ARTICLES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

Heat waves persist with tragic consequences

2014-07-25 08:42

Leaving children in parked cars in the blazing heat of summer: it's so obviously wrong, yet it happens with astonishing regularity, with tragic results.

China shuts large coal plant to curb smog

2014-07-24 10:38

Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media report.

Exercise slows physical, mental decline after menopause

2014-07-23 17:00

Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don't, according to a new review.

Failures in monitoring US fracking

2014-07-23 13:50

Strained by resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in the US, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear information to citizens.

Putting plastic to the pedal

2014-07-23 09:42

Two young Czech adventurers have set sail from Czech Nymburk to Hamburg in Germany, on a pedal boat made entirely of empty plastic bottles.

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.

Zuma must halt fracking in Karoo - TKAG, AfriForum

2014-07-22 12:49

President Jacob Zuma has been given 30 days to halt the issuing of exploration licences for fracking in the Karoo, the Treasure Karoo Action Group and AfriForum say.

Nicotine pesticides phased out due to bee threat

2014-07-22 10:53

Federal wildlife refuges in the US will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.

Japan will offer $20 000 to use greener cars

2014-07-21 15:27

Japan will offer at least $19 700 in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Shinzo Abe says, as the government and Japanese car makers join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles.

Indian farmers face 'hell' due to late monsoon

2014-07-21 11:34

Indian farmer Asghar Bhura scrapes a living by growing sugarcane, but this year's late monsoon has left his tiny plot parched and he will earn nothing from his harvest.

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.

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.

Tech woes menace Canada's Arctic maritime traffic

2014-07-16 16:11

Technical problems with a new Canadian Coast Guard communications system are putting maritime traffic in the country's Arctic at risk, a union official say.

Kids with lead poison are given milk in China

2014-07-16 14:00

Children with high levels of lead poisoning in China's Hunan province were offered medicine and milk as a form of treatment, but in return officials asked the families to hand over all blood test.

Waste water & you pay $500 in California

2014-07-16 09:32

California water regulators have voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing.

California water-wasters may get a $500 fine

2014-07-15 13:21

In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles.

A reason why your friends feel like family

2014-07-15 10:42

A new study has found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves, so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as a person's fourth cousin

New York could get a 'floating beach'

2014-07-14 14:40

Why go to the beach, when it can come to you? A US based team have launch a crowdfunding campaign for a floating beach on a re-purposed barge in the Hudson River.

Famous Alaskan whale killed by ship

2014-07-14 11:04

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 12m female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

Parts of UK have deadly pollution

2014-07-10 20:22

London and two other densely populated areas in Britain will not meet European Union pollution limits until after 2030.

Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash

2014-07-10 14:53

In a country known for its high-tech 'smart loos', a Japanese exhibition dedicated to what gets flushed down them and featuring a giant toilet slide is making a splash in Tokyo.

Bee-harming pesticides also hit birds

2014-07-09 23:15

Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations.

'China's need for food is creating a water crisis'

2014-07-08 13:48

Booming demand for food in China's southern and eastern cities is worsening water shortages in arid northern provinces, adding to the country's environmental problems, new research shows.

China arms itself for 'war on pollution'

2014-07-08 10:45

Having declared 'war on pollution', China is arming itself with tougher weapons from new courts to daily fines and shutting down offenders altogether, in what analysts call promising steps.

 

Nasa reveals 2012 secret

2014-07-25 09:50

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilisation back to the 18th century", Nasa says.

How our animals are dying

2014-07-25 07:26

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45%, researchers say.

Romania opens plastic bridge in litter protest

2014-07-24 08:31

A western city in Romania has inaugurated a 23m bridge made of more than 157 000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.

Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

2014-07-23 14:03

A rhino poacher has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns.

Your Brazilian coffee may be in jeopardy

2014-07-23 11:33

Harvest of the world's biggest coffee and sugar cane crops may be stalled by the rain that is in store for southeast Brazil, forecasters say.

Fishing in Paris ‘trending' for young hipsters

2014-07-23 08:20

The once polluted Seine River in France has now become a hub for fishermen from all over the world. The waterway has been cleaned up and turned into a popular haunt for young bohemians.

Britain set to curb carbon emissions by 50%

2014-07-22 14:00

The British government has vowed to stick with a goal to curb emissions by 2027 to 50% of the 1990 levels.

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.

Calls for a 'controlled hunt' of seals

2014-07-22 05:00

Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

Sanctuary saves tragically abused animals

2014-07-21 13:45

The Communal Living Biopark Pachuca is the first refuge of its kind in Mexico to rescue, rehabilitate and relocate exotic animals.

Plus-sized parking spaces for Chinese women

2014-07-21 10:33

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted 'Respectfully reserved for women', and around 30cm wider than normal.

Germany most energy efficient nation

2014-07-18 08:27

Germany is the world's most energy efficient nation with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group says.

Polluted Ganges: Can Modi save it?

2014-07-17 09:05

Standing on the banks of the Ganges Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed: by cleaning up the sacred river. The task begins now.

Officials purge safety board after anthrax crisis

2014-07-16 14:56

Federal officials, amid the worst US biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 scientists that advises the government on how dangerous pathogens should be treated.

Thousands face water crisis in Gaza

2014-07-16 12:51

The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a critical water shortage, facing thousands in Gaza.

US teen finishes flight around world

2014-07-16 07:36

A US teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world. Matt Guthmiller, aged 19, completed the more than 46 000km journey in a leased single-engine airplane.

Dozens of anti-fracking protesters arrested

2014-07-15 12:35

Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington, while demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing and the US gas industry's push to sell 'fracked' liquefied natural gas abroad.

Giant African snails seized at LA airport

2014-07-15 09:40

A shipment of live giant African snails has been intercepted at Los Angeles International Airport.

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.

Call for comment on protected areas

2014-07-12 13:00

New norms and standards for the management of protected areas in South Africa have been published for public comment.

US pipeline spill clean-up to take 2 weeks

2014-07-10 16:46

Clean-up efforts could last weeks after the salt water spill at an oil-producing US reservation.

Solar plant powers MTN's Jozi office

2014-07-10 13:21

Concentrating solar cooling plant is a completely green solution that has zero global warming potential and no ozone depletion potential.

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.

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.

Greenpeace blocks Chevron's shale gas site

2014-07-08 09:42

About 20 Greenpeace activists have blocked access to a Romanian shale gas exploration site run by US energy group Chevron, in a third attempt to scupper the company's operations.

 
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