Environment News


China to impose tougher penalties on polluters in new environmental law


BEIJING - China on Thursday passed amendments to the country's environmental protection law that will impose tougher penalties on polluters in the most sweeping revisions to the law in 25 years.

More teams withdraw, Nepal's Everest season in jeopardy

KATHMANDU - Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the mountain for the first time in decades.

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EU climate chief urges China to show international commitment

BEIJING - China could set a new pace for slow-moving international climate talks by bringing its domestic commitment to fight global warming on to the world stage, the EU's top climate change official said on Wednesday.

China 23 Apr 2014

Managers mishandled radiation leak at New Mexico nuclear site -official

- Managers mishandled a radiation leak at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump in which 21 workers were exposed to airborne radioactive particles due in part to substandard equipment and safety systems, a U.S. investigator said on Wednesday.

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Drop in population of Gulf of Maine baby lobsters puzzles scientists

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.

Science, 23 Apr 2014

Green groups urge U.S. to drop solar trade case against India

WASHINGTON - Environmental groups urged the United States on Wednesday to drop a challenge to India's massive solar program and said the World Trade Organization case would only hurt the growth of renewable energy resources.

23 Apr 2014

Australia climate plan leaves emission cuts with government

- Australia on Thursday released a draft climate plan that would leave the government responsible for funding the nation's emission cuts while the nation's biggest carbon emitters would only be liable if they exceed historically high levels.

4:09am EDT

Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor

- A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk.

Health, 23 Apr 2014

Chairman of Lanzhou Veolia apologizes after water pollution in China

BEIJING - The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said.

23 Apr 2014

Florida Senator holds Miami Beach hearing on rising sea level

MIAMI BEACH - Climate change is already impacting south Florida coastal communities, which could see a three-foot rise in sea level by the end of the century, a panel of officials and scientists testified at a Senate hearing on Miami Beach on Tuesday.

Politics, 22 Apr 2014