Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2014

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed less pollutants are entering the water. UNESCO had warned that without action on water quality and rampant coastal development, the reef ...

Scientists explore using trees to clean up pollution

Jun 11, 2014

Scientists explore using trees to clean up pollution

Before the sprawling Texas city of Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Jun 10, 2014

Jobs trump climate: Harper, Abbott

Canada and Australia’s conservative prime ministers said Monday economic concerns trump climate action, with Ottawa’s Stephen Harper insisting any nation claiming otherwise is lying. “It’s not that we don’t seek to deal with climate change, but we seek to deal with it in a ...

Jun 7, 2014

Officials say building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact

The clock is ticking for countries to lay the foundations of a 2015 deal to tackle dangerous climate change, ministers warned in Bonn Friday. A special U.N. summit in September, followed by a round of talks in Lima in December, must lay the first ...

Jun 6, 2014

G-7 backs ambitious 2015 deal on climate

The world’s leading industrialized nations Thursday gave their backing to a global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanized momentum. The new U.S. plan to cut emissions from power plants by 30 ...

Obama's muted carbon cuts are reachable

| Jun 3, 2014

Obama's muted carbon cuts are reachable

In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama’s signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance. Key Republicans and many industrial groups decried it as a job-killing war on coal that would drive up power ...

Jun 1, 2014

U.N. teams up with top sailors to study oceans

The United Nations is teaming up with top sailors to conduct scientific research in remote areas of the oceans during a nonstop race around the globe. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing, which is organizing the race, announced what ...