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Wildfire in Alberta's energy heartland forces thousands to flee

Wildfire in Alberta's energy heartland forces thousands to flee
Photo: Kangen Lee

Date: 04-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Nia Williams
Alberta is racing to evacuate thousands of people as an uncontrolled wildfire burns near Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada's oil sands region, forcing residents to flee north to safety on Tuesday.

Ex-Mexican foreign minister Espinosa nominated as U.N. climate chief

Ex-Mexican foreign minister Espinosa nominated as U.N. climate chief
Photo: Juan Carlos Ulate

Date: 04-May-16
Country: MEXICO
Author: Alister Doyle
Former Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa has been nominated to be the new U.N. climate chief, helping to bolster a 2015 Paris Agreement to shift the world economy from fossil fuels, officials said on Tuesday.

Drought-hit Zimbabwe sells off wild animals

Drought-hit Zimbabwe sells off wild animals
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 04-May-16
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
Zimbabwe put its wild animals up for sale on Tuesday, saying it needed buyers to step in and save the beasts from a devastating drought.

Some Hebei steelmakers breaching shutdown orders: China ministry

Some Hebei steelmakers breaching shutdown orders: China ministry
Photo: Petar Kujundzic/File Photo

Date: 04-May-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Steelmakers in China's Hebei province have built new plants in contravention of state measures aimed at tackling overcapacity, and have kept mills running that should have been shut down, China's pollution watchdog said on Tuesday.

Fishermen protest as deadly red tide blooms in southern Chile

Date: 04-May-16
Country: CHILE
Author: Gram Slattery
Thousands of Chilean fishermen blocked roads with barricades in the region of Los Lagos on Monday and Tuesday, saying government efforts to mitigate the economic effects of a harmful algal bloom have been insufficient.

Germany to exit coal power 'well before 2050' : draft document

Date: 04-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Markus Wacket
Coal-fired power production in Germany should come to an end "well before 2050", according to a draft environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Tuesday on how Europe's biggest economy can achieve its climate goals.

US EPA takes report off line that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic

US EPA takes report off line that says glyphosate not likely carcinogenic
Photo: CHARLES PLATIAU

Date: 03-May-16
Country: USA
Author: P.J. Huffstutter
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday pulled a report offline that concluded glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, saying the document was inadvertently published and the agency had not finished its review of the chemical, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicides.

Greenpeace publishes confidential U.S.-EU trade deal documents

Greenpeace publishes confidential U.S.-EU trade deal documents
Photo: Fabrizio Bensch

Date: 03-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: CAROLINE COPLEY
A sweeping free trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States would lower food safety and environmental standards, Greenpeace said on Monday, citing confidential documents from the talks.

New York businesses to cut trash by half in 'Zero Waste' plan

New York businesses to cut trash by half in 'Zero Waste' plan
Photo: Mike Segar/File Photo

Date: 03-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Joseph Ax
More than 30 New York City businesses, including Whole Foods Market Inc, Walt Disney Co's ABC and Anheuser Busch, have agreed to cut the trash they send to landfills by half by June, the mayor's office said on Monday.

A Ford logo is pictured at a store of the automaker, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 5, 2016.

A Ford logo is pictured at a store of the automaker, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 5, 2016.
Photo: WOLFGANG RATTAY

Date: 03-May-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: OSAMU TSUKIMORI
Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable investment, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on Monday.

Mexico's environmental prosecutor fines Ford

Mexico's environmental prosecutor fines Ford
Photo: EDGARD GARRIDO/FILE PHOTO

Date: 03-May-16
Country: MEXICO
Author: Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein
Mexico's environmental prosecutor, Profepa, said on Monday it was fining Ford's local unit just over 18 million pesos ($1.05 million) for selling vehicles in Mexico without the proper environmental certifications.

Germany says has secured back-up power for next winter

Germany says has secured back-up power for next winter
Photo: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE

Date: 03-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Vera Eckert
Germany has secured the estimated 5,400 megawatts (MW) of back-up power it needs for the coming winter to cope with supply fluctuations and demand peaks, the energy regulator said on Monday.

Spring rains could spur more U.S. rangeland fires this summer

Date: 03-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
A wet winter and spring in the American West has set the stage for a wildfire season likely to see more fast-spreading rangeland blazes fueled by thicker growth in grass and brush than last year, government fire forecasters said on Monday.

Nepal, northern India battle worst forest fires in years

Date: 03-May-16
Country: NEPAL
Author: MALINI MENON AND GOPAL SHARMA
Nepal and parts of northern India are battling their worst forest fires in years that have devastated thousands of hectares of woodland, killed at least 18 people and sent a pall of smoke across the southern Himalayas that can been seen from space.

Rain expected to boost Australia crops, help farmers

Rain expected to boost Australia crops, help farmers
Photo: David Gray

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Australia is expected to see higher rainfall than average from May to July, watering crops and boosting the fortunes of farmers in one of the world's top exporters of commodities ranging from grains to beef.

Republican donor backs clean energy senators with digital campaign

Republican donor backs clean energy senators with digital campaign
Photo: David Becker

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
A Republican political donor said on Wednesday he would spend "seven figures" on a targeted digital campaign backing two senators who support clean energy policies, which could help tip the balance in their tight November re-election races.

Obama to visit Flint, Michigan to hear about water crisis

Obama to visit Flint, Michigan to hear about water crisis
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan next week to hear from residents about the drinking water crisis, the White House said on Wednesday.

Radical action needed to decarbonize world energy supply: report

Radical action needed to decarbonize world energy supply: report
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
More radical action is needed to decarbonize the world's energy supply and improve energy efficiency to keep the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said on Wednesday.

German firms could pay less than feared for nuclear clean-up

German firms could pay less than feared for nuclear clean-up
Photo: Jochen Luebke/Pool

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: BERLIN/FRANKFURT
Author: Markus Wacket and Christoph Steitz
German power firms will have to pay less for the storage of radioactive waste than investors had feared if the government accepts a recommendation from a panel that announced its decision on Wednesday after months of wrangling.

Vietnam says no proof Formosa steel plant linked to mass fish deaths

Vietnam says no proof Formosa steel plant linked to mass fish deaths
Photo: Kham

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: VIETNAM
Author: Ho Binh Minh and Mai Nguyen
The Vietnamese government said on Wednesday there was no evidence that discharge from a new Taiwanese-built steel plant was to blame for the death of huge numbers of fish in farms and coastal waters.

Oklahoma measure pits farmers' rights against pollution fears

Oklahoma measure pits farmers' rights against pollution fears
Photo: Adrees Latif/File Photo

Date: 28-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Jon Herskovitz
For advocates, it is all about protecting a fundamental right of Americans to farm their land. For opponents, it is about big business, pollution and puppy mills.

Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

Stanford climate activists slam university over fossil fuel vote

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
Stanford University's announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has raised the ire of campus climate activists, who said on Tuesday they will protest the decision.

30 years on, Ukrainians remember victims of Chernobyl disaster

30 years on, Ukrainians remember victims of Chernobyl disaster
Photo: Vasily Fedosenko

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: UKRAINE
Author: Alessandra Prentice and Natalia Zinets
Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system.

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs

More urgent action needed on air pollution in Britain-MPs
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
A government plan to tackle air pollution in five major cities in Britain by 2020 will not be enough and more urgent action needs to be taken, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies

Fight against illegal Amazon gold mining intensifies
Photo: Bruno Kelly

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Bruno Kelly
After trekking nearly two hours through dense jungle, Brazilian environmental special forces burst into a clearing where the trees had been sawn and a muddy crater dug: an illegal gold mine on indigenous land in the heart of the Amazon.

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions

France to set unilateral floor price for carbon emissions
Photo: Jacky Naegelen

Date: 27-Apr-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Emmanuel Jarry
The French government has committed to unilaterally set a carbon price floor for electricity producers in a move aimed at curbing coal-fired power generation and boosting renewables.

Billionaire green donor launches U.S. millennial voter drive

Billionaire green donor launches U.S. millennial voter drive
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to help elect candidates that champion climate change policies in November's general election.

Brazil to ask Congress to pass Paris climate deal: minister

Brazil to ask Congress to pass Paris climate deal: minister
Photo: Christian Hartmann

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Valerie Volcovici in New York, and Marcelo Teixeira in Sao Paulo
Brazil's government will ask legislators this week to ratify the Paris climate agreement, the environment minister said late on Sunday, even as President Dilma Rousseff faces possible impeachment and lacks majority support in Congress.

Volkswagen has not fixed a single car in Britain, minister says

Volkswagen has not fixed a single car in Britain, minister says
Photo: Damir Sagolj

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Costas Pitas
Volkswagen has not fixed any of the 1.2 million cars in Britain affected by the diesel emissions scandal, a British transport minister said on Monday, despite the company having said it had begun software modifications to some models.

Taking on Tesla: China's Jia Yueting aims to outmuscle Musk

Taking on Tesla: China's Jia Yueting aims to outmuscle Musk
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 26-Apr-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Norihiko Shirouzu
Tomorrow's cars will be all-electric, self-driving, connected to high-speed communications networks ... and free.

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