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Latest News (172 stories)

China blames France's Veolia for supervision flaws in tap water pollution case

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
China has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday.

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge
Photo: NOAA

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: Brazil
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup, said on Tuesday it wants holders of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games.

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: France
Author: Emile Picy and Sybille de La Hamaide
France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

Animal welfare group plans largest rescue of Chinese bile bears

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Michael Martina
An animal welfare group said on Tuesday it will save 130 bears from a bile extraction farm in China, its largest rescue so far, in a bid to end a business that has sparked outrage over animal cruelty amid growing opposition.

Chinese court dismisses water pollution lawsuit

Date: 16-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
A Chinese court has rejected a lawsuit filed by five residents from a major northwestern city after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tapwater at 20 times above national safety levels, state media reported on Tuesday.

Japanese whaling group intends to resume its hunts

Japanese whaling group intends to resume its hunts
Photo: Institute of Cetacean Research

Date: 15-Apr-14
Country: Japan
Author: Elaine Lies
The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was canceled in the wake of an international court ruling ordering a halt to the disputed program.

China set to elevate environment over development in new law

China set to elevate environment over development in new law
Photo: Reuters/Stringer

Date: 15-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation said.

Nevada cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause

Nevada cattle rancher calls on local sheriffs to join his cause
Photo: JIM URQUHART

Date: 15-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
A Nevada rancher who succeeded in reclaiming his seized cattle from federal land managers over the weekend by rallying armed supporters called on local sheriffs across the country on Monday to join his crusade against government overreach.

As fires die down, Chileans return to ravaged Valparaiso

As fires die down, Chileans return to ravaged Valparaiso
Photo: Eliseo Fernandez

Date: 15-Apr-14
Country: Chile
Author: Esteban Medel and Anthony Esposito
Devastated Chileans surveyed damage to their homes in Valparaiso on Monday as a massive fire that burned poor neighborhoods of the coastal city over the weekend began to die down.

Quake measuring 6.1 magnitude strikes off Solomon Islands

Date: 15-Apr-14
Country: Australia
Author: Michael Perry
An earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck off the Solomon Islands on Monday, around 90 km (55 miles) south of the city of Kira-Kira, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Step up action to curb global warming, or risks rise: U.N.

Step up action to curb global warming, or risks rise: U.N.
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
A United Nations report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.

In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan town rallies for nuclear re-start

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito
On the main road leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a construction crew is laying down asphalt to widen the evacuation route in the event of a future disaster.

China's tap water cleared of benzene in some areas: Xinhua

China's tap water cleared of benzene in some areas: Xinhua
Photo: Reuters/Stringer

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Faven Wong
The Chinese city of Lanzhou has cancelled emergency measures in two districts after tests of water samples there found no more cancer-inducing benzene, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

Japan confirms first bird flu case since 2011

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Japan
Author: Nathan Layne
Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country's first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday.

Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands; tsunami warning cancelled

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Solomon Islands
Author: Lincoln Feast
A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwest Nicaragua: USGS

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwest Nicaragua: USGS
Photo: Oswaldo Rivas

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Nicaragua
Author: Alexandra Alper and Ivan Castro
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Nicaragua on Friday near the coast, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings in the capital Managua and as far away as San Jose in Costa Rica.

Shift to green energy will be tiny brake on growth: U.N.

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
A radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy would slow world economic growth by only a tiny fraction every year, a new draft U.N. report on tackling global warming said on Friday.

Powerful cyclone closes in on Australia's northeast, evacuations ordered

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: James Regan
Tourists and coastal residents were evacuating parts of the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday as a powerful cyclone intensified in the Coral Sea and made its way towards Australia's northeast.

China finds nearly 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules

China finds nearly 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules
Photo: Suzie Wong

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Nearly 2,000 Chinese enterprises were found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign covering 25,000 industrial firms, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV

Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Piya Sinha-Roy
As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary.

El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer: U.S. weather forecaster

El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer: U.S. weather forecaster
Photo: Gary Hershorn

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Josephine Mason
The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal U.S. weather forecaster said Thursday.

U.N. climate report seeks clearer economics to guide action

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
A U.N. report about ways to fix global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31
Photo: Julia Robinson

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Ros Krasny
Eleven U.S. Democratic senators urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

U.S. storm team predicts below-average Atlantic hurricane season

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Gray
The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quieter than normal, with a below-average number of storms and hurricanes, a leading U.S. hurricane forecasting team said on Thursday.

EPA defends enforcement plan to focus on biggest polluters

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to focus on cracking down on just the largest polluters will deliver "lasting returns" to the American public, its top enforcement official said on Thursday.

Deadly bat disease found in Wisconsin, Michigan: wildlife officials

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Bats in Wisconsin and Michigan have been infected with a disease that has killed millions of the mosquito-eating mammals elsewhere in the U.S. and could have a detrimental impact on farming and forestry, wildlife officials said on Thursday.

Strong 6.1 quake shakes Nicaragua, no major damage

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: MANAGUA
Author: Ivan Castro
A strong earthquake shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, knocking out power and phone lines in some areas of the capital Managua, a Reuters witness said, but there were no reports of fatalities or major damage.

Beijing eyes smog controls ahead of APEC meeting

Beijing eyes smog controls ahead of APEC meeting
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 10-Apr-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Michael Martina
China may revive 2008 Beijing Olympics-style air pollution controls when it holds a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in the often smog-shrouded capital in November, state media said on Thursday.