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Globalization worsens food price shocks for importers - researchers - TRFN

Globalization worsens food price shocks for importers - researchers - TRFN
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 13-May-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Chris Arsenault
The chances of shock food price rises in import-dependent states are rising as the world's population grows and nations become more reliant on global markets, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.

WHO findings on weed killer will not speed up EU safety review

Date: 13-May-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU regulators will not accelerate a decision on whether to restrict use of the world's most widely used weed killer, even though it has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (WHO), officials said on Tuesday.

Weather centers to arm Central Africa's farmers against climate shifts

Date: 13-May-15
Country: CAMEROON
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon.

Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage: WFP

Drought-hit Southern Africa at risk of food shortage: WFP
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 12-May-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Cropley
Southern Africa faces possible food shortages over the next few months due to a severe drought in the 'maize belt' of South Africa, where a lack of rain had caused crop failure rates of over 50 percent, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.

Blue whales, unused to dodging, at risk from ships: Stanford biologist

Blue whales, unused to dodging, at risk from ships: Stanford biologist
Photo: Joshua Barton

Date: 12-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
Blue whales are vulnerable to cargo ship strikes because they are so used to being the largest animal in the ocean that they often fail to avoid the vessels, a Stanford University biologist has found.

Impact of El Nino on key crops in Asia

Impact of El Nino on key crops in Asia
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee

Date: 12-May-15
Country: SINGAPORE
Author: Naveen Thukral
Closely watched weather forecasts by Japan and Australia on Tuesday are likely to confirm the return of El Nino this year. In 2009, the weather pattern had caused the worst drought in four decades in India and ravaged croplands across Asia, driving food prices to multi-year highs.

Activists threaten to sue for captive whale Lolita's freedom

Activists threaten to sue for captive whale Lolita's freedom
Photo: Andrew Innerarity

Date: 12-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
Activists said on Monday they would sue a Florida aquarium for violating the Endangered Species Act if it does not improve living conditions for Lolita, a killer whale in captivity for more than four decades.

Oil leaked into Hudson River after fire at nuclear reactor near NYC

Oil leaked into Hudson River after fire at nuclear reactor near NYC
Photo: Gustavus Gricius/Handout

Date: 12-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Fiona Ortiz
Oil leaked into the Hudson River on Sunday after a transformer fire and explosion a day earlier at the Indian Point nuclear plant north of New York City, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was concerned about environmental damage.

Native American tribes oppose hunting of Yellowstone-area grizzlies

Native American tribes oppose hunting of Yellowstone-area grizzlies
Photo: Jim Urquhart

Date: 12-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Native American tribes said on Friday they oppose U.S. government plans to strip grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area of federal safeguards, ultimately opening the way for sport hunting of them in northern Rocky Mountain states.

Adviser to Australian Prime Minister says U.N. using climate change for 'new world order'

Adviser to Australian Prime Minister says U.N. using climate change for 'new world order'
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 08-May-15
Country: Australia
Author: Jane Wardell
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order, provocative claims made to coincide with a visit from the top UN climate negotiator.

California environmentalists sue over oil industry water practices

California environmentalists sue over oil industry water practices
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 08-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
California environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to halt oil industry injections of drilling wastewater into nearly 500 wells, a practice they say threatens fresh water supplies and is particularly critical in light of a prolonged drought.

El Nino, Arctic ice melt could mean colder winter in Europe

El Nino, Arctic ice melt could mean colder winter in Europe
Photo: David W Cerny

Date: 08-May-15
Country: Norway
Author: Nerijus Adomaitis
Next winter in Europe could be colder and drier than the previous two mild winters, which drove down gas and power consumption, the chief meteorologist at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon said.

German support for U.S-EU trade deal drops on food, safety worries: poll

German support for U.S-EU trade deal drops on food, safety worries: poll
Photo: Rainer Jensen/Pool

Date: 08-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Krista Hughes
Support among Germans for a Europe-U.S. free trade deal has fallen sharply over the past year with many in Europe's biggest economy worrying about its impact on food standards, auto safety and the environment, a new opinion poll released on Thursday showed.

Oldest known Malayan bear in U.S. captivity euthanized in Arizona

Oldest known Malayan bear in U.S. captivity euthanized in Arizona
Photo: Reid Park Zoo/Handout via Reuters

Date: 08-May-15
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
A 34-year-old Malayan sun bear who is believed to be the oldest in U.S. captivity has been euthanized at a southern Arizona zoo, officials said on Wednesday.

Philippines sounds alert for approaching typhoon

Date: 08-May-15
Country: Philipines
Author: Manuel Mogato
The Philippines is bracing for a typhoon heading for the northeast of the main island of Luzon and expected to make landfall on Sunday, bringing heavy to intense rainfall, the weather bureau said.

Non-automotive diesel in China to meet new quality standards in 2018

Date: 08-May-15
Country: China
Author: Adam Rose and Judy Hua
Diesel used outside the automotive sector will have meet the "National V" fuel quality standards by January 2018, a year later than automotive fuels, China's powerful central planning authority said on Thursday, as the government continues to battle rampant smog.

To protect carob groves, Cyprus recruits owls and snakes

To protect carob groves, Cyprus recruits owls and snakes
Photo: Yiannis Kourtoglou

Date: 07-May-15
Country: CYPRUS
Author: Michele Kambas
Barn owls and black snakes are being enlisted in Cyprus to protect carob trees, known on the Mediterranean island since antiquity and once a flourishing export but now threatened by urbanization and rats.

California approves new uniform rules for seawater desalination

California approves new uniform rules for seawater desalination
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 07-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California water regulators on Wednesday adopted a new uniform permitting process for seawater desalination projects expected to expand in number as the drought-stricken state increasingly turns to the ocean to supplement its drinking supplies.

Deep-sea microbes called missing link for complex cellular life

Deep-sea microbes called missing link for complex cellular life
Photo: R.B. Pedersen

Date: 07-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean between Greenland and Norway, scientists have found microorganisms they call a missing link connecting the simple cells that first populated Earth to the complex cellular life that emerged roughly 2 billion years ago.

Crisis for Areva's La Hague plant as clients shun nuclear

Crisis for Areva's La Hague plant as clients shun nuclear
Photo: Benoit Tessier

Date: 07-May-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Emmanuel Jarry
Areva's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in La Hague needs to cut costs as its international customers disappear following the Fukushima disaster, and its sole remaining big customer, fellow state-owned French utility EDF, pressures it to cut prices.

Germany says EU carbon deal to remove 200 million permits a year from 2019

Germany says EU carbon deal to remove 200 million permits a year from 2019
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 07-May-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Markus Wacket
Germany expects an EU deal to reform its carbon market to result in the one-off removal of 900 million backloaded permits from the market, plus a further 200 million certificates per year from 2019, an environment ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, correcting comments made earlier by a senior German official.

European carmakers seek delay to tougher emissions testing

European carmakers seek delay to tougher emissions testing
Photo: Srdjan Zivulovic

Date: 07-May-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Julia Fioretti and Barbara Lewis
European carmakers are lobbying for a three year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, according to an industry paper seen by Reuters.

Tornadoes hit southwest of Oklahoma City

Date: 07-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas and Heide Brandes in Oklahoma City;
A series of tornadoes touched down southwest of Oklahoma City on Wednesday, including a major one that hit about 20 miles from the state's capital city, officials and local TV reports said.

Lead poisoning lawsuit tests China's resolve over pollution

Lead poisoning lawsuit tests China's resolve over pollution
Photo: Alexandra Harney

Date: 06-May-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Alexandra Harney
A lawsuit filed by residents of a Chinese town against a chemical plant that they say is responsible for high levels of lead in the blood of local children is shaping up as a test of the central government's resolve to tackle pollution.

China to expand coal ban to suburbs

China to expand coal ban to suburbs
Photo: David Gray

Date: 06-May-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and Chen Aizhu
China will expand its bans on coal burning to include suburban areas as well as city centers in efforts to tackle air pollution, the top energy agency said on Tuesday.

Forest Service chief predicts above normal U.S. wildfire season

Forest Service chief predicts above normal U.S. wildfire season
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 06-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday predicted an above normal wildfire season for vast swaths of the western and northern United States due to drought and higher-than-average temperatures.

Anglo's Los Bronces fined $6.2 million for Chile environmental breaches

Anglo's Los Bronces fined $6.2 million for Chile environmental breaches
Photo: Ivan Alvarado

Date: 06-May-15
Country: CHILE
Author: Rosalba O'Brien and Anthony Esposito
Anglo American PLC's Los Bronces copper mine has been slapped with a 3.8 billion pesos ($6.24 million) fine and ordered to shut one of its waste dumps, Chile's environmental regulator said on Tuesday.

After Nepal quake, time is ripe to push for safer buildings, experts say

After Nepal quake, time is ripe to push for safer buildings, experts say
Photo: Athit Perawongmetha

Date: 06-May-15
Country: SPAIN
Author: Megan Rowling
Six weeks before Nepal was hit by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, the country's foreign minister told a global conference on disasters that a major quake in the Kathmandu Valley would likely cause "catastrophic" loss of life.

EPA regulator says set to release key herbicide report, lauds biopesticides

Date: 06-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
The Environmental Protection Agency has wrapped up its review of the world's most widely used herbicide and plans to release a much-anticipated preliminary risk assessment no later than July, the regulator's chief pesticide regulator told Reuters.

EPA sends biofuels volumes targets to White House for review: sources

Date: 06-May-15
Country: USA
Author: Chris Prentice in New York and Ayesha Rascoe in Washington
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent blending targets for the country's renewable fuels program to the White House for review ahead of a fast-approaching June 1 deadline for publicly releasing its proposal, according to industry sources.

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