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Latest News (116 stories)

Earthquake shakes Iceland volcano, still no ash

Earthquake shakes Iceland volcano, still no ash
Photo: Marco Nescher

Date: 09-Sep-14
Country: ICELAND
Author: Robert Robertsson
An earthquake struck the region around Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano on Sunday while fissures in the area continued to spew out lava but still none of the ash that could hamper airline traffic.

Torrential rains hit U.S. Southwest, two dead in Arizona

Date: 09-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
Torrential rains drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on Monday, prompting flash-flood warnings across four states and taking the lives of two women washed away in separate incidents in Arizona.

Escaped albino cobra gets new home at California zoo

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
A venomous albino cobra that somehow got loose in a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood and attacked a dog, putting residents on edge, has been given a new home at the San Diego Zoo, a spokeswoman there said on Friday.

Official statement says it could be years before New Mexico nuclear waste dump fully reopens

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
It may be years before an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico shuttered by a radiation leak is fully operational, and costs for decontamination and other activities to restore the facility are not yet clear, U.S. Energy Department officials said.

South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachers

South Africa tries gunfire location system to catch rhino poachers
Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: South Africa
Author: Peroshni Govender
Rhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted in the country's flagship Kruger National Park.

California blue whales, once nearly extinct, back at historical levels

California blue whales, once nearly extinct, back at historical levels
Photo: NOAA Nat Marine Fisheries Service

Date: 08-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Dan Whitcomb
California blue whales, the largest animals on Earth once driven to near extinction by whaling, have made a remarkable comeback to near historic, 19th-century levels, according to a University of Washington study released on Friday.

Tropical storm Dolly hits Mexico's northeast coast

Tropical storm Dolly hits Mexico's northeast coast
Photo: Jonatan Rosas

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: Mexico
Author: David Alire Garcia and Gabriel Stargardter
Tropical storm Dolly lashed Mexico's northeast coast on Tuesday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, bringing torrential rain and life threatening flash floods.

Dolphin virus adds to deaths in troubled Florida lagoon

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
A measles-like virus that is blamed for killing hundreds of dolphins on the U.S. East Coast has spread into a Florida lagoon where hundreds of manatees, brown pelicans and dolphins already died mysteriously in recent years.

Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: David Dekok
A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report made public on Tuesday.

Polar bear DNA found from tracks in snow, in conservation step

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
Polar bear DNA has been isolated for the first time from footprints left in the snow on an Arctic island, a breakthrough that could help scientists better protect rare and endangered wild animals, experts said on Tuesday.

Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative

Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative
Photo: Ints Kalnins

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: UK
Author: Kate Kelland
British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves.

Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors

Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors
Photo: Kimimasa Mayama

Date: 03-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Kevin Krolicki
A group of Fukushima workers on Wednesday sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility and its reliance on contractors to shut down a nuclear plant destroyed by the industry's worst accident since Chernobyl.

Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR

Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef: AFR
Photo: Great Barrier Reef National Park Authority

Date: 02-Sep-14
Country: Australia
Author: James Regan
Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world's biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday.

More cash for EU industry, eastern states in 2030 climate goals: draft

More cash for EU industry, eastern states in 2030 climate goals: draft
Photo: Ina Fassbender

Date: 02-Sep-14
Country: Europe
Author: Michael Szabo
Big emitting industries and poorer eastern member states in the European Union could get tens of billions of euros in additional funds next decade to help them meet the bloc's 2030 energy and climate goals, a draft EU document showed.

Florida power utilities fear return of 'Green Governor' Crist

Florida power utilities fear return of 'Green Governor' Crist
Photo: GASTON DE CARDENAS/FILES

Date: 02-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: DAVID ADAMS
When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations.

More cash for EU industry, eastern states in 2030 climate goals: draft

More cash for EU industry, eastern states in 2030 climate goals: draft
Photo: INA FASSBENDER

Date: 02-Sep-14
Country: UK
Author: BEN GARSIDE AND MICHAEL SZABO
Big emitting industries and poorer eastern member states in the European Union could get tens of billions of euros in additional funds next decade to help them meet the bloc's 2030 energy and climate goals, a draft EU document showed.

Bad weather for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change

Date: 02-Sep-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Imaginary television weather forecasts predicted floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a United Nations campaign on Monday to draw attention to a U.N. summit this month on fighting global warming.

Volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea causes flight diversions

Date: 01-Sep-14
Country: Papua New Guinea
Author: Matt Siegel
A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths.

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

Date: 01-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Aaron Mendelson
The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.

U.S. officials seize invasive giant African snails

Date: 01-Sep-14
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Agricultural inspectors have seized 1,304 giant African snails, one of the world's most destructive invasive species, from sites around the United States, the Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

Fukushima fallout: Resentment grows in nearby Japanese city

Fukushima fallout: Resentment grows in nearby Japanese city
Photo: Issei Kato

Date: 01-Sep-14
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski
Like many of her neighbours, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago.

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption
Photo: Armann Hoskuldsson

Date: 01-Sep-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson
Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash.

Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
Wildlife authorities in Florida caught a man who killed and ate 15 gopher tortoises and planned to slaughter 11 more of the threatened reptiles, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Deepa Seetharaman
During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. He estimates about half his inventory was damaged, winding up in three-foot piles in the aisles.

Warming aids Arctic economies but far short of 'cold rush'

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a "cold rush" for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average.

India to chip in with five percent of global rare earth output

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: India
Author: Krishna N Das
India is commissioning a plant to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of rare earths a year, a state company official told Reuters, which could help it contribute about 5 percent to the global supply of the metals used in cameras, cars, iPhones and wind turbines.

U.S. lists 20 corals as threatened; activists want more

Date: 29-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daniel Wallis
The U.S. government pared back the number of reef-building coral species it was considering to label as threatened from 66 to 20 this week, prompting criticism from conservationists.

Drop in disaster payouts strengthens case for reinsurance price cut

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: Switzerland
Author: Joshua Franklin
Payouts by insurers for disaster claims in the first six months of the year were below the average for the past 10 years, a study showed on Wednesday, which is likely to bolster insurers' calls for cheaper reinsurance.

Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output : study

Roads expanding fast worldwide, better planning needed to aid food output : study
Photo: Kham

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: Norway
Author: Alister Doyle
New roads long enough to girdle the Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising food production, a study showed on Wednesday.

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 28-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.