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Latest News (114 stories)

Typhoon Vongfong heads off Japan coast; one dead, 2 missing

Typhoon Vongfong heads off Japan coast; one dead, 2 missing
Photo: Kyodo

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: Japan
Author: Junko Fujita and William Mallard
A large storm was heading off Japan's northeast coast early Tuesday, leaving one person dead, two missing and 93 injured even as it weakened sharply from what had been the strongest typhoon to hit Japan this year.

Cyclone kills 24 in east India, sparks fears of floods

Cyclone kills 24 in east India, sparks fears of floods
Photo: Stringer

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: India
Author: Jatindra Dash
The death toll from a powerful cyclone which battered India's eastern coastline rose to 24 on Monday, as the storm weakened and moved inland, leaving a swathe of destruction and triggering fears heavy rains would bring flash floods.

The key to nuclear's future or an element of doubt?

The key to nuclear's future or an element of doubt?
Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: International
Author: Geert De Clercq
Behind thick glass in a laboratory nestled in French woodland, a silvery molten metal swirls like a liquid mirror. But the material is no mere novelty; as dangerous as it is captivating, it could offer a solution to the nuclear power debate.

U.S. military lays out plan for coping with climate change

U.S. military lays out plan for coping with climate change
Photo: Kevin Lamarque

Date: 14-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday laid out its plan to respond to climate change, arguing that rising temperatures and more frequent destructive weather around the globe pose "immediate risks to U.S. national security."

Cyclone Hudhud blasts India's east coast, at least five dead

Cyclone Hudhud blasts India's east coast, at least five dead
Photo: Stringer

Date: 13-Oct-14
Country: India
Author: Jatindra Dash
Cyclone Hudhud blasted India's eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least five people despite a major evacuation effort.

Colombian farmers sue BP over pipeline's environmental impact: FT

Colombian farmers sue BP over pipeline's environmental impact: FT
Photo: Luke McGregor

Date: 13-Oct-14
Country: Colombia
Author: Ankush Sharma
Seventy-three farmers from Colombia are suing BP Plc alleging the company negligently managed the construction of the Ocensa oil pipeline in Colombia during the mid-1990s, which caused severe damage to their land, the Financial Times reported.

As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis

As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis
Photo: Lee Jae-Won

Date: 13-Oct-14
Country: South Korea
Author: Meeyoung Cho
Among the usual commercials for beer, noodles and cars on South Korean TV, one item stands in marked contrast.

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool
Photo: UC Davis/Handout

Date: 10-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Mountain lions in Southern California are under growing pressure from a shrinking gene pool, fragmented by highways and urban sprawl that has left the cats' territories increasingly isolated from each other, a study published on Wednesday showed.

Japan braces as super typhoon Vongfong powers north

Date: 10-Oct-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Elaine Lies
Japan was bracing on Friday for its strongest storm this year, a super typhoon powering north toward the Okinawa island chain that threatens to rake a wide swathe of the nation with strong winds and torrential rain.

India approves projects in dash for growth, alarming green groups

Date: 10-Oct-14
Country: INDIA
Author: Tommy Wilkes
In late August, India's environment ministry rejected a proposal to build what would be the country's largest hydropower plant in a remote and pristine part of the country's northeast because of the potential damage to an area rich in biodiversity.

U.S. biofuel mandate cuts would raise carbon pollution: lawmakers

Date: 10-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
The Obama administration's proposed cuts to U.S. biofuel use targets could undermine the White House's plan to tackle climate change, according to two Democrats on the Senate committee that oversees the renewable fuel mandate.

Burkina Faso's poorest farmers outsmart climate change - report

Date: 10-Oct-14
Country: UK
Author: Kieran Guilbert
Over the last three decades, Burkina Faso's poorest farmers have produced food for half a million people by restoring some 300,000 hectares of degraded land with innovative techniques to conserve water and soil, according to a report on Wednesday.

Rising seas seen causing routine floods in U.S. cities: study

Date: 09-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ryan McNeill
As sea levels rise, tidal flooding along the U.S. coast is likely to become so common that parts of many communities, including the nation's capital, could become unusable within three decades, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

First new British nuclear plant in decades wins EU funding fight

Date: 09-Oct-14
Country: Europe
Author: Barbara Lewis and Foo Yun Chee
A British plan to guarantee the price of power from its first new nuclear project in decades won European Union backing in a landmark ruling on Wednesday that now faces legal challenges.

Nuclear workers kept in dark on Fukushima hazard pay

Date: 09-Oct-14
Country: Japan
Author: Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski
Almost a year after Japan pledged to double hazard pay at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, workers are still in the dark about how much extra they are getting paid, if anything, for cleaning up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

U.S. fuel economy hits new high in 2013 model year: EPA

U.S. fuel economy hits new high in 2013 model year: EPA
Photo: Jonathan Alcorn

Date: 09-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Ros Krasny
American motorists stand to save billions of dollars a year from higher fuel economy vehicles now on the road, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday.

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool
Photo: UC DAVIS

Date: 09-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Mountain lions in Southern California are under growing pressure from a shrinking gene pool, fragmented by highways and urban sprawl that has left the cats' territories increasingly isolated from each other, a study published on Wednesday showed.

Nuclear workers kept in dark on Fukushima hazard pay

Nuclear workers kept in dark on Fukushima hazard pay
Photo: David Guttenfelder/Pool

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: JAPAN
Author: Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski
Almost a year after Japan pledged to double hazard pay at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, workers are still in the dark about how much extra they are getting paid, if anything, for cleaning up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Investors, activists press eBay, others to break up with ALEC

Investors, activists press eBay, others to break up with ALEC
Photo: Beck Diefenbach

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Valerie Volcovici
More than 80 environmental, labor and civic groups on Tuesday urged eBay Inc to end its association with the political group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), weeks after Google Inc abruptly left ALEC over its views on climate change.

EU abandons 'dirty' label for tar sands oil

EU abandons 'dirty' label for tar sands oil
Photo: Todd Korol

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Barbara Lewis
A European Union plan to label tar sands oil as highly polluting in its fight against climate change has been abandoned after years of opposition led by major producer Canada.

Canada ill-placed to ensure safety of Arctic shipping: watchdog

Canada ill-placed to ensure safety of Arctic shipping: watchdog
Photo: Chris Wattie

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: CANADA
Author: David Ljunggren
Canada will have trouble ensuring marine safety in the Arctic as climate change melts the sea ice and shipping increases, Parliament's environmental watchdog said on Tuesday.

High rate of coral bleaching seen around Hawaiian island of Oahu

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: HAWAII
Author: Alex Dobuzinskis
A survey of coral reefs off the Hawaiian island of Oahu has shown warm ocean waters recently contributed to a higher rate of coral bleaching than the state has seen in decades, sparking concerns about the ecosystem, a state official said on Tuesday.

Affluent Seattle suburb making progress against E. coli in water supply

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Eric M. Johnson
A Seattle suburb was making progress cleansing its E. coli-contaminated water supply through system-wide flushes and chlorine injections, a task made more urgent after the potentially deadly bacteria sickened a child, officials said on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania seeks record fine for EQT fracking fluid leak

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino and; Barani Krishnan
Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Tuesday sought a record $4.5 million penalty from EQT Corp, a natural gas producer, for damage caused by the release of fracking fluids from a gas drilling site in the Marcellus region.

Novozymes looks beyond the 'fantasy fuel' it helped to turn into reality

Date: 08-Oct-14
Country: DEMARK
Author: Sabina Zawadzki
When Denmark's Novozymes first wondered in 2000 how its mass-produced enzymes could be used to make advanced biofuel, the industry did not exist and only now is the fruit of its labor emerging after years of being lampooned as a "fantasy fuel".

Serbia gets $300 million from World Bank to aid floods recovery

Date: 07-Oct-14
Country: Serbia
Author: Aleksandar Vasovic
The World Bank has approved a $300 million 30-year loan to help Serbia recover from floods in May that killed 57 people and devastated its energy sector, the lender said in a statement on Saturday.

World falling behind 2020 plan for nature protection: UN

Date: 07-Oct-14
Country: International
Author: Alister Doyle
Governments are failing to meet goals to protect animals and plants set out in a biodiversity plan for 2020 that also aims to increase food supplies and slow climate change, a U.N. report showed on Monday.

South Africa's Kruger Park invites bids for rhinos

Date: 07-Oct-14
Country: South Africa
Author: Ed Stoddard
South Africa's Kruger National Park is inviting bids for rhinos under a plan to move 500 of the animals to safety to counter a wave of poaching for their horns, highly prized in some Asian countries as a sign of wealth.

U.S. top court rejects challenge to ozone regulations

Date: 07-Oct-14
Country: USA
Author: Lawrence Hurley
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an industry challenge to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by Republican former President George W. Bush's administration that set standards for ozone pollution.

Denmark says EU green energy deal best way to sanction Russia

Date: 03-Oct-14
Country: Denmark
Author: Barbara Lewis
A European Union deal to cut fuel use and increase renewable energy would be a better punishment on Moscow than more sanctions as it would clearly show the EU means to cut reliance on Russian gas, Denmark's foreign minister said on Thursday.