NIMBY: US sends dirty coal abroad

2014-07-28 19:01

Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railway cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily.

Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals

2014-07-24 11:36

A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers say.

Reasons why pork is better than beef

2014-07-22 11:49

Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a new study.

World is getting warmer

2014-07-18 05:00

The world is getting warmer, as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record.

Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

2014-07-17 16:13

Harsher storms, flooding and rising seas threaten US public safety, President Barack Obama has warned as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.

Carbon emissions making Australia to dry

2014-07-14 13:32

Greenhouse gases and depletion of the ozone layer are causing southern Australia to become drier, researchers report.

Climate change may cause more kidney stones

2014-07-11 10:10

A warning planet is likely to bring more hot days, more sweaty people and more dehydration – a key risk factor for a surge in kidney stones, researchers say.

Amazon rainforest grew after climate change

2014-07-08 11:54

The Amazon may have been grassland until a natural shift to a wetter climate about 2 000 years ago let the rainforests form, according to a study that argues that the rainforest is older.

Nasa climate satellite reaches orbit

2014-07-02 17:47

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket has blasted off, carrying a Nasa satellite that will survey where carbon dioxide is moving into and out of Earth's atmosphere.

Emperor penguin population to slide due to Antarctic climate change

2014-06-30 14:50

Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100.

Obama: Climate change steps making a difference

2014-06-26 20:06

President Obama has claimed progress in his second-term drive to combat climate change but says more must be done to address a generational problem.

Obama mocks those who deny climate change

2014-06-26 11:41

US President Barack Obama has mocked Republicans who reject global warming as a 'liberal plot', as he pumped up a crowd of environmental activists in Washington.

Petrol-diesel hybrid may be key to cleaner driving

2014-06-25 13:56

Scientists in Sweden have modified a diesel engine to work with gasoline, an adjustment they say could significantly reduce emissions and fuel consumption for vehicles on the road.

Greenpeace left red-faced after travel scandal

2014-06-24 15:25

Greenpeace has grounded flights for a top official after a media report fingered him for commuting by plane between his Luxembourg home and its Amsterdam-based headquarters.

UN climate talks fracture over carbon markets

2014-06-16 20:00

The use of carbon markets to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions was dealt a blow after two weeks of UN talks ended in deadlock.

Climate change on agenda as Abbott visits US

2014-06-12 14:28

The US has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia's conservative prime minister makes his first White House visit.

Building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact

2014-06-07 14:22

The clock is ticking for countries to lay the foundations of a 2015 deal to tackle dangerous climate change, ministers have warned in Bonn.

G7 backs 2015 climate deal, building on US momentum

2014-06-06 14:44

The world's leading industrialised nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the US at the start of the week galvanised flagging momentum.

Raise your voice, not sea level

2014-06-05 20:47

The United Nations has used the occasion of World Environment Day to demand action on climate change for the protection of small island states threatened by rising seas.

EU, UN steps up call for 2020 climate plan

2014-06-04 19:15

UN and EU members have launched a new round of climate talks with Europe demanding early action to tame carbon emissions, two days after the United States unveiled a longer-term plan.

China plans absolute CO2 cap for first time

2014-06-03 15:07

China, the world's biggest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016, a top government adviser says.

Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

2014-06-03 07:29

Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal, and companies that produce cleaner fuels are likely to benefit from the Obama's new limits on carbon emissions.

UN climate chief hails US power plant plan

2014-06-02 14:25

The UN' top climate change official is hailing a planned new US regulation to limit pollution blamed for global warming from power plants and says she expects it to spur other countries into action.


Act now on climate or see costs soar: White House

2014-07-29 13:02

Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the US more in the long run, the White House says in a report meant to bolster actions to address global warming

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

2014-07-24 17:30

Worried by forecasts of rising seas from climate change, authorities say they are beginning to repair Cuba's first line of defence, its mangrove thickets, which have been damaged by decades of neglect.

UK sticks with tough carbon goal despite opposition

2014-07-22 15:24

Britain's government say it would stick with a goal to curb emissions by 2027 to 50% of the 1990 levels, a target that has led to political opposition and that its own advisers have said will be hard to meet.

Massive crater in Siberia causing concerns

2014-07-18 09:26

Russian scientists say they believe a 60m wide crater discovered recently in far northern Siberia could be the result of changing temperatures in the region.

Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

2014-07-17 18:58

Australia has axed a divisive carbon tax after years of vexed political debate, in a move slammed as backward and out of step with the rest of the world.

Mary Robinson new UN special climate envoy

2014-07-15 14:16

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has named former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change, ahead of a summit.

Climate change threatens our wines

2014-07-14 08:20

A new US study has found that up to 73% of Australian land currently used for viticulture could become unsuitable by 2050. This means that vine lovers may lose the bottles they love so much.

Carbon clean-up needs revolution

2014-07-08 18:18

More than two dozen scientific institutes have urged major economies to unleash an energy revolution for slashing carbon emissions.

UN green fund seeks $15bn for climate

2014-07-03 15:03

A UN fund to help developing nations fight global warming is on track to start raising cash in November, with poor nations seeking $15bn, officials say.

Nasa resets launch of carbon-monitoring satellite

2014-07-02 09:26

The launch of a Nasa satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rescheduled.

Emperor penguins waddling to extinction

2014-06-29 21:12

Global warming will send Antarctica's emperor penguins into decline by 2100, scientists have projected and called for the emblematic birds to be listed as endangered and their habitat better protected.

UN warns El Nino likely by end of year

2014-06-26 15:18

The 'El Nino' phenomenon, which sparks climate extremes around the globe, is likely to take hold in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the year and could even do so within weeks.

Al Gore joins Aussie tycoon in climate plan

2014-06-25 15:02

Former US vice president Al Gore has hailed recent moves by the US and other nations to confront climate change as 'extraordinary', and encouraged Australia to join global efforts.

Obama plans another big climate push

2014-06-25 13:01

One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its environmental agenda.

Japan considering new base on Antarctica

2014-06-23 15:26

Japan is looking at building a new base on Antarctica so scientists can study air trapped in ice a million years ago, in a bid to better understand climate change.

Fiji leader blasts Australia as 'selfish'

2014-06-19 07:28

Fijian leader Voreqe Bainimarama has accused the global community of abandoning Pacific island nations to 'sink below the waves' instead of tackling climate change, singling out 'selfish' Australia.

Climate change: Winners and losers for penguins

2014-06-13 14:33

Penguin species in the Antarctic that once benefited from rising temperatures are now in decline due to warming gone too far, scientists say.

California leaders beg for help in drought

2014-06-10 12:32

With California facing its worst drought in decades, farmers, environmentalists and government officials begged lawmakers to invest in projects to shore up the state's water supply.

Monsoon season hits India earlier this year

2014-06-06 22:22

Monsoon rains have reached India's southern coast a few days later than usual, offering relief to farmers eagerly waiting for the start of the wet season that is crucial for their summer crops.

Jamestown at risk from rising seas

2014-06-06 08:28

Jamestown Island, America's oldest known permanent European settlement runs the risk of being swept away by rising seas, with some sections of it already beneath the James River.

World Environment Day: Our oceans save us $222bn

2014-06-05 14:03

On World Environment Day we discover that our oceans save us $222bn every year, by absorbing carbon emissions from the atmosphere according to an estimate by the Global Ocean Commission.

Pollution rule tricky for coal country Democrats

2014-06-03 17:26

An Obama led pollution rule is proving tricky for coal country Democrats in this election year.

Obama pollution cuts may take years to work

2014-06-03 11:48

Obama's plan to implement cuts on coal plants is ambitious and in realty will be fully realised after Obama's successor takes office. The plan in addition will generate only modest progress worldwide.

Obama to cut power plant pollution

2014-06-02 20:05

The Obama administration has unveiled a risky rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

Climate change fight: Obama gets tough on coal

2014-06-02 10:54

US President Barack Obama is doubling down in the fight against climate change. With Congress refusing to budge, he is poised to unveil sweeping new limits on carbon emissions.

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