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Latest News (176 stories)

Suzuki joins fuel efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

Suzuki joins fuel efficiency race with simplified hybrid system
Photo: Issei Kato

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: Japan
Author: Yoko Kubota
Japanese small-car maker Suzuki Motor Corp said on Wednesday it will introduce an affordable, simplified gas-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.

Booming demand pushes Florida to limit sea cucumber harvest

Booming demand pushes Florida to limit sea cucumber harvest
Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Carli Segelson/Handout

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
Florida is capping the number of sea cucumbers that fisherman can pull from state waters after booming Asian demand led to four times as many being harvested in 2013 compared to previous years.

Beijing says one third of its pollution comes from outside the city

Beijing says one third of its pollution comes from outside the city
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: David Stanway
About a third of the air pollution in China's smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported on Wednesday, citing a pollution watchdog.

EU seeks to cut plastic bag use by 80 percent by 2017

EU seeks to cut plastic bag use by 80 percent by 2017
Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: France
Author: Tom Heneghan
The European Parliament passed a directive on Wednesday aimed at cutting the use of thin single-use plastic carrier bags by 50 percent by 2017 and 80 percent two years later.

In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch

In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch
Photo: Yuya Shino/Files

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: Japan/USA
Author: Norihiko Shirouzu, Paul Lienert and Yoko Kubota
In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.

Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labeling law

Vermont steps closer to passing GMO food-labeling law
Photo: Jason Redmond

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein
The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

EU to host industry talks ahead of setting 2030 climate goals

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: UK
Author: Ben Garside
The European Commission will hold three meetings this summer on how to ensure the bloc's industries can compete in global markets while meeting goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it said on Wednesday.

European Parliamentarians back measures against 'invasive aliens'

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in.

U.S. Energy Dept plans $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy

Date: 17-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.

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.