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Latest News (172 stories)

Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states

Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states
Photo: Jason Redmond

Date: 10-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.

Extinct Australian predator was fierce but no Tasmanian devil

Date: 10-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Will Dunham
A fox-sized marsupial predator that roamed Australia from about 23 to 12 million years ago had plenty of bite to go along with its bark. But while it was certainly fierce, it was no Tasmanian devil, Australia's famously ferocious bantamweight brute.

New EU rules on energy funding phase out subsidies for renewables

Date: 10-Apr-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis and Foo Yun Chee
Funding green energy will become harder under EU rules published on Wednesday designed to replace subsidies with market-based schemes, just when the Ukraine crisis has heightened the need for alternatives to imported fossil fuel.

Australian shark fear survey shows little support for culling

Date: 10-Apr-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Pauline Askin
Australia ranks high in global charts of shark attacks and is currently running an aggressive culling drive against the marine predator, but a new survey says many Australians aren't really that worried about them.

California lawmakers sidestep bill on SeaWorld shows until after elections

California lawmakers sidestep bill on SeaWorld shows until after elections
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 09-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
A closely watched measure that would ban SeaWorld from using killer whales to perform tricks in famed "Shamu" shows at its California park was effectively killed on Tuesday, as state lawmakers called for more research.

Guinea's first Ebola survivors return to family, stigma remains

Guinea's first Ebola survivors return to family, stigma remains
Photo: Misha Hussain

Date: 09-Apr-14
Country: Guinea
Author: Misha Hussain
GUECKEDOU, Guinea, April 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hiccups, say doctors in this remote corner of Guinea, are the final tell-tale sign of infection by the Ebola virus that has killed more than 100 people since an outbreak began this year.

Cyclone in Coral Sea could threaten north Australia by Friday

Date: 09-Apr-14
Country: Australia
Author: James Regan
A tropical cyclone currently intensifying in the Coral Sea could threaten coastal communities in northern Australia by Friday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.

Australia puts chance of 2014 El Nino at more than 70 percent

Date: 09-Apr-14
Country: Australia
Author: Lincoln Feast
The chance of an El Nino weather event developing in 2014 now exceeds 70 percent, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of damaging floods and droughts across the globe.

Polish government approves renewable energy bill

Date: 09-Apr-14
Country: Poland
Author: Michael Kahn and Marcin Goettig
Poland's government approved a long-awaited draft law on Tuesday that lays out new long-term subsidies for renewable energy, aiming to cut costs to consumers as well as help the coal-reliant country meet EU climate targets.

Drought threatens population in the northwest of Haiti

Drought threatens population in the northwest of Haiti
Photo: Amelie Baron

Date: 08-Apr-14
Country: Haiti
Author: Amelie Baron
Only cactus grows along the dirt road fringing arid fields on the way to the isolated village of Bas des Moustiques, on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Port-de-Paix in Haiti.

EU study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared

EU study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared
Photo: David W Cerny

Date: 08-Apr-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Barbara Lewis
A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects.

Activist petition seeks end of SeaWorld California orca shows

Activist petition seeks end of SeaWorld California orca shows
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 08-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
The battle over a proposed ban in California on using killer whales in entertainment shows at amusement parks like SeaWorld stepped up on Monday, as animal rights activists converged on Sacramento to present petitions they said were signed by 1.2 million people worldwide.

EPA chief says power plant rule will be tough, enforceable

Date: 08-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's chief said on Monday that new carbon pollution standards due in June will be flexible enough for all states to meet but will be environmentally stringent and federally enforceable.

Mississippi girl swept away by floodwaters likely dead: officials

Date: 08-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Therese Apel
A 9-year-old girl was missing and presumed dead on Monday after being swept away in flash floods triggered by severe storms in Mississippi, while more than 100 people were rescued from deluged apartment buildings in Alabama, authorities said.

Germany expects to agree deal with EU Commission on renewable energy by Tuesday

Date: 08-Apr-14
Country: Germany
Author: Holger Hansen
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday he was confident Germany would reach an agreement with the European Commission on the renewable energy surcharge by Tuesday.

Funerals start for victims of deadly U.S. mudslide

Funerals start for victims of deadly U.S. mudslide
Photo: Genna Martin

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Kaminsky
Mourners gathered on Saturday to remember victims killed in Washington state's mudslide, the first of a series of memorial services for the more than two dozen dead, even as the search continues for more victims.

Whisky gets greener as Scottish distillers burn waste byproducts

Whisky gets greener as Scottish distillers burn waste byproducts
Photo: Russell Cheyne

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: Scotland
Author: Nina Chestney
Scotch whisky distillers are burning their unwanted grain byproducts, wood chips and other types of biomass for a source of energy in remote areas of the Highlands, where gas links are scarce and fuel oil is pricey.

Norway wealth fund to ramp up renewable energy investments

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Camilla Knudsen and Gwladys Fouche
Norway's $860 billion oil fund should scale up its investments in renewable energy and weigh the risk to future returns posed by climate change, the finance ministry said on Friday, a shift green groups said was insufficient.

Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90

Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90
Photo: Saliou Samb

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: MALI
Author: Adama Diarra and Saliou Samb
Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighboring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa.

Scientists warn unsafe Italian schools risk earthquake disaster

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: ITALY
Author: Naomi O'Leary
Italy risks disaster if its schools are not strengthened against earthquakes, leading geologists said on Friday, in a call for action before the fifth anniversary of a quake in the university town of L'Aquila that killed over 300.

In tornado-prone Oklahoma, some better prepared than others

In tornado-prone Oklahoma, some better prepared than others
Photo: Adrees Latif

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Heide Brandes
The mayor of Moore, Oklahoma, a municipality twice devastated by tornados in the past 15 years, is fixated on garage doors, knowing they are a key to protecting the city from even more damage during this year's tornado season.

Time running out to meet global warming target: U.N. report

Time running out to meet global warming target: U.N. report
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.

Blast at U.S. LNG site casts spotlight on natural gas safety

Blast at U.S. LNG site casts spotlight on natural gas safety
Photo: Brett Carlsen

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Joshua Schneyer, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis
An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers.

Canada high court to hear Chevron in $9.1 billion Ecuador lawsuit

Date: 07-Apr-14
Country: Canada
Author: Randall Palmer
The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Thursday to hear an appeal by Chevron Corp of a lower-court decision that said Ecuadorean villagers could pursue in Ontario their $9.51 billion lawsuit for pollution in the Amazon jungle.

England wheezes through haze of Saharan dust cloud

England wheezes through haze of Saharan dust cloud
Photo: Stefan Wermuth

Date: 04-Apr-14
Country: UK
Author: Paul Sandle
It has shrouded England's most famous monuments for days, prompted a rash of calls to the emergency services over health fears and even stopped Prime Minister David Cameron from taking his early morning jog.

VW to build plug-in hybrid cars in China as pollution reforms open the market: sources

VW to build plug-in hybrid cars in China as pollution reforms open the market: sources
Photo: Larry Downing

Date: 04-Apr-14
Country: GERMANY
Author: Andreas Cremer
Volkswagen plans to make plug-in cars in China, company sources say, seeing a big potential market as the country's leaders fight hazardous levels of air pollution with measures that include boosting green power.

China city acknowledges protesters hurt in rally against chemical plant

China city acknowledges protesters hurt in rally against chemical plant
Photo: Stringer

Date: 04-Apr-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Megha Rajagopalan
Officials in a southern Chinese city acknowledged on Thursday that 15 people were hurt "accidentally" at a mass protest against a chemical plant, days after police made no mention of injuries in a case that has incensed many Chinese.

U.N. climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry

U.N. climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry
Photo: Carlo Allegri

Date: 04-Apr-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

Native American tribe may seek to hunt bison inside Yellowstone

Native American tribe may seek to hunt bison inside Yellowstone
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 04-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
The Nez Perce tribe once hunted bison in what is now Yellowstone National Park, and some tribal leaders want to revive the practice, which ended with Western settlement and the near total extermination of the once-vast U.S. bison herds.

First tsunami waves reach Chile coast following quake

Date: 04-Apr-14
Country: CHILE
Author: Anthony Esposito
The first tsunami waves have reached Chile's coastline following a magnitude 7.6 earthquake, the country's navy said on Thursday.