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Top News: Environment

Op-Ed: When is 'extinct' really 'extinct'? The missing snail row

The Aldabra banded snail was last sighted in 1996 and declared extinct in 2007, with the blame placed squarely on climate change. However, it has since been "rediscovered." This has led to a debate about the accuracy of the original research.

Oil laden Russian ship off B.C. coast being towed by Coast Guard

Canada's CBC News has reported that a Russian ship floundering off the B.C. coast is now secured to a tow line from a Coast Guard vessel. There were concerns the fuel-laden ship could run aground and reports say those concerns still exist.

Russian ship hauling bunker and diesel fuel adrift off B.C. Coast

A Russian container ship laden with some 450 tonnes of fuel is powerless and drifting in a storm off of the coast of B.C., toward Haida Gwaii. The ship has eleven crew members, including a captain who is reportedly injured.

Japan's nuclear reactors near active volcanoes 'unsafe'

The unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake in Central Japan on Sept. 27 has renewed concerns over nuclear power plants' safety. A prominent vulcanologist is disputing the decision to put two Sendai nuclear power plant reactors back on line.

Rhino horn demand in Vietnam falls by over 33 percent in one year

Ho Chi Minh City - An aggressive public relations campaign in Vietnam aimed at curbing the trade in rhino horn appears to be paying off. A recent poll found that demand for rhino in Vietnam has dropped precipitously — by at least 33 percent in the last year.

Op-Ed: 'Lord of the Rings' Producer to fund new film with Kickstarter Special

Los Angeles - What do "Lord of the Rings, True Blood", Vincent Van Gogh and an actress with a passion for dolphins have in common? A project called, "Talk is Cheap" — the first ever feature-length movie on Climate Change.

Colombian farmers sue BP in British court for $29 million

London - For the first time ever, BP will have to face UK courts over its actions overseas and may have to pay compensation for environmental degradation to private property. Experts are calling this a landmark environmental case.

Double boost for award-winning Scottish forest and wildlife

Edinburgh - Plans to safeguard and restore Glen Affric, one of Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful glens received a double boost last weekend when conservation charity Trees for Life secured funding of almost £80,000 for new forest conservation projects.

Government-backed smart meters put GB homeowners in control

Starting next year, the UK Government’s smart meter programme will be rolling out smart gas and electricity meters to all GB homes and small businesses before 2020.

The Public, or the Utilities: Florida PSC’s True Customer Promoted

Inside the story of when Florida Power & Light announced its selection of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. to build a $3 billion, 500-mile natural gas pipeline through three states.

Weed man charged with starting Northern California wildfire

Weed - A 24-year-old Northern California man was arrested and charged Saturday with starting the Boles fire that burned through the tiny lumber town of Weed, destroying more than 150 homes.

PM Narendra Modi announces Rs. 1,000 crore for Hudhud-hit areas

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, declared that Andhra Pradesh will be given an interim assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore so that the state can immediately start relief work in areas devastated by Cyclone Hudhud.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

U.S. military declares war on climate change

Speaking at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the challenges that climate change presents to the military and national security.

Why Asia's glaciers are expanding, and not melting

In many regions of the world, glaciers, great rivers of ice are melting. From the Himalayan Mountains to other areas of our globe, we have documented the loss of glaciers. But there are regions in our world where glaciers are actually growing.

Jerry Brown vetoes controversial antibiotics bill

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would establish rules for restricting antibiotics for use on farm animals. Brown's reasons were that the bill was "too weak."

Antibiotic sales for farms are rising

Despite concerns that the use of antibiotics may contribute to drug resistance, sales for the use of antibiotics in livestock have increased in recent years.

Fish will begin to migrate to cooler climes

A new study, using temperature and species data, predicts that warming waters will cause many fish species to move from the tropics toward the poles.

Op-Ed: Salmon recovery – ecology, awareness, and accountability Special

Columbia City - Wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest has been on the decline due to continued destruction of their natural habitat. Are salmon hatcheries a solution or part of the problem of salmon decline? Biologist and researcher Jim Lichatowich talks about the issue.
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