Environment News


City heat waves more frequent, cold spells on decline: study


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Exceptionally hot days and rainfall extremes have become more common in urban areas in the last 40 years, while the number of cold spells has declined, said a study published on Friday.

Nuclear safety push to be softened after U.S. objections

VIENNA - The United States looks set to succeed in watering down a proposal for tougher legal standards aimed at boosting global nuclear safety, according to senior diplomats.

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U.S. EPA chief hopes Pope will spur concern on climate change

ROME - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince skeptics that "the science is real".

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France delays pesticide reduction goal by 7 years

PARIS - France, the European Union's biggest agricultural producer, has delayed a target to halve pesticide use to 2025 from 2018 after plans to curb their deployment failed, the farm minister said on Friday.

France 6:37am EST

Japan looks at 2030 energy targets in shadow of Fukushima cleanup

TOKYO - Japan began deliberating its 2030 targets for power generation on Friday, a process likely to turn contentious when nuclear restarts are considered even as the much delayed cleanup at Fukushima continues four years after the meltdowns there.

Japan 6:15am EST

Storms like U.S. blizzard may get stronger but less frequent: study

OSLO - Large storms like the blizzard that battered New England this week may become more severe but less frequent as the Earth's climate changes, scientists said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015

Environmentalists sue to stop crude-by-rail terminal in California

SAN FRANCISCO - Environmental groups on Thursday sued a California regulator that permitted trains carrying crude oil to begin making deliveries at a terminal in Bakersfield, arguing the permit was issued in secret and the volatile crude could cause explosions.

29 Jan 2015

Road-kill deer get mulched as U.S. states turn to composting

WINDSOR, Va. - For years, Jimmy White woke up worrying about road-kill.

29 Jan 2015

For green, comfortable homes, Mali turns to mud

MASSAKO, Mali (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Building a house in the poorest villages of southern Mali has for years involved cutting trees for timber frames and struggling to save cash for a corrugated iron roof.

29 Jan 2015

Sierra Nevada red fox, one of North America's rarest, seen at Yosemite

LOS ANGELES - Biologists have spotted a Sierra Nevada red fox at Yosemite National Park in California for the first time - a sighting of one of the rarest mammals in North America, thought to number only 50 on the continent, officials said on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015