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Ancient warm period hints at bigger-than-expected sea level rise

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:09:52 -0500

OSLO (Reuters) - Sea levels could rise by a greater-than-expected six meters (20 ft) over many centuries even if governments cap global warming around current levels, scientists said on Thursday, based on clues from an ancient warm period.(image)



Iraqi sheep, locals, environment suffer Islamic State oil fires

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:55:09 -0500

QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Shepherds herd blackened flocks through the Iraqi desert. Locals cough and wheeze under vast clouds of smoke, and NASA images show oil threatening to encroach on the Tigris River, a major water source.(image)



Slovenia allows hunters to kill 93 bears, 8 wolves this year

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:21:51 -0500

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia will allow hunters to kill 93 brown bears and up to 8 wolves this year in order to keep those animal populations from growing, the government said in a statement on Thursday.(image)



Argentine scientists in Antarctica tally toll of climate change

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:12:11 -0500

CARLINI BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.(image)



EU grants Zambia $69 million for energy projects

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:11:34 -0500

LUSAKA (Reuters) - The European Union (EU) has given Zambia about $69 million to expand electricity supply in the continent's second biggest copper producer, which faces a power deficit that has hit mining and agriculture.(image)



Avalanche destroys Italian hotel, up to 30 feared dead under snow

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:52:03 -0500

PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday.(image)



Rising Kenyan tea, coffee export prices to ease drought impact

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:19:16 -0500

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rising prices for Kenyan tea and coffee exports will help offset the impact from a drought that has been hurting the East African nation's agriculture after poor rains late last year, according to officials and traders.(image)



U.S. cities move to curb lead poisoning following Reuters report

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:19:39 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cities and towns across the United States are taking action after a Reuters report identified thousands of communities where children tested with lead poisoning at higher rates than in Flint, Michigan.(image)



From Al Gore to water politics, climate change heats up Sundance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:43:39 -0500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As former U.S. vice president Al Gore filmed the sequel to his environmental documentary last year, he did not expect to be dealing with a new president who has dismissed climate change as a hoax.(image)



World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:34:36 -0500

OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday.(image)