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Atlantic may see first 2015 hurricane as 'Danny' strengthens: U.S.

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Letitia Stein
Tropical Storm Danny is on track to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season by Friday and could approach the Caribbean islands by the late weekend, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

Regulator investigates NuVista pipeline leak in northern Alberta

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Nia Williams
The Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating a leak on a NuVista Energy pipeline in northern Alberta that spilled 100 cubic meters, roughly 629 barrels, of oil and water and natural gas emulsion, the regulator said on Wednesday.

Groundwater pumping speeding subsidence in Central California: NASA

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
Parts of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California are sinking faster than ever due to excessive groundwater pumping as the state deals with a devastating drought, a NASA report released on Wednesday said.

Invasive plants spread fast in billion-dollar threat: study

Date: 20-Aug-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Many of the world's plants are turning "alien", spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses

Raging U.S. wildfires burn homes, force evacuations, kill horses
Photo: US Forest Service/McCall Smokejumpers/Handout

Date: 19-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: David Ryder and Laura Zuckerman
Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses.

Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling

Clinton parts with Obama administration on Arctic drilling
Photo: Jim Young

Date: 19-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Emily Stephenson, Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardne
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska.

California water prices set to rise next year: Fitch

California water prices set to rise next year: Fitch
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Date: 19-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Rory Carroll
Residents of drought-ravaged California can expect to pay more for water next year as utilities pass on the cost of mandatory conservation measures to customers, a survey released by rating agency Fitch on Tuesday said.

Zimbabwe court charges game park owner over illegal hunt of Cecil the lion

Zimbabwe court charges game park owner over illegal hunt of Cecil the lion
Photo: Eric Miller

Date: 19-Aug-15
Country: ZIMBABWE
Author: MacDonald Dzirutwe
The game park owner accused of letting an American tourist illegally hunt and kill a lion on his property in Zimbabwe has been charged in connection with the killing and released on bail in Hwange, his lawyer said.

Cuba on edge as drought worsens

Cuba on edge as drought worsens
Photo: Enrique De La Osa/Files

Date: 18-Aug-15
Country: CUBA
Author: Marc Frank
Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday due to a year-long drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture and left more than a million people relying on trucked-in water.

Fukushima operator's mounting legal woes to fuel nuclear opposition

Fukushima operator's mounting legal woes to fuel nuclear opposition
Photo: Kyodo/Files

Date: 18-Aug-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Kentaro Hamada
Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant's operator.

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic WASHINGTON

U.S. gives Shell final nod to drill for oil in Arctic WASHINGTON
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 18-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The Obama administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight.

July sets record as busiest month ever in Yellowstone

July sets record as busiest month ever in Yellowstone
Photo: Jim Urquhart

Date: 18-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Ruffin Prevost
Nearly 1 million people visited Yellowstone National Park in July, official figures showed on Monday, making last month the busiest ever for America's first national park.

U.S. EPA to propose rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas sector

Date: 18-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations on Tuesday aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by up to 45 percent over the next decade from 2012 levels, sources familiar with the issue said on Monday.

Dongfeng to jointly develop green cars with Saab owner: Xinhua

Date: 18-Aug-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Jake Spring
Chinese automakers Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought bankrupt carmaker Saab in 2012, signed an agreement Monday to jointly develop green cars, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported.

Myanmar farmers need help replanting rice after floods: U.N.

Myanmar farmers need help replanting rice after floods: U.N.
Photo: Soe Zeya Tun

Date: 17-Aug-15
Country: MYANMAR
Author: Timothy Mclaughlin
Farmers in flood-hit Myanmar face a scramble to replant damaged paddy fields in the next two weeks to avoid food shortages, and aid efforts in some of the country's hardest hit areas remain a challenge, the United Nations said on Saturday.

Ecuador's massive Cotopaxi volcano stirs, two small explosions reported

Ecuador's massive Cotopaxi volcano stirs, two small explosions reported
Photo: Guillermo Granja

Date: 17-Aug-15
Country: ECUADOR
Author: Alexandra Valencia in Quito
Ecuador's massive Cotopaxi volcano stirred in the early hours of Friday, with two small explosions reported and ash raining down on the southern part of nearby highland capital Quito.

Rescuers work to clear China blast site of chemicals before rain falls

Rescuers work to clear China blast site of chemicals before rain falls
Photo: China Daily

Date: 17-Aug-15
Country: CHINA
Author: Megha Rajagopalan and Natalie Thomas
Chinese soldiers and rescue workers in gas masks and hazard suits searched for toxic materials in China's port of Tianjin on Sunday as Premier Li Keqiang arrived to offer condolences, days after explosions flattened part of a national development zone.

Japan raises warning level on volcano not far from nuclear plant

Date: 17-Aug-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan warned on Saturday that a volcano 50 km (31 miles) from a just-restarted nuclear reactor is showing signs of increased activity, and said nearby residents should prepare to evacuate.

River fouled by mine waste in Colorado reopens for recreation

Date: 17-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Keith Coffman
A stretch of river fouled by toxic waste from an abandoned gold mine in southwestern Colorado last week was reopened to kayaking and rafting on Friday while water from river-fed irrigation canals was deemed safe for crops and livestock.

Angling restrictions lifted as Oregon rivers cool

Date: 17-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Courtney Sherwood
Fishing restrictions aimed at saving beleaguered cold-water fish amid a particularly hot, dry Pacific Northwest summer have been lifted on two Oregon rivers, though angling is still limited in many regional waters, wildlife officials said on Friday.

Japan environment ministry to object to another coal-fired power plant: NHK

Japan environment ministry to object to another coal-fired power plant: NHK
Photo: Yuya Shino

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: JAPAN
Author: Yuka Obayashi
Japan's environment minister will submit to the country's industrial ministry an objection over plans for a 1.07 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired plant to be built by Chubu Electric Power Co, NHK public TV said on Friday.

Severe 'food shocks' more likely due to extreme weather, experts warn

Severe 'food shocks' more likely due to extreme weather, experts warn
Photo: Jim Young

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: UK
Author: Kate Kelland
Extreme weather such as intense storms, droughts and heatwaves will cause more frequent and severe food shortages as the global climate and food supply systems change, British and American experts warned on Friday.

El Nino more likely to last into Northern Hemisphere spring: U.S. forecaster

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Luc Cohen
A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday raised the likelihood that El Nino conditions would last into the Northern Hemisphere's early spring to 85 percent, boosting the probability that drought-stricken California could see increased rains.

Fifteen U.S. states seek to block EPA carbon rule

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
Fifteen state attorneys general petitioned a federal court in Washington on Thursday to block new U.S. rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants, in the first of several expected legal challenges to the Obama administration measure.

EPA head meets with Navajo president over Colorado mine spill

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Alison Uralli
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection agency told the Navajo Nation president on Thursday that her agency would work closely with the Native American tribe in handling a toxic waste spill into river waters from a defunct Colorado gold mine.0

Pacific island nation calls for moratorium on new coal mines

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The president of the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati called on Thursday for a global moratorium on new coal mines to slow global warming and a creeping rise in world sea levels.

Vale says leak at Copper Cliff smelter in Canada contained

Date: 14-Aug-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Euan Rocha and Allison Martell
Brazilian miner Vale said on Thursday that a nitrogen dioxide leak at its Copper Cliff smelter in Sudbury, Ontario had been contained and that the leak did not result in any injuries.

EPA chief: Colorado river hit by mine waste back to pre-spill quality

EPA chief: Colorado river hit by mine waste back to pre-spill quality
Photo: EPA/Handout

Date: 13-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Keith Coffman
The water quality of a southwestern Colorado river rendered bright orange by toxic waste spewed from an abandoned gold mine one week ago has returned to pre-existing levels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief said on Wednesday.

Pope's climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

Pope's climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments
Photo: Tony Gentile/Files

Date: 13-Aug-15
Country: USA
Author: Richard Valdmanis
Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of "highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay."

Rich nations' climate plans fall short of hopes for Paris summit

Rich nations' climate plans fall short of hopes for Paris summit
Photo: Thomas Peter

Date: 13-Aug-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Developed nations are on track to cut their greenhouse emissions by almost 30 percent by 2030, Reuters calculations show, falling far short of a halving suggested by a U.N. panel of scientists as a fair share to limit climate change.

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