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Latest News (130 stories)

A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: ZACHARY FAGENSON
A Miami man remained hospitalized in serious condition after a crocodile for the first time in Florida history attacked a pair of late-night swimmers near an upscale suburb, a wildlife official said on Monday.

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
A group of global biotech crop companies won a court victory on Monday that blocks enactment of a law passed last year limiting the planting of biotech crops and use of pesticides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Bills to regulate California groundwater use opposed by farmers

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Joaquin Palomino
A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures' fates in the waning days of the state's legislative session this week.

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes southern Peru: USGS

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: PERU
Author: Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck southern Peru on Sunday, shaking the capital Lima 300 miles away but triggering no widespread damage or injuries.

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

Date: 26-Aug-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: ALISTER DOYLE
Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised

How big is your water footprint? You may be surprised
Photo: David Gray

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: UK
Author: Magda Mis
If you recently bought a pair of jeans or ate a burger for dinner, followed by a nice cup of coffee, you probably didn't link the touch of cotton or the aroma of the food to the amount of water that was used to produce them.

Conservation of Amazon threatened by poor social conditions of its people: study

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: Brazil
Author: Astrid Zweynert
The conservation of Brazil's Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.

Iceland lowers volcano warning as no sign of eruption

Iceland lowers volcano warning as no sign of eruption
Photo: Sigtryggur Johannsson

Date: 25-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Robert Robertsson
Iceland lowered its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry to orange from red on Sunday after further analysis of an apparent eruption under a glacier found there had been no eruption after all.

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls
Photo: Toru Hanai

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Japan
Author: Toru Hanai
Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

Oil spill that fouled Mexican river will take months to clean up

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: Mexico
Author: David Alire Garcia and Adriana Barrera
An oil pipeline spill that contaminated a river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon will take months to clean up, the country's top water authority said on Thursday.

Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Aaron Mendelson
The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.

Atlantic slows warming, temperature rises seen resuming from 2030: study

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Alister Doyle
The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said.

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park

Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park
Photo: Karen Parker

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
A rare Florida panther, found near death as a 1-pound newborn in January, bounded into its permanent new fenced home in a state park on Thursday, now a lively, nearly 50-pound kitten.

PETA joins protest against sale of rabbit meat at Whole Foods

Date: 22-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: John Clarie
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined a nationwide protest to stop Whole Foods stores from selling rabbit meat, the animal rights group said Thursday.

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes
Photo: Eric Gallard

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Barbara Lewis
EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano

Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano
Photo: Sigtryggur Johannsson

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Iceland
Author: Mia Shanley
Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption.

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently: state media
Photo: Francois Lenoir

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: Belgium
Author: Robert-Jan Bartunek
Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday.

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Rich Mckay
A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Los Angeles waterslide plan draws protests during drought

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Daina Beth Solomon
Plans to set up a three-block-long "slip 'n slide" in Los Angeles next month have drawn the ire of conservationists who say splashing up to 16,000 gallons of water down it during a severe drought is frivolous and irresponsible.

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback

U.S. effort to protect bald eagle suffers legal setback
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 21-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Jonathan Stempel
The bald eagle may no longer be at risk of extinction, but the U.S. effort to protect the national bird became harder on Wednesday.

USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund

USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund
Photo: Andrew Biraj

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: THAILAND
Author: Thin Lei Win
A $100 million fund launched on Tuesday aims to make people in disaster-prone regions of Asia and Africa better able to cope with natural disasters and crises, so that they can get their lives and economies back on track more quickly and effectively.

Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB

Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB
Photo: Mansi Thapliyal

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: NEPAL
Author: Gopal Sharma
Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts
Photo: Fujitsu Ltd./Handout via Reuters

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Sophie Knight
Japanese technology firms are applying their expertise in energy-saving and cloud technology to help farmers cope with shifting weather patterns, an onslaught of cheaper imports and a shrinking workforce.

On wings of endangered butterflies, critics attack Florida planned Walmart

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
A Florida real estate developer is putting on hold plans to build a Walmart store and hundreds of apartments after federal officials last week moved to protect two species of endangered butterflies on the proposed site, a rare tract of forest brimming with wildlife.

Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Bill Cotterell
Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources.

Mexico minister says Grupo Mexico account of toxic spill 'totally false'

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: MEXICO
Author: Tomas Sarmiento and Gabriel Stargardter
Mexico's environment secretary said on Tuesday that Grupo Mexico gave false information about a toxic spill at its Buenavista mine in northern Mexico, a day after the environmental authority said it would file a criminal complaint against the company.

Floods disrupt traffic, close roads in Phoenix

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: David Schwartz
Heavy rains flooded the Phoenix area on Tuesday, closing part of an interstate highway for nearly an hour, shutting local roadways, and prompting authorities to pluck people from their cars in inundated areas.

Wildfire near Yosemite park prompts 13,000 evacuation orders

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle and Courtney Sherwood in Portland
Firefighters from across California were sent to battle an out-of-control wildfire on Tuesday near Yosemite National Park and authorities ordered the evacuation of 13,000 homes and businesses, officials said.

Oil spill from power plant closes 15-mile stretch of Ohio River

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Edward McAllister in New York, Ashutosh Pandey in Bangalore and Julie Ingwersen in Chicago
The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

NHC says 30 percent chance of cyclone off north-east coast of South America

Date: 20-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Koustav Samanta
An elongated area of low pressure extending from the north-eastern coast of South America into the central tropical Atlantic has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.