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China's tap water cleared of benzene in some areas: Xinhua

China's tap water cleared of benzene in some areas: Xinhua
Photo: Reuters/Stringer

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: China
Author: Faven Wong
The Chinese city of Lanzhou has cancelled emergency measures in two districts after tests of water samples there found no more cancer-inducing benzene, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

Japan confirms first bird flu case since 2011

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Japan
Author: Nathan Layne
Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country's first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday.

Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands; tsunami warning cancelled

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Solomon Islands
Author: Lincoln Feast
A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwest Nicaragua: USGS

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwest Nicaragua: USGS
Photo: Oswaldo Rivas

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: Nicaragua
Author: Alexandra Alper and Ivan Castro
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Nicaragua on Friday near the coast, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings in the capital Managua and as far away as San Jose in Costa Rica.

Shift to green energy will be tiny brake on growth: U.N.

Date: 14-Apr-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
A radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy would slow world economic growth by only a tiny fraction every year, a new draft U.N. report on tackling global warming said on Friday.

Powerful cyclone closes in on Australia's northeast, evacuations ordered

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: James Regan
Tourists and coastal residents were evacuating parts of the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday as a powerful cyclone intensified in the Coral Sea and made its way towards Australia's northeast.

China finds nearly 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules

China finds nearly 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules
Photo: Suzie Wong

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
Nearly 2,000 Chinese enterprises were found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign covering 25,000 industrial firms, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV

Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Piya Sinha-Roy
As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary.

El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer: U.S. weather forecaster

El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer: U.S. weather forecaster
Photo: Gary Hershorn

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Josephine Mason
The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal U.S. weather forecaster said Thursday.

U.N. climate report seeks clearer economics to guide action

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: GERMANY
Author: Alister Doyle
A U.N. report about ways to fix global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31
Photo: Julia Robinson

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Ros Krasny
Eleven U.S. Democratic senators urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

U.S. storm team predicts below-average Atlantic hurricane season

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Gray
The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quieter than normal, with a below-average number of storms and hurricanes, a leading U.S. hurricane forecasting team said on Thursday.

EPA defends enforcement plan to focus on biggest polluters

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to focus on cracking down on just the largest polluters will deliver "lasting returns" to the American public, its top enforcement official said on Thursday.

Deadly bat disease found in Wisconsin, Michigan: wildlife officials

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: USA
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Bats in Wisconsin and Michigan have been infected with a disease that has killed millions of the mosquito-eating mammals elsewhere in the U.S. and could have a detrimental impact on farming and forestry, wildlife officials said on Thursday.

Strong 6.1 quake shakes Nicaragua, no major damage

Date: 11-Apr-14
Country: MANAGUA
Author: Ivan Castro
A strong earthquake shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, knocking out power and phone lines in some areas of the capital Managua, a Reuters witness said, but there were no reports of fatalities or major damage.

Beijing eyes smog controls ahead of APEC meeting

Beijing eyes smog controls ahead of APEC meeting
Photo: Jason Lee

Date: 10-Apr-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Michael Martina
China may revive 2008 Beijing Olympics-style air pollution controls when it holds a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in the often smog-shrouded capital in November, state media said on Thursday.

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.