Environment

White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests

White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests

Published 18/11/2017

FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands [more…]

Kenya craftsmen to build boat out of plastic waste

Kenya craftsmen to build boat out of plastic waste

Published 10/11/2017

The beaches of Kenya's idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. [more…]

India to spray capital from on high amid deepening smog emergency

India to spray capital from on high amid deepening smog emergency

Published 10/11/2017

India plans to spray water over its capital, New Delhi, to combat toxic smog that has triggered a pollution emergency, officials said on Friday, with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend. [more…]

Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

Published 08/11/2017

Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases. [more…]

Death toll from Vietnam storm nears 50

Death toll from Vietnam storm nears 50

Published 06/11/2017

The death toll from the typhoon that struck Vietnam at the weekend has risen to at least 49, the government said on Monday. [more…]

Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

Published 23/10/2017

A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. [more…]

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

Published 13/10/2017

At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. [more…]

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

Published 13/10/2017

A new package of U.S. disaster assistance sailed through the House of Representatives on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump expressing impatience with having to devote federal resources for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico's recovery. [more…]

Trump picks coal lobbyist for EPA deputy role, drawing mixed reaction

Trump picks coal lobbyist for EPA deputy role, drawing mixed reaction

Published 06/10/2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday named Andrew Wheeler, a coal industry lobbyist and former congressional staffer, as his pick for deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prompting contrasting reactions from industry and environmental groups. [more…]

Storm-battered Antigua asks U.S. to settle 12-year old WTO bill

Storm-battered Antigua asks U.S. to settle 12-year old WTO bill

Published 29/09/2017

Antigua and Barbuda asked the United States on Friday to settle a decade-old trade dispute to help the Caribbean country pay the $250 million cost of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which "completely decimated" the island of Barbuda. [more…]