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Latest News (106 stories)

Singapore's air pollution index rises to unhealthy level: government website

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: Singapore
Author: Rujun Shen
Singapore's air pollution rose to levels classified as "unhealthy" on Monday, the government's National Environment Agency said on its website (www.haze.gov.sg).

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights
Photo: David Cartier, Sr / NASA

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere
Stargazers across a wide swath of the United States could get a rare view on Friday of the northern lights, a colorful cosmic display normally only visible in far northern latitudes.

'Dolphin Tale' hero's new home tangled in aquarium politics

'Dolphin Tale' hero's new home tangled in aquarium politics
Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
The family-friendly hit "Dolphin Tale," whose sequel opened in theaters this weekend, tells the true story of a dolphin who learns to swim without a tail. The movie ends with Winter, the tail-less dolphin, helping save the struggling Florida aquarium that rescued her. In real-life, the story has not yet wrapped up so neatly.

Croatia struggles with floods after heavy rains

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: Croatia
Author: Igor Ilic
As many as two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding, with the worst occurring in central Croatia, the national rescue agency DUZS said on Sunday.

Typhoon Kalmaegi slams northern Philippines, cuts power lines

Typhoon Kalmaegi slams northern Philippines, cuts power lines
Photo: Romeo Ranoco

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Manuel Mogato
A strong typhoon slammed into the rice-producing Philippine northern region on Sunday, cutting power and communications lines and forcing people to flee to higher ground, national disaster agency officials said.

A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded in Indian Kashmir

A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded in Indian Kashmir
Photo: Adnan Abidi

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: India and Pakistan
Author: Krista Mahr and Fayaz Bukhari
About 150,000 people were still stranded in their homes a week after Indian Kashmir's worst flood in over a century and fears grew on Sunday of an outbreak of diseases from vast fields of stagnant brown water.

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study

Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study
Photo: China Daily

Date: 15-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
Tiny marine algae can evolve fast enough to cope with climate change in a sign that some ocean life may be more resilient than thought to rising temperatures and acidification, a study showed.

Late Fukushima manager flagged risks of Japan's big nuclear plants

Late Fukushima manager flagged risks of Japan's big nuclear plants
Photo: Koji Sasahara

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito and Kentaro Hamada
The late manager of Japan's destroyed Fukushima plant questioned the safety of large nuclear facilities, documents showed on Thursday, potentially affecting the debate over the restart of the world's biggest nuclear power station.

Grupo Mexico dodges mine closure with $151 million toxic spill fund

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: Mexico
Author: Adriana Barrera
Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries on Thursday dodged losing a concession to run one of the biggest copper mines in the world as long as they comply with government obligations following a toxic spill that include creating a $151 million clean-up fund.

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study

Pesticides a concern for aquatic life in most U.S. urban streams : study
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 12-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
The proportion of urban streams in the United States with potentially worrisome levels of pesticides for aquatic life has surged to 90 percent, a two-decade government study said on Thursday.

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed

Planet of the apes: Gibbons are last ape to have genome revealed
Photo: Lisi Niesner

Date: 11-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Will Dunham
Gibbons - the small, long-armed tree swingers that inhabit the dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia - have become the last of the planet's apes to have their genetic secrets revealed.

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery : U.N

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery : U.N
Photo: Eric Gaillard

Date: 11-Sep-14
Country: International
Author: Tom Miles
The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion, a U.N. study said on Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news on the environment.

Brazil confirms Amazon deforestation sped up in 2013

Brazil confirms Amazon deforestation sped up in 2013
Photo: Ricardo Moraes

Date: 11-Sep-14
Country: Brazil
Author: Marcelo Teixeira
The destruction of the world's largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29 percent spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen since 2009.

Quenching Beijing's thirst may stunt regional growth

Quenching Beijing's thirst may stunt regional growth
Photo: China Daily

Date: 10-Sep-14
Country: China
Author: Stian Reklev
China is about to realize a dream of Communist leader Mao Zedong to redirect China's river flows to benefit Beijing and the dry north, but critics say the resources grab by the politically powerful capital will harm regional China.

U.S. cellulosic fuel makers press Obama to alter biofuel plan

U.S. cellulosic fuel makers press Obama to alter biofuel plan
Photo: Mark Blinch

Date: 10-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The nascent U.S. cellulosic ethanol industry has urged the White House to change course on targets for biofuel use, warning in a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that current policy risks losing investments to China and Brazil.

Respite possible for Hawaii community as lava flow shifts course

Date: 10-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Malia Mattoch McManus
A volcanic lava flow that threatens a subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island has shifted slightly, potentially sparing some homes but increasing the number of residents who may be "lava-locked" if the flow overtakes a highway, a civil defense official said on Tuesday.

Hundreds die in India, Pakistan after heaviest rain in 50 years

Hundreds die in India, Pakistan after heaviest rain in 50 years
Photo: Adnan Abidi

Date: 10-Sep-14
Country: India and Pakistan
Author: Abu Arqam Naqash and Adnan Abidi
The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to more than 400 on Tuesday, with thousands still trapped on rooftops and residents criticizing Indian and Pakistani authorities for not doing enough to help them.

Yosemite National Park wildfire burns four square miles

Yosemite National Park wildfire burns four square miles
Photo: Jeffrey Trust/National Park Service

Date: 09-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
A wildfire that prompted the rescue of 185 hikers in Yosemite National Park has blackened four square miles of back country wilderness, officials said Monday, as crews hoped rainy weather would give them a chance to gain some control over the flames.

Hemingway grandsons push for marlin conservation in Cuba

Hemingway grandsons push for marlin conservation in Cuba
Photo: Enqirue De La Osa

Date: 09-Sep-14
Country: CUBA
Author: Daniel Trotta
Ernest Hemingway's grandsons sailed into the fishing village that inspired "The Old Man and the Sea" on Monday in a campaign to save game fish like the giant marlin that dragged the fictitious Santiago out to sea.

Earthquake shakes Iceland volcano, still no ash

Earthquake shakes Iceland volcano, still no ash
Photo: Marco Nescher

Date: 09-Sep-14
Country: ICELAND
Author: Robert Robertsson
An earthquake struck the region around Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano on Sunday while fissures in the area continued to spew out lava but still none of the ash that could hamper airline traffic.

Torrential rains hit U.S. Southwest, two dead in Arizona

Date: 09-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
Torrential rains drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on Monday, prompting flash-flood warnings across four states and taking the lives of two women washed away in separate incidents in Arizona.

Escaped albino cobra gets new home at California zoo

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
A venomous albino cobra that somehow got loose in a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood and attacked a dog, putting residents on edge, has been given a new home at the San Diego Zoo, a spokeswoman there said on Friday.

Official statement says it could be years before New Mexico nuclear waste dump fully reopens

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
It may be years before an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico shuttered by a radiation leak is fully operational, and costs for decontamination and other activities to restore the facility are not yet clear, U.S. Energy Department officials said.

South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachers

South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachers
Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: South Africa
Author: Peroshni Govender
Rhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted in the country's flagship Kruger National Park.

California blue whales, once nearly extinct, back at historical levels

California blue whales, once nearly extinct, back at historical levels
Photo: NOAA Nat Marine Fisheries Service

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
California blue whales, the largest animals on Earth once driven to near extinction by whaling, have made a remarkable comeback to near historic, 19th-century levels, according to a University of Washington study released on Friday.

Tropical storm Dolly hits Mexico's northeast coast

Tropical storm Dolly hits Mexico's northeast coast
Photo: Jonatan Rosas

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: Mexico
Author: David Alire Garcia and Gabriel Stargardter
Tropical storm Dolly lashed Mexico's northeast coast on Tuesday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, bringing torrential rain and life threatening flash floods.

Dolphin virus adds to deaths in troubled Florida lagoon

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
A measles-like virus that is blamed for killing hundreds of dolphins on the U.S. East Coast has spread into a Florida lagoon where hundreds of manatees, brown pelicans and dolphins already died mysteriously in recent years.

Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: David Dekok
A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report made public on Tuesday.

Polar bear DNA found from tracks in snow, in conservation step

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
Polar bear DNA has been isolated for the first time from footprints left in the snow on an Arctic island, a breakthrough that could help scientists better protect rare and endangered wild animals, experts said on Tuesday.