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U.N. climate deal draft must be shorter, clearer: minister

Date: 23-Jul-15
Country: UK
Author: Megan Rowling
Ministers working towards a new U.N. deal to tackle climate change, due in December, need a negotiating text that is shorter and more manageable than the current draft, the Marshall Islands' foreign minister said after informal talks in Paris.

At U.S. Capitol, Arizona Apaches protest planned copper mine

Date: 22-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Lacey Ann Johnson
Scores of Native American demonstrators protested at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday against a proposed $6 billion copper mine in Arizona at a site that members of the Apache tribe say is sacred.

Pope urges U.N. to take strong action on climate change

Date: 22-Jul-15
Country: VATICAN CITY
Author: Philip Pullella
Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the United Nations to take a "very strong stand" on climate change at a landmark summit this year in Paris on global warming.

Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project

Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project
Photo: David Gray

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Byron Kaye
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hostility to "visually awful" wind farms has sent a chill through the industry and could jeopardize the country's biggest renewable energy project, a $2 billion-plus wind and solar plant in the country's north.

Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: report

Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: report
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: SWITZERLAND
Author: Stephanie Nebehay
Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes due to floods, storms and earthquakes last year, a problem likely to worsen due to climate change, but which could be eased by better construction, a report said on Monday.

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto woos U.S. farmer support

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto woos U.S. farmer support
Photo: Arnd Wiegmann

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
As Monsanto Co struggles to convince rival Syngenta AG to discuss a potential merger, the seed and agrochemical giant is also wooing U.S. farmers, aiming to ease concerns about the proposed tie-up that could prompt regulatory challenges.

California irrigator faces record $1.5 million fine for drought violation

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
State regulators on Monday proposed a record $1.5 million fine against a northern California irrigation district accused of defying emergency drought restrictions by continuing to draw surface water placed off-limits for such diversions.

New York politicians seek ban on microbeads in cosmetics, cite water pollution

Date: 21-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Katie Reilly
New York political leaders on Monday renewed their push to outlaw microbeads, the personal care plastic additives blamed for polluting waterways, and urged a statewide ban even as Congress considers prohibiting them across the nation.

No solace for food-deprived polar bears as sea ice wanes

No solace for food-deprived polar bears as sea ice wanes
Photo: Susanne Miller/USFWS/Handout

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Polar bears are the kings of the ice surface covering the top of the globe, but the ongoing loss of the Arctic sea ice on which they hunt seals is causing summer food deprivation that threatens these imposing white-furred predators.

"Peak coal" by 2020 could save China thousands of lives: study


Photo: Kham

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Kathy Chen and David Stanway
Bringing coal use to a peak by 2020 could save China billions of dollars in environmental costs, slash water consumption by nearly 30 percent and prevent tens of thousands of deaths from coal-related illnesses, a study released on Thursday said.

Russia, U.S. agree fishing ban in Arctic as sea ice melts

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole, an agreement delayed more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark, is a response to global warming, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean.

Stressed Italian cows get air-conditioned sheds to combat heatwave

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: ITALY
Author: Isla Binnie
Italian farmers are installing showers and air conditioning in cowsheds and pigsties to allow the animals to freshen up in the baking summer heat, an agriculture group said on Thursday.

Dry spell wilts Indian crops, stokes food inflation concerns

Date: 17-Jul-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Rajendra Jadhav
Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops across the country, raising fears of lower yields and surging food prices in a mostly impoverished nation.

SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California

SeaWorld accused of infiltrating animal rights group in California
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Marty Graham
An animal rights group said SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, known for its dolphin and killer whale performances, sent an employee on secret missions to infiltrate events organized by the group in an attempt to undermine its work.

Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: UK
Author: Kate Kelland
Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide.

Four dead after flash floods in Kentucky, Indiana

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Steve Bittenbender
Four people have died and at least five were still unaccounted for on Wednesday after a series of storms struck the Ohio Valley, producing flash floods that swept through parts of eastern Kentucky and southern Indiana, officials said.

Iowa utility agrees to phase out seven coal plants in settlement

Date: 16-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Sierra Club said on Wednesday that an Iowa utility has agreed to phase out seven coals plants in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the state and the environmental group.

Britain should avoid deep injection shale wells: task force

Britain should avoid deep injection shale wells: task force
Photo: Gareth Fuller/Pool

Date: 15-Jul-15
Country: UK
Author: Nina Chestney
Britain should steer clear of using deep injection wells in shale oil and gas "fracking" and take extra steps to reduce the technique's environmental and health effects, an industry-funded task force examining the sector said on Wednesday.

Florida 'Eco-Art' project seeks to blend aesthetics and the environment

Florida 'Eco-Art' project seeks to blend aesthetics and the environment
Photo: Palm Beach County/Handout via Reuters

Date: 15-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
In a growing trend that seeks to blend art with environmental restoration, a water filtration project was unveiled on Tuesday along a 575-foot sea-walled stretch of the intracoastal waterway in South Florida.

Renewables outpace nuclear in economies making up 45 percent of world population: report

Date: 15-Jul-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Aaron Sheldrick
Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an atomic industry report shows

Suncor oil sands project aims to replace steam with radio waves

Date: 15-Jul-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Nia Williams
Suncor Energy Inc has launched a pilot project to replace the high-pressure steam used to extract bitumen from oil sands with radio frequency technology developed by U.S. defense contractor Harris Corporation.

Flooding halts Illinois River barges, corn export costs jump

Date: 15-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Karl Plume
The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 50-mile stretch of the Illinois River to all traffic on Tuesday as persistent heavy rains following the state's wettest June on record swelled the waterway to within two feet of all-time highs in some areas.

Boston's winter 'nightmare' over as snow heap finally melts

Date: 15-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Jaqueline Tempera
The last vestige of Boston's record winter snowfall - a heap of filthy snow in a parking lot near the harbor - melted under a hot July sun on Tuesday, leading the governor of Massachusetts to declare the end of the city's winter "nightmare."

Sage grouse flies into U.S. species protection crossfire

Sage grouse flies into U.S. species protection crossfire
Photo: Bob Wick/BLM/Handout via Reuters

Date: 14-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: AYESHA RASCOE
A wildlife protection fight over a quirky ground-dwelling bird highlights how two U.S. environmental groups have increasingly dominated the process of species protection, sparking a backlash from pro-business Republicans.

Chicago-area zoo investigates deaths of 54 stingrays

Chicago-area zoo investigates deaths of 54 stingrays
Photo: Brookfield Zoo/Handout via Reuters

Date: 14-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Suzannah Gonzales
The Brookfield Zoo near Chicago is investigating what caused all 54 of its stingrays to die, a zoo spokeswoman said on Monday.

Shell's damaged Arctic drilling support ship heads to Oregon

Date: 14-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Monday an icebreaker crucial to planned Arctic oil drilling will be sent to Portland, Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, but the issue is not expected to delay the beginning of drilling off Alaska later in July.

Stalked by great white shark, whale freed from ropes off Massachusetts

Date: 14-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Katie Reilly
Two incidents of humpback whales getting tangled in ropes off the U.S. East Coast in the past week, one triggering a great white shark attack, spurred scientists on Monday to renew calls for fishing methods that don't threaten the endangered species.

Treat climate change as seriously as national security: report

Date: 14-Jul-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Governments should treat climate change as seriously as threats to national security or public health, partly by focusing more on the worst scenarios of rising temperatures, an international report said on Monday.

Thailand approves $1.8 billion in loans for farmers hit by drought

Date: 14-Jul-15
Country: ThAILAND
Author: Kitiphong Thaicharoen
Thailand has approved loans of up to 60 billion baht ($1.77 billion) to support farmers affected by drought, the finance minister said on Monday.

Buzzkill: global warming shrinks range of pollinating bumblebees

Buzzkill: global warming shrinks range of pollinating bumblebees
Photo: Leif Richardson, UVM/Handout via Reuters

Date: 10-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
Global warming is shrinking the terrain where bumblebees live in North America and Europe, with these vital pollinators departing the southernmost and hottest parts of their ranges while failing to move north into cooler climes, scientists say.

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