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California narrowly upholds key policy for solar growth

California narrowly upholds key policy for solar growth
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Nichola Groom
California delivered a narrow victory to the solar industry on Thursday by maintaining a policy that has underpinned rooftop solar's dramatic growth while introducing fees that were smaller than utilities requested.

Mali's desert elephants face extinction in three years

Mali's desert elephants face extinction in three years
Photo: Jaime Dias

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: SENEGAL
Author: Emma Farge
Mali's elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless the government does more to protect them, a conservation group said on Thursday.

Billionaire Paul Allen's yacht damaged Caribbean protected coral: media

Billionaire Paul Allen's yacht damaged Caribbean protected coral: media
Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
A massive luxury yacht owned by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen destroyed most of a protected coral reef during a visit to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean earlier this month, media reported.

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop

After unusual weather, Cuba struggles to save prized tobacco crop
Photo: Alexandre Meneghini

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: CUBA
Author: Marc Frank
Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba's tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island's supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States.

Ethiopia drought relief needs $500 million for support beyond April: WFP

Ethiopia drought relief needs $500 million for support beyond April: WFP
Photo: Tiksa Negeri

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: ETHIOPIA
Author: Edmund Blair
The drought relief effort in Ethiopia needs about $500 million to fund programs beyond the end of April to support 10.2 million people facing critical food shortages this year, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Thursday.

Hungary court acquits leaders of firm behind toxic spill

Hungary court acquits leaders of firm behind toxic spill
Photo: Laszlo Balogh

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: HUNGARY
Author: Marton Dunai
Fifteen people tried in connection with a toxic spill from an alumina reservoir in western Hungary that killed 10 people in 2010 were acquitted on Thursday, an outcome a local mayor said would only serve to further traumatize and anger residents.

Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake: agency

Date: 29-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Joseph Ax
A fighter jet from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors.

California snow levels above normal for a second month

California snow levels above normal for a second month
Photo: Fred Greaves

Date: 28-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Winter storms and cool weather have resulted in slightly more snow than usual accumulating in California's Sierra Nevada mountains for a second month in a row, state data show.

Air regulator sues California utility over state's historic methane leak

Air regulator sues California utility over state's historic methane leak
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 28-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
A California utility failed to protect residents from the largest methane leak in state history at its natural gas field near Los Angeles, a regional pollution watchdog said in a lawsuit filed against the company.

In coal-powered China, electric car surge fuels fear of worsening smog

In coal-powered China, electric car surge fuels fear of worsening smog
Photo: ALY SONG

Date: 28-Jan-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Jake Spring
Automakers' latest projections for rapid growth of China's green car market have added to concerns of worsening smog as the uptake of electric vehicles powered by coal-fired grids races ahead of a switch to cleaner energy.

Canada imposes further delays on two major pipeline projects

Canada imposes further delays on two major pipeline projects
Photo: CHRIS WATTIE

Date: 28-Jan-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Randall Palmer and Leah Schnurr
Canada announced new interim rules on Wednesday for environmental reviews that will impose delays on two projects - TransCanada Corp's Energy East pipeline and Kinder Morgan Inc's expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Bosch launches internal probe into emissions scandal

Bosch launches internal probe into emissions scandal
Photo: Ralph Orlowski

Date: 28-Jan-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Ilona Wissenbach and Edward Taylor
German auto supplier Robert Bosch said it had launched an internal probe to investigate whether any of its staff were involved in a scandal over the rigging of automotive emissions tests.

Washington to lift snow emergency as it digs out from blizzard

Washington to lift snow emergency as it digs out from blizzard
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 28-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
Washington, D.C., will end its snow emergency on Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a sign that the U.S. capital is returning to normal after a deadly weekend blizzard on the U.S. East Coast.

Blue skies over Beijing? Decaying suburbs bear cost as China cuts pollution

Blue skies over Beijing? Decaying suburbs bear cost as China cuts pollution
Photo: JASON LEE

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Jessica Macy Yu
On the outskirts of Beijing, the disused factories of Chaomidian show the impact of China's drive to shut down thousands of small firms causing big pollution. Amid scrapheaps and idle machinery, the community has clean air these days - and no jobs.

Zimbabwean farmers fear the worst as cattle, crops succumb to drought

Zimbabwean farmers fear the worst as cattle, crops succumb to drought
Photo: Philimon Bulawayo

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
In the dusty village of Mafomoti, southern Zimbabwe, farmers have already lost cattle and crops in the severest drought to hit the nation in a quarter of a century. But the worst may be yet to come.

Canada to set climate change tests in pipeline reviews: Trudeau

Canada to set climate change tests in pipeline reviews: Trudeau
Photo: MARK BLINCH

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Allison Lampert
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged on Tuesday to require that environmental reviews of oil pipelines and LNG export projects consider greenhouse gas effects, and said it was not his role to be a cheerleader for such projects.

Top Canada watchdog worried about pesticide linked to bee deaths

Top Canada watchdog worried about pesticide linked to bee deaths
Photo: Chris Wattie

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: CANADA
Author: David Ljunggren
Canada's official environmental watchdog on Tuesday expressed concern that authorities were allowing the long-term use of pesticides linked to bee deaths despite not having enough information about the products.

El Niño parches Asia Pacific, destroying crops and drying up water sources

El Niño parches Asia Pacific, destroying crops and drying up water sources
Photo: Romeo Ranoco

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: THAILAND
Author: Alisa Tang
Severe El Niño-linked drought has destroyed crops, killed farm animals and dried up water sources across East Asia and the Pacific, aid workers said, and UNICEF appealed for $62 million to assist children impacted by various crises in the region.

States ask U.S. top court to block Obama carbon emissions plan

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
A group of U.S. states led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to combat climate change.

Doomsday Clock stays unchanged at three minutes to midnight

Date: 27-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
The Iran nuclear deal and movement on climate change prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global catastrophe, to keep it unchanged on Tuesday at three minutes to midnight.

When snow blows, Washington, D.C., cannot seem to cope

When snow blows, Washington, D.C., cannot seem to cope
Photo: Jonathan Ernst

Date: 22-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Ian Simpson
As they stocked up on groceries, batteries and booze ahead of the first major snowstorm to hit the U.S. East Coast this year, residents of the nation's capital also shared in a time-honored ritual - complaining about how poorly Washington manages winter.

Michigan governor will be called to congressional hearing on Flint water crisis

Michigan governor will be called to congressional hearing on Flint water crisis
Photo: Rebecca Cook

Date: 22-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Fiona Ortiz in Chicago and Timothy Gardner in
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials will be called to testify next month to a congressional panel about the crisis over lead-contaminated water in the city of Flint, a congressional office said on Thursday.

U.S. appeals court declines to block Obama carbon emissions plan

U.S. appeals court declines to block Obama carbon emissions plan
Photo: Joshua Roberts

Date: 22-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici
In a big victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. federal court on Thursday rejected a bid by 27 states to block its Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of its strategy to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

Monsanto sues to keep herbicide off California list of carcinogens

Monsanto sues to keep herbicide off California list of carcinogens
Photo: Charles Platiau

Date: 22-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Karl Plume
Monsanto Co stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer on Thursday by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state's list of known carcinogens.

Sarah the cheetah, world's fastest land mammal, dies in Ohio zoo

Sarah the cheetah, world's fastest land mammal, dies in Ohio zoo
Photo: Cincinnati Zoo/Handout via Reuters

Date: 22-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Kim Palmer
An Ohio zoo said on Thursday that Sarah, a cheetah designated the world's fastest land mammal by National Geographic magazine in 2012, has died at the age of 15.

U.S. to tackle oil and gas methane waste on public lands -sources

Date: 22-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The Obama administration is expected to propose new rules as soon as Friday to curb methane leaks from oil and natural gas production, its latest attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production under its control, sources familiar with the plan said.

White or yellow? South Africans face corn conundrum as drought hits crop

White or yellow? South Africans face corn conundrum as drought hits crop
Photo: SIPHIWE SIBEKO

Date: 21-Jan-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Stoddard
South Africa's rainbow nation faces a drought-induced corn conundrum about the color of its staple, a starchy cake-like mixture derived from maize: white, yellow or a mix of the two?

Natural gas likely overtook coal as top U.S. power source in 2015

Natural gas likely overtook coal as top U.S. power source in 2015
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 21-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino
Last year looks like it was an unwelcome watershed for the embattled U.S. coal industry.

Regulators delay action again on huge California methane leak

Regulators delay action again on huge California methane leak
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 21-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: Lucy Nicholson
Air quality regulators, meeting for the third time this month to address a huge natural gas leak that has forced thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes, delayed action again on Wednesday on a proposal to curtail the escaping methane.

Electric vehicle sales fall far short of Obama goal

Electric vehicle sales fall far short of Obama goal
Photo: Mark Blinch/Files

Date: 21-Jan-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
Back in 2008, with gas prices averaging nearly $4 a gallon, President Barack Obama set a goal of getting one million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015.

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