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Rolls-Royce to cut 400 marine division jobs – FT

(Reuters) – Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC may announce a reduction of 400 management jobs in its marine division this week, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chief Executive Warren East’s aim with the marine restructuring will be to strip out management layers and rebase costs in a business that relies on an energy industry now hit by low global oil prices, the FT said. The job cuts are part of a long-term plan to shift the marine operations’ manufacturing away from high-cost Scandinavian countries towards Asia, while retaining research and systems integration in northern Europe, FT said.

Posted on 4 October 2015 | 8:49 pm

Merkel plays down impact of VW scandal on German image

Several engineers at Volkswagen have admitted to installing the device aimed at cheating pollution testsChancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said the emissions scandal that has hit car giant Volkswagen was "dramatic" but would not inflict lasting damage on Germany's reputation.

Posted on 4 October 2015 | 5:02 pm

France’s Fabius urges stragglers to publish emissions data

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, pictured on September 29, 2015, urged countries which have yet to publish greenhouse gas emissions data to do so as soon as possibleFrench Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who will chair December's UN-led climate talks in Paris, on Sunday urged countries which have yet to publish greenhouse gas emissions data to do so as soon as possible.

Posted on 4 October 2015 | 4:23 pm

Malaysia shuts schools as choking smog worsens

Thick haze covers Kuala Lumpur, on September 29, 2015Malaysian authorities on Sunday ordered most of the country's schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires.

Posted on 4 October 2015 | 6:02 am

Rebels accuse South Sudan government of attacks weeks after peace deal

By Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudanese rebels said on Saturday government troops had attacked their positions over the last three days, casting further doubt on a fragile peace agreement in the world’s youngest country. No one was immediately available to comment from the government – but both sides have regularly accused the other of breaking the ceasefire ratified by parliament last month under pressure from the United Nations, regional and world powers. “For the last three days we have received a report of the government forces on the offensive, attacking our positions in Unity state,” rebel spokesman James Gatdet Dak said, referring to an oil-producing region on the northern border with Sudan.

Posted on 3 October 2015 | 1:48 pm

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister Alison-Madueke arrested in London – sources

Nigeria's Petroleum Minister and OPEC's alternate president Alison-Madueke speaks at the annual IHS CERAWeek conference in HoustonBy Julia Payne and Felix Onuah LAGOS/ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria's former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria's presidency circle and another with links to her family said. Alison-Madueke was minister from 2010 until May 2015 under former president Goodluck Jonathan, who was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari at the polls in March. Buhari took office in May promising to root out corruption in Africa's most populous country, where few benefit from the OPEC member's enormous energy resources.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 9:54 pm

India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

Cow dung cakes left to dry out on the wall of a house in Allahabad, India, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Cow dung cakes are popularly used as fuel for cooking in rural India. India plans a fivefold boost in renewable energy capacity in the next five years to 175 gigawatts, including solar power, wind, biomass and small hydropower dams. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 5:19 pm

Insight – VW rivals risk bigger blow as emissions scandal hits diesel

A new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, MichiganBy Gilles Guillaume, Barbara Lewis and Laurence Frost PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Volkswagen's cheating on emissions tests has soured the European car industry's heavy bet on diesel, with Renault, Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler potentially facing bigger long-term setbacks than the company that sparked the crisis. VW's use of a banned "defeat device" has drawn scrutiny of more widely practised test manipulation which, although legal, has allowed real-world nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to surge to more than seven times their European limits. A renewed push to close EU test loopholes promises to add billions of euros to diesel engine costs already at the limit of mass-market viability, hitting small-car brands hardest while shifting demand to hybrids, where the Europeans are several years behind Japanese competitors.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 5:18 pm

Swiss ban new VW diesels hit by motor manipulation

The Swiss Federal Roads Office on Friday issued a preliminary ban on registering new Volkswagen diesel vehicles that may be outfitted with software designed to cheat emissions tests, it said in a statement. The agency also banned registering newly imported used vehicles affected by the manipulation scandal. Friday’s announcement does not apply to used VW vehicles already on the roads in Switzerland.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 4:13 pm

Volkswagen to recall cars with cheating device – Italian government

German carmaker Volkswagen AG has said it will recall vehicles that were sold in Italy with a device that enabled them to cheat emissions tests, the Italian Transport Ministry said on Friday. Volkswagen has said it sold some 650,000 cars in Italy that carried the software which enabled the firm to rig diesel emissions checks.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 4:11 pm

Green News – Environment and climate change news

Earth news from Telegraph Earth – your source for environment and green news and environment and green issues, with information on farming, climate change, global warming, pollution, green living and recycling, and all other environment issues.

Britain’s public parks: 175 years old, but will they survive?

Public parks are under huge financial pressure – but will wildflower meadows, tree houses or charging entrance fees secure their future?

Posted on 3 October 2015 | 1:00 pm

Animal pictures of the week: 2 October 2015

All creatures great and small in our ever popular animal gallery

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 1:15 pm

Pictures of the day: 2 October 2015

Just walkin’ the dog, a newborn mandrill and a monster from the deep

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 9:14 am

Supermoon triggers ‘supertides’ and tidal bores around the world, in pictures

In pics: Supermoon triggers tidal surges around the world

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 12:25 pm

How do you daddy-long-leg proof your home?

Along with the warm weather, something much less welcome will be entering our homes… Here’s how to arm against them

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 9:57 am

Pictures of the day: 1 October 2015

A hunting brown bear, sunset in Havana and Red Bull planes over Utah

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 9:30 am

Sinkholes, craters and collapsed roads around the world, in pictures

In pics: Sinkholes, craters and collapsed roads around the world

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 9:20 am

Please release me: Animals stuck in strange places, in pictures

A horse in a hole lot of bother and other animals all caught in a tight spot

Posted on 30 September 2015 | 2:38 pm

Pictures of the day: 30 September 2015

A cute red panda, a tidal bore and Jeremy Corbyn

Posted on 30 September 2015 | 11:10 am

Terrifying spiders: Readers’ pictures of the monster house spider invasion

Readers’ pictures of the monster house spider invasion

Posted on 30 September 2015 | 7:57 am

Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily

Largest dinosaur population growth study ever shows how Maiasaura lived and died

Research into a vast bone bed in western Montana has yielded the most complete life history of any dinosaur known.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 11:17 pm

Signs of ancient mega-tsunami could portend modern hazard

Scientists working off west Africa in the Cape Verde Islands have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano there tens of thousands of years ago generated an ocean tsunami that dwarfed anything ever seen by humans. The researchers say an 800-foot wave engulfed an island more than 30 miles away. The study could revive a simmering controversy over whether sudden giant collapses present a realistic hazard today around volcanic islands, or even along more distant continental coasts.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 6:49 pm

To breathe or to eat: Blue whales forage efficiently to maintain massive body size

As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through efficient foraging strategies that optimize the energy they gain from the krill they eat, while also conserving oxygen when diving and holding their breath, a new study has found.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 6:48 pm

Novel technology to produce microalgae biomass as feedstock for biofuel, food, feed and more

Novel and scalable technology and production process has been developed combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from biomass. This results in ability to offer high quality feedstock for various industries in a highly competitive price.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 2:32 pm

Micro photosynthetic power cells may be the green energy source for the next generation

A novel micro-technology, which captures the electrical power generated by the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae, has been created by scientists.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 2:32 pm

New biodegradable materials could replace plastic bags

As England gets set to start paying for plastic bags, researchers are making inroads into developing alternative biodegradable materials that could potentially replace fossil fuel derived polyethylene single-use carrier bags in the future.

Posted on 2 October 2015 | 12:23 pm

Hotel ‘greenwashing’ dirties eco-friendly reputation

Hotels across the globe are increasingly encouraging guests to embrace green practices. Yet while guests think they are supporting the environment by shutting off lights and reusing towels, they may in fact be victims of ‘greenwashing,’ a corporation’s deceitful practice of promoting environmentally friendly programs while hiding ulterior motives.

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 7:41 pm

Researchers in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands finds highest rates of unique marine species

Scientists returned from a 28-day research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi’ialakai exploring the deep coral reefs within Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. During the trip, scientists recorded numerous species of marine life never before seen, including a possible new species of seahorse, and a sea star not previously found in Hawaii.

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 7:41 pm

A balanced diet is good for corals too, study finds

A nutrient-rich, balanced diet is beneficial to corals during stressful thermal events, new research shows. The study concluded that the particular nutrient balance in seawater is what matters most.

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 7:39 pm

Ancient ecosystem response to ‘big five’ mass extinction

A new study explores one of the ‘big five’ mass extinctions, the Permian-Triassic event, revealing unexpected results about the types of animals that were most vulnerable to extinction, and the factors that might best predict community stability during times of great change. The authors say cutting-edge modeling techniques helped highlight the critical importance of understanding food webs (knowing ‘who eats what’) when trying to predict what communities look like before, during, and after a mass extinction.

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 7:30 pm