for on Wednesday after a series of storms struck the Ohio Valley, producing flash floods that swept through parts of eastern Kentucky and southern Indiana, officials said.

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