Environment

Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote

Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote

Published 10/05/2017

A pumpjack brings oil to the surface in the Monterey Shale, California, in a file photo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a resolution to revoke an Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to free the drilling industry from what he sees as excessive environmental regulation.

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Irish beach reappears 33 years after vanishing into Atlantic Ocean

Irish beach reappears 33 years after vanishing into Atlantic Ocean

Published 08/05/2017

Dooagh beach is seen after a storm returned sand to it, 30 years after another storm had stripped all the sand off the beach, on Achill island, County Mayo, Ireland, May 5, 2017. Picture taken May 5, 2017 Sean Molloy/Achill Tourism Via Reuters

A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.

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Lion cubs born in Chile after world first veterinary procedure

Lion cubs born in Chile after world first veterinary procedure

Published 05/05/2017

Lion cubs, who were born after a pioneering veterinary procedure that involved a reversed vasectomy of their father, are presented to the media, at Buin Zoo, in the outskirts of Santiago, Chile May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Two baby lion cubs were presented to the public at a zoo in Chile on Thursday, born after a pioneering veterinary procedure that involved a reversed vasectomy of their father.

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Scientists call for more precision in global warming predictions

Scientists call for more precision in global warming predictions

Published 04/05/2017

FILE PHOTO - A drop of water falls from a melting piece of ice on Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier near the city of El Calafate, in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, December 16, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Researchers from Harvard University, Princeton University and the Environmental Defense Fund proposed a new, more precise way to measure the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on Earth's climate in an article published on Thursday in the academic journal Science.

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De Beers pilots plan to store carbon dioxide in diamond-bearing rock

De Beers pilots plan to store carbon dioxide in diamond-bearing rock

Published 04/05/2017

A truck drives amongst workings at the De Beers Voorspoed Diamond mine near Kroonstad, South Africa May 3, 2017. Picture taken May 3, 2017. REUTERS/James Oatway

Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers is piloting a project to capture carbon in the rock from which diamonds are extracted to offset harmful emissions, the company said. As planet-warming carbon emissions rise globally, many countries have adopted or proposed a form of tax on emissions and companies in the mining and manufacturing sector are concerned that this will hit their future profits.

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Italian art installation a call for help over plastic waste

Italian art installation a call for help over plastic waste

Published 27/09/2016

An art installation by Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci, made of brightly coloured plastic bottles forming giant letters that spell the word 'HELP', is seen on the Mediterranean island of Mozia in Sicily, Italy, August 17, 2016. Mario Montalto/Handout via REUTERS

Five million brightly colored plastic bottle tops have been laid out on a Mediterranean island, spelling the word "HELP" in an art installation that aims to draw attention to marine pollution.

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