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07/19/2019

Yemen: UN Envoy ‘guilty’ of optimistic hope that war is ‘nearing the end’ With Yemen once again at a “crucial moment” the UN Special Envoy trying to facilitate peace there told Security Council members on Thursday that despite the dangers of being over optimistic, he could ...
21:24, 07/18/2019

World ‘off track’ to meet most Sustainable Development Goals on hunger, food security and nutrition Key parts of the Global Goals agenda linked to achieving zero-hunger are “off-track”, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday, in an appeal for much greater public investment i...
21:24, 07/18/2019

UK police say they will prevent repeat of climate-change protest chaos Climate activists Extinction Rebellion will not be allowed to repeat the kind of disruption they caused in London earlier this year when they hold fresh demonstrations in October, police said on Thurs...
19:36, 07/18/2019

Brazil deforestation soars in July, threatening EU trade deal Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest accelerated in the first half of July, outstripping the full month last year and raising red flags for a regional trade deal with the European Union....
19:36, 07/18/2019

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have killed at least 93 children, and put the lives of millions more at risk, according to the United Nations Children...
17:48, 07/18/2019

Video of pilot whales rescued on U.S. East Coast viewed around the world Dozens of beachgoers and lifeguards battled to help a pod of pilot whales back into deeper waters after coming too close to the shore of the U.S. state of Georgia earlier this week, although authoriti...
14:36, 07/18/2019

Japanese town celebrates first whale catch of the season As Misako Komiya watched a crew of men in rubber boots peeling skin and blubber off a whale with long knives, she was already planning how to prepare the five kilos (10 lbs) of meat she intended to bu...
14:36, 07/18/2019

Bangladesh floods worsen after breach, death toll nears 100 in India One of Bangladesh's main rivers breached an embankment, flooding a northern district and forcing thousands from their homes, an official said on Thursday, as the toll from monsoon rains in neighboring...
14:36, 07/18/2019

New Zealand's Ardern says plight of Pacific Islanders should spur climate action Climate change is having a real impact on Pacific islanders and that should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday....
14:36, 07/18/2019

UK police vow to stop repeat of climate-change protest chaos British police said they would not allow protesters from the Extinction Rebellion anti-climate change group to repeat the kind of disruption they caused in London earlier this year when they hold fres...
14:36, 07/18/2019

Climate fears lift Greens' chances of running Germany A former trampolinist and a children's author have led the Greens to a spectacular comeback in Germany, raising the once-unthinkable prospect of a Green chancellor succeeding Angela Merkel....
14:36, 07/18/2019

India's monsoon rains below average in past week, raising crop worries India's monsoon rains were 20% below average in the week ending on Wednesday, the weather office said, as summer showers turned patchy over the central, western and southern parts of the country, rais...
10:36, 07/18/2019

Ofwat calls for £12 billion boost to water network investment Britain's water regulator on Thursday called for the country's utilities to invest the equivalent of 6 million pounds every day for the next five years in plans to reduce pollution and leakages in inc...
10:36, 07/18/2019

India gets rainfall 20% below average in latest week: weather office India's monsoon rains were 20% below average in the week ending on Wednesday, as rainfall was scanty over the central, western and southern parts of the country, the weather office said, raising conce...
08:36, 07/18/2019

Does renewables pioneer Germany risk running out of power? Germany, a poster child for responsible energy, is renouncing nuclear and coal. The problem is, say many power producers and grid operators, it may struggle to keep the lights on....
08:36, 07/18/2019

Plastic cups runneth over at Cambodia's Rubbish Cafe As Southeast Asia grapples with massive tides of rubbish hitting its beaches, a Cambodian coffee shop owner is looking to build a business out of some of this waste as a way to promote sustainability....
04:48, 07/18/2019

As Trump touts U.S. air quality, EPA data shows some areas worsening The number of unhealthy air days in major cities across the United States has risen sharply over the last two years, even as emissions of key pollutants continue to slip, according to data released by...
00:36, 07/18/2019

Orangutan numbers drop as much as 30% in Malaysian palm oil estate forests - WWF Orangutan populations in forest patches found in oil palm estates in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah fell as much as 30% in 15 years, but the overall population of the species in the area is stab...
22:00, 07/17/2019

Lebanese brave badly polluted water to swim at public beaches On a beach in northern Lebanon, men and women swim in the Mediterranean's warm blue waters close to a sewage outlet, while children play in sand that is strewn with litter....
17:24, 07/17/2019

Latest hot spell set to deepen drought pain in France Hot weather in France next week is expected to prolong drought conditions that have impacted several sectors including nuclear power generation and farming, and led to restrictions on water use in 61 ...
17:24, 07/17/2019

Prices of cardamom, Queen of Spices, soar as wild weather wipes Indian production Every year, tens of millions of Hindus flock to the Venkateswara Temple in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to pay tribute to site's patron deity and pick up some of its famous sweets, the ...
08:48, 07/17/2019

Small quake hits Mexico City, no damage reported A small earthquake struck central Mexico City on Tuesday night, jolting office towers and apartment buildings in the sprawling metropolis, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage....
08:48, 07/17/2019

Taiwan issues warnings for year's first typhoon as thousands evacuated Taiwan moved thousands of people to safety on Wednesday as the island braced for its first typhoon this year, as airlines canceled domestic flights and authorities issued warnings about floods and hig...
08:48, 07/17/2019

Acacia's North Mara mine ordered to stop using tailings storage facility Acacia Mining said on Wednesday that Tanzania has ordered it to stop using tailing storage facility at its North Mara mine due to failure to contain and prevent seepage....
08:48, 07/17/2019

U.S. to move public lands agency to Colorado from Washington The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will move its headquarters to Colorado from Washington, officials said on Tuesday, sparking ire from conservationists who said the decision would weaken the agency d...
01:00, 07/17/2019

‘Severe’ new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the ‘severe’ measur...
00:36, 07/17/2019

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopian return home, ending ‘harrowing migration ordeal’ With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.  ...
00:36, 07/17/2019

Inclusion, empowerment and equality, must be ‘at the heart of our efforts’ to ensure sustainable development, says UN chief The world’s people are demanding “transformative change that is fair and sustainable,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on government leaders to use the upcoming slate of ke...
00:24, 07/17/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Development forum focuses on inclusion; monsoons pummel Asia; young children at greater Ebola risk; small islands fight hunger, obesity; Yemen ceasefire for Red Sea port In today’s Daily Brief: Inclusion resonates widely at development meeting, UN offers help after monsoons devastate Asia, DR Congo Ebola effecting children, obesity plagues island communities, Yemen’s ...
00:24, 07/17/2019

U.S. offshore oil production remains cut by 58%: U.S. government More than half the daily crude production in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico remained offline on Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Barry, the U.S. drilling regulator said, as most oil companies were re-staffin...
23:24, 07/16/2019

Orphaned bear Aida finds home in Sarajevo Zoo after rescue from the wild Orphaned baby bear Aida, who was rescued by villagers after she fled the Bosnian woods in search of food and shelter, has found a new home in the Sarajevo Zoo where she has become a star attraction....
16:48, 07/16/2019

Spanish judge blocks Madrid council bid to lift car ban A judge on Tuesday blocked an attempt by Madrid's new conservative council to lift restrictions on cars entering the city center, saying the measure should be maintained for now....
16:48, 07/16/2019

Undersea quake near Indonesia's Bali causes panic, minor damage An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck south of Indonesia's Bali on Tuesday, the European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC said, causing minor damage and prompting residents and visito...
16:12, 07/16/2019

Indonesian president warns of long dry season, potential forest fires Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered ministers and regional heads to take anticipative steps to mitigate risks of crop failure and forest fire due to the El Nino dry weather phenomenon this year....
16:12, 07/16/2019

High and dry: Alpine resorts grapple with climate change The prospect of searing heatwaves driving holidaymakers to cool mountains and children asking grandparents about their memories of snow is focusing minds in Alpine ski resorts on the implications of c...
16:12, 07/16/2019

Floods worsen in India's northeast; rare rhinos in danger Floods in northeast India worsened on Tuesday with incessant rain swelling already raging rivers, inundating villages and a rhinoceros sanctuary as 1,000 soldiers were deployed to rescue people fleein...
16:12, 07/16/2019

Climate activists arrested for disrupting London's biggest concrete supplier Six climate activists were arrested on Tuesday after the Extinction Rebellion group disrupted London Concrete, the British capital's biggest supplier of ready-mixed concrete which supplies a major roa...
16:12, 07/16/2019

Undersea quake south of Indonesia's Bali causes brief panic An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck south of Indonesia's Bali on Tuesday, the European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC said, causing some residents and visitors on the tourist isla...
05:48, 07/16/2019

U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil, gas production begins restarting after Barry U.S. offshore oil producers restarted 4% of the production shut by Tropical Storm Barry last week, according to a report on Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)....
22:00, 07/15/2019

Over 100 killed, millions displaced from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh Floods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc....
19:48, 07/15/2019

Scores of aftershocks hit Indonesia after quake kills two Indonesia's Moluccas islands were hit by scores of aftershocks on Monday after an earthquake killed at least two people, prompting hundreds of people to flee their homes....
18:12, 07/15/2019

Floods force millions to flee homes in India, Nepal and Bangladesh Floods have forced more than three million people from their homes across north and northeastern India, officials said on Monday, as the death toll in neighboring Nepal and low-lying Bangladesh rose t...
18:12, 07/15/2019

Climate activists disrupt five British cities with 'summer uprising' Civil disobedience group Extinction Rebellion staged protests in five British cities on Monday, aiming to renew pressure on the government to take bolder action to tackle climate change and slow the w...
18:12, 07/15/2019

China greenhouse gas emissions soar 50% during 2005-2014: government data China's climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions hit 12.3 billion tonnes in 2014, up 53.5% in just a decade, the environment ministry said on Monday, citing the country's latest carbon "inventory" sub...
08:12, 07/15/2019

Colombia puts some banana crops in quarantine on fungus concern Colombia has put a patch of banana crops in the north of the country under quarantine on suspicion they are infested with a fungus that is seen as potentially devastating to the country's banana expor...
04:48, 07/15/2019

Louisiana refinery preps for restart as Storm Barry blows over Phillips 66 was preparing on Sunday to begin a restart on Monday of its southeast Louisiana refinery, which was shut because of the threat of Tropical Storm Barry, the company said....
22:48, 07/14/2019

Rain, flooding follow Storm Barry as it spins north from New Orleans Tropical Storm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana on Sunday, dropping up to 15 inches of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the Mississippi River....
22:48, 07/14/2019

Storm Barry cuts 73% of U.S. offshore oil production: U.S. government Tropical Storm Barry has cut 73%, or 1.38 million barrels per day (bpd), of crude oil production in the U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcem...
21:12, 07/14/2019

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes in southern Philippines, 25 injured An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude struck northern Mindanao in the south of the Philippines early on Saturday, injuring 25 people and causing damage to several houses, buildings and infrastructure, Philip...
19:12, 07/13/2019

Heavy rain and floods in India's Assam kill at least 10 and displace more than 1 million Heavy monsoon rains in India's northeast Assam state displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday,...
19:12, 07/13/2019

China plans to toughen emission checks on steel mills China will continue to enforce production restrictions in heavy industry in winter this year and will tighten its emission assessment on steel mills when granting exemptions from curbs already in plac...
10:24, 07/13/2019

Hawaii governor declares emergency for Maui wildfires Hawaii's governor on Friday declared an emergency on the island of Maui, where firefighters were battling a blaze that forced the evacuations of thousands of people and sent huge clouds of smoke billo...
10:24, 07/13/2019

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes northern Mindanao, Philippines - USGS An earthquake measured at a verified magnitude of 5.8 struck northern Mindanao in the Philippines archipelago early on Saturday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said (USGS)....
02:12, 07/13/2019

'Life-threatening' Tropical Storm Barry grinds toward Louisiana City officials warned New Orleans residents on Friday to secure their homes, stock up on supplies and prepare to huddle indoors with Tropical Storm Barry poised to make landfall as the first Atlantic ...
02:12, 07/13/2019

Developing countries should not be liable for emissions ‘accumulated throughout history’, key UN development forum hears Citing climate change as being caused by “emissions accumulated throughout history”, the head of China’s Xiamen Airlines told the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (...
23:00, 07/12/2019

Ecopetrol's plan for fracking project hits new snag in Colombia Colombia's environmental authority said on Friday that it was suspending its evaluation of Ecopetrol's request to start a fracking pilot project until an administrative court reinstates rules for tapp...
21:36, 07/12/2019

Storm Barry's threat to New Orleans heightened by climate change: scientists Tropical Storm Barry, which is expected to flood New Orleans and threaten lives along the Mississippi River, is being fueled by warmth in the Gulf of Mexico that was likely exacerbated by climate cha...
21:36, 07/12/2019

U.S. Gulf of Mexico crude oil output cut by 59% due to storm: government Almost 59 percent, or 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd), of crude oil production in the U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico has been cut because of Tropical Storm Barry, the U.S. Bureau of Safe...
21:36, 07/12/2019

'Life-threatening' Tropical Storm Barry heads towards New Orleans New Orleans officials warned city residents to stock up on supplies and prepare to shelter in their homes on Friday as "life-threatening" Tropical Storm Barry was poised to come ashore as possibly the...
21:36, 07/12/2019

Arctic wildfires in June equivalent to Sweden's annual emissions - U.N. Arctic wildfires, some the size of 100,000 soccer pitches, emitted as much carbon dioxide (CO2) last month as the country of Sweden does in a whole year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) sa...
17:36, 07/12/2019

Brown bear population dips in Finland The population of brown bears in Finland dipped by 5% from last year after rising continuously since 2012, the government said on Friday, after the country increased the hunting quota, partly to prote...
17:36, 07/12/2019

U.S. refiners in path of Storm Barry to keep running Most U.S. refiners whose plants are in the path of Tropical Storm Barry took steps on Friday to keep them running, even as forecasters warned that the second named storm of the season could become a h...
17:36, 07/12/2019

Tropical Storm Barry gains strength as it heads towards New Orleans New Orleans residents stocked up on supplies and prepared their homes on Friday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Barry threatened severe rain and flooding when it comes ashore as possibly the first A...
17:36, 07/12/2019

German experts report recommends CO2 price for cars, buildings A report presented to Germany's government on Friday said the transport and building sectors should be set carbon prices as penalties to incentivise savings in climate harming emissions, as Germany st...
13:36, 07/12/2019

Trump declares state of emergency in Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry: White House U.S. President Donald Trump declared a State of Emergency in Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, the White House said in a statement late on Thursday....
13:36, 07/12/2019

New Orleans braces for flooding, Trump declares emergency ahead of Storm Barry New Orleans braced for severe flooding with residents told to hunker down as a growing tropical storm in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico headed for landfall late on Friday or early on Saturday as the first At...
13:36, 07/12/2019

Hawaii's Maui Island wildfire forces evacuations Thousands of residents and visitors on Hawaii's Maui Island were ordered to evacuate two communities on Thursday as a spreading wildfire sent smoke billowing high into the sky, officials and local med...
11:12, 07/12/2019

Tropical storm Barry likely to become hurricane by Friday or Saturday: NHC Tropical storm Barry could strengthen into a hurricane by Friday night or early Saturday when the center is near the coast of Louisiana, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said....
09:36, 07/12/2019

NZ defense force use controlled explosion to defuse hazardous chemical at biotech site New Zealand's defense force conducted a controlled explosion at a South Dunedin site owned by biotechnology company Blis Technologies Ltd on Friday after being called to deal with a hazardous chemical...
04:12, 07/12/2019

Factbox: Barry could be latest storm to batter New Orleans Tropical Storm Barry was headed toward New Orleans on Thursday, and forecast to gain strength and become this year's first Atlantic hurricane, the latest in a long line of storms to strike the city....
00:00, 07/12/2019

NHC issues hurricane warning Louisiana coast ahead of storm Barry The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Thursday issued a hurricane warning for Tropical Storm Barry for the Louisiana coast from Intracoastal City to Grand Isle....
00:00, 07/12/2019

Defence forces on scene after chemical incident at New Zealand's Blis Technologies site Blis Technologies Ltd, a New Zealand-based biotechnology company, said on Friday there was a chemical incident at its South Dunedin site with emergency services on the scene....
00:00, 07/12/2019

Water train set to relieve drought-hit Indian city Indian authorities on Thursday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have run dry....
22:36, 07/11/2019

United Nations chief calls for more support for cyclone-hit Mozambique U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on the international community to provide more aid to Mozambique, where two cyclones spurred by climate change killed hundreds and wrought wi...
22:36, 07/11/2019

California lawmakers approve legislation for $21 billion wildfire fund California lawmakers approved legislation on Thursday to create a $21 billion fund to help utilities in the state pay for claims arising from future wildfires sparked by their equipment, tackling a to...
22:36, 07/11/2019

In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’ Arriving in Mozambique to express solidarity and see for himself the damage wrought by two back-to-back cyclones earlier this year, UN chief António Guterres on Thursday said “undeniable moral authori...
22:00, 07/11/2019

Britain to order ships with zero emission technology from 2025 Britain's government on Thursday said all new ships ordered from 2025 and aimed for its waters must be equipped with zero emission technology, as part of a new plan to cut maritime pollution....
17:36, 07/11/2019

At least seven killed as freak storm lashes Greek resorts At least seven people, including six tourists, were killed and more than 100 others injured when a violent, short-lived storm lashed northern Greece overnight, felling trees and ripping off rooftops....
17:36, 07/11/2019

El Niño seen transitioning to neutral weather conditions in Aug.-Sept The El Niño weather pattern is likely to transition into ENSO-neutral conditions in the next month or two, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday....
17:36, 07/11/2019

Cuadrilla to restart fracking at British site British shale gas company Cuadrilla said on Thursday it would restart fracking at its Preston New Road site in Britain in the third quarter of 2019 and plans to use a thicker fracking fluid to help re...
17:36, 07/11/2019

PBF, Valero do not plan to shut Louisiana refineries ahead of storm: sources PBF Energy and Valero Energy Corp do not plan to idle their refineries in Chalmette and Meraux, Louisiana, respectively ahead of a developing tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, sources familiar wit...
17:36, 07/11/2019

Storm threat shuts down U.S. coastal refinery, adding to offshore oil production losses Threatened flooding from a storm in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that cut nearly a third of the region's oil production has forced the shutdown of a coastal refinery, pushing oil and gasoline prices higher...
17:36, 07/11/2019

U.S. to extend nuclear reactor lifespans in bid to revive industry The United States plans to extend the lifespans of existing nuclear reactors and support new technologies as it seeks to revive an industry seen as crucial to its energy security, a senior U.S. offici...
17:36, 07/11/2019

Brazil frost damage in focus as global coffee forum kicks off Brazilian coffee farmers expect damage to their crops due to frosts in recent days, but investors are nevertheless keeping their expectations for record production in 2020, generating debate at the 2n...
05:36, 07/11/2019

European airline chiefs push back against flight shaming, carbon taxes The heads of some of Europe's largest airlines hit back on Wednesday against efforts to discourage Europeans from flying, arguing the industry was making huge strides in cutting its carbon footprint a...
05:36, 07/11/2019

U.S. Midwest floods to weigh on diesel demand in fall harvest season A disappointing planting season due to massive flooding in the U.S. Midwest this spring is expected to have spillover effects on diesel demand during harvest season, analysts and traders said....
05:36, 07/11/2019

‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones As UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in the southern African nation of Mozambique on Thursday for a two-day visit, he will be surveying the damage wrought by the deadly back-to-back cyclon...
22:24, 07/10/2019

Massive shark fin haul into Hong Kong dodges global shipping bans Two global shipping firms that have vowed not to transport shark fin products inadvertently moved a 40-foot container of the controversial delicacy from Nicaragua to Hong Kong this year, both companie...
17:24, 07/10/2019

David Attenborough warns climate change may bring social unrest Naturalist David Attenborough told British lawmakers on Tuesday it would be essential to stick to a new target to decarbonize the economy, warning that failure to tackle climate change could lead to m...
17:24, 07/10/2019

Maersk family company steps into renewables with wind firm acquisition A.P. Moller Holding, which controls Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk will acquire Danish wind turbine supplier KK Group, it said on Wednesday, in a first step into the renewable energy indust...
17:24, 07/10/2019

Morocco prepares to launch tender for 230 MW plant in Atlas mountains The Moroccan agency for sustainable energy (Masen) said it opened on Tuesday the first stage in a tender process to build, operate and maintain a 230 megawatt solar plant near the town of Midelt in th...
17:24, 07/10/2019

Tanzania says elephant, rhino populations rebounding after anti-poaching crackdown Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organised criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching, the country's presidency sai...
17:24, 07/10/2019

Morocco's Platinum Power partners with China's CFHEC on $300 mln hydropower project Renewable energy investor Platinum Power, minority-owned by U.S. private equity firm Brookstone Partners, has teamed up with China's CFHEC to build a $300 million hydropower plant in central Morocco, ...
17:24, 07/10/2019

BHP removing offshore workers from two Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead of storm BHP Billiton on Tuesday said it began evacuating workers and reducing operations at two offshore platforms in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as a safety precaution ahead of an approaching storm....
07:36, 07/10/2019

Britain’s climate advisers slam government progress, call for urgent action Britain has failed to set sufficient policies to combat climate change and must act urgently to cut greenhouse gas emissions to meet its new net zero target, a report by the government's climate advis...
07:36, 07/10/2019

Most big CO2 emitting firms not on track for climate goals - report Only one in eight of the world's most-polluting companies are on track to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with global temperature goals, a study funded by investors with $14 trillion und...
07:36, 07/10/2019

Shell, Chevron U.S. Gulf Coast refineries monitoring weather Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas coastal refineries operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp were monitoring a developing weather disturbance in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico that may prod...
07:36, 07/10/2019

Oil majors evacuate U.S. Gulf platform staff before storm Major U.S. oil producers on Tuesday began evacuating and shutting in production at their deepwater Gulf of Mexico platforms in advance of a tropical disturbance expected to become a storm this week....
07:36, 07/10/2019

Rip Torn, Emmy winner and Oscar nominee, known as a trouble-maker, dies at 88 Emmy winner Rip Torn, whose tempestuous nature made him a compelling character actor on the screen and stage but sometimes caused him trouble on the set and in private life, died on Tuesday at the age...
07:36, 07/10/2019

Brazil court convicts miner Vale for damages caused by deadly dam rupture A Brazilian state judge on Tuesday convicted mining company Vale SA for damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in January that killed at least 240 people....
02:00, 07/10/2019

Shell evacuates staff on U.S. Gulf of Mexico platforms ahead of approaching storm Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Tuesday evacuated non-essential staff from four oil and gas platforms in the eastern U.S. Gulf of Mexico ahead of an approaching storm....
02:00, 07/10/2019

As waters warm, lionfish invasion strains Lebanon's seas Lebanese fisherman Hassan Younes has been diving the same waters off his coastal hometown for three decades but has never seen anything like this year as native species disappear and invasive lionfish...
20:36, 07/09/2019

NHC says 70% chance of cyclone over northeastern Gulf of Mexico A broad low pressure area that has emerged over Apalachee Bay in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Cen...
20:36, 07/09/2019

In Japan, the business of watching whales overshadows resumption of hunt People packed the decks of the Japanese whale-watching boat, screaming in joy as a pod of orcas put on a show: splashing tails at each other, rolling over, and leaping out of the water....
14:48, 07/09/2019

California expanding early quake detection and warning system California officials are spending more than $40 million on an earthquake early warning system that in addition to alerting the public could also be used to automatically halt trains and open fire stat...
14:48, 07/09/2019

Spanish man dies after being swept away by floods One man's body has been found after a river burst its banks during sudden, torrential rain in the northern Spanish region of Navarra on Monday night, the local government said....
14:48, 07/09/2019

Rare Barbary lion cubs make their debut at Czech Zoo Roaring, pouncing and chasing each other, two Barbary lion cubs have made their public debut at a Czech Zoo, adding to a lion subspecies that has long been extinct in the wild and can only be found in...
14:48, 07/09/2019

Weather system over eastern Florida has 50% chance of becoming cyclone - NHC A low pressure system located over eastern Florida has a 50% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday....
14:48, 07/09/2019

British naturalist warns climate change may bring social unrest Naturalist David Attenborough told British lawmakers on Tuesday it would be essential to stick to a new target to decarbonize the economy, warning that failure to tackle climate change could lead to m...
14:48, 07/09/2019

Sarasin cuts Shell stake, criticizing its climate strategy London-based asset manager Sarasin & Partners has sold nearly 20% of its holdings in Royal Dutch Shell, saying the oil and gas company's spending plans are out of synch with international targets to b...
14:48, 07/09/2019

China finds armyworm pest in corn crops in Gansu province China has found the destructive fall armyworm in corn crops in the northwestern province of Gansu, the local government said on Monday, further stoking fears about damage to the country's grain output...
10:48, 07/09/2019

Three Gorges Dam is safe, say China officials, dismissing online rumors China's controversial Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest hydropower project, is structurally sound, officials said, denying rumors on social media it was at risk of collapse....
10:48, 07/09/2019

New Zealand proposes discounts for cleaner cars, slaps new fee on gas guzzlers New Zealand said on Tuesday that it plans to slash prices for electric, hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles and penalize gas guzzling cars with a new fee, as it looks to make greener cars more affordab...
06:48, 07/09/2019

24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars The governors, including two Republicans and governors of four states that voted for President Trump in 2016, are urging his administration to halt his rollback of clean car rules....
06:48, 07/09/2019

China city puts incinerator project on hold after protests - state media The city of Wuhan in central China has put a controversial garbage-burning power plant on hold and promised not to proceed without the approval of residents, the Global Times newspaper said on Tuesday...
04:36, 07/09/2019

China's war on pollution could boost solar power - study China's efforts to reduce chronic air pollution could increase its ability to generate solar power by up to 13% by allowing more sunlight to reach the earth, according to a new study published on Tues...
04:36, 07/09/2019

Former Japanese fisherman finds profit in whale-watching Masato Hasegawa is the fourth generation of his family to be a fisherman on Japan's northern oceans, but now his cruises focus on admiring sea life instead of catching it....
04:36, 07/09/2019

In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than hunting them People packed the decks of the Japanese whale-watching boat, screaming in joy as a pod of orcas put on a show: splashing tails at each other, rolling over, and leaping out of the water....
04:36, 07/09/2019

Charity begins at the pub: London bar seeks 'most ethical' title Employing the homeless and offering beer brewed from leftover bread, "The Green Vic" in London's trendy Shoreditch district is aiming to be the world's most ethical pub....
04:36, 07/09/2019

SEC defends pace of Volkswagen suit after emissions scandal The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday defended the pace of its investigation into Volkswagen AG after a judge had asked why the agency waited two years after a global scandal re...
04:36, 07/09/2019

Trump touts environment record, green groups scoff U.S. President Donald Trump boasted about his administration's environmental record on Monday, saying America can lead the world in fighting pollution at the same time it is promoting fossil fuels, in...
23:24, 07/08/2019

U.S. National Hurricane Center says 30% chance of tropical cyclone over central Georgia A trough of low pressure located over central Georgia has a 30% chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday....
21:00, 07/08/2019

Life-threatening rains pound U.S. capital; White House basement offices leak Driving rains flooded parts of Washington, D.C., on Monday, shattering a daily record in just an hour, forcing 15 swift-water rescues from stranded cars and causing an undeniable leak in the White Ho...
20:24, 07/08/2019

Nestle Waters teams up with Ocean Legacy for plastic waste cleanup Nestle's bottled water division Nestle Waters, owner of Perrier and Vittel, said it would team up with Canada's Ocean Legacy Foundation to help to clean up plastic pollution....
19:24, 07/08/2019

Traders proving slippery as eel trafficking soars Efforts to protect the endangered European eel are struggling to cope as demand from Asia draws traffickers tempted by fat profits, according to industry experts....
19:24, 07/08/2019

Brazil frosts hit coffee, sugarcane areas; production impact seen Frosts were reported in several agricultural areas in Brazil over the weekend, including coffee and sugarcane production regions, and cooperatives and companies expected some impact as they assessed t...
19:24, 07/08/2019

Frosts reported in several coffee, sugarcane areas in Brazil - agronomists Frosts have been reported in several agricultural areas in Brazil over the weekend, including coffee and sugarcane production regions, as an intense polar air mass sweeps through the country....
17:00, 07/08/2019

Abundant rains offer good prospects for main Ivory Coast cocoa crop: farmers Above-average rainfall mixed with sunshine in Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions last week could boost the forthcoming October-to-March main crop, farmers said on Monday....
17:00, 07/08/2019

China steel hub Hebei moves 2019 industrial capacity cutting targets forward China's top steelmaking province of Hebei has moved up the target dates for cutting industrial capacity and relocating plants by two months to the end of October, the provincial environmental departme...
12:24, 07/08/2019

Syria: At least seven children killed in yet another airstrike According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at least seven children were killed in an airstrike against displaced civilians on Saturday on the village of Mhambel, in the outskirts of Idlib, in north...
02:12, 07/08/2019

6.9 magnitude quake strikes in eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert issued A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island late on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning fo...
19:36, 07/07/2019

An earthquake's impact can be predicted - but only after it hits Over the next week, Southern California has only a 27% chance of experiencing a third earthquake greater than magnitude 6, but a 96% chance of going through a tremor of magnitude 5 or higher....
00:36, 07/07/2019

Shaken communities take stock of damage after Southern California quakes High desert communities in Southern California on Saturday assessed damage and braced for potentially dangerous aftershocks from a major earthquake that shook buildings, ruptured gas lines and sparked...
22:36, 07/06/2019

U.S. EPA proposes hike in 2020 biofuel mandate but waiver volumes draw ire The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday proposed refiners increase the volume of biofuels blended into their annual fuel output but did not reallocate the waived amounts under the har...
20:00, 07/05/2019

Scores of Rohingya refugee shelters in Bangladesh destroyed by flooding Heavy monsoon rains in Bangladesh have drenched the Cox’s Bazar settlement, home to more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees, destroying some 273 shelters, and injuring 11 people, the UN refugee agency, UN...
19:36, 07/05/2019

Troglodyte 'eco' villa carved out of Monaco rock face Armed with a vision and a large saw, architects Jean-Pierre Lott and Patrick Raymond have crafted a luxury 'eco' villa out of a rock face in Monaco, using cork insulation, water recycling and solar pa...
19:00, 07/05/2019

Californians jolted by strong aftershock following strongest quake in 25 years A strong aftershock shook Southern California early on Friday as residents were still assessing the damage from the strongest earthquake in the region in 25 years on July 4, which was felt by more tha...
19:00, 07/05/2019

U.S. EPA proposes hike in biofuel mandate to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has proposed increasing the volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020, up from 19.92 b...
19:00, 07/05/2019

Tigers kill Italian tamer as parliament mulls ban on circus animals Four tigers have mauled to death their tamer in southern Italy, fuelling calls for a ban on the use of animals in circuses as parliament debates the issue....
19:00, 07/05/2019

Israel’s Energy Dilemma: More Natural Gas Than It Can Use or Export After years of relying on imports, the country has discovered huge gas reserves offshore. But it cannot easily use or sell the fuel to other countries....
17:24, 07/05/2019

England's rapeseed area falls to 16-year low - AHDB The rapeseed area in England for the 2019 harvest has fallen to a 16-year low following a poor establishment of crops last autumn and damage by flea beetles, the Agriculture and Horticulture Developme...
15:24, 07/05/2019

French cereal crop ratings fall after heatwave, harvest underway The condition of French cereal crops declined in the week to July 1, farm office FranceAgriMer said on Friday, suggesting a negative impact from a record-breaking heatwave....
15:00, 07/05/2019

Major donor Norway frets over Brazil deforestation Norway has expressed alarm over accelerating destruction of the Amazon and concern for the future of a Brazilian rainforest protection fund it has given $1.2 billion to in the last decade....
15:00, 07/05/2019

U.N. deep sea mining body rejects Greenpeace criticism The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has rejected criticism from Greenpeace over its handling of ocean mining, fuelling a spat that threatens to overshadow talks this month by the U.N. body toward...
15:00, 07/05/2019

U.S. vertical farms are racing against the sun Leafy salad greens grown under banks of LED lights, with mist or drips of water are having their day in the sun. Several top U.S. indoor farms, stacked with plants from floor to ceiling, tell Reuters ...
15:00, 07/05/2019

Strong aftershock jolts California as residents mop up after quake A strong aftershock shook Southern California early on Friday as residents were still assessing the damage from the July 4 quake, the strongest in the region in 25 years, which was felt by more than 2...
15:00, 07/05/2019

'Speared' activists protest Spain's Pamplona bull runs Dozens of half-naked protesters lay on the street with fake spears jutting from their backs on the eve of the Spanish festival of San Fermin on Friday, in a recreation of the technique used to weaken ...
15:00, 07/05/2019

After brutal spring floods, U.S. farmers face big losses DARKE COUNTY, Ohio (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The planting season ended more than a month ago, but much of 39-year-old Greg McGlinch’s 450-acre farm in Darke County, Ohio, is either under water o...
06:36, 07/05/2019

Big quake rattles area of 20 million people in California; no one killed A powerful earthquake jolted Southern California on Thursday, touching off fires, damaging buildings and forcing the evacuation of a hospital in a desert town northeast of Los Angeles, but there were ...
04:12, 07/05/2019

Big quake rumbles across Southern California, some damage northeast of Los Angeles A powerful earthquake jolted Southern California on Thursday, touching off fires and damaging buildings in a desert town northeast of Los Angeles, but authorities said there were only minor injuries....
00:24, 07/05/2019

Big quake rattles Southern California, early reports of damage east of Los Angeles A powerful earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday, touching off house fires and damaging buildings in a desert town northeast of Los Angeles, but authorities had no early reports of injurie...
22:48, 07/04/2019

Canada's infrastructure, coastal communities most at risk from climate change: government study Canada's physical infrastructure and coastal communities could face significant damage over the next 20 years and top the list of areas most at risk by climate change, a government-backed study releas...
22:48, 07/04/2019

Greece briefly shuts the Acropolis as Athens sizzles Greece shut the Acropolis Hill for a few hours on Thursday to protect visitors to one of the world's most popular tourist attractions from a heatwave that has engulfed Athens....
21:00, 07/04/2019

WWF warns of worsening 'superfires' across Europe Global conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned on Thursday of the risks from new faster-spreading "superfires" in the wake of heatwaves and droughts that have been afflicting Europe in wha...
21:00, 07/04/2019

Russia to press ahead with release of captive whales despite outcry Russian research scientists defended the way they released eight whales back into the wild last week and said on Thursday they would release scores more of the captive animals in the same way despite ...
21:00, 07/04/2019

Strong quake shakes Southern California; no immediate reports of damage A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, about 113 miles (175 km) northeast of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday....
21:00, 07/04/2019

India plans $330 billion renewables push by 2030 without hurting coal India said on Thursday it needs $330 billion in investments over the next decade to power its renewable energy dream, but coal would remain central to its electricity generation....
15:24, 07/04/2019

EU energy chief says Europe must commit to carbon neutrality by 2050 Reluctant European Union nations must be convinced to back the goal of zeroing out carbon emissions by 2050, the bloc's energy chief told the European Parliament on Thursday, saying the fight against ...
13:24, 07/04/2019

Tornado hits northeast China as more 'extreme' weather strikes A tornado swept through the northeastern Chinese province of Liaoning on Wednesday, killing six and injuring 190, the state broadcaster said, amid a series of "extreme" weather events that government ...
08:00, 07/04/2019

India's monsoon rain below average for fifth straight week India's monsoon rains in the week ending on Wednesday were below average for the fifth time in a row, although the deficit was the lowest since the start of the season, after it revived in central and...
08:00, 07/04/2019

Brazil to act on deforestation if concerns confirmed, minister says Brazil will take action if concerns about an increase in deforestation are confirmed, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday as Brazil faces environmental pressure under the terms of the EU-Merco...
04:12, 07/04/2019

Rains ease in southern Japan but landslide risks persist Heavy rains in southern Japan let up by Thursday, but authorities maintained evacuation orders for more than a million people, warning against a risk of more landslides, which have killed one person, ...
04:12, 07/04/2019

Northern Chinese province issues 'red alert' due to heat, corn crop at risk The northern Chinese province of Hebei issued an extreme heat 'red alert' on Thursday, with temperatures set to soar beyond 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in its major cities and putting the area's corn ...
04:12, 07/04/2019

Brazil deforestation exceeds 88% in June under Bolsonaro Deforestation in Brazil's portion of the Amazon rainforest soared more than 88% in June compared with the same month a year ago, the second consecutive month of rising forest destruction under new Pre...
04:12, 07/04/2019

With Caribbean island life under threat, UN chief pushes to face ‘headwinds together’ To counter global challenges that are a particular threat to vulnerable island nations like those in the Caribbean, it’s vital to “face the headwinds together”, especially in the face of the destructi...
01:48, 07/04/2019

Countries failing on climate face 'Green political muscle': OECD Politicians who fail to act on climate change will pay the price electorally, the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a climate speech on Wednesday, critic...
22:12, 07/03/2019

Sprawling Siberia flood wrecks young family's home Svetlana Semyonova, 32, returned to her devastated home after abandoning it last week as a flood was sweeping through the region to find furniture broken, her daughters' Disney wallpaper sodden and de...
22:12, 07/03/2019

ECB's Nowotny says takes very positive view of Lagarde nomination European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said on Thursday he takes a very positive view of European Union leaders' decision to name Christine Lagarde president of the ECB. [nL8N2431D3]...
17:12, 07/03/2019

Malaysia to take action against school over 'anti-palm oil propaganda' Malaysia will take action against an international school for spreading "anti-palm oil propaganda", the education ministry said on Wednesday, in a sign of Kuala Lumpur's aggressive efforts to defend a...
17:12, 07/03/2019

India brings down bodies of seven climbers killed in avalanche Indian authorities on Wednesday airlifted the bodies of seven climbers killed in an avalanche near the country's second highest mountain in May to the biggest town in the area for identification and r...
17:12, 07/03/2019

Dam bursts in India after rains, killing 11 Heavy monsoon rains caused the breach of a small dam in western India, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least 11 people with 13 missing, a government official said on Wednesday....
17:12, 07/03/2019

Japan, hit by torrential rains, orders over one million to evacuate Japan ordered more than one million people on the southernmost island of Kyushu to take shelter in evacuation centers and other safe areas on Wednesday as heavy rains triggered small landslides and t...
17:12, 07/03/2019

Brazil deforestation exceeds 88% in June under right-wing Bolsonaro Deforestation in Brazil's portion of the Amazon rainforest soared more than 88% in June compared to the same month a year ago, the second-consecutive month of rising forest destruction under new right...
17:12, 07/03/2019

Dam bursts in India after rains, killing six Heavy monsoon rains caused the breach of a small dam in western India, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least six people with 18 missing, a government official said on Wednesday....
07:36, 07/03/2019

China vows to raise recycling rates of rural plastic mulch China vowed to improve the recycling rates of plastic mulch used in farming, the government said on Wednesday, amid mounting concerns about soil contamination as unrecovered bits of the thin film get ...
06:48, 07/03/2019

Japan's Kagoshima city orders 600,000 residents into evacuation centers, safe areas due to heavy rains Japan's southern city of Kagoshima on Wednesday ordered its nearly 600,000 residents to take shelter in evacuation centers and other safe areas as torrential rains threatened landslides and other dama...
05:00, 07/03/2019

Flood victims in Siberia complain authorities failed to warn them Russian residents of the Siberian region of Irkutsk devastated by a fatal flood have accused the authorities of failing to give them adequate warning that could have helped save lives and avert damage...
02:48, 07/03/2019

Killing of desert elephant sparks uproar in Namibia The killing of a 50-year alpha elephant bull in Namibia has caused an uproar in the southern African nation, with conservation and tourism groups accusing the government of authorizing the hunt for th...
02:48, 07/03/2019

Brazil's JBS buying cattle from deforested Amazon land - report Brazilian food processor JBS SA has been buying cattle from ranchers operating on deforested land in the Amazon that the government had said must not be used for grazing, a newspaper report said on Tu...
02:48, 07/03/2019

Nestle launches paper packaging for snack bars Global food giant Nestle SA has developed new paper packaging for its YES! snack bars, a technology it hopes to scale up and extend to other confectionery products as it tries to make all its packagin...
02:48, 07/03/2019

Greenpeace ship sets sail to highlight risk of mining below the waves A Greenpeace ship sets sail on Thursday to study an ecosystem beneath the Atlantic Ocean thought to hold clues to the origins of life to press its case for a ban on deep sea mining, as talks in Jamaic...
02:48, 07/03/2019

China faces extreme weather as temperatures rise, more rain falls - government forecasters Extreme weather in China is becoming increasingly frequent, with temperatures in some regions hitting record highs this year and with rainfall set to exceed average levels by 70% in the next 10 days, ...
02:48, 07/03/2019

Climate Change Denialists Dubbed Auto Makers the ‘Opposition’ in Fight Over Trump’s Emissions Rollback Newly released government emails show how climate denier groups quickly dominated the internal discussion over the historic rollback of the Obama-era climate rules...
20:24, 07/02/2019

FROM THE FIELD: facing up to the extreme mental health pressures of conflict For those caught up in conflict situations, the trauma can lead to severe mental health problems. This is also the case for the humanitarian workers who are trying to help them....
19:12, 07/02/2019

China's Shandong province plans further coal usage cuts over next five years China's eastern province of Shandong aims to cut its coal consumption by 50 million tonnes in five years, the provincial government said in a statement on Tuesday, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a...
17:36, 07/02/2019

Villagers accuse city of seizing water as drought parches 'India's Detroit' In the small village of Bangarampettai, 20 miles from India's manufacturing capital Chennai, about 150 people last month "captured" a water tanker, breaking its windscreen and deflating its tires befo...
17:36, 07/02/2019

Heavy rains in India kill 30, cripple financial capital Wall collapses in Mumbai and nearby towns, caused by the worst monsoon rains in a single day in 14 years, killed 30 people on Tuesday and disrupted rail and air traffic, prompting officials to shut sc...
17:36, 07/02/2019

Western Japan residents warned to evacuate as heavy rain nears Japan warned of further life-threatening heavy rain on Kyushu, the southwesternmost of the country's main islands, after days of downpours and said people must evacuate....
17:36, 07/02/2019

Climate change probably added 4C to Europe's June heatwave: study Man-made climate change probably made last month's European heatwave, in which southern France experienced a national record 45.9 degrees Celsius (114.6 Fahrenheit), 4C (7F) hotter than it would other...
17:36, 07/02/2019

U.S. House panel sets July 10 deadline in hurricane response probe A U.S. House committee has called on the White House to turn over documents related to the Trump administration's handling of hurricanes in 2017 that devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands...
17:36, 07/02/2019

Thyssenkrupp to cut CO2 emissions by 30% over next decade German submarines-to-elevators conglomerate Thyssenkrupp said on Tuesday that it planned to drastically cut its carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade, banking on more efficient ways to produce...
13:24, 07/02/2019

British companies, pension funds may have to report climate risks British public companies and pension funds may have to publish by 2022 what risks their businesses face from climate change under a new so-called green finance strategy....
13:24, 07/02/2019

Enlight lines up financing for wind energy projects in Israel Israel's Enlight Renewable Energy said on Tuesday it signed a letter of intent with a consortium led by Bank Hapoalim to finance two wind farm projects for a total investment of 1.3 billion shekels ...
11:12, 07/02/2019

China's climate 'ambition' pledge could lead to tougher CO2 targets: experts A new pledge by China to show "the highest possible ambition" in the fight against climate change could see the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter introduce new and more stringent carbon targets n...
11:12, 07/02/2019

Heavy rains in India kill 27, cripple financial capital Monsoon rains caused wall collapses that killed 27 people in India on Tuesday, as a second day of bad weather disrupted rail and air traffic in the financial capital Mumbai, prompting officials to shu...
08:48, 07/02/2019

U.S. states sue EPA for stricter asbestos rules Ten U.S. states and Washington, D.C. sued the Environmental Protection Agency to begin working on rules to tighten oversight of asbestos, and reduce the health risks that the substance poses to the pu...
00:00, 07/02/2019

France wants to reduce water use as rivers dry up The French government wants to reduce water use by encouraging wastewater recycling and encouraging consumers to less water as the flow of rivers gradually slows due to climate change....
20:36, 07/01/2019

China finds armyworm in major corn producer Shandong: Beijing News China has found the destructive fall armyworm in the major corn-producing province of Shandong in the north, the government-backed Beijing News reported on Monday....
18:36, 07/01/2019

India suffers driest June in five years, fears for crops India had its driest June in five years due to a delay in monsoon rains, the weather department said late on Sunday, raising fears for crops and the broader economy....
18:36, 07/01/2019

France removes heatwave alert for Paris Paris authorities said on Monday that they had removed the amber-level heatwave alert that had been declared for the French capital since June 23, in the light of soaring temperatures across the count...
18:36, 07/01/2019

Heavy rains batter India's Mumbai, disrupting air, rail traffic Heavy rains battered India's financial capital Mumbai on Monday causing disruption to the commuter train network, snarling traffic on water-logged streets and delaying flights from the country's secon...
18:36, 07/01/2019

Hundreds of thousands urged to flee as heavy rain hits southern Japan Torrential rain pounded Japan's southwestern major island of Kyushu on Monday, hitting 14 inches in 24 hours in one area and triggering landslides and highway closures, with more than 800,000 people u...
18:36, 07/01/2019

OMV and Verbund to build Austria's largest solar plant Austria's oil and gas group OMV and utility Verbund have agreed to jointly build a solar plant that will have the capacity to supply 5,500 households with electricity, the companies said on Monday....
18:36, 07/01/2019

Global warming targets at risk from energy plants' CO2 emissions Carbon emissions from existing and planned fossil fuel energy plants and projects will exceed the amount needed to curb global warming, jeopardizing a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature limit goal, scient...
18:36, 07/01/2019

UK police end search for missing three-meter python British police gave up their search for a nearly three-meter python on Monday after concluding that it posed a risk only to small animals and not people in the English university city of Cambridge whe...
18:36, 07/01/2019

Madrid Ends a Low-Emissions Zone After Just 7 Months Drivers will no longer face fines for entering a designated downtown area, a reversal that many attribute to an increasingly polarized political environment in Spain....
13:00, 07/01/2019

India had driest June in five years, fears for crops India had its driest June in five years because monsoon rains were delayed, the weather department said late on Sunday, raising fears for crops and the broader economy....
23:36, 06/30/2019

U.S. Oil Companies Find Energy Independence Isn’t So Profitable Investors are shunning the industry as prices fall, demand slows and fears grow that climate change will force companies to leave fossil fuels untapped....
21:24, 06/30/2019

'Act now with ambition and urgency' to tackle the world’s ‘grave climate emergency’, UN chief urges UAE meeting The world is facing “a grave climate emergency”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a climate meeting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi on Sunday, urging all participants to ...
18:48, 06/30/2019

Hotter than Death Valley: Europe burns, sweats in record heat Wildfires burned tracts of land in France and Spain at the weekend as Europe sweltered in record-breaking temperatures that pushed the mercury toward all-time highs on Sunday in Germany, killing at le...
16:12, 06/30/2019

Japanese fleet prepares to resume commercial whaling Japanese whaling ships prepared on Sunday to set to sea, with crews gathering on decks in a northern port a day ahead of Japan's first commercial whaling hunt in more than 30 years....
14:24, 06/30/2019

Keeping cool in the face of climate change As global temperatures reach record highs, providing cooling systems which are effective, sustainable and which do not harm the environment is increasingly essential for everyday life. That’s accordin...
14:00, 06/30/2019

Protest in Madrid as conservatives suspend ban on most polluting cars Thousands protested in Madrid on Saturday against the suspension of curbs on polluting cars by the new conservative city hall, raising fears that environmental rollbacks seen in the United States may ...
23:12, 06/29/2019

After deadly collapse, Congo vows to remove illegal miners from Glencore concession Congo's interior minister vowed to remove all illegal miners by Sunday from a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore following a landslide this week that killed at least 43 of them....
18:48, 06/29/2019

Norway wealth fund to map phasing out of oil companies from investments: finance ministry Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, must assess how the planned phase out of oil and gas exploration and production companies from its investments will be conducted, the f...
18:48, 06/29/2019

Smoke from Alaska wildfire threatens Anchorage's air quality Smoke from wildfires in Alaska could cause very unhealthy air quality conditions and low visibility over the weekend in Anchorage, the state's largest city, officials said....
16:48, 06/29/2019

Wildfires and power cuts plague Europe as heatwave breaks records Hundreds of firefighters battled on Saturday to contain wildfires in southern France as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least three people in It...
14:00, 06/29/2019

U.S. remains outlier as G20 split over tackling climate change After much wrangling, the Group of 20 major economies on Saturday agreed to disagree on fighting climate change, with the United States dissenting from a commitment to carry out the 2015 Paris climate...
12:48, 06/29/2019

Strawberries and child support; a Thai partnership Mother of three, Mhee Saesong, a strawberry farmer from Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, has always struggled alongside her husband to provide for her family. She describes how, in the past, when ...
05:12, 06/29/2019

Shanghai citizens out of sorts over new trash separation rules Household trash has occupied the minds of Shanghai residents this week: specifically, are the contents of their bins "wet", "dry", "hazardous" or "recyclable"?...
00:00, 06/29/2019

China's environmentally stressed regions to curb industry in new rules China will order local governments to raise the approval threshold for new industrial projects and limit the number of polluting factories in regions where environmental conditions are already stresse...
00:00, 06/29/2019

Europe's heatwave consistent with climate change, more to come: U.N. This year is on track to be among the hottest ever and that would make 2015-2019 the world's hottest five-year period on record, the World Meteorological Organization said on Friday....
00:00, 06/29/2019

France hits record high temperature in scorching heatwave France registered its highest temperature since records began on Friday as a sweltering heatwave engulfed much of southern and central Europe, weather forecaster Meteo France said....
00:00, 06/29/2019

Polish schoolgirl takes climate fight to parliament A teenager started her summer holidays by campaigning in front of Poland's parliament on Friday in a bid to get politicians to act on climate change before an election later this year....
00:00, 06/29/2019

South Africa's PPC bows to environmental regulations South African cement company PPC said on Friday it expects to pay as much as 120 million rand ($8.5 million) per year due to the new carbon tax and will shut down a kiln at its Port Elizabeth plant t...
00:00, 06/29/2019

Climate activists clash with French police at Paris bridge French police used riot shields and pepper spray to clear scores of climate activists blocking a bridge over the Seine in Paris on Friday, as the city sweltered under a record-breaking heatwave that m...
00:00, 06/29/2019

French all-time record temperature rises further to 45.8 degrees France saw a temperatures rise to record levels for the third time in a same day on Friday as a sweltering heatwave engulfed much of southern and central Europe, French state weather agency Meteo Fran...
00:00, 06/29/2019

Ontario court upholds validity of Trudeau's federal carbon tax Ontario's Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that Canada's federal carbon tax is constitutional after a challenge from the province's Conservative government, in a blow to efforts to strike down Justin T...
00:00, 06/29/2019

The north pole is moving and if it flips, life on Earth is in trouble The magnetic north pole is racing towards Siberia - but why? It's a mystery with huge implications, and to solve it, we're building an explosive model of the planet's core...
19:00, 06/28/2019

California regulator considers penalty against PG&E in 2017 wildfires California utilities regulator has opened a case to evaluate and consider penalties against power and gas utility PG&E Corp for its involvement in the fierce wildfires that killed 46 people in Norther...
07:36, 06/28/2019

As Chinese mountains get hotter, hunt for 'cure-all' fungus gets harder For Ma Junxiao, an ethnic Hui Muslim farmer from remote western China, the daily climb up sheer mountain slopes to look for a tiny fungus is vital to his family's subsistence....
04:12, 06/28/2019

France sets 2050 carbon-neutral target with new law French lawmakers on Thursday voted into law the first article in a climate and energy package that sets goals for France to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and go carbon-neutral by 2050 in line with ...
02:00, 06/28/2019

Paris bans up to 60% of its cars as heatwave worsens pollution Paris has banned more than half of the cars registered in the region from its roads as a record heatwave worsens air pollution, the most drastic restrictions ever imposed there, officials said....
02:00, 06/28/2019

Festival-goers form climate-change hourglass in Glastonbury sunshine Thousands of festival-goers at Glastonbury formed Extinction Rebellion's hourglass symbol on Thursday as the protest group joined forces with long-time event partner Greenpeace in a call to join a cli...
02:00, 06/28/2019

Britain needs more nuclear power, electric chargers for climate goal - CBI Britain needs more nuclear power plants, electric vehicle charging sites and carbon capture and storage projects to meet its new climate target, the Confederation of British Industry said on Friday....
02:00, 06/28/2019

Indigenous groups in Peru are suing government over oil, mining plans - and winning Indigenous groups in Peru are turning to the courts with a new legal strategy for keeping mining and oil projects off their lands, racking up victories that could make it harder for companies to secur...
02:00, 06/28/2019

G20 leaders urged to denounce Japan's 'cruel assault' on whales Environmentalists from around the world urged global leaders at the G20 summit on Friday not to "turn a blind eye" to what they called a "cruel assault on whales" planned by host Japan when it restart...
02:00, 06/28/2019

Thursday’s Daily Brief: dire living conditions in Idlib, migrants at US southern border, end in sight for trachoma, Human Rights Council This Thursday, we cover: the dire humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib; living conditions at the US-Mexico border denounced by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); trachoma-related blindness on the ver...
01:12, 06/28/2019

Britain's new net zero emissions target becomes law Britain's new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 became law on Thursday, making it the first among the major G7 countries to set such a goal....
20:48, 06/27/2019

India faces weak monsoon rains, raising fears for crops, economy India's monsoon rains were below average for the fourth straight week, with rainfall scanty over central and western parts of the country in the week ended on Wednesday, raising concerns about major c...
20:48, 06/27/2019

Quake of magnitude 6.4 strikes off Kermadec islands in Pacific: USGS A 6.4 magnitude quake struck off the Kermadec islands in the Pacific on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage in area frequently hit by quakes....
20:48, 06/27/2019

Exclusive: Trade tensions put energy transition at risk - BP chairman Trade tensions risk throwing the global economy's transition to greener energy into disarray and could hurt energy companies' preparations toward it, BP Chairman Helge Lund said as leaders of the worl...
20:48, 06/27/2019

India's monsoon rains below average levels for a fourth week India's monsoon rains were below average for a fourth straight week due to scant seasonal rainfall over central and western parts of the country, raising concerns about production of summer-sown crops...
20:48, 06/27/2019

Peru native groups use new legal strategy to push back on oil, mining plans Indigenous groups in Peru are turning to the courts with a new legal strategy for keeping mining and oil projects off their land, racking up victories that could make it harder for companies to secure...
20:48, 06/27/2019

Exclusive: Pemex study details 'severe' air quality impact from Mexican refinery A flagship refinery planned by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador would have a "severe" impact on air quality and emissions could spread to nearby towns, according to an environmental study...
20:48, 06/27/2019

Wildfires spread in Catalonia as heatwave grips Spain Wildfires raged on Thursday across nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia and fire fighters said the area affected could increase significantly as a power...
20:48, 06/27/2019

Russia frees first captive whales after outcry Russia released two killer whales and six beluga whales back into the wild on Thursday, the first group of almost 100 whales whose capture in the Far East last year caused an international outcry....
20:48, 06/27/2019

'Worst is still to come': Sizzling Europe battles wildfires, health risks Wildfires raged across Catalonia and French authorities stepped up restrictions on water use and driving in cities as swathes of western Europe remained in the grip of an intense heatwave....
20:48, 06/27/2019

China to launch new round of nationwide environmental inspections China will soon begin dispatching teams of inspectors to its provinces and regions in a new nationwide probe into environmental compliance, with the performance of state-owned firms one of its big pri...
11:36, 06/27/2019

Weaning U.S. power sector off fossil fuels would cost $4.7 trillion: study Eliminating fossil fuels from the U.S. power sector, a key goal of the "Green New Deal" backed by many Democratic presidential candidates, would cost $4.7 trillion and pose massive economic and social...
11:36, 06/27/2019

India gets 24% below-average rainfall this week: weather office India's monsoon rains were 24% below average in the week ended June 26, the weather office said on Thursday, as the seasonal rainfall was scanty over central and western parts of the country....
11:36, 06/27/2019

EU may ease regulations on food from Japan's nuclear disaster region The European Union proposed on Thursday easing restrictions on imports of some food from Japanese regions hit by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japanese officials said....
11:36, 06/27/2019

India gets 24% below-average rainfall this week - weather office India's monsoon rains were 24% below average in the week ended June 26, the weather office said on Thursday, as the seasonal rainfall was scanty over central and western parts of the country....
11:36, 06/27/2019

G20 members at odds over climate change for summit meeting: sources G20 negotiators are wrangling over the wording of a summit communique on combatting climate change, with the United States pushing to downgrade the language against European opposition, according to s...
11:36, 06/27/2019

Tata Chemicals plans first UK industrial carbon capture demo plant Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) plans to build Britain's first industrial-scale carbon capture and utilization (CCU) demonstration plant to trap emissions for use in sodium carbonate manufacturing, the fi...
04:12, 06/27/2019

Republican senators urge EPA to hold firm on refinery biofuel waivers Nine Republican U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the Trump administration's environmental regulator to disregard a request by Democratic senators to stop issuing waivers to oil refiners on requirement...
04:12, 06/27/2019

EPA breathes new life into controversial Alaska mining project The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it would reconsider a 2014 decision that had stopped development of Alaska's Pebble Mine, the world's biggest undeveloped copper and gold pro...
04:12, 06/27/2019

Chinese farmers gear up for armyworm as government says situation severe China's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday it had now found fall armyworm in 19 provinces, across 5 million mu or about 333,000 hectares of crops....
20:12, 06/26/2019

EU court orders countries take hard line on air quality The European Union's top court ruled on Wednesday that cities needed to act if pollution levels were exceeded in a single black spot rather than based on an average across a region, taking a hard line...
20:12, 06/26/2019

G20 climate talks will be difficult: German official Discussions on climate change will be particularly tough at the G20 summit of leading economies in Osaka, Japan, this year, a German government official said on Wednesday....
20:12, 06/26/2019

France's Macron says U.S. should be leader in switch to clean energy French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said the United States should not be doubting the reality of climate change but leading a global transition toward cleaner energy....
20:12, 06/26/2019

Brazil's Vale to invest 1.8 billion reais in dam safety measures Brazilian iron ore miner Vale will spend 1.8 billion reais ($469 million) on safety and environmental recovery measures for the structures that remain standing near its Brumadinho dam that collapsed ...
20:12, 06/26/2019

Kenya environmental tribunal suspends coal plant license, allows fresh study A Kenyan environmental tribunal delayed a license for a planned coal power plant in the coastal Lamu region on Wednesday, saying the builders must submit a fresh environmental study because they had f...
20:12, 06/26/2019

School closures, frozen bananas and faith: Europeans struggle with heatwave French authorities announced school closures and traffic restrictions on Wednesday as swathes of Europe continued to wither under a powerful heatwave....
20:12, 06/26/2019

Protesters gather at Britain's parliament to urge climate action At least 12,000 people converged on Britain's parliament on Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to start driving the sweeping changes needed to meet the country's new target to cut net carbon emissions to ze...
20:12, 06/26/2019

EPA air chief under ethics scrutiny resigns Bill Wehrum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official in charge of revising power plant rules, revamping vehicle emission standards and biofuels, who was under scrutiny for ethics allegations...
20:12, 06/26/2019

How 21 Democrats Answered Our Questions Before the Debates Which candidates believe the next president can stop climate change? How do they see the future of health care, handguns, the Supreme Court and other issues? Here's a quick look at their answers....
16:36, 06/26/2019

The magnetic north pole is moving and a liquid-metal ball explains why The pole is racing towards Siberia - but why? It's a mystery with huge implications, and to solve it, we're building an explosive model of the planet's core...
15:00, 06/26/2019

Americans demand climate action (as long as it doesn't cost much): Reuters poll Nearly 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the United States to take “aggressive” action to combat climate change - but only a third would support an extra tax of $100 a...
13:48, 06/26/2019

France says final G20 communique must mention Paris climate change agreement France will not accept a final G20 communique that does not mention the Paris climate change agreement, said an official at the Elysee office of French President Emmanuel Macron....
11:00, 06/26/2019

France falls short of its own emission targets - climate council France is falling way short of its self-set climate targets as carbon emissions from transport and buildings are not dropping as planned and the government will have to triple its efforts to get back ...
01:36, 06/26/2019

Chile's Zaldivar mine asks for more time to answer questions amid Atacama water concerns Chilean copper miner Antofagasta Plc said on Tuesday it would ask regulators for more time to answer questions about an environmental impact study for its Zaldivar mine, which draws water from Chile's...
01:36, 06/26/2019

Exclusive: Investors with $34 trillion demand urgent climate change action Investors managing more than $34 trillion in assets, nearly half the world's invested capital, are demanding urgent action from governments on climate change, piling pressure on leaders of the world's...
01:36, 06/26/2019

Fire at chemical plant in southern Spain causes huge cloud of smoke A giant cloud of smoke rose over the town of San Roque near Gibraltar in southern Spain on Tuesday following a fire at a chemical factory in a nearby industrial estate....
22:12, 06/25/2019

French court holds state responsible for Paris air pollution The French state is responsible for the air pollution in the Ile-de-France region around Paris, a local court said in a ground-breaking ruling, although it did not award damages to a mother and daught...
22:12, 06/25/2019

Rain gives Canadian farmers relief for now from three-year drought With drought turning Chad Ross's pastures brown, the Saskatchewan rancher sent 140 head of cattle to slaughter earlier than usual this spring, as the Canadian Prairies' three-year drought made them to...
20:24, 06/25/2019

Parched tourists seek gelato and shade in sweltering Paris and Rome Tourists in Rome and Paris scaled back their sightseeing in sweltering temperatures on Tuesday, dousing themselves at fountains and cooling down with ice cream as a heatwave continued in continental E...
20:24, 06/25/2019

UN chief praises impact of Palestine refugee agency as ‘our common success’, at key pledging conference The work of the UN body responsible for assisting Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which has allowed millions of children to receive an education that promotes UN values of human rights and tolerance, as we...
19:24, 06/25/2019

Climate change is taking its toll on Greek monuments, say scientists Climate change is threatening ancient Greek monuments, among them the Acropolis, one of the most-visited archaeological sites in the world, scientists said....
17:24, 06/25/2019

Campaign groups accuse Total of breaching French corporate duty law in Uganda French and Ugandan campaign groups including Friends of the Earth have filed a legal notification with Total, claiming it has failed to address the human and environmental impact of its Ugandan operat...
17:24, 06/25/2019

Better satellite images to help save rainforests, Norway says Norway is to commission high-resolution satellite images of the Amazon and other rainforests as part of its multi-billion dollar effort to detect tropical deforestation, tree by tree if necessary, and...
17:24, 06/25/2019

World's first underground nuclear waste storage moves forward in Finland Finland's plan to establish the world's first underground nuclear waste disposal tool a step forward on Tuesday when its builder Posiva announced a 500-million-euro ($569.55 million) investment in fac...
17:24, 06/25/2019

In 'climate apartheid', rich will save themselves while poor suffer: U.N. report The world is on course for "climate apartheid", where the rich buy their way out of the worst effects of global warming while the poor bear the brunt, a U.N. human rights report said on Tuesday....
17:24, 06/25/2019

India plans to add 500 GW renewable energy by 2030: government India plans to add 500 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to its electricity grid by 2030, in a bid to clean up air in its cities and increase the share of renewables in its electricity grid, the gove...
17:24, 06/25/2019

Rwanda's rhino population grows, tourists expected to increase Rhino keepers who successfully delivered five endangered black rhinos to Rwanda spent months hugging and coddling them inside their transport boxes to prepare them for the journey, a rhino handler tol...
17:24, 06/25/2019

Russian heatwave not affecting spring wheat areas too much: state weather forecaster Conditions for Russia's spring wheat harvest are generally good or satisfactory with only a few areas affected by a heatwave that has hit some parts of the country, state weather forecaster Hydrometce...
17:24, 06/25/2019

Japan's Suntory joins rival Coca Cola to push Vietnam on plastic recycling Japanese beverage giant Suntory Holdings said it would work with rival Coca-Cola as well as Nestle to push the government in Vietnam, among the biggest contributors to plastic waste in the ocean, to c...
17:24, 06/25/2019

Green bond issuance surpasses $100 billion so far this year: data Global green bond issuance has surpassed the $100 billion mark already this year, the first time the milestone has been reached in the first half of this year, the Climate Bonds Initiative said on Tue...
12:24, 06/25/2019

'Storm approaching': firms fear for deliveries in shipping shakeup U.S. furniture company RC Willey Home Furnishings is so concerned that new global clean air rules will cause transport disruption that it brought forward the shipment of arm chairs and sofas from Chin...
10:24, 06/25/2019

Monsoon covers most parts of cane, cotton, soybean fields in India Monsoon rains have covered most parts of cane, cotton, and soybean fields in western India and some parts of rice-sowing areas in central and northern India, the country's weather office said on Tuesd...
10:24, 06/25/2019

‘What Is Your Actual Plan?’ Miami Debates Give Democrats an Opening on Climate Change Activists wanted a Democratic debate focused entirely on climate change. They aren’t getting one, but in Miami this week, the issue will be inescapable....
02:00, 06/25/2019

Seaweed washing up on Mexico's top beaches a 'minor' problem -president An infestation of seaweed along large stretches of Mexico's Caribbean coast, home to many of the country's top beach destinations, is not a major problem, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on...
23:12, 06/24/2019

Answers to Key Questions in Oregon’s Climate Change Walkout Republican lawmakers left the Oregon State Capitol last week over a climate change bill they oppose. As Democrats wait and the police pursue them, the bill hangs in the balance....
21:24, 06/24/2019

Venice must be put on U.N. danger list, ban cruise ships: conservationists Venice should be put on the United Nations' list of endangered cities and cruise ships should be banned from its fragile lagoon to prevent an ecological disaster, Italy's main conservation group said ...
20:00, 06/24/2019

Self-styled presidential ‘climate change candidate’ would wean U.S. off fossil fuels The Democrat running as the "climate change candidate" in the 2020 presidential election laid out a strategy in Florida's Everglades on Monday for weaning the United States off fossil fuels that inclu...
20:00, 06/24/2019

Indian builders woo buyers with cleaner, greener, 'smart' homes When Arkesh Mishra, 33, and his wife Anasuya scouted for a new home in India's tech hub of Bengaluru this year it was not the old real estate adage of "location, location, location" that was their mai...
15:00, 06/24/2019

Monsoon covers half of India, to accelerate crop sowing India's annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favorable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official sa...
15:00, 06/24/2019

Democratic candidate outlines plan to end to U.S. fossil fuels The Democrat running as the "climate change candidate" in the 2020 presidential election laid out a strategy on Monday for weaning the United States off fossil fuels that includes banning drilling on ...
15:00, 06/24/2019

Water shortage could cut India's food exports, minister warns A water shortage could cut food exports from India, which has emerged as a leading supplier of a number of food products to the world, the water resources minister warned on Monday....
15:00, 06/24/2019

France prepares to swelter in record high June temperatures Authorities in Paris are setting up "cool rooms" in municipal buildings, opening pools for late-night swimming and installing extra drinking fountains as France braces for a "potentially dangerous" he...
15:00, 06/24/2019

India's monsoon rains cover half of the country: weather department official India's annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favorable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official sa...
11:24, 06/24/2019

Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japan eats whale Whale cutlets, sliced raw whale, deep-fried whale nuggets, whale bacon and whale jerky feature on the menu at the restaurant Yoko Ichihara runs - and that's just a small sample of the ways Japan eats ...
03:12, 06/24/2019

Outlook uncertain for Japan's whaling industry despite commercial restart When Yachiyo Ichihara was a child in Wada, one of Japan's oldest whaling villages, she'd go down to the harbor with a bucket and carry it home full of freshly butchered whale meat....
03:12, 06/24/2019

It’s time we took a seat ‘at your table’: Guterres calls on world youth to keep leading climate emergency response Older generations have “failed to respond properly” to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are “stepping up to the challenge” and taking the lead to slow the destructive...
23:24, 06/23/2019

Ensure that widows are ‘not left out or left behind’, UN chief urges on International Day  On International Widow’s Day, marked on Sunday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is asking everyone to reflect on the “economic hardship and increased vulnerability” of these bereaved women and e...
03:12, 06/23/2019

Poland eyes green energy investments in Western Balkans: minister Polish energy groups could invest in renewable power in Western Balkan countries that eye European Union membership, Jadwiga Emilewicz, minister for entrepreneurship and technology said....
19:48, 06/22/2019

California governor proposes a $21 billion wildfire fund California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed helping utilities create a fund of up to $21 billion to compensate future victims of wildfires sparked by the companies' equipment or employees, an aide s...
04:00, 06/22/2019

With far-north temperatures rising, Alaska tundra fires proliferate In Alaska, where sea ice has shrunk to record lows in places and far-north temperatures have climbed to record highs, dozens of fires are burning the treeless tundra and releasing carbon into the atmo...
04:00, 06/22/2019

Friday’s Daily Brief: ending harassment at work, Khashoggi interview, Yemen food aid, updates on Eritrea, North Korea This Friday: Worldwide violence and harassment ban at work; WFP partially pulls Yemen aid to stem food theft; crackdown on Catholics in Eritrea; Central African Republic food crisis deepens, and much ...
00:48, 06/22/2019

California governor proposes $21 billion wildfire fund: media California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a fund of up to $21 billion to help utilities pay for future wildfire damage, media reports said on Friday....
23:00, 06/21/2019

Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives About 3,340 women, children and men have been given support to restart their lives after falling prey to sexual exploitation or abuse (SEA) by United Nations personnel, thanks to a Trust Fund establis...
21:24, 06/21/2019

Trump administration issues guidance for federal agencies to weigh climate impacts The Trump administration on Friday released guidance for how federal agencies should weigh climate change impacts before approving major energy and infrastructure projects, easing criteria that the Ob...
20:48, 06/21/2019

Canadian oil industry dismayed as contentious energy bills become law Two pieces of legislation opposed by Canada's oil and gas industry that fulfill Liberal government promises to protect the environment will become law on Friday....
18:36, 06/21/2019

Lost polar bear taken to Siberian zoo to be treated A famished polar bear picked up this week after it wandered lost into a northern Russian city hundreds of kilometers from its Arctic habitat was taken on Friday to a zoo in the Siberian city of Krasno...
18:36, 06/21/2019

Nuclear waste, rising seas and Trump: Marshall Islands struggles to stay above water The Marshall Islands is literally struggling to stay above water but its President Hilda Heine told Reuters she had saved her breath rather than try to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to hear its...
17:12, 06/21/2019

Armada of barges cleared for Mississippi River shipments after floods The upper Mississippi River reopened to barge traffic on Friday as vessels were cleared to ship through St. Louis harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said, and the situation quickly became a logistics...
17:12, 06/21/2019

Sydney to Declare a Climate Emergency in Face of National Inaction The mayor said it was important that Australia’s largest city, which has already made ambitious pledges to reduce greenhouse emissions, raise its voice in a global demand for action....
13:24, 06/21/2019

Southeast Asian nations, among worst ocean polluters, aim to curb plastic debris Thai zero-waste advocate Thanaboon Somboon never leaves his home without what he calls a full "weaponry" of reusable shopping bags, coffee tumblers and stainless steel straws for his daily battle agai...
08:36, 06/21/2019

China coal hub Shanxi slams seven cities for pollution spike in 2019 China's top coal-producing province of Shanxi has reprimanded seven of its cities after a spike in air pollution in the first five months of 2019, the country's environment ministry said in a notice l...
06:36, 06/21/2019

GeoPark withdraws request for key permit to drill for crude in Peru GeoPark has withdrawn its request for an environmental permit to begin drilling for crude in the Peruvian Amazon amid protests from indigenous tribes, the oil company said on Thursday....
04:00, 06/21/2019

Clean power to overtake fossil fuels in Britain in 2019 Britain, the birth place of coal power, is set this year to use more electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear than from fossil fuel plants for the first time, the country's...
04:00, 06/21/2019

EU aims to complete top jobs jigsaw puzzle on June 30 European Union leaders will meet again on June 30 to seek agreement on who should inherit the bloc's top jobs - including the head of its central bank - after failing to get a deal in talks dragging i...
04:00, 06/21/2019

Chilean salmon farmer pulls out of national park in Patagonia Chile salmon farmer Nova Austral plans to pull the pens it uses to raise salmon from the ocean waters off a national park near the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia, its chief executive said on Thursd...
01:00, 06/21/2019

Trump administration readying final review of new vehicle fuel economy rules Trump administration officials defended their controversial proposal to freeze fuel efficiency requirements at 2020 levels at a congressional hearing on Thursday and said the proposal would be submitt...
01:00, 06/21/2019

EU leaders fail to get full support for 2050 carbon neutral target A push to agree for the European Union to go carbon neutral by 2050 failed to get unanimous support at an EU leaders summit on Thursday, with the goal being moved to a footnote in the final summit sta...
23:36, 06/20/2019

Ambitious 2050 climate goal relegated to footnote at EU summit A push by most European Union nations for the world's biggest economic bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050 was dropped to a footnote at a summit on Thursday after resistance from Poland, the Czech Repub...
23:36, 06/20/2019

Poland wants money for agreeing to CO2 neutrality in 2050 - PM Poland wants a strong compensation package for its industry in exchange for agreeing to commit the European Union to a more ambitious target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the country's Prime M...
23:36, 06/20/2019

Climate protesters interrupt speech by UK finance minister Climate change protesters briefly interrupted a high-profile speech by British Finance Minister Philip Hammond to leaders of the country's financial services industry on Thursday....
23:36, 06/20/2019

In warming West, Rio Grande roars back to life, for now After years of drought, no one in Rio Grande County, Colorado, can remember the last time their namesake river was closed to the public because it was running too high....
20:36, 06/20/2019

Prospects of EU summit deal on top jobs go up in smoke Chances of EU leaders agreeing on Thursday on who should inherit the bloc's top jobs - including the head of its central bank - appeared vanishingly slim, as France and Germany cast doubt on any immin...
18:24, 06/20/2019

EU's Tusk 'more cautious than optimistic' on top jobs deal on Thursday European Council President Donald Tusk said he was "more cautious than optimistic" that a deal on the European Union's top jobs can be achieved between 28 national leaders of the bloc convening in Bru...
16:24, 06/20/2019

Russia starts freeing captive whales after outcry: state TV Russia has started releasing a group of captive killer whales whose detention in Russia's Far East has caused an international outcry, state TV said on Thursday....
15:48, 06/20/2019

Germany's Merkel hopes for ambitious EU goal to cut carbon emissions Germany will push for an ambitious goal of making the European Union economy neutral in terms of carbon emissions by 2050 at the EU summit on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said....
15:48, 06/20/2019

EU leaders may toughen climate goal for 2050, haggle over top jobs The EU's 28 national leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday are likely to embrace a more ambitious stance on fighting climate change but haggle over who should steer the bloc, including its monetary ...
15:48, 06/20/2019

EU nations aim high with plan to tax air travel The Netherlands and France are trying to convince fellow European nations at a conference in The Hague to end tax exemptions on jet fuel and plane tickets, as part of a drive to make the EU carbon neu...
15:48, 06/20/2019

In an impoverished Chilean suburb, a recycling drive flourishes La Pintana, an impoverished Chilean neighborhood plagued by crime, is an unlikely place to find a green revolution. But the area on the outskirts of capital city Santiago is blazing a trail in recycli...
15:48, 06/20/2019

British parliament to hold Citizens' Assembly on climate crisis British lawmakers will hold a Citizens' Assembly to gather views on how to meet its newly-strengthened emissions targets, parliament announced on Thursday, in response to growing public unease over th...
15:48, 06/20/2019

Highlights: EU leaders meet to hammer out deal on climate, top jobs The European Union's 28 national leaders meet in Brussels on Thursday to haggle over how ambitious their climate goals should be and who should navigate the bloc in coming years....
15:48, 06/20/2019

EU leaders scramble for consensus on 2050 carbon neutral target EU nations hoping to help lead the fight against global warming by agreeing to go carbon neutral by 2050 at a summit on Thursday engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to ease fears among central and eastern...
15:48, 06/20/2019

In Greta Thunberg's footsteps: the climate kids fighting for their future A keen reader of graphic novels, nine-year-old Zayne Cowie has a bookshelf laden with tales of the struggles of imaginary superheroes. Now, a real-life role model has inspired him to join a battle for...
13:36, 06/20/2019

Clean energy projects worth $1.5 billion seek Finnish aid Fifteen companies have applied for Finnish investment aid to partly fund new large-scale demonstration energy projects worth $1.5 billion, six of them replacing coal and other fossil fuels, the govern...
13:36, 06/20/2019

Visegrad group to agree common stance on EU's 2050 climate goals: Hungary Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - the so-called "Visegrad Four" countries - will agree a common stance on the European Union's 2050 climate goals, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orba...
11:48, 06/20/2019

Fall armyworm invades crops across Asia, smallholders worst hit Looking out at his empty, red-earth field, Thai farmer Puang Timdon said his two-week-old maize crop didn't stand a chance against the fall armyworm pest....
09:24, 06/20/2019

New York lawmakers pass aggressive law to fight climate change New York state lawmakers passed early Thursday one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050....
09:24, 06/20/2019

Canada's Conservative leader unveils climate plan without carbon pricing Canada's Conservative Party leader unveiled his long-awaited climate and environmental plan on Wednesday that would eliminate the current federal carbon pricing program and focus on promoting green te...
05:12, 06/20/2019

BP urges EPA to work with automakers to improve vehicle fuel efficiency BP PLC has urged the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to keep working with automakers to improve vehicle fuel efficiency as the Trump administration considers freezing the requirements ...
05:12, 06/20/2019

UAW opposes Trump plan to freeze fuel rules at 2020 levels: testimony The United Auto Workers (UAW) will tell Congress on Thursday the union opposes the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency requirements at 2020 levels through 2026, according to writ...
05:12, 06/20/2019

Momentum builds for EU leaders to agree carbon neutral 2050 pledge at summit A push by Germany, France and other EU nations for the bloc to go carbon neutral by mid-century looks likely to be endorsed by EU leaders on Thursday, despite resistance from eastern European nations ...
22:00, 06/19/2019

Italy's Edison buys EDF assets to boost green credentials Italy's Edison has agreed to buy green energy assets from its French parent company EDF to make it Italy's No. 2 wind player and pave the way for "major" growth in solar power....
22:00, 06/19/2019

Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: study Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast since the start of this century, underscoring the threat the climate crisis poses to water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across Asia, a...
22:00, 06/19/2019

Trump U.N. pick Craft says climate change a threat to planet U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to be United Nations ambassador acknowledged on Wednesday that climate change is a threat and pledged to recuse herself from any U.N. talks on the issue involving co...
22:00, 06/19/2019

New York nears passage of aggressive law to fight climate change New York state lawmakers could pass as early as Wednesday one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050....
20:00, 06/19/2019

Germany seeking EU summit decision on going carbon neutral by 2050: official Germany is aiming to get European Union leaders to agree to make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050 at this week's summit, a government official said on Wednesday....
19:36, 06/19/2019

Indonesia to restore 200,000 hectares of peatland this year Indonesia's Peatland Restoration Agency said on Wednesday that it aims to restore 200,000 hectares of peatland in 2019, as it races to reach a 1 million hectare restoration target by the end of next y...
19:36, 06/19/2019

India plans to exempt electric vehicles from registration fee India has issued draft rules to exempt electric vehicles from paying registration fee, the government said in a statement on Wednesday, as it looks to cut its dependence on fossil fuels....
19:36, 06/19/2019

Mexico's Pemex says new refinery environmentally viable despite risks Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's push to build a new oil refinery involves high risks of flooding and other environmental issues, according to government documents published late on Tue...
19:36, 06/19/2019

UAW opposes Trump proposal to freeze fuel rules at 2020 levels: testimony The United Auto Workers (UAW) will tell Congress on Thursday the union opposes the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency requirements at 2020 levels through 2026, according to writ...
19:36, 06/19/2019

Czech owners of Skoda, Volkswagen cars qualify for $23 million compensation, court says A Prague district court has ruled that a number of Czech owners of Skoda and Volkswagen cars qualify for 533 million crowns ($23.30 million) in compensation linked to VW's diesel emissions scandal, th...
19:36, 06/19/2019

EU summit draft conclusions back call for carbon neutrality by 2050 European Union leaders may agree to back going carbon neutral by 2050 on Thursday, according to language in the latest draft conclusions for their summit seen by Reuters....
19:36, 06/19/2019

EU leaders converging on goal of zero carbon emissions in 2050 There is a growing number of European Union leaders who support the goal of making the EU economy neutral in terms of carbon emissions by 2050, but there is no unanimity yet, a senior EU official said...
19:36, 06/19/2019

Emissions need to be halved to avoid 3C warming: scientists Emissions need to be halved by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius but temperatures are on track to reach double that by the end of the century even if countries' current plans are fully impl...
15:24, 06/19/2019

Seismic surveyor PGS calls off debt refinancing, shares plunge PGS, the world's largest seismic surveyor, called off a planned debt refinancing on Wednesday, citing worsening investor sentiment toward the oilfield services sector over the past weeks, sending the ...
15:24, 06/19/2019

China launches anti-dumping investigation into synthetic rubber product China's Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday it is launching an anti-dumping investigation imports of a synthetic rubber product from the United States, South Korea and the European Union following a r...
15:24, 06/19/2019

Czech owners of Skoda, Volkswagen cars qualify for $23 million compensation: report A Prague district court has ruled that Czech owners of Skoda and Volkswagen cars qualify for 533 million crowns ($23.30 million) in compensation linked to VW's diesel emissions scandal, a news website...
15:24, 06/19/2019

Retreating Swiss glacier spurred May's new 2050 climate goal British Prime Minister Theresa May said her surprise at the rapid retreat of a glacier she knew from years of walking holidays in the Swiss Alps had strengthened her resolve to commit Britain to a new...
15:24, 06/19/2019

Hotels, firms cut back on water use as taps run dry in India's Chennai Hotels in India's southern city of Chennai are rationing water for guests amid searing heat while companies limit showers as the city of 4.6 million faces its worst shortage in years....
15:24, 06/19/2019

Malaysia postpones meeting with Australia on Lynas waste Malaysia's energy and environment minister has delayed a visit to Australia to discuss rare earth miner Lynas Corp's storage of radioactive waste in the Southeast Asian nation, according to a ministry...
10:12, 06/19/2019

Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes south southeast of Kermadecs in Pacific: USGS A magnitude 6.8 quake struck south southeast of Raoul Island in South Pacific chain of the Kermadec Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties....
10:12, 06/19/2019

In India, all eyes on a monsoon that is critical for the economy India's monsoon has progressed more slowly than usual after hitting the southern state of Kerala nearly a week late. Monsoon rains have been 44% lower-than-average so far in June, delaying the sowing ...
10:12, 06/19/2019

China rejects claims fracking caused Sichuan quake: state media Chinese officials said there were no indications that a deadly earthquake in the southwestern province of Sichuan this week was caused by excessive shale gas fracking in the region, state media report...
07:24, 06/19/2019

German insurers to pay 650 million euro for damage caused by June storms: GDV German insurance companies will have to pay claims of about 650 million euros ($727.09 million) for damage caused by thunderstorms that hit the country from June 3 to June 12, industry association GDV...
21:12, 06/18/2019

Summer heat could challenge power grids in Texas and California: NERC Texas and California could face electric reliability issues this summer because they may not have enough generation resources available to meet peak air conditioning demand, according to a report from...
21:12, 06/18/2019

Southeast Asia should ban imports of foreign trash: environmentalists Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this w...
21:12, 06/18/2019

Germany needs to ease rules to hit 2030 renewables target Germany needs to ease restrictions on the location and size of solar power plants and wind turbines and increase incentives if the country is to meet a target demanding it double renewable energy capa...
21:12, 06/18/2019

Exhausted polar bear wanders into Siberian city A starving polar bear has strayed hundreds of kilometers from its natural Arctic habitat and wandered, exhausted, into the major Russian industrial city of Norilsk in northern Siberia....
21:12, 06/18/2019

Norway wants to open two new North Sea areas to offshore wind Norway will seek to open two areas for the construction of floating offshore wind parks, which combined could hold a turbine capacity of up to 3.5 gigawatts(GW), the Norwegian oil and energy ministry ...
21:12, 06/18/2019

Euronext wheat eases on pause in U.S. weather-led rally Euronext wheat futures were lower on Tuesday as a recent weather-fueled rally in Chicago stalled and harvest prospects in Europe remained broadly favorable....
21:12, 06/18/2019

Strong quake strikes northwest Japan, triggers small tsunami, power cuts A strong and shallow earthquake struck Japan's northwest coast around Niigata prefecture on Tuesday, triggering a small tsunami, shaking buildings and cutting power to around 9,000 buildings....
21:12, 06/18/2019

French carbon emissions fell 4.2% year-on-year in 2018 Carbon dioxide emissions in France fell by 4.2% in 2018 compared with the previous year due to a drop in emissions from the transport sector, a mild winter, and abundant supply of French nuclear energ...
21:12, 06/18/2019

Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster th...
21:12, 06/18/2019