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05/23/2019

Hong Kong raises $1 billion in oversubscribed first green bond Hong Kong raised $1 billion from the sale of its first green bond on Wednesday, as the former British colony looks to establish itself as a center for green finance....
00:12, 05/23/2019

Quake won't immediately change Groningen gas output plans: government spokesman A 3.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the northern Dutch region of Groningen on Wednesday will not immediately alter current plans for gas production there, a government spokesman said....
00:12, 05/23/2019

Surge of algae kills millions of salmon in Norway A surge of algae has killed an estimated 8 million salmon at Norwegian fish farms over the past week, wiping out more than half of this year's expected sales growth, the state-owned Norwegian Seafood ...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Dutch minister: cut gas production at Groningen faster Gas production at the Groningen field must be cut more quickly than planned after a relatively large earthquake struck in the far North of the Netherlands, the country's economic affairs minister Eric...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Gabon president fires VP, forests minister over hardwood scandal Gabon's President Ali Bongo has fired his vice president and his forests minister, his office said on Wednesday, after hundreds of containers of illegally logged kevazingo wood that had been seized we...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Groningen gas output should be cut more quickly, says minister Production at the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands should be reduced at a faster pace following a 3.4 magnitude earthquake in the northern Dutch region on Wednesday, Economic Affairs Minister Er...
00:12, 05/23/2019

British lawmakers demand their pension fund divests fossil fuels A third of British lawmakers called on Wednesday for their 700 million pound ($885 million) parliamentary pension fund to divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies to address the climate change "em...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Germany eases curbs on shooting wolves, in nod to farmers Germany's cabinet agreed on Wednesday to loosen tight restrictions on shooting wolves to help tackle the growing threat they pose to livestock after a year-long row within Chancellor Angela Merkel's c...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Italy's Prada joins the fur-free chorus Italy's Prada will stop using animal fur in its products from the 2020 women's spring-summer collections to be presented in September, the luxury group said on Wednesday....
00:12, 05/23/2019

In push to raise coffee output, Colombia's south may hold key Colombia's isolated south could be crucial to the country's push to expand coffee production by nearly 30 percent despite low global prices, its growers federation says, as farmers seek to ramp up pro...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Surfing the Green wave? Climate party hopes ride high in EU vote An ebb in support for mainstream parties is raising hopes among Europe's Greens that they could act as kingmakers in the next European Parliament, with growing concerns over climate change likely to h...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Texas environmentalists plan lawsuit against Valero for pollution Three Texas environmental groups notified Valero Energy Corp on Wednesday of plans to file a lawsuit under the U.S. Clean Air Act for pollution at the company's Port Arthur, Texas, refinery, the organ...
00:12, 05/23/2019

U.S. lawmaker wants EPA's use of biofuel waivers investigated Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth on Wednesday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General to investigate why the agency vastly expanded its use of waivers to exempt ...
00:12, 05/23/2019

Canada's oil-rich Alberta tabling bill to repeal carbon tax Canada's main crude-producing province Alberta will table a bill to repeal the provincial carbon tax on Wednesday, the new government said in a speech kicking off its first legislative session....
00:12, 05/23/2019

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change, UN stresses on International Day  The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the...
18:24, 05/22/2019

Oklahoma reels, Missouri declares state of emergency from storm, floods Dozens of people were rescued from rising floodwaters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms unleashing tornadoes and heavy rain roared through the cent...
00:24, 05/22/2019

Brazil farmers struggle for internet signal as tech floods sector Brazil's lack of reliable internet accessibility in rural areas is an increasingly critical problem for its farmers, as more agricultural equipment arriving on the market is built to be updated online...
18:36, 05/21/2019

Hong Kong looks to raise up to $1 billion in green bonds Hong Kong is looking to raise between $500 million and $1 billion in five-year green bonds as the former British colony looks to establish itself as a center for green finance....
18:36, 05/21/2019

Activists demand end of Shell, fossil fuel at shareholder meeting A group of environmental activists tried to disrupt Royal Dutch Shell's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, calling for this year's gathering to be the company's last....
18:36, 05/21/2019

BP shareholders overwhelmingly adopt climate resolution BP shareholders overwhelmingly approved a climate resolution on Tuesday backed by investors and the oil and gas company which calls for it to meet the 2015 Paris climate agreement....
18:36, 05/21/2019

Malaysia, flooded with plastic waste, to send back some scrap to source Malaysia, which has become the dumping ground for the world's plastic waste, will send back non-recyclable plastic scrap to the developed countries that sent it there, its environment minister said on...
18:36, 05/21/2019

BP faces climate protests at investor meeting, Shell gets boost Activists disrupted BP's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday shouting "this is a crime scene" in the latest climate protest against the oil and gas group, while rival Royal Dutch Shell got some rare...
18:36, 05/21/2019

A year on, Indian anti-Vedanta protesters say still await justice A year after Indian police killed 13 people protesting against pollution from a copper smelter in this hardscrabble southern port city, tensions within the community and between residents and the poli...
18:36, 05/21/2019

Debut Dutch green bond lures more than 20 billion euros of orders Investors piled into the Netherlands' inaugural, triple-A rated sovereign green bond on Tuesday, placing 21.2 billion euros ($23.7 billion) of orders for the environmentally friendly paper....
18:36, 05/21/2019

Dozens rescued from Oklahoma floods as storms swamp central U.S.: officials Dozens of people were rescued from rising waters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms generating tornadoes and heavy rain roared through central Unite...
18:36, 05/21/2019

More tornadoes, hail, heavy rain in store for U.S. southern plains U.S. southern plains states face more tornadoes, hail and heavy rain after at least 19 twisters tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, but the storm system was not as severe as originally feared, t...
12:12, 05/21/2019

China calls out big state firms, others on pollution violations amid slowing economy fears China has publicly accused dozens of firms, including some of its biggest state enterprises, of exceeding pollution limits and breaching monitoring standards, as concerns rise that the slowing economy...
11:12, 05/21/2019

Global chemical firms urged to source responsibly after lethal China blast: study A prominent Chinese environmental group has called on chemicals multinationals to stop "cutting corners" by outsourcing business to Chinese suppliers that violate safety regulations after an investiga...
09:36, 05/21/2019

Vale's Gongo Soco mine dam has up to 15% chance of bursting: Brazil official Brazilian miner Vale's tailings dam in the town of Barao de Cocais in Minas Gerais has up to a 15% chance of breaking, the state's environment secretary said on Monday....
03:12, 05/21/2019

Tornadoes touch down in Texas and Oklahoma as forecasters warn more could hit Tornadoes touched down on Monday in Texas and Oklahoma, where about 6 million people were facing the risk of twisters, hail and other severe weather, officials said....
03:12, 05/21/2019

U.S. NHC says subtropical storm forms in the Atlantic A low-pressure system located several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda has become a subtropical storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday....
01:48, 05/21/2019

Subtropical Storm Andrea forms over Atlantic, expected to dissipate: NHC Subtropical Storm Andrea formed over the western Atlantic on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, adding that the storm was expected to dissipate on Wednesday....
01:48, 05/21/2019

Hunger in Yemen: WFP considers aid suspension in face of repeated interference by some Houthi leaders The UN emergency food relief agency said on Monday that without full access and “freedom to decide” who receives lifesaving aid, in Houthi rebel-controlled areas of Yemen, it could be forced to implem...
23:36, 05/20/2019

NHC says 70% chance of cyclone southwest of Bermuda A broad area of low pressure located southwest of Bermuda has a 70% chance of becoming a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone later on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said....
23:36, 05/20/2019

'Not a day to mess around' as Texas, Oklahoma face tornado threat Some 6 million people across a broad swath of Texas and Oklahoma were bracing for possible tornadoes on Monday, as the U.S. National Weather service warned the risk of twisters in the region was at th...
23:36, 05/20/2019

U.S. Supreme Court sides with Native American elk hunter The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Native American elk hunter, citing an 1868 treaty between his tribe and the U.S. government as it revived his legal challenge to a conviction for huntin...
19:36, 05/20/2019

Democratic hopeful Bennet unveils climate plan with farm, conservation focus U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, unveiled a plan on Monday to tackle climate change with a focus on slashing emissions from farming and ranching and conserving ne...
18:12, 05/20/2019

Israel investigates hydrocarbon leak at Oil Refineries unit Gadiv Israel's Oil Refineries (ORL) said on Monday it had been informed of an investigation by the Ministry of Environmental Protection at its Gadiv Petrochemical Industries unit....
17:48, 05/20/2019

Back to nature: UK Duchess Kate shows off garden skills at Chelsea Flower Show Kate, Britain's Duchess of Cambridge, released new pictures of her family playing in a woodland wilderness garden she designed for London's Chelsea Flower Show....
11:00, 05/20/2019

In coal we trust: Australian voters back PM Morrison's faith in fossil fuel Australia's re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison once brandished a lump of coal in parliament, crying, "This is coal - don't be afraid!" His surprise win in what some dubbed the 'climate election'...
11:00, 05/20/2019

Tanzania fines Acacia Mining $2.4 million over alleged pollution Tanzania's mining minister said on Monday Acacia Mining had been fined 5.6 billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.4 million) for alleged pollution at its North Mara mine....
11:00, 05/20/2019

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits east of New Caledonia: USGS An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 was recorded in the South Pacific east of New Caledonia, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or tsunam...
05:48, 05/19/2019

Italy central bank to spurn firms that don't go green The Bank of Italy plans to adopt investment criteria which reward companies that take action on climate change, joining other central banks, commercial banks and fund managers in ratcheting up pressur...
15:24, 05/18/2019

China's water quality improvements 'imbalanced' in first quarter: Xinhua Pollution increased in some of China's major lakes, rivers and reservoirs in the first quarter even though the country's overall water quality improved, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturda...
15:24, 05/18/2019

Russian plan to free whales risks their survival, say scientists International scientists criticized on Friday a Russian plan to release 10 captive killer whales into the Sea of Japan rather than return them to their original habitat, saying it could endanger the m...
23:12, 05/17/2019

Factbox: IMO 2020 - a major shake-up for oil and shipping Tougher rules on sulfur emissions from ships will come into effect next year in the biggest shake-up for the oil and shipping industries for decades....
23:12, 05/17/2019

IMO agrees on stricter efficiency targets for some ships The International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday agreed stricter energy efficiency targets for certain types of ships in an effort to speed up action to cut the sector's emissions....
23:12, 05/17/2019

Canadian Senate committee passes 187 amendments to energy project bill A Canadian Senate committee has passed 187 amendments to an energy bill proposed by the Liberal government that would change how major projects like oil export pipelines are assessed....
23:12, 05/17/2019

National Grid says no new NYC natgas customers without Williams pipeline National Grid Plc said on Friday it will not process new applications for natural gas service in its New York City and Long Island service area until Williams Cos Inc's Northeast Supply Enhancement (N...
23:12, 05/17/2019

Brazil to revamp Amazon Fund after finding irregularities: minister Brazil will overhaul rules for selecting projects to reduce deforestation supported by the Amazon Fund, which is financed by Norway and Germany, after discovering irregularities in spending, Environme...
23:12, 05/17/2019

Stop Tuvalu and ‘the world from sinking’ UN chief tells island nation facing existential threat from rising seas Tuvalu “faces an existential threat from sea-level rise”, the United Nations chief said during his visit to the Pacific island nation on Friday whose highest point is less than five metres above the w...
19:12, 05/17/2019

Ford revs up to sell hybrids with appeal of speed and power Ford Motor Co is turning to the automotive marketer's time-tested themes, speed and power, to sell a new generation of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles to mass market customers....
16:48, 05/17/2019

Acacia Mining says Tanzanian mine to be issued environmental protection order Acacia Mining Plc said on Friday its North Mara Gold Mine would be issued an environmental protection order (EPO) relating to alleged historical breaches of environmental regulations in Tanzania....
16:48, 05/17/2019

Orphaned bear cub Aida finds refuge in Bosnian village In a mountain village in Bosnia, the Becars are making friends with a new addition to their family - an orphaned baby bear who fled nearby woods in search of food and shelter....
16:48, 05/17/2019

EU wheat in good shape after rain eases concerns over dry spring Welcome rain in the four largest European Union wheat producers raised hopes for a good harvest this summer after a dry spring sparked fears of a repeat of last year's drought-damaged crop, experts sa...
16:48, 05/17/2019

Greenpeace to receive $3 million in settlement with Russia Greenpeace will receive 2.7 million euros ($3 million) from Russia under a settlement reached between the Dutch state and Moscow, the environmental group said on Friday....
16:48, 05/17/2019

Hearings begin to halt dolphin hunting in notorious Japan village Court hearings began to stop dolphin hunting in a Japanese village on Friday, with plaintiffs saying the grisly annual hunts, made famous in an Oscar-winning documentary, violate animal protection law...
12:24, 05/17/2019

BP faces investor push to beef up fight against climate change BP will face pressure at a meeting next week to set tougher targets to combat climate change, the latest signal from investors that they want the oil and gas industry to do more to clean up its act....
09:00, 05/17/2019

Climate change climbs up U.S. voters' list of concerns NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is rising up the list of voter concerns in the United States with nearly 40% saying the issue will be crucial in how they cast their ballots in t...
08:00, 05/17/2019

Central U.S. braces for severe weather, including tornadoes More than 50 million people in the central United States are in the path of strong thunderstorms, damaging wind gusts, large hail and possibly tornadoes over the next few days, forecasters said on Thu...
08:00, 05/17/2019

Gray whale deaths on West Coast may be linked to Arctic warmth Dozens of gray whales have been found dead along the U.S. West Coast in recent weeks and some scientists believe the cause lies far to the north, in the heated-up Arctic waters off Alaska....
08:00, 05/17/2019

Smog spikes in North China in first four months of 2019: ministry Air pollution in major regions of northern China increased during the first four months of 2019, the environment ministry said on Friday, raising fears that regions have eased curbs on industry to hal...
08:00, 05/17/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, #ClimateAction On Thursday, we cover: fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world...
21:00, 05/16/2019

Israel gets three bidders for huge desalination plant Israel has received bids from three groups interested in building and operating a desalination plant that will supply more than a fifth of the country's household water and help battle shortages that ...
18:00, 05/16/2019

Explainer: Why Zimbabwe faces worst power cuts in three years Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst power cuts in three years, lasting up to 10 hours daily in some areas and threatening mining output in one of the world's biggest platinum and gold producers....
18:00, 05/16/2019

Equinor says Statfjord loading still shut after oil spill Equinor has still not identified the source of an oil spill at its Statfjord field in the North Sea, and the loading of crude onto tankers remains shut, the Norwegian company told Reuters on Thursday....
15:24, 05/16/2019

U.S. Democratic hopeful Inslee unveils second climate change plan Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender whose campaign is focused on climate change, unveiled a plan to invest $9 trillion in 10 years in modern manufacturing and gree...
15:24, 05/16/2019

Coming marine fuel standard will disrupt markets for 1-5 years: BCG study The marine industry's January 2020 shift to using very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) to power ships worldwide will launch a one- to five-year disruption in oil and refined products markets, according to...
14:12, 05/16/2019

Airlines should eliminate single-use plastics in five years: Hi Fly CEO Airlines should get ahead of regulators by voluntarily eliminating single-use plastic within five years, the chief executive of Portuguese charter Hi Fly said, ahead of a Thursday forum on replacement...
14:12, 05/16/2019

Norsk Hydro eyes Brazil progress as court lifts one of two embargoes A Brazilian federal court has lifted one of two production embargoes on a key plant owned by Norwegian metals maker Norsk Hydro, the company said on Thursday, raising hopes that full production can so...
14:12, 05/16/2019

Australia's drought wilts support for government in rural heartlands A conservative stronghold for a century, Australia's hinterland is now cracking like the drought-parched earth, voters say, with once-safe districts in jeopardy ahead of Saturday's election....
14:12, 05/16/2019

Germany's Delivery Hero invests in biodegradable packaging German food delivery company Delivery Hero on Thursday announced an investment in biodegradable packaging manufacturer Bio-Lutions as governments and companies around the world seek to reduce plastic ...
14:12, 05/16/2019

Smog-ridden Mexico City suspends school classes due to pollution Mexico's government ordered schools in and around Mexico City to be closed on Thursday in an extraordinary step taken due to elevated levels of pollution in the smog-wreathed capital....
00:48, 05/16/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: climate challenges for the Pacific, new global health tool, updates on Yemen, the Gulf and Somalia This Wednesday, top stories includes: the UN chief’s continued visit in the Pacific to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change; in Yemen, the fatal price that children are paying due to a con...
23:48, 05/15/2019

China starts first round of intensified anti-pollution checks China's environment ministry has deployed nearly 1,000 inspectors to 25 cities and provinces across the country for its first round of "intensified anti-pollution inspections"....
21:24, 05/15/2019

Ukraine seen harvesting more wheat, barley, less corn: APK-Inform Favourable weather this winter and spring will allow Ukraine to increase its 2019 wheat harvest to 26.2 million tonnes and its barley harvest to 7.9 million, the APK-Inform consultancy said on Wednesd...
21:24, 05/15/2019

UK energy network firms rattled by Labour state ownership plan Britain's opposition Labour Party intends to take energy networks back into state ownership if elected, prompting infrastructure owners to warn of damage to investment, high taxpayer costs and a slowe...
21:24, 05/15/2019

Mozambique needs $3.2 billion for post-cyclone reconstruction: local media Mozambique will need about $3.2 billion in aid to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by two recent cyclones, government officials were quoted by local media as saying....
21:24, 05/15/2019

Presidential hopeful Warren unveils bill to protect U.S. military from climate change Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Wednesday she is introducing a bill to toughen the U.S. military against future climate change damage and reduce its greenhouse gas emi...
21:24, 05/15/2019

Wood wide web: Trees' social networks are mapped Research has shown that beneath every forest and wood there is a complex underground web of roots and fungi, connecting trees and plants to one another....
19:24, 05/15/2019

Yemen war ‘a test of our humanity’, and we’re ‘badly failing’ warns UN Children’s Fund chief “Fifteen million children in Yemen are asking you to save their lives” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday, in an impassioned plea for ...
19:00, 05/15/2019

Rothschild withdraws from advising Adani on Australia coal project Rothschild & Co has decided not to advise India's Adani in the financing or development of the $4 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia, a letter from the bank to an environmental grou...
10:00, 05/15/2019

Monsoon to hit India on June 6: weather office Monsoon rains are likely to enter India through the southern coast on June 6, the weather office said on Wednesday, marking the start of the four-month rainy season that is crucial for the country's f...
10:00, 05/15/2019

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change, ocean health facing Pacific nations on the ‘frontline’ Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and ...
02:48, 05/15/2019

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Papua New Guinea, teams assess damage Disaster officials dispatched local relief teams in Papua New Guinea's New Britain province on Wednesday to monitor remote communities for casualties or damage after a strong, shallow earthquake rattl...
02:24, 05/15/2019

China still most attractive renewables market despite subsidy cuts: EY China is the most attractive market for investment in renewable energy for the fourth year in a row and growth there is set to continue despite the country's efforts to trim subsidies, a report by UK ...
02:24, 05/15/2019

Mexico City declares environment emergency as fires hurt air quality Mexico authorities declared an environmental emergency on Tuesday for metropolitan Mexico City, one of the world's most populous megalopolises, as smoke from nearby wildfires pushed pollution to level...
23:00, 05/14/2019

UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are...
19:48, 05/14/2019

Australia weather bureau sees reduced El Nino threat A recent cooling of the Pacific Ocean has reduced the threat of an El Nino weather event developing this year, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday....
16:48, 05/14/2019

Gabon vows no mercy over theft of hardwood worth nearly $250 million Gabon's president vowed on Monday to find and punish those responsible for the disappearance of over 350 containers of protected hardwood worth nearly $250 million....
16:48, 05/14/2019

E.ON chief says Germany should charge CO2 tax, but spare consumers E.ON Chief Executive Johannes Teyssen on Tuesday proposed a carbon dioxide tax of 35 euros ($39.34) a ton that would widen the burden-sharing for climate protection to big emitters such as transport a...
16:48, 05/14/2019

Merkel vows to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050 Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Tuesday to draw up a roadmap to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050, urging a climate cabinet she chairs to find the best way to reach that goal....
16:48, 05/14/2019

India's monsoon to arrive late, deliver less rain - Skymet India's monsoon rains will arrive on its southern coast on June 4 and deliver less rain than average this year, a private weather forecaster said on Tuesday, lowering prospects of higher farm and econ...
16:48, 05/14/2019

Torrential rain and floods hit Bosnia; Balkan neighbours on alert Torrential rain and floods in some parts of Bosnia forced authorities to declare an emergency on Tuesday, while neighbouring countries were on alert and taking protective measures as downpours continu...
16:48, 05/14/2019

Gabon finds 200 missing containers of rare hardwood - prosecutor Gabon has recovered 200 containers of protected hardwood out of a larger haul that was confiscated by the authorities earlier this year and then went missing, a senior prosecutor said late on Monday....
16:48, 05/14/2019

Trash found littering ocean floor in deepest-ever sub dive On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor and explorer found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: trash....
07:48, 05/14/2019

Greenpeace activists climb Sydney Harbour Bridge in climate protest Police arrested 13 people on Tuesday after they scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge to demand Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison take emergency action to address climate change....
07:48, 05/14/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and people of the Pacific; UN condemnation after a deadly a...
23:36, 05/13/2019

Organic chloride in oil at Russia's Novorossiisk is rising, within limits: sources The levels of organic chloride in oil loadings from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk have been on the rise since early May, but stayed within the allowed limit, according to three industry sources a...
20:24, 05/13/2019

Tanzania to offer 26 big game hunting blocks in new auction Tanzania plans to introduce a new auctioning system for big game hunting blocks next month, in a move aimed at enhancing transparency and curbing corruption in that part of the tourism industry....
20:24, 05/13/2019

Ivorian cocoa farmers hope for more rain to boost mid-crop Ivory Coast's cocoa mid-crop could be reduced in quality and length if abundant rain fails to arrive this month, farmers said on Monday, as cocoa regions continue to experience atypically dry weather....
20:24, 05/13/2019

Renewables venture Total Eren growing faster than expected, says CEO Total Eren could surpass its target of more than 3.6 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable solar, wind and hydropower capacity by 2022, from about 2.2 GW today, as it continues to grow faster than exp...
20:24, 05/13/2019

Rosneft says it is evaluating fallout from contaminated oil The impact on Rosneft of oil contamination in the Druzhba pipeline will become clearer in the coming weeks as the company evaluates its consequences, its first vice-president Pavel Fedorov told a conf...
20:24, 05/13/2019

Russian oil quality back to normal at Baltic port after contamination Russia has begun shipping clean oil via the Baltic after a contamination problem disrupted flows for three weeks and it is working to resume supplies by a pipeline to Europe although traders said this...
20:24, 05/13/2019

IMO, Norway launch project to help shipping sector cut emissions The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a joint project with Norway to help the shipping industry cut emissions by at least 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050, the UN's shipping ag...
20:24, 05/13/2019

Gaza blockade causes ‘near ten-fold increase’ in food dependency, says UN agency At a time when Muslims globally are observing the holy month of Ramadan, more than half the population in Gaza depends on the international community for food aid, the director of the United Nations R...
19:36, 05/13/2019

New Zealand youth ‘in frontline’ of fight against climate change: UN chief Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific Islands in New Zealand on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his gratitude for the leadership of the youth of the country in fig...
09:00, 05/13/2019

U.N. modernizes guidance for greenhouse emission estimates A United Nations climate change panel updated on Monday guidelines for governments to estimate greenhouse gas emissions so the most up-to-date scientific research is included....
05:24, 05/13/2019

U.N. Secretary-General warns world 'not on track' to limiting temperature rise to 1.5 percent: TVNZ United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the world was "not on track" to limiting global temperature rises to 1.5%, TVNZ reported on Sunday, during his visit to New Zealand....
10:24, 05/12/2019

Tanker collision, gasoline spill closes portion of Houston Ship Channel A barge carrying gasoline capsized and leaked its cargo into the Houston Ship Channel near Bayport, Texas, following a collision on Friday with a 755-foot tanker, officials said....
21:36, 05/11/2019

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes near Iraq's Sulaimaniya: USGS A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck near the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Local medics said no injuries were reported and officials said there was ...
14:24, 05/11/2019

UN monitoring chief welcomes Houthi offer to unilaterally withdraw from key Yemeni port of Hudaydah As Yemenis continue to finalize redeployment procedures in line with the UN-brokered Hudaydah Agreement, under which Government coalition and rebel leaders are to pull forces out of the key port city ...
02:36, 05/11/2019

Presidential hopeful Biden looking for ‘middle ground’ climate policy Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is crafting a climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters who elected Donald Trump, according to two sourc...
22:48, 05/10/2019

U.N. clinches deal to stop plastic waste ending up in the sea Around 180 countries reached a deal on Friday that aims to sharply reduce the amount of plastic that gets washed into the world's oceans, the United Nations said....
22:48, 05/10/2019

New York adopts rules to phase out coal power plants by 2020 New York environmental regulators adopted rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that will force generators to stop burning coal in the state by the end of 2020....
22:48, 05/10/2019

Brazil's Bolsonaro fires 'militant' head of climate change action group Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired the head of a government-backed climate forum, after the group organized states to work around the right-wing federal government's ambiguous positions on clima...
22:48, 05/10/2019

Paradise islands of Pacific increasingly vulnerable to climate change, as UN boosts resilience A seeming paradise, life on the Pacific islands is threatened by climate change and extreme weather, frustrated by remoteness and a lack of educational and economic opportunities. Secretary-General An...
21:24, 05/10/2019

Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive: 5 things you need to know about forests and the UN Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Frida...
21:24, 05/10/2019

U.N. 'very confident' of deal to regulate trade in plastic waste U.N. talks on tightening controls on trade in plastic waste are very likely to reach a deal later on Friday after 11 days of often late-night talks, a spokesman for the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel, ...
17:00, 05/10/2019

Japan weather bureau sees 80% chance of El Nino continuing into summer Japan's weather bureau on Friday said the El Nino weather pattern was continuing, with an 80% chance it would stretch into the northern hemisphere summer....
10:00, 05/10/2019

U.S. EPA proposes hike in biofuel mandate to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020: sources The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing the volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020, from 19.92 billion gallons in 201...
04:48, 05/10/2019

U.S. EPA proposes hike in biofuel mandate to 20.04 bln gallons in 2020: sources The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing the volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020, from 19.92 billion gallons in 201...
01:00, 05/10/2019

From his room with a view, UN chief takes to Instagram with an eye on hope and a brighter future United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has long highlighted the importance of young people in addressing the challenges confronting the world. And on 4 May, he took a page from their book a...
00:48, 05/10/2019

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Race is on’ to halt biodiversity loss in Indonesia The “race is on” in Indonesia to halt the illegal trade in wildlife and the loss of biodiversity according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The “race is on” in Indonesia to halt the illegal trad...
00:00, 05/10/2019

Climate change: ‘A moral, ethical and economic imperative’ to slow global warming say UN leaders, calling for more action It is nothing less than a “moral, ethical and economic imperative” to take more action to mitigate the existential threat posed by climate change, said top executives from across the United Nations sy...
00:00, 05/10/2019

U.S. forecaster sees 70% chance of El Niño through summer There is a 70 percent chance of El Niño conditions continuing through the northern hemisphere summer this year, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in its monthly forec...
23:36, 05/09/2019

EU nations are living far beyond the Earth's means: report The European Union's 28 countries consume the Earth's resources faster than they can be renewed and none of them has sustainable consumption policies, a report released on Thursday said, as EU leaders...
23:36, 05/09/2019

EPA proposes hike in biofuel mandate to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020: sources The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing the volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020, from 19.92 billion gallons in 201...
23:36, 05/09/2019

New SDG Advocates sign up for ‘peace, prosperity, people’ and planet, on the road to 2030 As the UN and partners around the world push towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, six new influential public figures came on board as official SDG Advocates on Thursday, ...
21:48, 05/09/2019

EU leaders vow to fight climate change, uphold rules-based trade: declaration European Union leaders pledged on Thursday to protect democracy and the rule of law, fight climate change and uphold international trade based on World Trade Organization rules among their priorities ...
15:24, 05/09/2019

U.S. solar hits 2 million installations, will double in four years There are now more than 2 million solar installations in the United States, a milestone reached just three years after hitting the 1 million mark, an industry trade group said on Thursday....
13:36, 05/09/2019

New Colorado environmental law stalls oil investment New environmental regulations in Colorado have chilled investment in the state's oil and gas fields as companies grapple with how local officials will respond to a law giving them more power to restri...
13:36, 05/09/2019

China investigates truckmaker JAC over pollution control devices Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into JAC on whether it was using unqualified pollution control devices on its truck engines, in the first such investigation by Beijing into a major ...
13:36, 05/09/2019

European Union nations are living far beyond the Earth's means: report The European Union's 28 countries consume the Earth's resources much faster than they can be renewed, and none of them has sustainable consumption policies, a report released on Thursday said, as EU l...
11:00, 05/09/2019

Dutch CO2 emissions fall in 2018, still far from 2020 goal Dutch greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 fell by 2.2 percent to 189.5 billion kg of carbon dioxide and equivalents helped by lower emissions by power companies, the country's statistical office said on ...
11:00, 05/09/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: updates from the Near East and Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, World War remembrance On Wednesday, we cover: chronic hunger in the Middle East; the toll of war on Gazans; the one-year-long detention of an academic in Iran; Syrian health facilities under attack; Ebola casualties in the...
01:48, 05/09/2019

Ex-ministers blast Bolsonaro for dismantling Brazil's environment protections Eight former Brazilian environment ministers blasted new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration in a letter on Wednesday, saying it is dismantling the country's environmental prote...
22:00, 05/08/2019

Fiji PM rebuffs 'move to higher ground' advice as Australia frets over climate Fiji's prime minister hit back on Wednesday at remarks by an Australian politician that Fijians should seek higher ground in response to rising seas, backed up by a poll showing Australian voters see ...
20:12, 05/08/2019

Swiss study aims to find out if carbon dioxide can be locked in rock Swiss scientists are injecting carbon dioxide into rock deep inside a mountain to discover if the gas leaks out or if it can be locked away to stop it contributing to climate change....
20:12, 05/08/2019

Britain has first coal-free week in over a century Britain, the birth place of coal power, has gone seven days without electricity from coal-fired stations for the first time since its 19th century industrial revolution, the country's power grid opera...
20:12, 05/08/2019

'New economics': the way to save the planet? The science is in: the endless pursuit of economic growth is devouring the foundations of life on Earth, and no country – rich or poor – can expect to escape dire consequences if things go on as they ...
20:12, 05/08/2019

China launches green subsidies to spur investment in hinterland provinces China is to provide subsidies of up to 60 percent for some "green" investment projects in the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the latest measure to underpin growth while spearheading an anti-pollution dr...
06:12, 05/08/2019

New Zealand targets agricultural emissions in climate change bill New Zealand's government will introduce legislation to tackle climate change on Wednesday which includes a target for cutting methane emissions from livestock by at least 10 percent by 2030....
04:24, 05/08/2019

Maltreated lions rescued from Albanian zoo head to Dutch sanctuary Zhaku, Lenci and Bobby, three lions whose miserable plight in a private Albanian zoo stirred uproar and led the Albanian government to order their rescue, began their journey to a Dutch big cat center...
02:48, 05/08/2019

U.S. could be outlier if U.N. clinches plastic waste pact Countries are nearing agreement to tighten controls on trade in plastic waste, which would make it harder for leading exporter the United States to ship unsorted plastic to emerging Asian economies fo...
02:48, 05/08/2019

Canada will accept garbage containers wrongly sent to Philippines, says Manila Canada has agreed to take back 69 containers of garbage that were wrongly sent to the Philippines and will pay for their transport, Manila said on Tuesday, potentially ending a protracted diplomatic d...
02:48, 05/08/2019

Better training ‘a necessary and strategic investment’ in peacekeeping that saves lives: Guterres Better training for peacekeepers being deployed to increasingly hostile environments is a “necessary and strategic” investment which can also save lives, the UN Secretary-General told Security Council...
19:36, 05/07/2019

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured UN chief António Guterres has said that he’s following “with great concern” intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days...
18:48, 05/07/2019

U.S. sinks Arctic accord due to climate change differences: diplomats The United States has refused to sign an agreement on challenges in the Arctic due to discrepancies over climate change wording, diplomats said on Tuesday, jeopardising cooperation in the polar region...
15:24, 05/07/2019

China to offer subsidies to phase out highly polluting diesel trucks China said on Tuesday it will encourage local governments to provide subsidies and formulate targets to speed up the elimination of highly polluting diesel trucks from the country's roads, as it seeks...
14:12, 05/07/2019

U.S. sinks Arctic accord due to climate change differences The United States has refused to sign an agreement on challenges in the Arctic due to discrepancies over climate change wording, diplomats said on Tuesday, jeopardizing cooperation in the polar region...
14:12, 05/07/2019

BHP faces $5 billion claim over 2015 Brazil dam failure Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP is facing a landmark, $5.0 billion damages claim in England for being "woefully negligent" in the run-up to a 2015 dam failure that led to Brazil's worst environmenta...
14:12, 05/07/2019

Bush fire guts four villages in South Sudan, kills 33 A bush fire fanned by gusty winds has gutted four villages in South Sudan's Western Bahr el Ghazal region, killing 33 people, the president's spokesman said, adding the toll was likely to rise....
12:00, 05/07/2019

China says to play constructive role in Arctic China will work with all parties to play a constructive role in the Arctic, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, as the United States warned about Beijing's involvement in the region....
12:00, 05/07/2019

Indonesia says ramping up push against mercury in mining, industry Indonesia on Tuesday said it was beefing up its efforts to phase out the use of toxic metal mercury in sectors such as mining, healthcare and manufacturing....
09:36, 05/07/2019

China's state planner to cut number of small coal mines to less than 800 by 2021 China's state planner will ramp up closures of small coal mines to boost safety and reduce pollution, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Tuesday, shutting down more mines wi...
06:00, 05/07/2019

Scientists warn of grave impacts from loss of natural world The accelerating loss of plant and animal species will have grave consequences for people worldwide, scientists warned on Monday in the largest comprehensive study into the impact of modern civilizati...
22:24, 05/06/2019

China's top coal province defies Beijing, allows new coke projects: ministry China's top coal and coke producing region Shanxi has relaxed environmental policies regarding its coking industry despite repeated orders from Beijing to curb production from coke plants, the Ministr...
22:24, 05/06/2019

With $1 million donation, activists renew Green New Deal push in U.S. election Young activists pressuring U.S. lawmakers to aggressively tackle climate change and reject fossil fuel company donations got their first major financial boost on Monday from a foundation that wants to...
22:24, 05/06/2019

Ivory Coast rains boost cocoa crop after dry spell: farmers Rainfall increased over most of Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions last week, farmers said on Monday, raising hopes for a recovery in growth after the mid-crop suffered from atypically dry weather la...
22:24, 05/06/2019

South Africa's 2019 wine harvest set to hit lowest in more than a decade South Africa, the world's eighth largest wine producer, is expected to harvest its smallest amount of wine grapes in 14 years this year, as dry conditions and fluctuating weather hit output, an indust...
22:24, 05/06/2019

Scientist to politicians: End oil, farm subsidies to save planet Robert Watson chose his favorite accessories to deliver the scientific community’s starkest warning yet over the accelerating demise of Earth's life support systems: a tie with a dodo pattern, and cuf...
22:24, 05/06/2019

Without their mother, bear cubs Bradley and Cooper train for the wild Just four months old, bear cubs Bradley and Cooper are still bottle-fed but they will soon have to forage into the Greek forest if they are to eat on their own....
22:24, 05/06/2019

France's Macron seeks new measures to protect biodiversity French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday his government will work on new measures to protect biodiversity, after meeting with a group of scientists who issued a stark warning on the damage caused ...
22:24, 05/06/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: biodiversity and forests, labour and road safety, women’s rights, and fallen UN staff remembered This Monday, we cover: how one million species face extinction; the importance of safeguarding forests; a look at labour inequalities worldwide; efforts to tackle road safety; a new intergenerational ...
22:12, 05/06/2019

World is ‘on notice’ as major UN report shows one million species face extinction A hard-hitting report into the impact of humans on nature shows that nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades, while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likel...
17:24, 05/06/2019

India's Modi flies over cyclone-ravaged east, promises millions to rebuild Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw for himself the damage wreaked by a powerful cyclone on Monday, pledging an extra 10 billion rupees ($144.19 million) to the hardest-hit state of Odisha where h...
14:00, 05/06/2019

Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction Relentless pursuit of economic growth, twinned with the impact of climate change, has put an "unprecedented" one million species at risk of extinction, scientists said on Monday in a landmark report o...
14:00, 05/06/2019

Europe set for warmer and wetter than usual summer: The Weather Company This year's summer will be warmer than usual for most of Europe, The Weather Company said in a report on Monday, with rainfall mostly being above average levels during the months of June and July....
06:48, 05/06/2019

Arctic nations to meet amid tensions over environment, resources Top diplomats from the United States, Russia and other nations which border the Arctic meet in Finland on Monday to discuss policies governing the polar region, as tensions grow over how to deal with ...
03:24, 05/06/2019

Egypt expects giant solar park to be fully operational in 2019 Egypt expects the 1.6 gigawatt solar park it is building in the south of the country to be operating at full capacity in 2019, the investment ministry said in a statement on Sunday....
17:24, 05/05/2019

India cyclone kills at least 33, hundreds of thousands homeless Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless after a cyclone packing winds of about 200 km per hour slammed into eastern India, ripping out tin roofs and destroying power and telecom lines, offi...
15:36, 05/05/2019

Cyclone hits Bangladesh after battering India, mass evacuations save lives The strongest cyclone to hit India in five years killed at least 12 people in eastern Odisha state, before swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh on Saturday where four more people died although mor...
13:36, 05/04/2019

Cyclone Fani kills at least 12 in India before swiping Bangladesh The strongest cyclone to hit India in five years killed at least 12 people in eastern Odisha state, before swinging north-eastwards into Bangladesh on Saturday where more than a million people have be...
11:12, 05/04/2019

China's natural gas consumption grows in first-quarter amid pollution fight: Xinhua China's natural gas consumption grew steadily in the first quarter amid the country's fight against air pollution, the official Xinhua News Agency reported....
11:12, 05/04/2019

Mississippi River reaches record level in northern Illinois The Mississippi River has reached record high levels in the area of Rock Island, Illinois, as melting heavy snowpack coupled with rain has caused widespread flooding, a national hydrologist said on Fr...
23:00, 05/03/2019

Canadian court rules Trudeau's carbon tax constitutional A Canadian court ruled on Friday that a federal carbon-pricing plan does not violate the constitution, marking a victory for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over one of his trademark policies ahead of t...
23:00, 05/03/2019

Teenage climate change protesters target Britain's parliament Teenage environmental activists locked themselves to the railings of Britain's parliament on Friday to demand politicians take more radical measures to fight climate change after weeks of protests pus...
20:12, 05/03/2019

North Korean families facing deep ‘hunger crisis’ after worst harvest in 10 years, UN food assessment shows More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering “severe food shortages” after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday....
19:24, 05/03/2019

North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest, U.N. says Four in ten North Koreans are chronically short of food and further cuts to already minimal rations are expected after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday....
18:48, 05/03/2019

A 'Climate Spring': UK protests embolden global climate movement A civil disobedience campaign that prompted the British parliament to declare a climate emergency has galvanized environmental activists around the globe by showing how rapidly disruptive tactics can ...
18:48, 05/03/2019

World Banks scales up support for Cyclone Idai hit nations to $700 million The World Bank has increased emergency support for the three southern African countries affected by a devastating cyclone that killed hundreds in March to $700 million, the lender said on Friday....
14:48, 05/03/2019

India's strongest storm since 2014 now weakening, says weather office Cyclone Fani, the strongest storm to hit India since 2014, is weakening after barreling into the eastern coastal state of Odisha, the chief of the weather office said on Friday....
13:00, 05/03/2019

North Korea cuts rations to record low after bad harvest, U.N. says North Korea has cut food rations to 300 grams a day -- less than 11 ounces -- the lowest ever for this time of year, and further cuts are likely after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations...
13:00, 05/03/2019

Cyclone slams Indian temple town after a million people flee east coast homes A cyclone barreled into eastern India on Friday, bringing down trees and power lines and "extensively" damaging the tourist town of Puri, but there were no early reports of casualties with a million p...
13:00, 05/03/2019

RWE maps out green future as protesters call for faster change RWE told shareholders on Friday it would be at the center of Germany's transformation to renewable energy, but drew protests from environmentalists who say the country is not moving quickly enough to ...
13:00, 05/03/2019

Cyclone Fani hits Indian coast, a million people evacuated A powerful cyclone lashed coastal areas of eastern India on Friday with torrential rain and winds gusting up to 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), but there were no early reports of casualties with a ...
09:12, 05/03/2019

India evacuates more than a million people ahead of cyclone Fani's landfall India has evacuated more than a million people living along its east coast ahead of an extremely severe cyclone that is due to make landfall on Friday afternoon, government officials said....
05:36, 05/03/2019

Trump administration relaxes safety rules sparked by 2010 Gulf oil spill The Trump administration unveiled on Thursday its final plan to roll back offshore drilling safety measures put in place by the Obama administration after the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill...
23:48, 05/02/2019

Rebel Bramson defeated in bid for board seat to reform Barclays Activist investor Edward Bramson lost his battle for a seat on the board at Barclays after shareholders voted against his bid to overhaul the under-fire investment bank from within....
22:36, 05/02/2019

Trump administration to relax offshore safety rules sparked by 2010 Gulf oil spill The Trump administration unveiled on Thursday its final plan to roll back offshore drilling safety measures put in place by the Obama administration after the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill...
22:36, 05/02/2019

House backs Paris agreement in first climate bill in a decade The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed its first climate-change bill in a decade, voting 231-190 to require that Trump administration keep the United States as a party to the Paris Clima...
22:36, 05/02/2019

City of Amsterdam to ban polluting cars from 2030 Gasoline and diesel fueled cars and motorcycles will be banned from Amsterdam from 2030 in an effort to clean up the city's air, the Dutch capital's council said on Thursday....
22:36, 05/02/2019

Cholera outbreak declared in cyclone-hit northern Mozambique Officials declared a cholera outbreak in northern Mozambique on Thursday, a week after cyclone winds, floods and heavy rains hit the area, local television station STV said....
22:36, 05/02/2019

Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensi...
22:36, 05/02/2019

Towns evacuate, tourists flee as cyclone menaces India's east coast India has evacuated more than 300,000 people along its northeast coastline by boat, bus and train ahead of a severe cyclone due to make landfall on Friday, with many villagers piling household possess...
15:24, 05/02/2019

Britain should strengthen climate goal to net zero emissions by 2050 – advisers Britain should commit to a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, government climate advisers said, a goal that could require phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by at least 2035 and a 2...
14:36, 05/02/2019

Mine versus lab: how green is your diamond? Mined diamonds are less carbon-intensive than man-made, but their producers should use more green energy, according to a study commissioned by the natural diamond industry, highlighting tensions betwe...
14:36, 05/02/2019

Rebel investor Edward Bramson concedes in fight for Barclays board seat Activist investor Edward Bramson has admitted defeat in his battle for a seat on the board at Barclays, saying he knows top shareholders have voted against his bid to overhaul the under-fire investmen...
14:36, 05/02/2019

Rebel Bramson concedes defeat in bid to overhaul Barclays Activist investor Edward Bramson has admitted defeat in his battle for a seat on the board at Barclays, saying he knows top shareholders have voted against his bid to overhaul the under-fire investmen...
14:36, 05/02/2019

Towns evacuate, tourists flee as cyclone churns toward Indian northeast coast India has evacuated more than 300,000 people along its northeast coastline by boat, bus and train ahead of a severe cyclone due to make landfall on Friday, with many villagers piling household possess...
14:36, 05/02/2019

India plans to evacuate 800,000 as cyclone nears east coast India will use boats, buses and trains to evacuate 800,000 people along its east coast on Thursday ahead of an approaching cyclone that is forecast to make landfall within 24 hours, officials said....
07:48, 05/02/2019

Britain should deepen climate target to net zero emissions by 2050: advisers Britain should commit to a 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions target, the government's climate advisers said on Thursday, which could require phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by at least 203...
02:36, 05/02/2019

EPA has received DOE input for 2018 small refinery waivers: sources The Department of Energy has given the Environmental Protection Agency its scoring results for the 40 outstanding 2018 applications made by small refineries for waivers from U.S. biofuel laws, four so...
23:24, 05/01/2019

After protests, Britain's parliament declares climate change 'emergency' Britain's parliament declared a symbolic climate change "emergency" on Wednesday, backing a call by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for "rapid and dramatic action" to protect the environment fo...
23:00, 05/01/2019

Wednesday’s Daily brief: Day 3 of anti-hatred summit, UNFPA turns 50, Ben Stiller #WithRefugees, updates on Abyei This Wednesday, our top stories cover: the 50th birthday of the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA); Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller advocating for Syrian refugees in the USA; human right...
22:12, 05/01/2019

Heathrow expansion clears latest hurdle as High Court rejects legal challenge The expansion of London's Heathrow Airport inched closer on Wednesday when a High Court judge rejected legal challenges from environmental campaigners opposed to the building of a third runway....
16:48, 05/01/2019

Majority of Britons believe climate-change could end human race: poll A majority of Britons believe that climate-change could end the human race, a poll showed on Wednesday after days of high-profile protests by activists thrust global warming onto the political agenda....
16:48, 05/01/2019

'The food is going': thousands stranded in cyclone-hit Mozambique Headmaster Ernesto Parivos, like thousands of people across his province in Mozambique, is watching for any signs that flood waters have eased as food supplies dwindle....
16:48, 05/01/2019

India suspends operations in major east Indian port after cyclone warning India has suspended operations at a major port on its east coast until an impending cyclone makes landfall on Friday, a port official in the mineral rich eastern state of Odisha said....
16:48, 05/01/2019

India launches mass evacuation, shuts down ports as cyclone bears down India began evacuating hundreds of thousands of villagers on Wednesday and shut down operations at two major ports on its east coast ahead of an impending cyclone expected to make landfall on Friday....
16:48, 05/01/2019

India launches mass evacuation, warns tourists, as cyclone bears down on east coast India has started evacuating hundreds of thousands of villagers living along its northeastern coastline ahead of a severe cyclone due to make landfall on Friday....
13:00, 05/01/2019

EPA stalls biofuel waiver transparency plan after White House blowback: sources The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suspended work on its plan to publish the names of refineries securing exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House a...
01:48, 05/01/2019

EPA says popular weed killer glyphosate is not a carcinogen The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that glyphosate, a chemical in many popular weed killers, is not a carcinogen, contradicting recent decisions by U.S. juries that found that it...
01:48, 05/01/2019

‘Action and tangible progress’ needed to finally ‘win the peace’ for Syrians: UN envoy It will take “action and tangible progress” between Syrian Government and opposition leaders, not just dialogue, to bring about lasting peace said the UN Special Envoy for the war-torn country on Tues...
23:36, 04/30/2019

U.S. EPA stalls biofuel waiver transparency plan after White House blowback: sources The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has suspended work on its plan to publish the names of refineries securing exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House a...
23:36, 04/30/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Hardy seeds bear fruit to protect Colombia’s environment Communities in Colombia in South America are being helped by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to preserve and reintroduce indigenous crops as a way to combat the effects of climate change....
23:24, 04/30/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Jazz Day, the importance of breastfeeding, and updates from Libya, Iran and Mozambique This Tuesday, we cover: the cost of almost one month of fighting in Libya's capital; humanitarian responses in Iran and Mozambique following devastating storms and rains; how breastfeeding can prevent...
20:36, 04/30/2019

Rains torment cyclone-hit communities in Mozambique Torrential rain battered northern Mozambique on Tuesday, grounding aid flights and further swamping a region where a second cyclone in six weeks has killed at least 41 people....
20:24, 04/30/2019

A whale is pining for the fjords, and Norwegians are worried A white beluga whale is loitering off the coast of northern Norway, and that is starting to worry Norwegians, who are afraid it might not be able to fend for itself. Also, it might be a spy....
20:24, 04/30/2019

New French energy law puts off difficult climate decisions France has set more ambitious targets to cut carbon emissions by 2050 but few measures will take effect on President Emmanuel Macron's watch as the "yellow vest" protest movement limits his scope for ...
18:12, 04/30/2019

Climate-change activists disappointed after meeting with British environment minister British climate-change activists said a meeting with the environment minister Michael Gove was disappointing because he failed to declare a climate emergency after weeks of protests put the issue at t...
18:12, 04/30/2019

Drought puts 2.3 million people at risk in Angola: UNICEF A severe drought in Angola has plunged 2.3 million people into a food security crisis with thousands of children being treated for malnutrition, a report compiled by the United Nations children’s fund...
15:24, 04/30/2019

Fears for cyclone-hit communities in Mozambique as rains return Torrential rain returned to batter northern Mozambique on Tuesday, derailing aid operations and dumping more water on the port city of Pemba just days after it suffered severe flooding from Cyclone Ke...
15:24, 04/30/2019

Activists abandon occupation of drilling rig in Arctic Greenpeace activists climbed down from a Seadrill drilling rig in Norway on Tuesday and are no longer occupying it, the environmental group told Reuters....
14:12, 04/30/2019

Cyclone Fani expected to intensify as it heads toward eastern India Cyclone Fani is expected to intensify into an "extremely severe" storm as it heads toward the coast of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, the India Meteorological Office said on Tuesday....
14:12, 04/30/2019

Malaysia torches nearly four tonnes of ivory Malaysia on Wednesday torched nearly four tonnes of elephant tusks and ivory products as part of an effort to stop smugglers using the country as a conduit to China and elsewhere in Asia, a minister s...
14:12, 04/30/2019

As rains break, aid workers rush to reach cyclone victims in Mozambique Aid workers in northern Mozambique scrambled planes and helicopters packed with aid to communities cut off, sometimes without any supplies, for at least two days after Cyclone Kenneth brought torrenti...
14:12, 04/30/2019

Mitsui's ITC hit with water pollution charges after Texas tank fire Mitsui & Co Ltd's Intercontinental Terminals Co faces five environmental criminal charges following a chemical fire in March at its Deer Park, Texas, petrochemical storage facility, local officials sa...
01:12, 04/30/2019

U.S. still processing Atlantic seismic permits despite drilling plan delay The U.S. Interior Department is still processing permit applications for companies to conduct seismic testing in the Atlantic - a precursor to drilling - despite shelving its plan to vastly expand off...
01:12, 04/30/2019

U.S. EPA asked to consider small business impact of E15, credit reform proposal The U.S. EPA needs to look more closely at how small businesses would be affected by its proposed rule to lift the summer ban on higher ethanol blends of gasoline and make changes to the biofuel credi...
01:12, 04/30/2019

Sierra Leone's fishing ban to replenish stocks yields little Sierra Leone is nearing the end of a one-month ban on industrial fishing that local fishermen hoped would replenish stocks but whose impact has been limited by its short span and the financial muscle ...
19:12, 04/29/2019

Norway fund to support measure to curb water pollution at Pilgrim's Pride Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, will vote in favor of a shareholder proposal on reducing water pollution at poultry-maker Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, the $1.1 trillion fund's man...
17:00, 04/29/2019

World's largest falcon hospital cares for Emirati heritage When a falcon in the Gulf Arab countries falls sick, the owners of these much-loved and expensive hunting birds know where to take them: The world's largest falcon hospital, in Abu Dhabi....
17:00, 04/29/2019

Giant pandas set to leave San Diego Zoo after two-decade loan from China The last two giant pandas living at the San Diego Zoo in California will be sent to the People's Republic of China this spring, ending a more than two-decade conservation program that helped bring the...
17:00, 04/29/2019

Environmental activists board Equinor rig set to drill in Arctic Greenpeace activists on Monday climbed aboard a Seadrill drilling rig commissioned by Equinor in protest against oil and gas drilling in the Norwegian Arctic, the group told Reuters....
12:00, 04/29/2019

United Nations gives Mozambique $13 million for Cyclone Kenneth damage The United Nations will grant Mozambique and the Comoros Islands $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure, the organization said late on Sunday...
09:12, 04/29/2019

Indonesia floods, landslides kill at least 29 Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centers amid fears of di...
09:12, 04/29/2019

Goldman Sachs, Bank of England and Treasury targeted by climate activists in London More than 300 environmental activists sowed chaos through London's financial district on Thursday, gluing themselves to the stock exchange and blocking roads outside the Bank of England and major bank...
08:48, 04/29/2019

Australia's Mt Isa zinc railway reopens to freight after February floods A railway that carries zinc from major producers such as Glencore across Australia's outback has reopened to freight trains, the line's owner Queensland Rail said on Monday....
08:48, 04/29/2019

China to clean polluted water from chemical plant blast by end-May: ministry All contaminated water from a deadly explosion at the Xiangshui chemical plant in eastern China last month should be cleaned up by the end of May, the environment ministry said on Monday....
08:48, 04/29/2019

Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation? Some advocates of global climate action think the pact would be stronger if the United States simply left, rather than remaining in and demanding big changes....
21:48, 04/28/2019

Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant Melting water from one of Canada’s largest glaciers used to flow north, to the Bering Sea. Last spring, it reversed course, a case of what scientists call “river piracy.”...
21:48, 04/28/2019

Mass Die-Off of Whales in Atlantic Is Being Investigated Officials are seeking the reason for an “unusual mortality event” that has left 41 humpback whales dead since early 2016 from North Carolina to Maine....
21:48, 04/28/2019

E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board A spokesman for the agency’s administrator said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries the agency is supposed to regulate....
21:48, 04/28/2019

In Win for Environmentalists, Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule Senators voted 51 to 49 to block a measure that would have undone a regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land....
21:48, 04/28/2019

Canadian capital of Ottawa declares state of emergency as waters swell Rising waters were prompting further evacuations in central Canada on Thursday, with the mayor of the country's capital, Ottawa, declaring a state of emergency and Quebec authorities warning that a hy...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Going Dutch on clean energy? Polluters push for state to split the bill In a meeting at the economic affairs ministry in The Hague late last year, Tata Steel's Dutch chief Theo Henrar pledged he would spend hundreds of millions of euros to cut factory emissions - on condi...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Cyclone kills one, leaves trail of destruction in Mozambique Cyclone Kenneth killed at least one person and left a trail of destruction in northern Mozambique, destroying houses, ripping up trees and knocking out power, authorities said on Friday....
18:36, 04/28/2019

U.S. opens criminal probe into Ford emissions certification The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Ford Motor Co's emissions certification process in the United States, the automaker disclosed on Friday, saying it was cooperating ...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Brazil states forge ahead in climate change fight despite Bolsonaro ambivalence State governments in Brazil have agreed to work toward fulfilling the country's Paris Agreement climate change commitments, despite far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's ambivalence over the pact....
18:36, 04/28/2019

Climate change to blame as bark beetles ravage central Europe's forests Hot, dry summers are fanning an unprecedented outbreak of bark beetles that are destroying vast swathes of central Europe's spruce forests which define the region's landscape....
18:36, 04/28/2019

Brazil led world in rainforest losses in 2018 despite decline from 2017: research group Brazil led the world in rainforest destruction last year, although deforestation in South America's largest country fell by 70 percent compared to 2017, according to an independent forest monitoring n...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Canadian capital Ottawa, Montreal brace for heavy flooding Canada's capital city of Ottawa readied on Friday for heavy flooding as rains were set to further engorge the swollen Ottawa River, while Montreal declared a state of emergency as it too braced for an...
18:36, 04/28/2019

'Dream come true': Two new national parks born in Chilean Patagonia The foundation created by the late creator of U.S. clothing brands Esprit and The North Face turned over 407,000 hectares (1 million acres) of forest, mountain, lakes and glaciers in Patagonia to the ...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Flooding starts in Mozambique after cyclone, death toll rises to five Mozambican officials on Saturday urged those living near two rivers in the country's north to move to higher ground, as Cyclone Kenneth dumped heavy rains and caused some flooding....
18:36, 04/28/2019

Brazil's indigenous tribes protest Bolsonaro assimilation plan Thousands of people representing the more than 300 tribes native to Brazil marched to government offices in Brasilia on Friday to protest the policies of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro that threa...
18:36, 04/28/2019

UK fracking tsar quits after six months The British government's fracking tsar Natascha Engel said on Sunday she had quit the role after just six months because government policy was preventing the industry from developing....
18:36, 04/28/2019

German government warming toward carbon tax: paper Germany looks set to introduce an economy-wide system of carbon emissions pricing after senior officials from both parties of Berlin's governing coalition reached a consensus on the proposal, the Fran...
18:36, 04/28/2019

The volcanic eruption on Hawaii is now making an acidic fog As lava from Kilauea plunges into the Pacific Ocean, clouds of hot acidic steam are being blasted off – and the eruption shows no signs of slowing down...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Fixing planet plastic: How we'll really solve our waste problem From bag bans to bacterial mulchers, many solutions are touted for the plastic waste crisis. Find out which work – and which don't – in our definitive guide...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused massive global warming The asteroid that struck Earth 66 million years ago caused dramatic climate change, which could mean we are underestimating how much the planet will warm in the coming centuries...
18:36, 04/28/2019

The curious fate of the eighth wonder of the world People travelled from far and wide to see New Zealand’s spectacular pink and white terraces. Then they were destroyed in a volcanic eruption – or were they?...
18:36, 04/28/2019

11 unmissable wonders of the natural world Seven wonders of the world? Too few! We dial it up to 11 with this selection of nature’s greatest hits – unique environments all too often in trouble...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Burning Planet: Fire's intriguing role throughout Earth history We view fire as a hazard, but a thought-provoking book argues it wasn’t always so – and helps us revise our thinking by looking back over geological time...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Night fishing with light-up lures that can be seen from space In this stunning photo snapped from the International Space Station, green LED fishing lures light up the night in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Guatemala volcano kills 75 as ash buries entire villages The Fuego volcano in Guatemala has exploded and spewed out molten rock and ash, killing at least 75 people in the country's most violent eruption for over a century...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Zambia to kill 2000 hippos because they might spread anthrax Over the next five years 2000 hippos are to be culled in Zambia, supposedly to stop them giving people anthrax, but the cull may inadvertently fuel the trade in hippo ivory...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Europeans now burn more palm oil in their cars than they eat Palm oil consumption in the EU jumped by 7 per cent in 2017 because it is increasingly used as a biofuel – driving the destruction of orangutans’ habitat...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Why are there so many devastating volcanic eruptions right now? High-profile volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala are grabbing the headlines, but geophysics isn't responsible for connecting the two disasters...
18:36, 04/28/2019

A renewables revolution is afoot – but who will benefit? Donald Trump's commitment to coal is short-sighted and wrong-headed. A 100 per cent renewable future is coming – and other countries will reap the rewards...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Britain’s hedgehog population has fallen 66 per cent in 20 years Britain only has 58 wild mammal species to start with, and many have declined sharply in number since 1995 – with hedgehogs suffering a particularly severe fall...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Finally we can power the planet on renewables alone – here's how Ditching fossil fuels to go 100 per cent renewable is a dream within reach – thanks to new tech that keep things humming even when wind and sun aren’t there...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Why tidal power won't solve the world's renewable energy needs There are widespread calls for the UK government not to abandon a trailblazing tidal power project, but this energy source is no green panacea, says Hans van Haren...
18:36, 04/28/2019

EU will limit the use of palm oil as car fuel but won’t stop it The European Union will make only minor tweaks to “renewable” energy policies that are actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions and driving deforestation...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Alarm as ice loss from Antarctica triples in the past five years The loss of Antarctica’s ice has been accelerating ominously since 2012, and could lead to big rises in sea level if the rate of loss keeps increasing...
18:36, 04/28/2019

The first Americans had pet dogs 1000 years earlier than thought There were domestic dogs in North America 10,200 years ago, according to a re-examination of an ancient dog skeleton that looks like a small English setter...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology: Bobby the whale and Attenborough Bobby the fin whale presides over the reopening of Cambridge University’s zoology museum – with David Attenborough putting the final specimen in place...
18:36, 04/28/2019

An entire Arctic ecosystem could vanish within the next decade The Barents Sea, home to a diverse array of wildlife, could be completely gone in just a few years – perhaps the most dramatic impact of climate change yet seen...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Capitalism broke the planet. Here’s how it’s going to fix things The environment and high finance are strange bedfellows – but a new movement is raising billions to fight climate change. A breakthrough – or green hogwash?...
18:36, 04/28/2019

The tiny oasis spared wrath of Hawaii's volcano A tiny stretch of road has escaped the lava flows from the latest eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which is still menacing a corner of Big Island two months after it began...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Globetrotting film sends scientists on "relay race" of inquiry A documentary called The Most Unknown uses a global game of science “tag” as a cute way to frame humanity’s big questions – but it can all get a bit earnest...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Mass graves found on Scottish islands may be ancient tsunami victims A rare tsunami may have struck the islands of Shetland and Orkney off the UK’s north coast 5500 years ago, killing dozens of people who had to be hastily buried...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Did ancient Mayan civilisation collapse because of a sudden drought? We have the best evidence yet that there was a prolonged drought at the time of the demise of the classic Mayan civilisation - and could explain why it collapsed...
18:36, 04/28/2019

A weird Pacific cycle could make the Arctic warm up even faster The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is cyclical, switching from warm to cold phases every 20 years or so. When it switches again it could speed up Arctic warming...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Global warming may become unstoppable even if we stick to Paris target There could be a planetary threshold beyond which the earth will keep warming even if we stop pumping out more fossil fuels - the so-called 'Hothouse Earth' scenario...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Don’t give up, we can survive even a Hothouse Earth Bad news on the climate should lead neither to despair nor unfounded optimism. Instead, we need to roll up our sleeves and prepare for life on a drastically changing planet...
18:36, 04/28/2019

The Meg: Real Megalodon shark would eat Jason Statham for breakfast Jason Statham’s new film The Meg looks gloriously silly and good luck to it, but it got us thinking about what its giant prehistoric shark was really like and why it died out...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Asteroid strike may have forged the oldest rocks ever found on Earth The oldest rocks ever found are over four billion years old and we don’t know how they formed – but a massive asteroid bombardment may be responsible...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Life may have begun on Earth 100 million years earlier than we thought A new timeline of early evolution suggests life on Earth began 100 million years earlier than we thought, while meteorites were still pummelling the planet...
18:36, 04/28/2019

NASA’s deep-space mission to a $10 quintillion all-metal world The unique metal asteroid Psyche may be a space miner's fantasy – but there are better reasons to want to visit it, says mission leader Lindy Elkins-Tanton...
18:36, 04/28/2019

New world map is a more accurate Earth and shows Africa's full size The “Equal Earth” projection shows the true area of continents such as Africa without greatly distorting their shapes and is already being adopted by NASA...
18:36, 04/28/2019

How a janitor wowed Darwin by solving the ice age mystery Self-educated ice sage James Croll cracked the conundrum of why Earth periodically freezes over. He was feted in his time, so why did the world forget him?...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Biodiversity in crisis: Earth’s giant construction projects mapped out The planet’s largest areas of undisturbed wilderness in Siberia and tropical rainforests are under threat from huge waves of development. Here’s what it looks like...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Special report: The new megaprojects changing the face of our planet Across the world, new roads, railways, dams and power lines are encroaching on previously virgin territory – with untold consequences for Earth’s wildlife...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Earliest known animal was a half-billion-year-old underwater blob The weird ‘Ediacaran’ fossils have stumped scientists for decades - now fatty molecules found inside some of them confirm they are the most ancient animals we know...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Dramatic pictures of the storm damage from Florence and Mangkhut Extreme storms Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut have caused destruction and taken lives across the globe this week, forcing millions to evacuate their homes...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Front-runner in Brazil’s election wants to pull out of climate treaty The far-right winner of the first round of Brazil's presidential election wants to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and cut down the Amazon rainforest...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Falling rocks can explode so hard that only nuclear weapons beat them If big rocks fall far enough they can explode with more energy than any non-nuclear bomb – and the ensuing shockwave can snap large trees half a kilometre away...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Huge fossil-like scars of the Anthropocene mark walls of Russian mine Vast machines have left the subterranean world of a potash mine in the Urals with ammonite-like whorls, photographed for a project to highlight lasting human impacts on the planet....
18:36, 04/28/2019

Supercharged geothermal energy could power the planet The next generation of geothermal plants will unlock more of Earth's bountiful, underground energy and could allow the technology to finally fulfil its promise...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Why Earth's water could be older than Earth itself How did water survive Earth's searingly hot birth? A radical new answer turns planetary history on its head – and could revolutionise the search for alien life...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Timefulness review – our impulsive and pugnacious age needs geology If you want to save Earth, argues a new book, quit sitting around in the present hoping for the best and learn to think really long term, like a geologist...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Anthropocene review – tough film makes case for human-created epoch From Kenyan children picking through plastic waste to swathes of Germany laid waste for coal mining, a film shows why we are in a new, human-created epoch...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Shallow Mexican seabed traps tsunamis so they strike land repeatedly A tsunami kept pinging back and forth for three days after being triggered by the 8 September 2017 Mexico earthquake, posing even more risk to human life...
18:36, 04/28/2019

North Pole and Polar Worlds review – why Inuit don't worry about north Exciting tales of heroic polar explorers make a great exhibition, but a book on the North Pole shows that times are too changed not to seek deeper narratives...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Fossil blubber shows ichthyosaurs were warm blooded reptiles A fossil so well preserved that its skin is still flexible is revealing much more about the marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs that swam in the sea during the age of dinosaurs...
18:36, 04/28/2019

How the stunning Earthrise became the world’s most famous photograph On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 became the first crewed spacecraft to circle the moon. Emerging from its dark side, one astronaut reached for his camera...
18:36, 04/28/2019

From the archives: Does dowsing really help you find water? The ancient practice of water divining is still used across the world to locate water sources. Forty years ago, we wondered whether it might actually work...
18:36, 04/28/2019

How Earth's changing ecosystems may have driven human evolution The most detailed ever look at Earth's prehistoric climate suggests many habitats changed in the past 800,000 years – and this may be why we evolved big brains...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Dinosaur extinction lines up closely with timing of volcanic eruptions Many people assume an asteroid triggered the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs, but geologists say massive volcanic eruptions occurred at the same time...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Don't panic about The Uninhabitable Earth, a new book predicting chaos If you read a book painting the very worst-case scenarios about what global warming means for human life you could easily panic. Here’s why you shouldn’t...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Brexit, 10,000 BC: The untold story of how Britain first left Europe Megafloods, broken backstops and retreating ice sheets combine in a geological epic: the dramatic story of Britain's protracted original exit from Europe...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Scientists chasing waterfalls discovered something they aren't used to We often think waterfalls indicate ancient tectonic or glacial activity – but it turns out they can form all by themselves without these external influences...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Don't miss: A chance for gamers to plot their own robot revolution Check out new books charting the state of our planet, see a movie thriller with a quantum physics twist, and launch your own robot uprising against humankind...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Gaia rebooted: New version of idea explains how Earth evolved for life The controversial Gaia hypothesis sees Earth as a superorganism adapted to be perfect for life. A weird type of evolution may finally show how that actually happens...
18:36, 04/28/2019

We've discovered a massive dinosaur-era river delta under the sea Some of the first dinosaurs may have lived and hunted on the largest delta plain ever discovered, which was 10 times the size of the Amazon river delta...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Landslides have increased by 6000 per cent on an Arctic island The landscape of Banks Island in the far north of Canada is being reshaped by global warming-triggered land slumps, and the situation is set to get much worse...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Antarctica team to search world's oldest ice for climate change clues Scientists are setting out to drill for the world’s oldest ice, in a bid to shed light on a dramatic tipping point in the world’s climate 900,000 years ago...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Climate change means nearly all glaciers in the Alps may disappear A study of what will happen to glaciers in the Alps under various climate scenarios suggests they will almost completely disappear if we keep pumping out carbon dioxide...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Don’t miss: Earth from space, asteroid workouts and nature’s giants Watch a new series charting our planet from above, read all about the biggest living things, fend off space rocks for fun, plus more picks for your diary...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Surprising ways the changing Earth shaped human evolution and society From the development of our remarkable brains to the geographic divides in the way we vote, our shape-shifting planet has guided the path of humanity...
18:36, 04/28/2019

Cyclone Idai: UNICEF warns of ‘race against time’ to protect children, prevent spread of disease in flood-ravaged Mozambique A week after the flooded Mozambican port of Beira was hit by Cyclone Idai, “aid agencies are barely beginning to see the scale of the damage”, the head of UNICEF said on Saturday, as she called for mo...
18:24, 04/28/2019

‘Ticking bomb’ health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims Efforts are continuing to reach all victims of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa where a senior relief chief has warned of a “water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb”, as the scale of the emergency c...
18:24, 04/28/2019

‘Revved up climate action’ needed to counter ‘prolonged’ and deadly storms like Cyclone Idai: Guterres Cyclone Idai and the mounting death toll is “yet another alarm bell about the dangers of climate change” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, warning that vulnerable countries like M...
18:24, 04/28/2019

10 million Yemenis ‘one step away from famine’, UN food relief agency calls for ‘unhindered access’ to frontline regions With Yemen now in its fifth year of conflict between pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for “unhindered access” to the most desperate areas in the fr...
18:24, 04/28/2019

‘Race against time’ to help women who bore brunt of Cyclone Idai: UN reproductive health agency  As the full extent of destruction caused by Cyclone Idai across southern Africa continues to be assessed, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday it was in “a race against time” t...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Wars have rules: 5 things the UN humanitarian chief wants countries to tackle so human suffering in conflict can be minimized With the rights and lives of millions of women, children and men uprooted by conflict every year, the UN Security Council held a special meeting on Monday to examine ways to promote and strengthen the...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Massive cholera vaccine campaign planned for cyclone-ravaged Mozambique, as UN calls for 'urgent' step-up in support Around 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine arrived in Mozambique on Tuesday to help stave off a possible epidemic, after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, amid reports that the disease has already ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Acute food insecurity ‘far too high’ UN agency warns, as 113 million go hungry Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year, according to a new joint UN and European Union (EU) report released on Tuesday, which warns that ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Mozambique’s Beira city ‘returning to life’, elsewhere UN teams assess damage, deliver assistance  Nearly one month after Cyclone Idai slammed into the southeast African coast, the streets of Mozambique’s busy port city of Beira are “returning to life” as the search for survivors continues througho...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Cholera surges, children in urgent need one month after Idai slammed southern Africa: UNICEF One month after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed to the international community to  help some 1.6 million children...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan Thursday’s top news includes: A new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$2 million allocation from the UN’s emergency fund t...
18:24, 04/28/2019

New Mozambique storm rips off roofs, brings lashing rain as aid response kicks in Tropical Cyclone Kenneth swept into northern Mozambique on Thursday evening bringing heavy rain and winds in excess of 225 kilometres per hour (140 miles per hour) after lashing the Comoros islands, w...
18:24, 04/28/2019

In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’: UN chief Guterres Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many,...
18:24, 04/28/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Liberia boosts efforts to guard against rising seas With rising sea levels due to climate change already affecting coastal communities in Liberia, there are fears that densely populated parts of the capital Monrovia could be submerged, unless action is...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Advancing multilateralism goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with work of the UN Revitalizing the United Nations to “strengthen a multilateral rule-based world order” tops a list of priorities the General Assembly President told UN Member States on Tuesday....
18:24, 04/28/2019

Extreme weather hit 60 million people in 2018, no part of the world spared With some 60 million people affected by extreme weather in 2018, according to a new study, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) called for better management of the issue worldwide, in a ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Environment and health at increasing risk from growing weight of ‘e-waste’ Around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste, or e-waste, is being thrown away each year, according to a new joint United Nations report – which exceeds the combined weight of all the commercial airli...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Climate change recognized as ‘threat multiplier’, UN Security Council debates its impact on peace As climate change is increasingly recognized as a “threat multiplier” by scientists, political representatives, and civil society across the world, the United Nations Security Council held an open deb...
18:24, 04/28/2019

World in grip of ‘high impact weather’ as US freezes, Australia sizzles, parts of South America deluged “High impact weather” has gripped much of the world so far this year, the UN weather agency, WMO, reported on Friday, with “dangerous and extreme cold in North America, record high heat and wildfires ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Guterres underlines climate action urgency, as UN weather agency confirms record global warming In the wake of data released by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), showing the past four years were officially the ‘four warmest on record,’ UN Secretary-General António Guter...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops inspires fight for cleaner seas along African coast After completing a historic 500km journey from the Kenyan island of Lamu to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, the world’s first ever traditional “dhow” sailing boat made entirely from recycled plastic...
18:24, 04/28/2019

UN announces roadmap to Climate Summit in 2019, a ‘critical year’ for climate action 2019 is a critical year, the “last chance” for the international community to take effective action on climate change, General Assembly President Maria Espinosa said on Thursday, during a briefing to ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Shrinking biodiversity poses major risk to the future of global food and agriculture, landmark UN report shows With the biodiversity of plants cultivated for food shrinking, the global population’s health, livelihoods and environment are under severe threat. This warning from the Food and Agriculture Organizat...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Youth, indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees boost hope for human rights: Guterres People’s rights are under fire “in many parts of the globe,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Human Rights Council on Monday, before insisting that he was not “losing hope”, thanks to th...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Ocean life faces ‘onslaught of threats’ from human activity, but tools exist to save it Underwater life is severely impacted by an “onslaught of threats,” but we already have the tools to positively influence ocean conservation, the UN said in a statement marking 2019 World Wildlife Day ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Humanity ‘at a crossroads’ as damage to planet poses growing risk to health, UN environment agency warns Human activity is damaging the planet so badly, exacerbated by climate change, that it will increasingly put our health at risk, warns a major report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Make this the year of ‘transformative solutions’ to avert disastrous climate change: UN Deputy Chief It is within our power to make 2019 the “year of transformative solutions” and “avoid the disastrous effects of climate change“, which threaten ecosystems, the global economy, health and security, the...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai affects 1.5 million across Mozambique and Malawi, as UN ramps up response A major aid operation is under way in Mozambique and Malawi to help victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has reached the densely-populated Mozambican port city of Beira, after registering maximum w...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Voices of young climate action activists ‘give me hope’ says UN chief In the wake of Friday’s demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future....
18:24, 04/28/2019

‘Break the cycle’ of disaster-response-recovery, urges top UN official, as death toll mounts from Cyclone Idai The destruction unleashed by Cyclone Idai on Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, continues to claim lives and displace thousands, in what the UN’s top disaster risk reduction official called on Monday “t...
18:24, 04/28/2019

UN allocates $20 million in emergency funding, as Cyclone Idai disaster unfolds As the full scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa continues to be assessed, the UN and humanitarian partners are ramping up the provision of emergency food, shelter, water...
18:24, 04/28/2019

UN launches drive to highlight environmental cost of staying fashionable It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans,  equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. That’s just one of the many startling f...
18:24, 04/28/2019

New UN Global Climate report ‘another strong wake-up call’ over global warming: Guterres The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report released on Thursday, represents “another strong wake-up call” to the world, which mus...
18:24, 04/28/2019

‘The clock is ticking’ on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, says UN deputy chief Pointing to climate change, inequalities and other serious challenges, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a forum on Thursday Development that “the clock is ticking” down, to ...
18:24, 04/28/2019

‘Do everything in your power to tackle climate change’ UN chief urges on Mother Earth Day Marking International Mother Earth Day, the UN on Monday debated how best to build “an equitable and sustainable future” for all, through enhanced education and climate action, on the road to a key in...
18:24, 04/28/2019

Iraq: UN demining agency rejects desecration accusations, involving historic Mosul churches The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq issued a statement on Thursday rejecting allegations made earlier this week by a non-profit organization  there, alleging that personnel had carr...
18:12, 04/28/2019

‘The best-selling brand today is fear’: UN chief highlights urgent need to address global ‘deficit of trust’ Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in our planet, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, told journalists on Friday he wants to reaffirm the UN as a “platform...
18:12, 04/28/2019

Ten UN peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack in northern Mali Ten ‘blue helmets’ from the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) were killed on Sunday following a complex terrorist attack against the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal regio...
18:12, 04/28/2019

Guterres in Davos: ‘Dysfunctional’ response to common problems, shows need for effective multilateralism The world’s problems are “more and more integrated” but the response to them is increasingly “fragmented” and “dysfunctional”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, in an appeal for ...
18:12, 04/28/2019

UN chief 'commends' leadership of Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as name dispute draws to final close The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Greek Parliament over its ratification of a name change for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Friday, and commended t...
18:12, 04/28/2019

UN chief of peace operations honours fallen Chadian ‘blue helmets’ serving in northern Mali After 10 Chadian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed in a terrorist attack on 20 January, the UN chief of peace operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, went to ...
18:12, 04/28/2019

UN lauds special chemistry of the periodic table, kicking off 150th anniversary celebrations On Tuesday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements at its headquarters in Paris, kicki...
18:12, 04/28/2019

‘Open, cordial, and frank discussions’ held over future Somalia-UN relationship Discussions described in a joint statement as “open, cordial and frank”, took place on Wednesday, between Somalia’s top two politicians and the UN political and peacebuilding affairs chief, in the cap...
18:12, 04/28/2019

Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for ‘dialogue, tolerance and peace’: Guterres Radio is a powerful tool that continues to promote “dialogue, tolerance and peace,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in message on Thursday, marking World Radio Day....
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UN chief hails victory of ‘political will’ in historic Republic of North Macedonia accord The UN-brokered agreement between Athens and Skopje to formally recognize the “Republic of North Macedonia”, is a welcome, “historical” step that should be supported by regional and international Memb...
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UN decolonization successes can ‘inspire us today,’ UN chief tells Special Committee Since the early 1960s, the United Nations decolonization committee has “accompanied many territories in their journey”, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, opening the body’s 2019 ses...
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Parliamentarians directly called to take action on global issues by UN chief Addressing parliament elected officials from around the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday for an annual hearing, UN chief António Guterres called for their support ...
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Social justice, human rights feature prominently at this year's Oscars in Hollywood Gender equality, the marginalization of indigenous languages, migration, the refugee crisis, the lives of domestic workers, poverty… All these issues which are at the heart of the United Nations’ work...
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Make progress or risk redundancy, UN chief warns world disarmament body A new global vision for arms control is needed and States must not “sleepwalk” into a new nuclear arms race, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday....
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‘I don’t like to give up': veteran UN envoy reveals how two decades of quiet diplomacy gave birth to North Macedonia Last June, a historic agreement settled a 27-year-long name dispute between two countries, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece. One man, Matthew Nimetz,  patiently led the negotiation...
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Marking Sir Brian Urquhart’s 100th birthday, UN honours life-long servant of ‘we the peoples’ Secretary-General António Guterres is wishing Sir Brian Urquhart, the legendary long-time United Nations official, a very happy 100th birthday, joining legions of admirers worldwide in praising Sir Br...
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Mine ban agreement ‘has saved countless lives’, but ‘accelerated efforts’ needed to end scourge for good: Guterres Although a landmark convention banning Anti-Personnel Mines has saved “countless lives” and limbs over the past 20 years, “accelerated efforts” are needed to ensure that they are removed from the face...
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UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed 157, including at least 21 UN workers An Ethiopian  Airlines flight crashed shortly after take off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing more than 150 people on board. The UN  Secretary-General António Guterres said in a stateme...
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Let us keep ‘their spirit of service alive’: Guterres leads tributes to UN workers who died in Ethiopia crash United Nations flags flew at half-mast around the world on Monday to honour the more than 150 people killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, including at least 21 UN workers....
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UN must provide redress for minorities placed in toxic Kosovo camps, says rights expert An independent rights expert appointed by the Human Rights Council has called on the United Nations to “provide justice and remedies” to displaced people who suffered lead poisoning after being housed...
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UN ‘comes together in sadness and solidarity’ to honour staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines flight Ceremonies were held at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva on Friday, to remember and honour the staff who died on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed near Addis Ababa last Sunday, ...
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Encouraging progress made in 2018, in ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across UN The United Nations recorded a total of 259 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) during 2018, according to the latest report by Secretary-General António Guterres presented to the General...
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Ferry capsizes near Mosul, UN chief offers solidarity, support ‘as needed’  As many Iraqis across the country celebrated Norwuz, the first day of spring, a passenger ferry in the Tigris River capsized on Thursday, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to offer the Unit...
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