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Recovery of Japan volcano victims suspended amid signs of rising activity


TOKYO - Search and recovery efforts for at least two dozen victims of Japan's worst volcanic eruption in decades were called off on Tuesday due to worries about rising volcanic activity, including the chance of another steam explosion. | Video

South Pacific flotilla to protest climate change inaction at Australia coal port

SYDNEY - Protesters from 12 South Pacific nations plan to block ships entering and leaving Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world's largest coal export terminal, this month to highlight effects they say climate change is having on their islands.

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Dominion finds damaged fuel rods at Virginia nuclear plant

- Dominion Virginia Power has discovered two damaged nuclear fuel rods at its North Anna power plant, 90 miles (140 km) southwest of Washington, and has shut it down, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

30 Sep 2014

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

BEIJING - China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security.

China, Science 30 Sep 2014

Stanford scientists say greenhouse gases worsen California drought

SAN FRANCISCO - California’s catastrophic drought has most likely been made worse by man-made climate change, according to a report released Monday by Stanford University, but scientists are still hesitant to fully blame the lack of rain on climate change.

29 Sep 2014

Invasive apple snail threatens Florida Everglades clean up

MIAMI - Florida wildlife and water managers are worried about an invasive snail that is wreaking havoc on the state's billion-dollar effort to remove chemicals from the fragile Everglades.

29 Sep 2014

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

Science, 29 Sep 2014

Solar energy could dominate electricity by 2050: IEA

LONDON - Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West's energy watchdog, said on Monday.

29 Sep 2014

NHC says 20 pct chance of cyclone for low west of Bermuda

- A low-pressure area located west of Bermuda has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Monday.

29 Sep 2014

Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar

MADRID/SYDNEY - (This version of the Sept. 28 story has been repeated with no changes in text)

29 Sep 2014