China encourages NGOs to sue polluters

Jan 7, 2015

China encourages NGOs to sue polluters

China on Wednesday granted nongovernmental organizations more power to sue those who flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said. NGOs that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its ...

European temperature records smashed amid 2014 heat wave

Jan 6, 2015

European temperature records smashed amid 2014 heat wave

The year 2014 broke a series of heat records in France, Britain, Germany and Belgium, weather agencies reported Monday. In France, “2014 was the hottest year since 1900,” the Meteo-France weather agency said in a statement. The country’s average annual temperature in 2014 was ...

Jan 5, 2015

Beijing's PM2.5 levels down 4% in 2014, government says

Air pollution in Beijing dropped slightly last year, municipal authorities said, although levels of the most dangerous small particulate matter remained more than three times the internationally recommended limit. China’s cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and ...

Dec 24, 2014

Global warming blamed for worst Pacific coral bleaching on record

The Marshall Islands is experiencing its worst-ever coral bleaching as global warming threatens reefs across the entire northern Pacific, scientists said Monday. Marine researchers said an El Nino weather pattern had been developing in recent months, raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs. ...

Deal reached at U.N. climate talks in Peru

Dec 14, 2014

Deal reached at U.N. climate talks in Peru

After late-night wrangling at U.N. talks in Peru, negotiators early Sunday reached a compromise deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year. The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what ...

Dec 13, 2014

U.N. climate talks deadlocked over scope of pledges

U.N. talks on a new global warming pact spilled into the weekend as negotiators bickered over what kind of information to include when countries unveil their contributions before a key summit in Paris next year. The yearly climate meetings rarely close on time and ...

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Dec 10, 2014

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund on Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries. With its use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 23 million, ...