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Latest News (158 stories)

Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: Solomon Islands
Author: Megan Rowling
Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands.

Tiger shark caught off Texas coast cooked up and served to homeless

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Amanda Orr
An 800 pound (365-kg) tiger shark caught off the Texas coast this week had a section of its flesh filleted, cooked and served to nearly 100 homeless people in Corpus Christi, a charity said on Friday.

At least 53 killed in Nepal floods and mudslides

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: Nepal
Author: Gopal Sharma
Flash floods and mudslides following heavy rains have killed at least 53 people in Nepal over the past three days and cut off remote communities in the mountains, the government said on Saturday.

SeaWorld to build bigger enclosures for killer whales in U.S.

SeaWorld to build bigger enclosures for killer whales in U.S.
Photo: Seaworld

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sruthi Ramakrishnan
Theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said on Friday it would nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas amid criticism over its treatment of the animals.

Monsoon floods hit north India, 200 villages under water

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: India
Author: Ratnajyoti Dutta
Floods triggered by heavy rains have inundated nearly 200 villages in northern India, killing at least 21 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday, as forecasts for more rain prompted fresh flood warnings.

The cost of caring for Europe's elderly nuclear plants

The cost of caring for Europe's elderly nuclear plants
Photo: Yves Herman

Date: 18-Aug-14
Country: Europe
Author: Nina Chestney and Susanna Twidale
Europe's ageing nuclear fleet will undergo more prolonged outages over the next few years, reducing the reliability of power supply and costing plant operators many millions of dollars.

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: report
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: CHINA
Author: Stian Reklev and Kathy Chen
The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.

Rio passes first Olympic test, water quality surprises

Rio passes first Olympic test, water quality surprises
Photo: Sergio Moraes

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Jeb Blount
Rio de Janeiro passed its first 2016 Olympics test with the end of an international sailing regatta on Guanabara Bay, one of the most heavily criticized venues in a city under attack for disorganization and construction delays.

Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat, study says

Man-made warming becomes main cause of glacier retreat, study says
Photo: Mariana Bazo

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions have become the dominant cause of melting in glaciers from the Alps to the Andes that is raising world sea levels, a study said on Thursday.

Plan to sell burned California trees sends sparks flying

Plan to sell burned California trees sends sparks flying
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
Long, heavy logging trucks, swaying with the weight of charred California pines, wind through the forest near Yosemite National Park, part of an effort to clean up from last year's devastating wildfires even as new blazes break out this summer.

Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada

Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada
Photo: Mathieu Belanger/Files

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Patrick Rucker and Nia Williams
Thousands of oil train tankers soon to be deemed obsolete in the United States are unlikely get a second life in Canada's oil sands industry, undercutting a U.S. government forecast that the costly cars will continue in use in the energy sector.

Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Anastasia Moloney
Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region's poor.

Rain, cooler temperatures ease wildfire threat in U.S. Northwest

Date: 15-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Lower temperatures and scattered rain brought a reprieve Thursday to the wildfire-scorched U.S. Northwest, where firefighters said they hoped to regain control of blazes that had flared during extreme heat this week.

Spain clears Repsol to start drilling off Canary Islands

Spain clears Repsol to start drilling off Canary Islands
Photo: Borja Suarez

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: SPAIN
Author: Paul Day
The Spanish government has given Repsol the green light to begin a $7-billion oil exploration project off the Canary Islands.

China urges public to walk, ride bikes to help cut smog

China urges public to walk, ride bikes to help cut smog
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China has issued a "behavioural standards" guide to combat pollution and reduce environmental damage, urging people to do everything from walking and riding bicycles to buying goods with less packaging.

Conservationists to sue U.S. for denying protections for wolverines

Conservationists to sue U.S. for denying protections for wolverines
Photo: Steve Kroschel/US Fish and Wildlife Service/Handout

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Conservationists said on Wednesday they will sue the Obama administration over its decision to deny federal protections for rare wolverines in the mountains of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Kerry raises climate change in brief Solomons stop

Kerry raises climate change in brief Solomons stop
Photo: Rob Griffith/Pool

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: SOLOMON ISLANDS
Author: Lesley Wroughton
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flagged cooperation on tackling climate change during a brief stop in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, where he emphasized ties dating back to World War Two.

Lawmakers in drought-hit California finally agree on water plan

Lawmakers in drought-hit California finally agree on water plan
Photo: Noah Berger

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
A deal was reached late Wednesday in drought-stricken California on a plan to improve water supplies that was mired in regional and party politics for a year, Republican leaders said.

New York suburbs hit by flash floods after record rainfall

New York suburbs hit by flash floods after record rainfall
Photo: Lucas Jackson

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Laila Kearney
More than a foot of rain hit parts of New York's Long Island on Wednesday, enough to set a preliminary state record, triggering flash floods and swamping cars on major roads that were turned into rivers during the morning rush hour.

Ecuador earthquake death toll rises to four

Ecuador earthquake death toll rises to four
Photo: Guillermo Granja

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: ECUADOR
Author: Alexandra Valencia
Ecuadorean authorities said on Wednesday that four people have died since a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the capital the day before, up from an initial count of two, as dozens of aftershocks rattled the city.

Thunderstorms spark more fires in U.S. Northwest, causing a death

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood in Portland and Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle
Severe thunderstorms that rolled through the Pacific Northwest overnight sparked dozens of new wildfires in parched forests in Washington and Oregon, while heavy rain led to flooding and the drowning death of one person, officials said Wednesday.

At least one person dies in Detroit floods after record rainfall

Date: 14-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Near-record rainfall has caused massive flooding in the Detroit area that is blamed for at least one death and has made roads impassable, swamped vehicles and flooded basements, officials said.

Australia warns of poor outlook for Great Barrier Reef

Australia warns of poor outlook for Great Barrier Reef
Photo: Great Barrier Reef National Park Authority/Files

Date: 13-Aug-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Sonali Paul
Australia's Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to rein in major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government said on Tuesday.

South African police seize $1 million of illegal abalone

South African police seize $1 million of illegal abalone
Photo: Mike Hutchings

Date: 13-Aug-14
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Zandi Shabalala
South African police have shut down an illegal abalone-drying facility and seized six tonnes of the gourmet mollusk with an estimated street value of 10 million rand ($1 million), one of their biggest busts against international poaching rings.

South Africa to combat poaching by moving Kruger rhinos

South Africa to combat poaching by moving Kruger rhinos
Photo: Ilya Kachaev

Date: 13-Aug-14
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Stoddard
South Africa plans to move up to 500 rhinos from its flagship Kruger National Park to counter a wave of poaching of the animals for their horns, highly prized in newly affluent Asian countries as a sign of wealth.

U.S. denies protections for wolverines, outrages conservationists

Date: 13-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
U.S. wildlife managers on Tuesday denied federal protections for rare wolverines, outraging conservationists but pleasing Western states that opposed adding the reclusive but feisty member of the weasel family to the endangered and threatened species list.

U.S. says reopening New Mexico nuclear waste dump is top priority

Date: 13-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
An underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico where operations were suspended after a radiation leak is of crucial importance to the United States and its reopening is a top priority for the Energy Department, the head of the agency said.

Climate indicators show renewed signs of El Nino: Australia

Date: 13-Aug-14
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
The Pacific Ocean has warmed in the last two weeks, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday, renewing signs of the development of an El Nino weather pattern.

Retrofit leaves one plane to fly into U.S. East Coast storms

Retrofit leaves one plane to fly into U.S. East Coast storms
Photo: NOAA

Date: 12-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Zachary Fagenson
A pair of aging airplanes that have flown into more than 100 hurricanes to provide data for U.S. meteorologists are receiving a retrofit this month that will leave just one available to fly when storms threaten the East Coast.

Endangered Florida butterflies to get federal protection

Endangered Florida butterflies to get federal protection
Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Date: 12-Aug-14
Country: USA
Author: Barbara Liston
Two species of butterflies that live in South Florida will be listed as endangered under federal law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.