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As Japan burns more coal, climate policies under pressure

Date: 12-Dec-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori
Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear.

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans

Trash talk: 269,000 tons of plastic litter choke world's oceans
Photo: MARCUS ERIKSEN/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: WILL DUNHAM
There are plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more. Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans.

Up to 17,000 people without power as 'weather bomb' hits Britain

Up to 17,000 people without power as 'weather bomb' hits Britain
Photo: DARREN STAPLES

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: UK
Author: Costas Pitas
Up to 17,000 residents in the west of Scotland were left without power on Wednesday morning as a "weather bomb" of wet and windy conditions battered parts of Britain with gusts expected to reach up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h).

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: COURTNEY SHERWOOD
Want to buy a forest? Oregon is preparing to sell off 92,000 acres (37,200 hectares) of coastal woodlands, in a move to distance itself from environmentally questionable timber sales that have long provided revenue to the state's public schools.

Greenpeace apologizes for protest at Peru's Nazca Lines

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Marcelo Teixeira;
Environmental activist group Greenpeace apologized on Wednesday for a protest it organized at the ancient Nazca Lines etched in a desert in Peru.

Green Climate Fund to back energy 'paradigm shift': director

Date: 11-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Megan Rowling
The Green Climate Fund will invest in energy projects that shift away from "business as usual" and have a significant impact on curbing climate change, its executive director has said.

Lava flows toward Hawaii village, threatens major intersection

Lava flows toward Hawaii village, threatens major intersection
Photo: Karin Stanton

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: HAWAII
Author: Karin Stanton
Slow-moving lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island continued to flow toward a small village, advancing about 250 yards on Monday, and threatened to reach a major traffic intersection before year's end.

Exxon says spill in Illinois river is minor, not from Joliet refinery

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Koustav Samanta
Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday that the release of an unidentified substance from a vessel into the Des Plaines river in Illinois on Monday was minor and not related to its Joliet refinery operations.

Australia pledges $200 million to Green Climate Fund

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Matt Siegel
Australia will contribute A$200 million over four years into a U.N. fund to help poor nations cope with global warming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, despite earlier having said it did not intend to contribute to the fund

EU presses for accountability, opening rift at UN climate talks

Date: 10-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Alister Doyle
European Union insistence on a right to challenge nations about their plans for fighting climate change, in the run-up to a United Nations summit in 2015, opened a rift at U.N. climate talks in Lima on Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf spill settlement

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP challenge to Gulf spill settlement
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard/Files/Handout

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP's challenge to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which the oil giant complained has allowed payouts to some businesses that are unable to trace their losses to the disaster.

Deforestation cuts into climate change goals: TRFN

Deforestation cuts into climate change goals: TRFN
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Chris Arsenault
Mines, palm oil plantations, large farms and mining projects are contributing to an alarming pace of forest destruction, a new report has found, hampering efforts to curb global warming.

To prepare for major quake, Los Angeles proposes retrofitting older buildings

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Michael Fleeman
The mayor of Los Angeles proposed on Monday that the city retrofit thousands of older buildings and bolster the water and communications systems to prepare for a possible major temblor along the San Andreas Fault.

Abandoned U.S. oil wells still spewing methane, study find

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Some of the millions of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in the United States are still spewing methane, marking a potentially large source of unrecorded greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study released on Monday.

Canada says cannot meet 2020 emissions target without more action

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: CANADA
Author: David Ljunggren
Canada, accused by environmentalists of lack of action in the fight against climate change, said on Monday it has no chance of meeting its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions unless it takes further steps.

Risks of extreme European summer heat waves rise sharply: study

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Alister Doyle
The chances of extremely hot summers in parts of Europe have risen tenfold this century because of man-made global warming, a study by British scientists said on Monday.

Global Environment Facility wants to coordinate green supply chains

Date: 09-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Alister Doyle
The Global Environment Facility, which has provided $13.5 billion in grants to developing nations since 1991, wants a wider role in protecting nature by tightening commodity supply chains from farmers to consumers.

Chinese tests find quarter of drinking water 'substandard': Shanghai Daily

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: China
Author: Engen Tham and Adam Jourdan
Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China's top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday.

Relief in Philippines as typhoon weakens, leaving just four dead

Relief in Philippines as typhoon weakens, leaving just four dead
Photo: Romeo Ranoco

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: Philippines
Author: Rosemarie Francisco, Manuel Mogato and Neil Jerome Morales
Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos returned on Monday to homes battered by a powerful typhoon, amid relief in a nation where thousands were killed by a super storm last year that a massive evacuation operation appeared to have minimized fatalities.

U.S. declines to upgrade protections for grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana

U.S. declines to upgrade protections for grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana
Photo: Jim Urquhart

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Federal wildlife managers on Friday declined to upgrade protections for a population of grizzly bears in the remote reaches of Idaho and northwest Montana that numbers fewer than 50, and which conservationists say are going extinct.

Sydney storm damages over 100 properties, warning issued

Sydney storm damages over 100 properties, warning issued
Photo: Rick Stevens

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: Australia
Author: Swati Pandey
A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Sydney on Friday afternoon and damaged more than 100 properties, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a "severe thunderstorm warning" for flash floods and damaging winds over the next several hours.

Lima climate talks split on role of adaptation, finance in new deal

Lima climate talks split on role of adaptation, finance in new deal
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: Peru
Author: Megan Rowling
Negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Lima are divided over whether governments should include finance and adaptation commitments in the national offers of action they are due to put forward early next year as the building blocks of a new global climate change deal.

New Mexico slaps federal energy agency with $54 million in fines

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
New Mexico regulators on Saturday hit the U.S. government with more than $54 million in fines for violations at a nuclear waste facility where a fire broke out and radiation was released in two mishaps earlier this year.

Paris mayor wants to ban diesel cars by 2020 to fight pollution

Paris mayor wants to ban diesel cars by 2020 to fight pollution
Photo: Charles Platiau

Date: 08-Dec-14
Country: France
Author: Leila Abboud
The mayor of Paris called for diesel cars to be banned from the French capital by 2020 and said pedestrian-only neighborhoods should be created in the city center as part of a plan to fight pollution.

Small-scale farmers deserve big share of climate funds: IFAD

Small-scale farmers deserve big share of climate funds: IFAD
Photo: Kham

Date: 05-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Saleem Shaikh
As important food producers, small-scale farmers in the developing world should get a significant share of funds raised to help poorer countries adapt to climate change impacts and curb emissions, agriculture officials said at U.N. climate negotiations in Peru.

Oil spill floods Israeli nature reserve, three people hurt

Oil spill floods Israeli nature reserve, three people hurt
Photo: Yehuda Ben Itach

Date: 05-Dec-14
Country: ISRAEL
Author: Dan Williams
Millions of liters of oil gushing out of a breached pipeline flooded a desert nature reserve in Israel overnight, causing one of the country's worst environmental disasters, officials and media said.

China says climate aid inadequate, especially Australia

China says climate aid inadequate, especially Australia
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 05-Dec-14
Country: PERU
Author: Alister Doyle
Rich nations' pledges of almost $10 billion to a green fund to help poor nations cope with global warming are "far from adequate", particularly Australia's lack of a donation, the head of China's delegation at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday.

EU deal gives countries opt-out on growing approved GM crops

Date: 05-Dec-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
The European Union agreed a compromise on growing genetically modified crops on Thursday that gives nations the option to ban them, even if EU authorities have approved them for cultivation.

Melting of glaciers at famed U.S. park threatens rare water bug

Date: 05-Dec-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The expected disappearance of the famed glaciers at Montana's Glacier National Park by 2030 could spell doom for a rare aquatic insect confined to high mountain streams that are warming due to climate change, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

Victims call for justice 30 years after Bhopal disaster

Victims call for justice 30 years after Bhopal disaster
Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Files

Date: 04-Dec-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Nita Bhalla
Hundreds of protesters gathered on Wednesday outside the abandoned factory which caused the world's deadliest industrial disaster in the Indian city of Bhopal, burning effigies and demanding justice for survivors suffering 30 years later.