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Latest News (140 stories)

EU climate chief urges China to show international commitment

EU climate chief urges China to show international commitment
Photo: Ves Herman

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: STIAN REKLEV
China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's top climate change official said on Wednesday.

Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster

Nepal moves to ease tension among Sherpas after Everest disaster
Photo: Navesh Chitrakar

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: Nepal
Author: Gopal Sharma
Nepal's government decided on Wednesday to send a delegation of officials to the base camp of Mount Everest to cool anger among Sherpas over its response to last week's deadly ice avalanche in which at least 13 guides were killed.

US State of Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk.

Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: Chris Reese
Author: Kristy Hughes
Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India's massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources.

Chairman of Lanzhou Veolia apologizes after water pollution in China

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Sui-Lee Wee
The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said.

Florida Senator holds Miami Beach hearing on rising sea level

Florida Senator holds Miami Beach hearing on rising sea level
Photo: David Manning

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: DAVID ADAMS AND ZACHARY FAGENSON
Climate change is already impacting south Florida coastal communities, which could see a three-foot rise in sea level by the end of the century, a panel of officials and scientists testified at a Senate hearing on Miami Beach on Tuesday.

Group sues U.S. for stronger Idaho, Montana grizzly protection

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: LAURA ZUCKERMAN
Federal protection status for a population of grizzly bears facing extinction in the mountains of Idaho and northwest Montana should be raised to endangered from threatened, environmentalists said in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Canada aims to ease whale protection as pipeline decision looms

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: Canada
Author: Julie Gordon
Canada has recommended taking humpback whales off the "threatened" species list, two months before the government is due to decide whether to approve a proposed pipeline that would lead to half a million barrels of oil being shipped through their Pacific marine habitat every year.

Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Dave Sherwood
The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.

US EPA cuts 2013 target for cellulosic biofuel

US EPA cuts 2013 target for cellulosic biofuel
Photo: MARK BLINCH

Date: 24-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: AYESHA RASCOE
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slashed its target for 2013 use of cellulosic biofuel to less than a million gallons on Tuesday after the industry failed to meet goals for production of the fuel last year.

Washington state euthanizes 300 birds after cockfighting farm raided

Washington state euthanizes 300 birds after cockfighting farm raided

Date: 23-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
Washington state authorities have euthanized scores of steroid-filled roosters after raiding a farm and arresting a man on suspicion of raising the birds for cockfighting, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill

Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill

Date: 22-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Jemima Kelly
Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.

Argentina moves to eliminate taxes paid by biodiesel producers

Date: 22-Apr-14
Country: Argentina
Author: Jorge Otaola
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Monday asked Congress to eliminate some of the taxes paid by biodiesel manufacturers in a bid to support an industry hard hit by European Union anti-dumping measures.

Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline

Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline
Photo: Julie Gordon

Date: 22-Apr-14
Country: Canada
Author: Julie Gordon
Just a few miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the project.

Australia's Palmer says won't back government climate plan: report

Australia's Palmer says won't back government climate plan: report

Date: 22-Apr-14
Country: Australia
Author: Stian Reklev
Australia's government might fail to get the necessary backing for its planned A$1.55 billion ($1.45 billion) fund to pay big emitters to cut pollution, after a Senate minority party on Monday said it would vote against the plan.

Japan will conduct Pacific whale hunt in wake of court ruling

Date: 22-Apr-14
Country: Japan
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan said on Friday it would conduct a sharply scaled down form of its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign this year despite an international court ruling last month against the mainstay of its whaling program in the Antarctic.

Nepal government meets sherpas' demands after deadly avalanche

Nepal government meets sherpas' demands after deadly avalanche
Photo: Navesh Chitrakar

Date: 22-Apr-14
Country: Nepal
Author: Gopal Sharma
Nepal's government agreed on Tuesday to compensation demands for Mount Everest sherpas, after the single deadliest avalanche on the world's highest mountain killed at least 13 guides.

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.