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Arctic sea ice is smallest size on record this winter

Arctic sea ice is smallest size on record this winter
Photo: Alistair Scruton

Date: 20-Mar-15
Author: Alister Doyle
Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday.

Britain gives Zimbabwe $72 million to help rural farmers

Britain gives Zimbabwe $72 million to help rural farmers
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 20-Mar-15
Country: Zimbabwe
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
Britain has given Zimbabwe $72 million to help increase food production by rural farmers over the next four years, as the southern African country faces the prospect of poorer harvests this year due to inadequate rains.

Wood is Good For Your Body and Brain: Planet Ark Report

Wood is Good For Your Body and Brain: Planet Ark Report
Photo: Brad Gray

Date: 20-Mar-15
Country: Australia
Author: Chris Philpot
Exposure to wooden furniture and fittings has real and measurable health and wellbeing benefits. These benefits are outlined in a new report launched by Planet Ark's Make it Wood campaign in the lead up to World Wood Day.

South Pacific's Vanuatu provides lessons in cyclone survival

South Pacific's Vanuatu provides lessons in cyclone survival
Photo: Edgar Su

Date: 19-Mar-15
Country: Vanuatu
Author: Stephen Coates Lincoln Feast
Villagers in Vanuatu buried food and fresh water as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300 kph winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses to the ground.

Britain plans Pacific marine reserve to protect bounty of seas

Date: 19-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Alister Doyle
Britain plans a vast marine reserve around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific as part of global efforts to halt over-fishing, the government said on Wednesday.

Amazon rainforest soaking up less carbon as trees die young: study

Date: 19-Mar-15
Author: Alister Doyle
The Amazon rainforest's ability to soak up greenhouse gases from the air has fallen sharply, possibly because climate change and droughts mean more trees are dying, an international team of scientists said on Wednesday.

U.S. begins destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles at Colorado depot

U.S. begins destruction of chemical weapons stockpiles at Colorado depot

Date: 19-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Keith Coffman
The destruction of 2,600 tons of World War Two-era mustard agent weapons banned by international treaty began on Wednesday at a U.S. Army depot in southern Colorado, officials said.

Caserones mine in Chile fined for environmental failures

Date: 19-Mar-15
Country: Chile
Author: Rosalba O'Brien and Fabian Cambero
The Japanese-owned Caserones copper mine in northern Chile has been fined $11.9 million for breaching environmental rules, Chile's environmental regulator said on Wednesday.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef braces for cyclone hit

Date: 19-Mar-15
Country: Australia
Author: James Regan
Coastal residents in northeast Australia were urged on Thursday to prepare for dangerous tidal surges along the Great Barrier Reef and stay indoors when a powerful tropical cyclone hits.

Rescue teams reach cyclone-hit Vanuatu islands, official toll lowered

Rescue teams reach cyclone-hit Vanuatu islands, official toll lowered
Photo: Edgar Su

Date: 18-Mar-15
Country: Vanuatu
Author: Stephen Coates
Residents of the southern Vanuatu island of Tanna said they were running out of food and basic supplies on Tuesday, after a huge cyclone tore across the South Pacific nation wreaking widespread devastation but not the heavy death toll initially feared.

Tanzania to get $380 million loans from India for water projects

Date: 18-Mar-15
Country: Tanzania
Author: Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala
Tanzania will receive a total of $380 million in loans from India to finance two major water projects in the east African nation, the president's office said on Tuesday.

Japan utilities set to scrap five aging nuclear reactors

Date: 18-Mar-15
Country: Japan
Author: Kentaro Hamada
Three aging nuclear reactors in Japan will be decommissioned due to the high cost of upgrading them in line with tougher safety standards set after the Fukushima disaster, their operators said on Tuesday.

Starving sea lion pups inundate Southern California rescue centers

Starving sea lion pups inundate Southern California rescue centers

Date: 18-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Marty Graham
Animal rescue centers in California are being inundated with stranded, starving sea lion pups, raising the possibility that the facilities could soon be overwhelmed, the federal agency coordinating the rescue said.

Global dependence on food imports leaves countries vulnerable

Date: 16-Mar-15
Author: Chris Arsenault
Global grain imports have increased more than fivefold over the past half century, stoking fears that countries have become too dependent on the vagaries of international markets for their food, an environmental researcher said.

Aid teams report devastation and death after Vanuatu cyclone

Aid teams report devastation and death after Vanuatu cyclone
Photo: Kris Paras

Date: 16-Mar-15
Country: Vanuatu
Author: Gyles Beckford
The first reports from the outer islands of Vanuatu on Monday painted a picture of utter destruction after a monster cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation. Authorities in the South Pacific nation were struggling to establish contact with the islands that bore the brunt of Cyclone Pam which flattened buildings, smashed boats and washed away roads and bridges as it struck.

Japan promises $4 billion in aid to combat disasters over four years

Date: 16-Mar-15
Country: Japan
Author: Megan Rowling
Japan will provide assistance amounting to $4 billion in the coming four years to reduce the number of disaster victims and their suffering around the world, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday.

Arctic eclipse alert: hotels full, it's cold, polar bears prowl

Arctic eclipse alert: hotels full, it's cold, polar bears prowl
Photo: Balazs Korayni

Date: 16-Mar-15
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
The Norwegian Arctic islands of Svalbard are discouraging last-minute visitors for a rare solar eclipse next week, warning that hotels are full, it will be freezing cold and polar bears are on the prowl.

China needs CO2 cap to meet climate pledges: legislator

China needs CO2 cap to meet climate pledges: legislator
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 13-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and David Stanway
China needs to impose a nationwide carbon cap if it is to fulfill a pledge made last year to bring emissions to a peak by around 2030, a legislator said in a proposal submitted to parliament this week.

Cyclone threatens Vanuatu, two Australian cyclones ease

Date: 13-Mar-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Sonali Paul
A maximum category five tropical cyclone was heading towards the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Friday, packing destructive winds of up to 185 kph (115 mph) and heavy rain, Vanuatu Meteorological Services (VMS) warned.

Costa Rica volcano spews ash in most powerful eruption in 20 years

Date: 13-Mar-15
Country: COSTA RICA
Author: Enrique Andres Pretel
Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano belched a column of gas and ash up to 3,280 feet (1 km) into the air on Thursday in its most powerful eruption in two decades, and local authorities started to evacuate residents from the surrounding area.

'Cyclone college' brings hope to India's vulnerable coastal community

Date: 13-Mar-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Stella Paul
Shankar Tilakvathy, 45, has lived all her life by the sea. Sorting, drying and selling fish is the only livelihood she has ever known.

Tropical cyclone off Western Australia expected to intensify: weather bureau

Date: 13-Mar-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
A tropical cyclone off Western Australia's northwest coast that has already forced port authorities to close two ports will intensify before making landfall, the national weather bureau said on Thursday.

Aftershocks still rattle east Japan four years after megaquake

Date: 12-Mar-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Four years after a magnitude 9 earthquake shook northern and eastern Japan, the region is rocked by tremors at more than double the average rate of the decade before the disaster, a report this week from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows.

Germany seeks to boost renewable sources of heating

Date: 12-Mar-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Caroline Copley
Germany's government set out changes to subsidy guidelines on Wednesday to try and boost the renewable sources of energy used to heat buildings and offices as it strives to avoid missing its ambitious climate targets.

Cyclone likely to miss main Australian iron ore port: bureau

Date: 12-Mar-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham;
Australia's largest iron ore export terminal Port Hedland is likely to escape the worst of a tropical cyclone forming off the country's northwest coast, the weather bureau said, but the looming storm has forced the clearing of two smaller ports.

Chance of major earthquake in California higher than thought: scientists

Date: 12-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California has a 7 percent chance of experiencing an earthquake of magnitude 8 or larger over the next three decades, U.S. government scientists said on Tuesday, higher than thought before.

Think tank says U.S. farm bill payments to peak with 2015 crop

Think tank says U.S. farm bill payments to peak with 2015 crop
Photo: Jim Young

Date: 11-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Christine Stebbins;
Government support for U.S. grain farmers under the new five-year farm bill will peak with the coming 2015 crop, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute said in a new report.

China's Chongqing cuts carbon permit supply

China's Chongqing cuts carbon permit supply
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 11-Mar-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and David Stanway
Companies obliged to reduce their carbon emissions in China's pilot carbon exchange in Chongqing will be allocated a smaller number of permits for 2014, with the government tightening its grip on the market to tackle climate change.

Japan PM vows new five-year plan to rebuild from 2011 disaster

Japan PM vows new five-year plan to rebuild from 2011 disaster
Photo: Issei Kato

Date: 11-Mar-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday vowed to draw up a new-five year plan to speed rebuilding from a massive 2011 tsunami and the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl that have left thousands still homeless.

U.S. Pacific Fishery council moves to protect forage fish

Date: 11-Mar-15
Country: USA
Author: Shelby Sebens
A U.S. government agency that manages West Coast fisheries approved a prohibition on Tuesday on fishing seven categories of forage fish in a groundbreaking decision that signals a shift toward an ecosystem-based management.