Dec 24, 2014

China cracks down on environmental crimes

China’s environmental regulators nearly doubled the number of cases they referred to police involving suspected polluters over the first three-quarters of this year compared to all of last year, amid a larger push by the government to crack down on the country’s severe environmental ...

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, ...

Dec 9, 2014

Japan falls to 53rd in climate change index; Denmark on top

Japan’s efforts to combat climate change rank poorly among the world’s major emitters of greenhouse gases, putting it in 53rd place in a survey of 58 countries and regions, according to research announced at climate talks in Peru. Denmark placed No. 1 on the ...