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European parliament passes watered-down draft law on air pollution | Reuters

Updated : Nov 23, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

European parliament passes watered-down draft law on air pollution | Reuters

STRASBOURG, France The European Parliament passed a new draft law on air pollution on Wednesday that the European Commission and several members of parliament (MEPs) said was not enough to cut emissions to World Health Organization standards.The law, which has taken almost three years to get through parliament, aims to halve the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution from more than 400,000, and targets the many EU states already in breach of existing air pollution limits.A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published on Wednesday showed that member states across the bloc far exceed annual limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions and at least 10 states breached limits on other pollutants in 2014.The recent scandal over Volkswagen cheating on nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) rules highlighted the problems caused by toxins in the air, including respiratory illness and some forms of cancer. "Air pollution is the number one environmental cause of death in the EU," conservative MEP Julie Girling, who shepherded the bill through parliament, told the plenary session in Strasbourg #Business #Environment #Europe #United Kingdom #lifestyle
Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake near Fukushima disaster site | Reuters

Updated : Nov 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake near Fukushima disaster site | Reuters

By Yuka Obayashi and Elaine Lies | TOKYO TOKYO A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.The magnitude 7.4 earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, sent thousands of residents fleeing for higher ground as dawn broke along the northeastern coast.There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries hours after the quake hit at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT Monday). It was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.A wave of up to 1.4 meters (4.5 ft) high was recorded at Sendai, about 70 km (45 miles) north of Fukushima, with smaller waves hitting ports elsewhere along the coast, public broadcaster NHK said.Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from harbors as tsunami warnings wailed after alerts of waves of up to 3 meters (10 feet) were issued."We saw high waves but nothing that went over the tidal barriers," a man in the city of Iwaki told NTV television network.Aerial footage showed tsunami waves flowing up rivers in some areas, and some fishing boats were overturned in the port of Higashi-Matsushima before the JMA lifted its warnings #United States #India #Business #Environment #Middle East #Philadelphia #lifestyle
Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted | Reuters

Updated : Nov 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted | Reuters

By Yuka Obayashi and William Mallard | TOKYO TOKYO A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, had a magnitude of 7.4 and was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), the agency said.A tsunami of up to 1.4 metres (4.5 feet) had been observed around Sendai, about 70 km (45 miles) north of Fukushima, following the quake, which struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT Monday), public broadcaster NHK said.Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from harbours as tsunami warning signals wailed, after warnings of waves of up to 3 metres (10 feet) were issued."We saw high waves but nothing that went over the tidal barriers," a man in the city of Iwaki told NTV television network.All Japan's nuclear power plants on the coast threatened by the tsunami are shut down in the wake of the March 2011 disaster, which knocked out Tokyo Electric Power Co's (9501.T) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, spilling radiation into the air and sea.A spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric Power, known as Tepco, said the cooling system for a storage pool for spent nuclear fuel at the reactor at its Fukushima Daini Plant had been halted. A spokesman said the cooling system had restarted soon after #United States #Business #Environment #science #Earthquakes #lifestyle #city
Powerful quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee tsunami | Reuters

Updated : Nov 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Powerful quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee tsunami | Reuters

TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast.The epicenter of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), the agency said.There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, which struck at 5:59 a.m. (3.59 p.m #Economy #Business #Environment #Middle East #Argentina #lifestyle
Insight - Far from Mosul, Islamic State close to defeat in Libya's Sirte | Reuters

Updated : Nov 18, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Insight - Far from Mosul, Islamic State close to defeat in Libya's Sirte | Reuters

By Patrick Markey | SIRTE, Libya SIRTE, Libya After six months of heavy fighting, Libyan forces have advanced so deep into the strategic city of Sirte that they can pick out the Tunisian and Egyptian accents of their Islamic State enemies as they trade insults over the frontline.Victory is imminent on this remote front of the war against Islamic State, with the last few militants staging a last stand in a small area of just one square kilometer (0.4 square mile), U.S. and Libyan officials say. But the battle has been long and hard, and holds lessons for U.S. #Environment #Syria #Middle East #markets #Security #United Kingdom
Global climate change accord seen slowed, not halted, by Trump | Reuters

Updated : Nov 18, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Global climate change accord seen slowed, not halted, by Trump | Reuters

By Alister Doyle and Nina Chestney | MARRAKESH, Morocco MARRAKESH, Morocco President-elect Donald Trump's plan to quit a landmark 2015 accord to fight climate change is likely to dent rather than derail the pact, with almost 200 governments defiantly saying this week that a trend towards cleaner energy is irreversible.The 2015 Paris Agreement, more than 20 years in the making, won a renewed vote of confidence from governments from China to Saudi Arabia and companies who foresee a shift from fossil fuels towards solar and wind power as technology prices fall.Trump has called man-made climate change a hoax and says he will pull out of the Paris deal and will instead bolster the domestic coal, oil and shale industries. The battle between the two rival visions will shape how fast the world tackles climate change."An alliance from California to Germany to China is emerging and they stand for the new economy. Trump, (Turkish President Tayyip) Erdogan and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin stand for the old economy," said Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany."It's the economy, stupid, but it's the new economy," he said, borrowing a catchphrase of former U.S. #Economy #China #Environment #Africa #United Kingdom #Turkey
New Zealand quake evacuees get food, shelter, wifi in Christchurch | Reuters

Updated : Nov 17, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

New Zealand quake evacuees get food, shelter, wifi in Christchurch | Reuters

By Lincoln Feast | CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand Hundreds of survivors stranded by a huge earthquake that struck central New Zealand three days ago reached Christchurch by a naval ship early on Thursday, as engineers in the capital, Wellington, assessed the state of dozens of damaged buildings.Around 450 tourists and residents from the small seaside town of Kaikoura were taken by the New Zealand navy's multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, overnight.Most tourists had continued their journeys, but around 130 people were being housed temporarily in Canterbury University's student halls.A student volunteer army, formed after a 6.3 magnitude tremor that killed almost 200 people in Christchurch in 2011, had mobilized to help the evacuees, said university spokeswoman Margaret Agnew."They've set up to feed people, house people, they've got all the facilities they need," she said. "We've set them up with wifi, that was one of the things they were asking for."Kaikoura, a fishing community and popular whale-watching base ringed by steep mountains, had been completely cut off by large landslides that covered road and rail links. Air Force NH90 helicopters joined a fleet of private helicopters that have ferried hundreds more people from the town to Christchurch and outlying areas 150 km (90 miles) south over the past two days. #United States #Environment #science #Argentina #United Kingdom #lifestyle #graphics
Parts of Mosul come back to life, but dangers are close by | Reuters

Updated : Nov 16, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Parts of Mosul come back to life, but dangers are close by | Reuters

By Michael Georgy | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq Emboldened by machinegun fire on Islamic State snipers along Mosul's frontlines, a few residents are emerging from their homes in pockets of the city where Iraqi forces have dislodged the jihadists.In al-Zahraa in eastern Mosul, shopkeepers swept away broken glass and neighbours were starting to interact again, days after Islamic State fighters were ousted from the neighbourhood. Two rabbits hopped along a sand lot as gunfire crackled nearby.But there is still an overwhelming sense of uncertainty as parts of the sprawling city slowly come to life and Iraqi special forces press ahead with their offensive on Islamic State's last big stronghold in Iraq.Many residents fear that even if the entire city falls, the world's most dangerous militant group will return one day to impose its ultra-hardline version of Islam #United States #India #Business #Environment #science #United Kingdom #Iraq
New Zealand begins evacuating tourists from quake-hit town | Reuters

Updated : Nov 15, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

New Zealand begins evacuating tourists from quake-hit town | Reuters

By Lincoln Feast | WELLINGTON WELLINGTON New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from the South Island town of Kaikoura on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the region, killing two people.The 7.8-magnitude tremor, which struck just after midnight on Sunday, destroyed historic farm homesteads, sent glass and masonry toppling from high rises in the capital Wellington and cut road and rail links throughout the northeast of the South Island. Kaikoura, a popular base for whale-watching about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Christchurch and near the epicenter, was completely cut off by massive landslips.Four defense force helicopters were flying into the town on Tuesday morning and the Navy's multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury was heading to the area, Air Commander Darryn Webb, the acting commander of New Zealand joint forces, told TVNZ. "The priority today is the airlift operation," he said. #Environment #Technology #science #Argentina #Entertainment #Earthquakes #lifestyle
Migrant's journey from rural Bangladesh shows sacrifices, dangers of slum life | Reuters

Updated : Nov 14, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Migrant's journey from rural Bangladesh shows sacrifices, dangers of slum life | Reuters

By Abu Anas DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For much of his early life on Bhola, an island in south-central Bangladesh, Mohammed Abul Kalam battled poverty and a hostile river that twice engulfed his homestead.Now, as a resident of a "bastee", or private slum on the western edge of the capital, Dhaka, he faces new challenges: the trade-offs he has made on the family's health, education and security in exchange for being near a source of work. "I came here because I found no other way," Kalam said, sitting on the floor of his tin shack.The story of how he swapped rural farming for survival in one of Dhaka's burgeoning slums on privately-owned land reflects the precarious situation of up to half a million Bangladeshis estimated to migrate to the capital each year.Kalam's journey began when the Meghna River wiped out his home for the second time, sending the family deep into debt after he borrowed $765 from moneylenders to build a new house.His neighbours told him, "Go to Dhaka", suggesting that in order to pay to marry off two teenage daughters, he would have to leave his home in Madras, on Bhola, home to more than two million people, a third of whom live below the poverty line.With empty pockets, he and his family set off on the 18-hour trip by river to the capital, where he was taken on by a garment washing factory to carry clothes in a role that was a far cry from his old life paddy farming in his village.Earning just $76 a month, Kalam struggled to make ends meet and, four months into the job, he left to take up other work demolishing buildings with a hammer and a shovel, he said.This paid a little over $6 a day but the work was irregular and eventually he had no alternative but to find work for his two eldest daughters with a garment producer in Mirpur district.There, his teenage daughters cut sewing threads and checked clothes for alterations for $51 a month - less than the industry minimum wage of $68.RURAL EXODUS Kalam and his family are not alone. #Environment #Bangladesh #Middle East #science #markets #United Kingdom