Environment

Deaths of North Atlantic right whales puzzle Canadian scientists

Deaths of North Atlantic right whales puzzle Canadian scientists

Published 31/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: A right whale swims in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, in this photo taken April 14, 2011. Erin Burke/Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries/NOAA Marine Mammal Permit # 14603/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

North American conservationists are scrambling to find out why North Atlantic right whales are dying in unprecedented numbers, with nine deaths in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence in two months, according to Canadian authorities.

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Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Published 12/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the rift in the Larsen C seen in an image from the Digital Mapping System over the Antarctica Peninsula, Antarctica, on November 10, 2016. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Handout via

One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.

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Munich prosecutors arrest Audi employee in emissions probe

Munich prosecutors arrest Audi employee in emissions probe

Published 07/07/2017

Flags with the Audi logo are pictured in Ingolstadt, the home of German carmaker Audi March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Munich prosecutors arrested an Audi employee on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, the first arrest in Germany related to Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) diesel scandal.

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Tesla wins giant battery contract in Australia, has 100-day deadline

Tesla wins giant battery contract in Australia, has 100-day deadline

Published 07/07/2017

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill (R) listens to Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speak during an official ceremony in Adelaide, Australia, July 7, 2017 to announce that Tesla will install the world's largest grid-scale battery in the South Australian state. AAP/Ben Macmahon/via REUTERS

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) has won an Australian contract to install the world's biggest grid-scale battery, in what experts say will be a litmus test for the reliability of large-scale renewable energy.

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U.S. proposes cutting total biofuels requirements in 2018

U.S. proposes cutting total biofuels requirements in 2018

Published 06/07/2017

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

The U.S. government on Wednesday proposed to reduce the volume of biofuel required to be used in gasoline and diesel fuel next year as it signaled the first step toward a potential broader overhaul of its biofuels program.

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Too much rain: China`s floods roil hydropower, corn supplies

Too much rain: China`s floods roil hydropower, corn supplies

Published 05/07/2017

A man sits in the attic of his flooded house after a flood in Zhaoqing, Guangdong province, China July 4, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Severe flooding across southern China has forced the world's largest power plant to slash capacity on Tuesday, delayed grain on barges and damaged farms along the Yangtze River, as the death toll rose to 56 and economic costs hit almost $4 billion.

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Jellied sea creatures confound scientists, fishermen on U.S. Pacific Coast

Jellied sea creatures confound scientists, fishermen on U.S. Pacific Coast

Published 27/06/2017

Pyrosomes – colonies of thousands of individual organisms called zooids – are pictured aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon in this May 2017 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 26, 2017. Hilarie Sorensen/NOAA Fisheries/Handout via REUTERS

Drifting throngs of jelly-like, glowing organisms native to tropical seas far from shore have invaded Pacific coastal waters from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska this year, baffling researchers and frustrating fishing crews.

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Frustration grows after deadly China landslide

Frustration grows after deadly China landslide

Published 26/06/2017

Women react at the site of a landslide, in the village of Xinmo, Sichuan Province, China June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Lin Wong

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USDA finds abscesses, unidentified material in raw Brazil beef: USDA

USDA finds abscesses, unidentified material in raw Brazil beef: USDA

Published 23/06/2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found repeated import violations in raw Brazilian beef, including abscesses and unidentified foreign material, a top agency official said, explaining reasons for a U.S. ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef.

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VW waives appeal against German dieselgate compensation cases

VW waives appeal against German dieselgate compensation cases

Published 23/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen VW car is seen at a car dealer in Bochum, Germany March 16,2016. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File Photo

German carmaker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation.

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