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  • 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.

    8 hours ago |

  • 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.

    12 hours ago |

  • 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.

    14 hours ago |

  • 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.

    21 hours ago |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Forest Service Allows Logging Of Burned Trees Near Yosemite National Park

    Forest Service Allows Logging Of Burned Trees Near Yosemite National Park

    The U.S. Forest Service said on Wednesday it would sell thousands of trees burned in last year's devastating wildfire around Yosemite National Park to loggers in an effort to reduce fuel for future blazes and stimulate the regional economy. In a draft decision, the agency said it planned to allow logging on about 33,000 acres near the park, less than initially proposed but more than environmentalists wanted.

    August 27, 2014 |

  • Reuters | More Science Dupont Fined $1.275 Million In West Virginia Toxic Pollution Case

    Dupont Fined $1.275 Million In West Virginia Toxic Pollution Case

    By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.

    August 27, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Roads Expanding Fast Worldwide, Better Planning Needed To Aid Food Output

    Roads Expanding Fast Worldwide, Better Planning Needed To Aid Food Output

    New roads long enough to girdle the Earth 600 times are expected to be built by 2050 and better planning is needed to protect the environment while also raising food production, a study showed on Wednesday. The study in the journal Nature showed that roads can aid farmers, especially in developing nations where food production is held back by a lack of access to markets or to fertilisers and other technologies.

    August 27, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability More Quakes Jolt Iceland Overnight, Spread To Second Volcano

    More Quakes Jolt Iceland Overnight, Spread To Second Volcano

    Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high, the country's Meteorological Office said on Wednesday. The rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel.

    August 27, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Lava Flow From Hawaii Volcano Could Threaten Homes

    Lava Flow From Hawaii Volcano Could Threaten Homes

    State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii's Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood. A U.S. Geological Survey scientist said that while the lava flow did not pose an imminent threat to residents of the Kaohe Homesteads of the island's Puna area, it was less than 2 miles (3 km) away and appeared to be advancing.

    August 26, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Evolution Nearly Complete Mammoth Skeleton, Found On Farm, Goes to Texas Museum

    Nearly Complete Mammoth Skeleton, Found On Farm, Goes to Texas Museum

    A North Texas family, who discovered the skeleton of a 20,000- to 40,000-year-old mammoth while mining through sediment on their farm, is preparing to turn over the remains to a local museum. In May, Wayne McEwen and his family were gathering material from a gravel pit on their property, south of Dallas, when his son struck a 6-foot (1.8 meter) tusk while operating an excavator.

    August 26, 2014 |


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