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  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Iceland Volcano Alert At Red After Small Eruption, No Ash Detected

    Iceland Volcano Alert At Red After Small Eruption, No Ash Detected

    Iceland raised its alert warning level to maximum on Friday after what it called a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system but said there was no sign of ash that could affect air travel in Europe. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days.

    August 29, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability China To Offer Tax Breaks On Electric Cars, Mostly To Local Brands

    China To Offer Tax Breaks On Electric Cars, Mostly To Local Brands

    China announced on Friday additional policy support for electric car purchases, offering tax breaks predominantly for cars made by Chinese automakers. The list of tax breaks, posted on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, also included a model produced by the joint venture between Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd.

    August 29, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Earthquake Strikes Southern Greece, Felt In Athens

    Earthquake Strikes Southern Greece, Felt In Athens

    A strong earthquake shook southern Greece on Friday and was felt as far as Athens but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage. The quake measured 5.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and struck at sea 80 miles south of the Greek capital.

    August 29, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Volcanic Eruption In Papua New Guinea Cuses Flight Diversions

    Volcanic Eruption In Papua New Guinea Cuses Flight Diversions

    A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths. Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said.

    August 29, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability California Senate Approves Bill Requiring Oil Industry To Report Water Use

    California Senate Approves Bill Requiring Oil Industry To Report Water Use

    The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water's source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought. Oil well operators used more than 80 billion gallons of water in California last year in “enhanced” oil recovery techniques such as steam injection and water flooding, which help bring heavier, thicker crude to the surface.

    August 28, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Catalina Island In California Suffers Damage From Hurricane Marie

    Catalina Island In California Suffers Damage From Hurricane Marie

    Waves from a cyclone in the Pacific Ocean caused significant damage at picturesque Catalina Island in Southern California, demolishing piers, knocking boats from their stands and eroding a section of beach, officials said on Thursday. Tropical Storm Marie, a former hurricane that is in the Pacific about 900 miles southwest of Los Angeles, has sent large waves crashing along the Southern California coast since Tuesday, and conditions will persist on Friday, National Weather Service officials said.

    August 28, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability U.S. Names 20 Corals As Threatened, Down From Original List of 66

    U.S. Names 20 Corals As Threatened, Down From Original List of 66

    The U.S. government pared back the number of reef-building coral species it was considering to label as threatened from 66 to 20 this week, prompting criticism from conservationists. Environmentalists urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday to extend the protection to all threatened marine species.

    August 28, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Warming Aids Arctic Economies But Far Short Of 'Cold Rush'

    Warming Aids Arctic Economies But Far Short Of 'Cold Rush'

    Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a "cold rush" for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average. A first cruise ship will travel the icy Northwest Passage north of Canada in 2016, Iceland has unilaterally set itself mackerel quotas as stocks shift north and Greenland is experimenting with crops such as tomatoes.

    August 28, 2014 |

  • Reuters | More Science India To Add Five Percent Of Global Rare Earth Supply

    India To Add Five Percent Of Global Rare Earth Supply

    India is commissioning a plant to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of rare earths a year, a state company official told Reuters, which could help it contribute about 5 percent to the global supply of the metals used in cameras, cars, iPhones and wind turbines.

    August 28, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability 'Cauldrons' In Iceland Glacier Could Point To Volcano Eruption

    'Cauldrons' In Iceland Glacier Could Point To Volcano Eruption

    Ice over Iceland's rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide "cauldrons", possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country's meteorological office said late on Wednesday. Rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system for about a week have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel.

    August 27, 2014 |


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