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  1. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    CIA stops studying impact of climate change on US security

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington CIA's climate change office shut down after chief quits The CIA has shuttered its unit dedicated to studying the impact of climate change on US national security, shifting its activities elsewhere, an official said. "This work continues to be performed by a dedicated team in a new office that looks at economic and energy matters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1087826/cia-stops-studying-impact-climate-change-us-security
  2. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    US joins island nations in creating vast Pacific Ocean sanctuary

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 09:54pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington US joins island nations in forming vast protected area for marine life Pacific sanctuary largest in world The United States joined forces with other ... The US is planning to expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, which together with action taken by other nations such as the Cook Islands and Kiribati, would mean three million square ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1535698/us-joins-island-nations-creating-vast-pacific-ocean-sanctuary
  3. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Mankind’s global warming plays role in extreme weather, scientists say

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 01:38pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... regardless of climate change,” said Thomas Karl, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s National Climatic Data Center. The goal of the research effort is to understand whether ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Climate change caused by human use of fossil fuels played a role in about a half dozen extreme weather events last year, international scientists said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1304708/mankinds-global-warming-plays-role-extreme-weather-scientists-say
  4. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Plastic a plague on world's oceans, United Nations warns

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 05:09am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Nairobi Plastic a plague on oceans, UN warns The dumping of plastic waste into oceans is causing at least US$13 billion a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the UN warned yesterday at the launch of a global environment conference. "Plastics have come to play a crucial role in modern life, but the environmental impacts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1539274/plastic-plague-worlds-oceans-united-nations-warns
  5. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Beef most costly protein based on environmental harm, US study finds

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 09:57pm by AFP

    ... from US government agencies. Researchers used the 2000-2010 data to calculate the amount of resources needed to produce feed for each edible livestock. For every calorie we obtain from eating ... Agence France-Presse in Washington World counts environmental cost of a good steak Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557275/beef-most-costly-protein-based-environmental-harm-us-study-finds
  6. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Mexican project to feature Chinese goods fined over environmental issues

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:20am by AP

    ... levied a US$555,000 fine against a project to build a massive trade centre south of Cancun to showcase Chinese products. The office of the Attorney General for Environmental Protection said ... metres away from the national coral reef park offshore from Cozumel, a popular spot with divers, something that may force temporary bans on diving when ships pull in, in order not to endanger ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1575031/mexican-project-feature-chinese-goods-fined-over-environmental-issues
  7. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    No toxic island of debris from Japan tsunami heading for US, agency says

    Posted Nov 11th 2013, 05:53am by MCT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Los Angeles Oceanic agency debunks claim a mass of debris from Japanese tsunami is bound for west coast No 'toxic monster' heading for US The US National ... coast of North America. There is no floating mass of debris, the agency says. The disaster swept millions of tonnes of material out to sea. While some has washed up on the US west coast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1352669/no-toxic-island-debris-japan-tsunami-heading-us-agency-says
  8. Lifestyle - Technology - ENVIRONMENT

    Miniscule midge survives in frozen Antarctic environment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 01:14am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Antarctica's only insect is one tough little midge Antarctica's only native insect, a minuscule midge, may rely on a no-frills genome to survive being frozen, dehydrated and blasted with radiation in an ultra-tough environment, scientists say. Slightly bigger than a flea, the wingless bug spends most of its two-year larval stage frozen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1575009/miniscule-midge-survives-frozen-antarctic-environment
  9. News - China Insider - ENVIRONMENT

    Shark fin vendors report 82 per cent drop in sales after anti-corruption campaign

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:34pm by James Griffiths

    ... Villagomez, a shark specialist with US-based conservation group Pew Charitable Trusts, put the decline in consumption down to Xi Jinping's anti corruption campaign, which has forced a decline ... on the menu," Villagomez told Agence France-Presse in September last year, commenting on the impact of China's graft crackdown on shark fin consumption.  "The culture is [also] changing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1567499/shark-fin-vendors-report-82-cent-drop-sales-after-anti-corruption
  10. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    California drought spells the end of the American dream household lawn

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:48am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Los Angeles Household lawns may be history as incentives offered to switch to water-conserving gardens California drought spells end of an American dream Lush ... and underground aquifers are making it easier for many to make the switch. Los Angeles offers US$3 for every square foot of grass that is replaced with more water-efficient options ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1565606/california-drought-spells-end-american-dream-household-lawn

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