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Air quality in eastern China improves but slips elsewhere: Greenpeace

Air quality in eastern China improves but slips elsewhere: Greenpeace
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 20-Apr-16
Country: CHINA
Author: John Ruwitch
The air quality in eastern China continued to improve in the first quarter, but smog worsened in central and western regions, Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday after analyzing government data for 362 cities.

Activists lobby EU about logging in Poland's ancient forest

Activists lobby EU about logging in Poland's ancient forest
Photo: Kacper Pempel

Date: 20-Apr-16
Country: POLAND
Author: Agnieszka Barteczko
Poland's plans to increase logging in the Bialowieza Forest could breach European Union law because it would some of its destroy natural habitats, campaigners lobbying the European Commission for action said on Tuesday.

Global wind capacity to nearly double in next five years: GWEC

Global wind capacity to nearly double in next five years: GWEC
Photo: Yves Herman

Date: 20-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Global wind energy capacity will nearly double in the next five years, largely led by further market growth in China, but also as a stronger industry emerges in the United States, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said on Tuesday.

UK carbon emission goals in jeopardy if Hinkley delayed: minister

UK carbon emission goals in jeopardy if Hinkley delayed: minister
Photo: Stefan Wermuth

Date: 20-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
Britain's carbon emission targets could be at risk if the Hinkley C nuclear power project is canceled or delayed beyond its planned 2025 start date, the country's energy and climate minister said on Tuesday.

Solar panels power business surge - not just lights - in Tanzania

Date: 20-Apr-16
Country: TANZANIA
Author: Kizito Makoye
Samwel Nyakalege's life has recently become more of a grind - and that's a good thing.

Japan quake survivors struggle with shortages, search for missing goes on

Japan quake survivors struggle with shortages, search for missing goes on
Photo: Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan/Handout via Reuters

Date: 19-Apr-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Survivors of a series of Japanese quakes measuring up to 7.3 struggled on Tuesday with shortages of food and water as the death toll rose to 44 and rescuers dug through mud and rubble for the missing, but hopes dimmed of finding them alive.

Michigan governor to drink Flint water in show of safety over lead crisis

Michigan governor to drink Flint water in show of safety over lead crisis
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 19-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Ben Klayman
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, under pressure to resign over the state's poor handling of a lead water crisis in Flint, promised on Monday that he will drink filtered tap water from the city for at least the next 30 days to show that it is safe.

Campaigners scale Nelson's Column, other London landmarks in clean-air protest

Campaigners scale Nelson's Column, other London landmarks in clean-air protest
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 19-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Bethany Rielly
British police arrested eight Greenpeace activists on Monday after they scaled some of the London's best-known landmarks including Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square as part of a protest over air quality in the capital.

Australia state bans underground coal gas drilling

Date: 19-Apr-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: James Regan
Australia's Queensland state on Monday banned underground coal gasification, a controversial process used to convert coal into gas.

China launches pollution probe after hundreds of students fall sick

Date: 19-Apr-16
Country: CHINA
Author: John Ruwitch
Authorities in China have launched an investigation after a report that hundreds of children attending a language school built near a polluted former industrial site developed health problems, including cancer, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

Does premature Paris climate deal risk a painful birth?

Date: 19-Apr-16
Country: SPAIN
Author: Megan Rowling
When ministers and climate change negotiators from the world's poorest countries gathered in Kinshasa recently, they were dismayed at a proposal from the Third World Network (TWN) urging them not to rush into signing the new Paris climate agreement at a U.N. ceremony this week.

A rural retirement in Chernobyl's radioactive shadow

A rural retirement in Chernobyl's radioactive shadow
Photo: Vasily Fedosenko

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: BELARUS
Author: Vasily Fedosenko
Ninety-year-old Ivan Shamyanok says the secret to a long life is not leaving your birthplace, even when it is a Belarusian village poisoned with radioactive fallout from a nuclear disaster.

Heat kills: Global warming surge may rout Great Barrier Reef's natural defenses

Heat kills: Global warming surge may rout Great Barrier Reef's natural defenses
Photo: David Gray

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
A heat surge from global warming would overwhelm the natural ability of coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef to survive seasonal temperature changes, in much the way sun bathers would burn if they did not build their tan slowly.

U.N. panel to study tough 1.5C limit on global warming

U.N. panel to study tough 1.5C limit on global warming
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The U.N.'s panel of climate scientists agreed on Thursday to study how to limit global warming to the toughest target suggested by world leaders, saying even small rises in temperatures could be harmful.

Investors aware of climate change risks but still slow to act

Investors aware of climate change risks but still slow to act
Photo: China Daily

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney and Susanna Twidale
Investors are still slow to act on climate change, despite being more aware of risks to their portfolios, as they focus more on the short term and are unclear about the costs, senior executives told Reuters.

Exclusive: EU weighs stress tests for banks' climate risk exposure

Exclusive: EU weighs stress tests for banks' climate risk exposure
Photo: Yuya Shino

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Francesco Guarascio
Financial firms in the European Union may have to undergo stress tests on their exposure to climate change risk, such as floods, and to energy intensive sectors where assets are more exposed to repricing, a document seen by Reuters showed.

U.S. forecaster sees rising chance of La Nina in H2 2016

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Marcy Nicholson
A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday forecast an increasing chance of the La Nina weather phenomenon taking place in the second half of the year as El Nino was seen weakening further.

UK's 3 billion pound green home scheme not value for money: watchdog

Date: 15-Apr-16
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
A British government scheme costing energy firms 3 billion pounds to help people cut their bills and greenhouse gas emissions through measures such as subsidized loft insulation has not been value for money, a parliament watchdog said.

Sunshine's droppings could shed light on panda diet mystery

Sunshine's droppings could shed light on panda diet mystery
Photo: Russell Cheyne

Date: 14-Apr-16
Country: UK
Britain's only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are taking part in an experiment to find out whether the famously faddy breed really does only eat shoots and leaves.

Drought-hit Venezuela awaits rain at crucial Guri dam

Drought-hit Venezuela awaits rain at crucial Guri dam
Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Date: 14-Apr-16
Country: VENEZUELA
Author: Andrew Cawthorne
Drought has turned parts of the area behind Venezuela's Guri dam, one of the world's biggest, into a desert, but the government is optimistic of rain within weeks to drive the vast installation that provides the bulk of the OPEC nation's power.

Teck Resources says water containing metals spilled at Canada plant

Date: 14-Apr-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Nicole Mordant
Canadian miner Teck Resources said water containing metals had spilled at its Trail smelting and refining plant in British Columbia on Wednesday, with some discharge possibly flowing into a nearby creek.

Obama to issue new offshore drilling rules on Thursday: source

Date: 14-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Obama administration will announce Thursday safety regulations for offshore oil and natural gas drilling to prevent the kind of explosion that happened six years ago on a BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico, an official told Reuters.

High lead levels found at homes near L.A.-area battery plant

Date: 14-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Soil testing at 500 homes surrounding the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant near Los Angeles found all but a handful of dwellings with lead contamination at levels requiring cleanup, public health officials reported on Tuesday.

CalPERS seeks support to make Noble Energy report on climate change

Date: 14-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Swetha Gopinath
CalPERS, the largest public U.S. pension fund and a Noble Energy Inc shareholder, urged fellow stakeholders in the company to support a proposal requiring the oil and gas company to report risks associated with climate change.

In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national's seed theft exposes vulnerability

In Iowa corn fields, Chinese national's seed theft exposes vulnerability
Photo: Jim Young/Files

Date: 13-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Julia Edwards
Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn seeds.

Environmental groups file lawsuit over pollution from U.S. aircraft

Environmental groups file lawsuit over pollution from U.S. aircraft
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 13-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to press for faster action in setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. aircraft.

Flint water needs heavier use to speed recovery: expert

Flint water needs heavier use to speed recovery: expert
Photo: Rebecca Cook

Date: 13-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Ben Klayman
Flint, Michigan's lead-contaminated drinking water may still be unsafe, but residents need to increase their use of the system to help speed its recovery, a water expert said on Tuesday.

Rains ruin at least 5 percent of Argentina soy crop, tangle harvest

Rains ruin at least 5 percent of Argentina soy crop, tangle harvest
Photo: Enrique Marcarian

Date: 13-Apr-16
Country: ARGENTINA
Author: Maximiliano Rizzi
Heavy downpours have ruined the harvest of nearly 5 percent of Argentina's soybean farms and could damage even more of the 2015-16 crop if rains extend into next week as expected.

U.S. bans most Pacific sardine fishing after population crash

U.S. bans most Pacific sardine fishing after population crash
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 13-Apr-16
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Federal fishery managers have banned nearly all sardine fishing off the U.S. West Coast for the second straight year in a move hailed by conservation groups as key to protecting decimated California sea lion herds.

China to release more water to alleviate Southeast Asia drought

Date: 13-Apr-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Ben Blanchard
China will release more water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, following an initial release begun last month.

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