Environment Headlines

No getting away from it all on the Appalachian Trail

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HARRIMAN STATE PARK N.Y. - Maybe it was guilt over alarming her parents when she inadvertently dialed 911 from the Appalachian Trail, but Caitlin Belcher wishes she could ditch her cell phone for the rest of the 2,180-mile (3,508-km) hike.

U.S., Environment 8:36am EDT

Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive

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SHANGHAI - China's capital city, Beijing, will enforce the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal from Aug. 1 in a bid to tackle the soaring levels of air pollution that frequently clog the country's major cities, the official Xinhua media agency said on Saturday.

Fri, Jul 11 2014

Canadian environment groups, natives challenge Enbridge pipeline

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VANCOUVER - A coalition of environmental groups launched a second legal challenge against Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline on Friday, asking a Canadian court to quash federal approval that they say was based on a flawed report.

Lightning kills one, injures seven in Colorado's Rocky Mountain park

DENVER - A lightning strike killed a woman and injured seven other people on Friday as they hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park northwest of Denver, a park official said.

U.S., Environment 11 Jul 2014

Canadian environment groups, natives challenge Enbridge pipeline

VANCOUVER - A coalition of environmental groups launched a second legal challenge against Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway crude oil pipeline on Friday, asking a Canadian court to quash federal approval that they say was based on a flawed report.

Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage

TOKYO - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan on Saturday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but no reports of damage along the northeast coast that was ravaged by the catastrophic March 2011 tsunami.

Environment, World, Japan 11 Jul 2014

Tsunami advisory lifted after east Japan earthquake: NHK

TOKYO - A tsunami advisory for northeast Japan has been lifted, public broadcaster NHK said, two hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake offshore Fukushima prefecture early on Saturday triggered minor tsunami in the region.

World, Environment, Japan 11 Jul 2014

Philadelphia mayor rebuked for response to fire that killed four children

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PHILADELPHIA - Relatives of at least two of the four children killed in a weekend fire that destroyed eight homes in Philadelphia staged a sit-in at City Hall on Wednesday, demanding the mayor apologize for comments about the blaze they decried as insensitive.

U.S., Environment 11 Jul 2014

Canada court rules against aboriginal group on forestry licenses

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OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada backed the right of the province of Ontario to grant forestry licenses on a tract of traditional native land on Friday after an aboriginal challenge of licenses that had been granted to a lumber company.

11 Jul 2014

Four rhinos killed in Kenya's worst poaching attack in years

NAIROBI - Two armed gangs killed four rhinos for their horns in rural Kenya this week in possibly the worst rhino poaching incident in the country in more than 25 years, the spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Friday.

11 Jul 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.