Environment News


Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.

Up to 1,500 gallons of motor oil leak into Washington state creek, Yakima River

SEATTLE - As much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Washington state into a creek that flows into the Yakima River, vital to the apple-growing state's agricultural hub, officials said on Monday.

6:23pm EST

EU's 2050 green goals will need radical policy shifts: report

OSLO - The European Union will need radical new policies to reach goals for safeguarding the environment by 2050 after limited progress in curbing pollution and climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Tuesday.

6:08pm EST

Dutch government says sorry for gas field causing quakes

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government apologized on Monday for ignoring risks posed by earthquakes caused by production of natural gas in the northern province of Groningen.

New film on China's pollution sparks debate, seen as milestone

SHANGHAI - Could "Under the Dome", Chinese journalist Chai Jing's new documentary about pollution, become China's "Silent Spring", the 1962 book that spurred the development of the U.S. environmental movement?

Entertainment, Film, China 6:35am EST

China orders two local governments to punish polluting steel mills

SHANGHAI - China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality.

China 12:41am EST

More snow, ice ahead for northern U.S.; Boston may break record

- Winter's relentless battering was poised on Monday to hit northern states across the nation with more snow and ice as the season's bitter weather stretched its reach into the early days of March.

U.S., 11:52am EST

Earthquake measuring 5.5 strikes off Guatemala: USGS

- A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala early on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

01 Mar 2015

UK government rejects calls for higher diesel tax to cut pollution

LONDON - The British government rejected calls on Sunday to raise taxes on diesel vehicles to reduce air pollution but said it will consider a national network of low-emission zones.

28 Feb 2015

Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

- An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers that a widely used herbicide poses to the declining monarch butterfly population.

U.S., 27 Feb 2015