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As El Nino looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind

As El Nino looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind
Photo: Eliana Aponte

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Colin Packham
Circling thousands of feet above Tasmania's farmland in a light aircraft, Christina Nebel prepares to release tiny chemical particles as part of a cloud-seeding scheme estimated to have helped boost rainfall on the Australian island by over 10 percent.

Protecting planet not a choice but a duty, pope says

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: ECUADOR
Author: Philip Pullella and Girish Gupta
Pope Francis on Tuesday appealed to the world not to turn its back on the "reality" of environmental decay and its effects on the poor, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty.

Deforestation drives worsening flooding in Kashmir

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Ashutosh Sharma
In April, scores of hillside homes in Fraswad and Shalnand villages in Jammu and Kashmir collapsed in a landslide amid heavy rains. Eighteen people died.

EU politicians set to back carbon market 2019 reform start

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Barbara Lewis and Susanna Twidale
The European Parliament on Wednesday is expected to back a 2019 start to reform of the world's largest emissions market in a step toward deeper change and higher carbon prices.

China sets new standards for coal conversion projects

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway and Aizhu Chen
China's energy regulator has released new draft guidelines for projects that convert coal to oil or gas, aiming to commit the sector to the strictest possible environmental standards, it said on Tuesday.

U.S. government outlines solar power boost for the poor

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
The White House took steps this week to boost the installation of solar power and other renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and increase the number of jobs in the industry for poor people.

From rats to yellow tomatoes: the new EU business model

Date: 08-Jul-15
Country: LATVIA/FRANCE
Author: Gederts Gelzis and Barbara Lewis
A Soviet-era rubbish dump in a swamp on the outskirts of Riga was once an obstacle to Latvia's European Union membership. Now, it's becoming a model of the resource use and waste management EU policymakers are striving to promote.

Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month

Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month
Photo: Athit Perawongmetha

Date: 07-Jul-15
Country: THAILAND
Author: Alisa Tang
Bangkok's tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital's water authority said.

Study urges 10 climate actions to curb warming, lift GDP

Study urges 10 climate actions to curb warming, lift GDP
Photo: Aly Song

Date: 07-Jul-15
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
More efficient energy use and investments in greener cities are among 10 measures that can help the world to slow global warming while also spurring economic growth, an international report said on Tuesday.

French renewables power grid pilot shows limits of batteries in Europe

French renewables power grid pilot shows limits of batteries in Europe
Photo: Eric Gaillard

Date: 07-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Geert De Clercq
A major pilot project by Europe's largest power network operator to integrate power from rooftop solar panels into the grid has shown that battery storage of renewable energy is not yet economically viable in Europe.

Ivory Coast weather conditions threaten next season's cocoa

Date: 07-Jul-15
Country: IVORY COAST
Author: Loucoumane Coulibaly
Heavy rain and overcast conditions in the past week threaten to damage the early flowering for next season's cocoa main crop in some of Ivory Coast's growing regions, farmers said on Monday.

Mozambique burns seized ivory, rhino horn in anti-poaching drive

Date: 07-Jul-15
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Ed Stoddard
Mozambique burned 2.5 tonnes of seized ivory and rhino horn on Monday as part of a campaign to end an illicit trade that is fueling a wave of big animal poaching in Africa, a conservation group said.

Republican climate advocate makes big 2016 campaign gift

Date: 07-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Timothy Gardner
A Republican entrepreneur seeking to push his party to fight climate change and support clean energy said on Sunday he has given his first big campaign gift to Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Lawsuit filed against U.S. over protections for rare wolf

Lawsuit filed against U.S. over protections for rare wolf

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Curtis Skinner
A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday against U.S. wildlife officials arguing that the government's management plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, one of the most imperiled mammals in North America, does not go far enough.

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill
Photo: Sean Gardner

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Terry Wade and Kristen Hays
BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.

Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions
Photo: Jason Reed

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: SPAIN
Author: Megan Rowling
Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday.

India's $100 billion solar push draws foreign firms as locals take backseat

India's $100 billion solar push draws foreign firms as locals take backseat
Photo: Amit Dave

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: INDIA
Author: Tommy Wilkes and Aman Shah
India's $100 billion push into solar energy over the next decade will be driven by foreign players as uncompetitive local manufacturers fall by the wayside, no longer protected by government restrictions on the sector.

White House directs GMO regulators to update, improve oversight

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory "framework" to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure.

Rwanda brings lions back to safari park, plans for rhinos

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: RWANDA
Author: Clement Uwiringiyimana
Rwanda reintroduced lions, flown in from South Africa, to its Akagera National Park this week after the last indigenous animal was spotted in 2006 and plans to add rhinos within a year as it bids to draw more tourists, park officials said.

No need for new rules to protect butterflies from GM pollen: EU report

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Alexander Saeedy
European food safety officials found there was no need to widen buffer zones around genetically modified (GM) crops even though research shows that pollen from GM maize, which can travel kilometres further than previously thought.

South African, Brazilian projects win Norwegian CO2 credit tender

Date: 03-Jul-15
Country: UK
Author: Susanna Twidale
The Norwegian government has selected a total of five projects in Brazil and South Africa under its second tender to purchase carbon credits to meet its emission targets, helping prop up ailing demand for carbon-cutting projects.

Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice: U.S. study

Polar bears face steep declines because of melting sea ice: U.S. study
Photo: RUSSELL CHEYNE

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Imperiled polar bears will see a population crash in most parts of the Arctic Ocean if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at current rates, causing accelerated melting of the sea ice the bruins depend on for survival, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday.

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources
Photo: INA FASSBENDER

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: GERMANY
Author: Michael Nienaber and Markus Wacket
The German government decided on Thursday to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, government sources told Reuters.

Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind into hydrogen

Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind into hydrogen
Photo: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE

Date: 02-Jul-15
Author: Vera Eckert,
Siemens will on Thursday start an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads
Photo: MARK LEFFINGWELL

Date: 02-Jul-15
Author: Brendan O'Brien
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic beads that are known to pollute waterways.

Field fires hamper French grain harvest as heatwave builds PARIS

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Valerie Parent
Fires linked to hot, dry weather are disrupting the early stages of this year's grain harvest in France, the European Union's top producer, destroying hundreds of hectares and triggering fire prevention measures in some areas.

Suez eyes China waste, Asia expansion with Chonqqing deal

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: FRANCE
Author: Geert De Clercq
French environmental services company Suez said on Wednesday it aims to enlarge its Chinese water and waste business and is looking for opportunities outside China through a new partnership with the city of Chongqing.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef outlook poor but not 'in danger': UNESCO

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Alister Doyle
The heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency said on Wednesday that the outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef was poor due to threats including pollution and climate change but stopped short of listing it as "in danger".

Japan's top three automakers to spend $50 million to subsidize hydrogen stations

Date: 02-Jul-15
Country: jAPAN
Author: MINAMI FUNAKOSHI
Japan's top three automakers said on Wednesday they will spend up to 6 billion yen ($48.92 million) combined to subsidize the cost of operating hydrogen fuelling stations as the country aims to lead the world in developing cars that use the fuel.

New CO2 rules should aid Keystone XL approval, TransCanada says

New CO2 rules should aid Keystone XL approval, TransCanada says
Photo: Andrew Cullen

Date: 01-Jul-15
Country: CANADA
Author: Scott Haggett
TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) said on Tuesday that tightening climate-change rules from the governments of Canada and the province of Alberta help justify the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

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