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Rhino, elephant poaching declines in Namibia

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 22:42
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia recorded fewer cases of rhino and elephant poaching this year compared to recent years, the southern African nation's minister of environment and tourism said on Monday.

Twelve big cities to buy zero emissions buses, extend green areas

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 22:32
OSLO (Reuters) - Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment.

Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover in 2016: monitor GFW

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 22:12
OSLO (Reuters) - Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of New Zealand, an independent forest monitoring network said on Monday.

Sunny weather provides relief for Ivory Coast cocoa farmers

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:25
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The sunniest weather in three months should improve the size and quality of Ivory Coast's main crop just before harvesting picks up next month, farmers said on Monday.

Israel's water worries return after four years of drought

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 19:20
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - It was a source of national pride - technology and discipline besting a crippling lack of water.

Exclusive: EU dismisses smoke regulation, looks into tougher fire safety tests

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:20
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - There is no need for Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from building materials, according to a report expected to be signed off by the EU executive over the coming weeks, disappointing campaigners who say regulation is urgently needed following London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire.

China's top steelmaking city deepens output cut to fight smog: CSJ

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:20
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's top steelmaking city, Tangshan, will step up curbs on industrial output as it makes greater efforts to cut hazardous smog, the China Securities Journal reported on Monday.

China aims to meet air quality standards by 2035: minister

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:57
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will strive to comply fully with its own air quality standards by 2035, the country's environment minister said on Monday, adding that the long and difficult battle against pollution would eventually benefit the economy.

Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 16:23
TOKYO (Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo.

Four dead from landslide at Malaysia construction site, victim search to continue

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:03
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Four foreign workers were killed and 10 others are missing after a landslide at a construction site in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang, authorities said.

Storm Brian clobbers Ireland and British coastal towns, buildings damaged

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:04
TENBY, Wales (Reuters) - Storm Brian battered towns in Ireland and along the western coast of England and Wales on Saturday, with gusts and high seas causing heavy damage to buildings.

China says winter smog battle to have limited impact on economy

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:32
BEIJING (Reuters) - The economic impact of China's tough campaign against smog this winter is expected to be limited, a senior state planning official said on Saturday.

Strong typhoon nears southern Japan the day before election

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:15
TOKYO (Reuters) - Heavy rain and powerful winds are expected to lash large areas of Japan on Sunday as a strong typhoon sweeps ashore, possibly hindering voter turnout in a national election.

Monsanto sues Arkansas over proposed herbicide limits

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 06:25
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state's borders.

EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 02:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

Solar industry fears for thousands of jobs should U.S. impose import restrictions

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:19
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore-headquartered solar panel maker REC hopes to be exempt from potential U.S. restrictions on imports following a recent trade finding that said no significant injury to the United States had been caused by makers including those from Australia, Canada and Singapore.

Residents of shrinking U.S. island reject 'climate victim' label

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 22:14
TANGIER ISLAND, Md (Reuters) - This summer, a delegation of Republican climate activists visited Tangier Island, a speck of grassland in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, to try to convince its 450 residents to take climate change seriously.

South Koreans' support for nuclear projects deals blow to government energy plan

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:41
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean public support for nuclear power on Friday sucker punched a government policy to steer the country away from nuclear-generated electricity as Seoul said it would bow to a demand to resume construction of two new reactors.

U.S. EPA to shrink response time for permit requests: Pruitt

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:18
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cut response times to permit requests to within six months by the end of 2018, part of the agency's goal to reduce regulations and delays, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday.

EU agrees measure to safeguard carbon market from Brexit

Reuters - Environment - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:52
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers and member states have agreed ways to safeguard the carbon market if Britain leaves the emissions trading scheme as a result of Brexit.

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