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Obama climate plan's broad scope to face skeptical Supreme Court

Obama climate plan's broad scope to face skeptical Supreme Court
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court's unexpected move to block President Barack Obama's policy to cut pollution from coal plants highlights what both sides in the legal fight agree is a key weakness in the rules -- a provision that expands the scope of regulation far beyond curbing emissions from individual smoke stacks.

House passes bill requiring EPA actions on lead-laced water

House passes bill requiring EPA actions on lead-laced water
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed a bill requiring federal environmental regulators to act faster when lead contamination is found in drinking water.

Australian cuts to climate change research may hit drive into Asia

Australian cuts to climate change research may hit drive into Asia
Photo: David Gray

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Jarni Blakkarly
Funding and job cuts at Australia's climate change research body could undermine the country's goal of dominating the Asian premium food market by placing farmers at a disadvantage to U.S. and European competitors.

Entergy reports radioactive tritium leak at Indian Point

Entergy reports radioactive tritium leak at Indian Point
Photo: Brendan McDermid

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino
Entergy Corp said on Wednesday it found elevated levels of tritium, a weak radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in groundwater samples at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York state.

La Nina expected in next months for the first time since 2012

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Chris Prentice
Even as the El Nino weather phenomenon continues to impact global temperatures and crops, its counterpart La Nina is increasingly expected to emerge in the coming months for the first time in four years.

U.S. oil group file lawsuit against EPA over biofuels policy

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Josephine Mason
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) said on Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. environment regulator's biofuels policy, the latest industry body to join a legal battle over the controversial program.

Siachen avalanche survivor Hanumanthappa Koppad dies

Date: 12-Feb-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Andrew MacAskill
An Indian soldier who survived being trapped under 25 feet (8 metres) of snow for six days after being caught in an avalanche died in hospital on Thursday.

UNDP raises $60 million for food aid in drought-hit Zimbabwe

UNDP raises $60 million for food aid in drought-hit Zimbabwe
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
The United Nations Development Programme has raised $60 million for food aid in Zimbabwe and is feeding 1 million people as the country faces its worst drought in a quarter century, the agency's local head said on Wednesday.

How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology

How to trap elephant poachers with their own technology
Photo: Noor Khamis/Files

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: DAR ES SALAAM
Author: Drazen Jorgic
One day last October, agents from a crack Tanzanian crime unit raced past Dar es Salaam's Palm Beach Hotel in pursuit of the suspected leader of a global elephant poaching ring.

Britain will struggle to meet CO2 goals without CCS, lawmakers say

Britain will struggle to meet CO2 goals without CCS, lawmakers say
Photo: Stefan Wermuth

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Britain will struggle to meet its goals for emission reductions after it shelved a billion-pound scheme to help commercialize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology last year, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer

Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer
Photo: David Gray

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Chang-Ran Kim
Japan's meteorology agency said on Wednesday that the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, had somewhat weakened and that the weather would likely return to normal by summer.

French energy law could close third of EDF's reactors: report

French energy law could close third of EDF's reactors: report
Photo: Wolfgang Rattay

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Benjamin Mallet
France's energy transition law could force state-controlled utility EDF to close up to a third of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2025, the state audit office said in its annual report on Wednesday.

Ohio village issued 2nd state EPA violation for lead problems

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Kim Palmer
Ohio environmental officials gave a northeast Ohio village another violation for failure to submit two weekly water reports and not communicating test results to homeowners after elevated levels of lead were found in some of the drinking water in January.

U.S. oil group file lawsuit against EPA over biofuels policy

Date: 11-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Josephine Mason
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) said on Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. environment regulator's biofuels policy, the latest industry body to join a legal battle over the controversial program.

Economic losses from U.S. January storm around $2 billion: Aon Benfield

Economic losses from U.S. January storm around $2 billion: Aon Benfield
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Carolyn Cohn
A winter storm that struck the eastern seaboard of the United States in January caused around $2 billion in economic losses, and hundreds of millions of dollars in insured losses, reinsurance broker Aon Benfield said on Tuesday.

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel
Photo: Rickey Rogers

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne
A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas.

U.N. group agrees to aircraft standards to cut CO2 emissions

U.N. group agrees to aircraft standards to cut CO2 emissions
Photo: Regis Duvignau

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Allison Lampert in Montreal, Valerie Volcovici in Washington, Tim Hepher in Paris and Alwyn Scott in Seattle
Global aviation experts agreed on Monday to the first emissions-reduction standards for aircraft in a deal that will take effect with new models in four years, but environmental groups said the carbon dioxide cuts did not go far enough.

Record number of shark attacks in 2015, researchers find

Record number of shark attacks in 2015, researchers find
Photo: David Gray/Files

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
Sharks attacked people 98 times in 2015, a spike in unprovoked attacks that set a new record as human and shark populations rise, researchers found in an annual global tally released on Monday.

Cruise ship battered by storm to return to New Jersey

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Colleen Jenkins and Letitia Stein
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas headed back to its New Jersey port on Monday after a storm packing high winds and 30-foot (9-meter) waves toppled furniture and shattered glass on the vessel, slightly injuring four people.

Earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude felt in New Zealand capital

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Author: Charlotte Greenfield
New Zealand's capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country's earthquake monitoring service.

Newcrest halts Indonesia gold mine after collapse traps worker

Date: 10-Feb-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Sonali Paul
Newcrest Mining suspended all mining and processing at its Gosowong operation in Indonesia after the underground section of the gold mine was damaged by a cave-in late on Monday, which trapped one of its workers.

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy

India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Krishna N. Das and Mayank Bhardwaj
Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technology with a $43 billion bid for seed firm Syngenta.

China's Hebei still smoggiest province in 2015 - ministry

China's Hebei still smoggiest province in 2015 - ministry
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Seven of China's 10 smoggiest cities were located in the northern steel-producing province of Hebei in 2015, the same as the previous year, despite an economic downturn and a high-profile campaign to cut industrial capacity.

Brazil state says losses from Samarco accident at 1.2 billion reais

Brazil state says losses from Samarco accident at 1.2 billion reais
Photo: Ricardo Moraes

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Marcelo Teixeira and Marta Nogueira
Brazil's Minas Gerais state said on Thursday the November dam burst in an installation operated by miner Samarco caused losses to municipalities estimated at 1.2 billion reais ($308 million), not considering the environmental problems.

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study
Photo: Regis Duvignau/Files

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures.

Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over Flint aid

Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over Flint aid
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 05-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
Senate Democrats teamed up with some of their Republican counterparts on Thursday and blocked a wide-ranging U.S. energy bill in a fight over aid to Flint, Michigan, to help rectify its drinking water crisis.

Environmental groups sue to stop federal killings of wolves in Oregon

Environmental groups sue to stop federal killings of wolves in Oregon
Photo: Oregon Fish & Wildlife/Handout via Reuters

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Environmentalists sued a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday in a bid to block federal agents from carrying out targeted killings of gray wolves in Oregon, as debates simmers over protections afforded the animals in the wild.

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions
Photo: Carl Recine

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: BRUSSELS
Author: Barbara Lewis
European lawmakers on Wednesday backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal.

Severe weather threatens tornadoes, floods along U.S. Atlantic Coast

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Harriet McLeod
A handful of tornadoes were spotted in the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday as a storm system brought high winds, rain and threats of flooding to the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Switching plans on U.S. plutonium disposal costly, risky: study

Date: 04-Feb-16
Country: USA
Author: Andrea Shalal
Switching the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to New Mexico from an existing South Carolina site could cost the U.S. government more than $20 billion and raise safety concerns, according to a new study commissioned by the firms building the current site.

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