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Park visitors rescued from bushfire as heatwave strikes Australia

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 14:39
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Holidaymakers trapped by bushfire had to be rescued by boat from a national park south of Australia's largest city of Sydney and 200 people were evacuated by firefighters as a heatwave struck the eastern seaboard on Saturday.

China draws up new 'special' emission curbs on industries

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:10
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will impose "special emissions restrictions" on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March.

Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:07
PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (Reuters) - Pope Francis issued a ringing defense of the people and the environment of the Amazon on Friday, saying big business and "consumerist greed" could not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet.

Brasilia closes Latin America's largest rubbish dump

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:53
BRASILIA (Reuters) - One thing the designers of Brazil's modernistic capital Brasilia forgot to map out in their intricate plans was where to put the rubbish.

This Tuesday, let's speak up for 100% fossil-free energy!

Climate Solutions - Climate Action - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 03:53

A just transition to a fossil-free energy system that protects our health, our economy and our climate future, is within reach, if we act now.

China says sunken Iranian tanker may now be leaking heavy oil

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:19
BEIJING (Reuters) - A sunken Iranian oil tanker may be leaking heavy bunker fuel as well as light oil off the east coast of China and the best remedy was to recover the vessel, officials said on Friday.

Arkansas restricts controversial Monsanto, BASF farm chemical

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:47
CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a blow to manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE, Arkansas state lawmakers voted on Friday to bar sprayings of a controversial weed killer after mid-April to protect farmers from potential crop damage.

Quake hits Gulf of California, Mexico says no damage reported

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:44
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake that struck in the Gulf of California shook buildings and sent people running outdoors across parts of northern Mexico on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Philadelphia refiner's woes pose test for U.S. biofuel policy

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:00
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The worsening financial condition of East Coast oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions will present a new test for America's controversial biofuels policy, legal experts say, revealing whether the government can collect a massive biofuels-related debt from a company in distress.

Malawi seeks divine intervention as drought, pests threaten maize crop

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:07
LILONGWE (Reuters) - A dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompting President Peter Mutharika on Friday to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.

Thaw on the way in southern United States

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:26
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the southern United States will wake up to more frigid temperatures and slick roads Friday, but a thaw is expected by the weekend, forecasters say.

All Aboard! Accelerating TriMet’s transition to electric buses

Climate Solutions - Climate Action - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:00

It’s time for Oregon’s largest transit agency to stop buying new diesel buses and make the switch to electric. 

Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:04
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South brought record low temperatures on Wednesday to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted public school closures.

Cities in China's Hebei province still top list of smoggiest places

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:33
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Hebei province was the location of six of the country's 10 smoggiest cities in 2017, the same as the previous year, despite a campaign to improve air quality during the winter when smog levels peak, according to environment ministry data published on Thursday.

States step up to fight climate challenges

Climate Solutions - Climate Action - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 07:39

Global temperatures aren't the only thing heating up--states and cities are showing an appetite this year for strong climate policy. We've got the latest news on climate and clean energy.

Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:10
BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck.

Car and van manufacturers meet CO2 emissions targets for 2016

European Commission - Climate Action - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 06:00

All large car and van manufacturers in the EU met their CO2 emissions target in 2016, according to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today. The EEA report confirms preliminary findings that the EU fleet average of new vehicles is well below its 2016 emissions target.

Husky ordered to halt Atlantic Canada operations after iceberg close call

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:26
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canadian regulators on Wednesday ordered Husky Energy to suspend operations on its 27,000-barrel-per-day SeaRose floating production vessel off the coast of eastern Canada after an iceberg came too close to the facility in March 2017.

Germany faces huge bill to meet EU climate goals: BDI study

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:27
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will have to spend more than 1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) to meet even the lower end of the European Union's 2050 target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a draft of a study commissioned by the BDI German industry group.

U.S. Interior Department blasts resigning National Parks board members

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 03:00
(Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, saying they had ignored sexual harassment cases and lied about how they were treated by the Trump administration.

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