BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week. [Source]
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Sunday against a swift abandonment of diesel cars after a series of emissions scandals, saying the fuel is still needed if climate change targets are to be met.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African court on Sunday ordered the government to allow the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd to hold an online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold this week, his lawyer said.
LISBON (Reuters) - A light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts in northern Portugal crashed and exploded on Sunday, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires, officials said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck 500 km (310 miles) west of the Pacific island of Tonga on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.
DAKAR (Reuters) - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday.
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.
(Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.
SHANGHAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Cambridge University Press, one of Britain's most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing.
DAKAR (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.
BEIJING (Reuters) - With one national language often spoken poorly and thousands of regional dialects and ethnic minority tongues, China is having to employ multilingual officials as it embarks on its latest round of environment inspections across the country.
(Reuters) - A lightning-sparked wildfire burning for more than a month in western Montana has flared anew, prompting the evacuation of nearly 750 homes on Thursday as firefighters braced for more hot and windy weather forecast for the weekend, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A prominent conservationist who worked on high profile ivory smuggling cases has been shot dead in Tanzania, colleagues said on Tuesday, although the motive for the killing was unclear.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Samarco, a joint venture between BHP Biliton Ltd and Brazil's Vale, should be punished but not closed over the 2015 collapse of a tailings dam that killed 19 people, Brazil's mining and energy minister said on Thursday.
LISBON (Reuters) - Parts of Portugal, beset by its deadliest summer of wildfires in living memory, were declared in a state of public calamity on Thursday as the government put emergency services on alert for further outbreaks.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd took court action on Thursday to force South Africa's government to allow its first online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold next week.
FREETOWN, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Soldiers and volunteers equipped with shovels and pickaxes dug through the perilous site of a mudslide in Sierra Leone on Thursday in search of hundreds of bodies that may still be buried days after the incident.
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season.
(Reuters) - A low pressure system about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has an 80 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone over the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.
SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's plans to fly shipments from southern fruit growers to India have gone awry, leaving tons of grapes and melons to rot as officials scramble to add flights, while trading blame for the delays.
(Reuters) - A low pressure system about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.
FREETOWN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Freetown residents queued on Wednesday to identify relatives killed in a mudslide on the edge of the Sierra Leone capital, as aid workers warned of an impending health crisis caused by nearly 400 corpses.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems (ETS) after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal.
(Reuters) - Hurricane Gert, the second of the 2017 Atlantic season, strengthened slightly on Wednesday as it accelerated through the Atlantic Ocean in a northeasterly direction, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020, including thermometers and blood pressure monitors, and ban primary mercury mining by 2032, as a global pact to cut pollution from the metal comes into effect.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Air quality worsened in China's northern region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei in the first seven months of this year, piling pressure on authorities to crack down on firms in their efforts to meet politically crucial 2017 pollution targets.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company officials said on Wednesday.
CARACAS (Reuters) - A young violin player who became a symbol of anti-government protests in Venezuela was released on Tuesday after three weeks in detention, according to the country's chief prosecutor.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to speed approvals of permits for highways, bridges and other major building efforts as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it wrongfully denied Sinclair Oil's request for an exemption from the country's biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
(Reuters) - Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located more than a thousand miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies so far from a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, its chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters on Tuesday.
KATHMANDU/DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 200 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as rescue workers rushed to help those stranded by floodwaters.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will increase its onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant, under new licenses awarded on Tuesday, its network regulator said.
(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gert continued to strengthen and is expected to develop into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait has contained a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf and is cleaning up contaminated parts of the shore, state news agency KUNA reported on Monday, citing the oil minister.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Shares of Canadian lumber producers slumped on Monday after BMO Capital Markets downgraded much of the sector on concerns that punitive U.S. duties, a stronger Canadian dollar and ongoing litigation would hurt the sector.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars from the roads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel's days were numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals.
BOSTON (Reuters) - Top mutual fund manager Vanguard Group said on Monday it has "prioritized climate risk" in its talks with companies, and urged them to disclose potential business risks from environmental shifts.
(Reuters) - A broad trough of low pressure southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be more forceful in promoting its ethical agenda and influencing the thousands of companies it invests in, a report commissioned by non-governmental organizations said on Monday.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Overall water quality in China improved in the first six months of this year, though five regions saw an increase in substandard samples over the period, the environment ministry said on Monday.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Firefighters on Monday battled to contain a wildfire northeast of Athens as high winds caused the blaze to spread overnight after it damaged dozens of homes at a coastal village northeast of the Greek capital.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Elephants were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of foreign tourists trapped in a Nepal jungle safari park, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rains rose to 70.
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf this week, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday, quoting the country's oil minister.
LISBON (Reuters) - More than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across Portugal on Sunday, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe weather to 49 people, according to officials.
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation.
(Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities on Saturday were working on containing and cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement.
DEPOE BAY, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's Depoe Bay is preparing for the first total eclipse to traverse the continental United States in a century as if a natural disaster was bearing down on the small coastal city.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.
SAHIBGANJ, India (Reuters) - An elephant blamed for killing more than a dozen people in the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand and Bihar was shot dead on Friday, after an elaborate hunt that involved dozens of forest officials and a sharpshooter.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A tornado struck northern China, lashing it with rain, killing five people, injuring more than 50 and destroying homes in a major city in Inner Mongolia, state media said on Saturday.
LIMA (Reuters) - A 5.6-magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off of Peru's southern coast on Friday, triggering landslides on local roads that killed one person and wounded two, a regional governor said.
(Reuters) - A low pressure area located about 300 miles (480 km) east of the Turks and Caicos Islands has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.
Aug 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday ordered its aircraft squadrons to suspend flight operations for 24 hours sometime during the next two weeks to review procedures after two of its planes crashed, killing dozens.
(Reuters) - A damaged turbine that contributed to flooding in New Orleans should be working again later on Friday, but more back-up power is needed and dozens of extra generators are being brought in for the rest of the hurricane season, the mayor said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Friday that President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate change agreement was fueling, rather than weakening, momentum among environmental activists.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - An overhaul of Brazil's biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country's carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions in the sector.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday.
OSLO (Reuters) - Russian shipping in the Arctic is benefiting from winds that are driving the oldest and thickest sea ice towards North America, further opening a remote region that is thawing amid global warming, scientists say.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany believes the European Commission will propose quotas for electric cars in it next review of measures to cut emissions, a spokesman for the German environment ministry said on Friday.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong may reopen some of its 13 beaches closed since last Sunday following a palm oil spill, after authorities collected more than 150 tonnes of acrid-smelling clumps in one of the Chinese territory's worst environmental disasters.
(Reuters) - The governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans declared a state of emergency for the city on Thursday due to torrential rains that overwhelmed a municipal drainage system already diminished by power shortages.
OSLO (Reuters) - Climate change has shifted the timing of flooding in European rivers in the past 50 years, causing deluges earlier in the northeast and later around parts of the Mediterranean, scientists said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - During the first six months of the Trump presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency has lagged behind three previous administrations in environmental enforcement, collecting 60 percent less in civil penalties from polluters, a report released on Thursday said.
PUERTO ORDAZ/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world's largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas - leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Ford said German motor authorities were investigating a diesel-engined model of its mid-sized Mondeo car, adding that none of its cars was equipped with illegal emissions cheating software.
(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday there were no active El NiÃ±o or La NiÃ±a patterns, and neutral conditions were favored in the Northern hemisphere through the 2017-18 winter.
URA BAY, Russia (Reuters) - Arctic fjords that hid Soviet nuclear-powered submarines during the Cold War are now being used as a weapon in the sanctions war with Europe - to rear fish that Russia can no longer import.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish environmental protection agency (DEPA) said on Thursday it had reported Maersk Oil, the oil unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, to the police for discharging chemicals into the North Sea in connection with oil production.
(Reuters) - Hurricane Franklin is expected to make landfall and bring torrential rains over the next several hours as it crosses the coast of eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state, Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's push for blue skies is roiling supplies and boosting prices of key raw materials from soymeal to ferroalloys as the government ramps up smog checks and forces some factories in the world's top commodities market to close or suspend operations.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Franklin, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, is expected to hit eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.
PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Rising rivers have flooded homes in southern Venezuela, affecting more than 15,000 people and forcing some 500 to leave their homes, according to civil protection officials.
(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has gained in strength and is expected to develop into a hurricane later on Wednesday, hitting Mexico's eastern Veracruz state as a hurricane on Wednesday night or early on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
YAMAMOTO-CHO, Japan (Reuters) - A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers are transforming Japan's shrinking agriculture sector with cutting edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in slow decline.
(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has strengthened over the Bay of Campeche and is forecast to become a hurricane late Wednesday when it reaches the coast of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Steelmakers in the smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei will be forced to halt operations next month if they fail to meet tough new pollution restrictions, the local environmental authority said in a notice.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has scooped up over 90 tonnes of palm oil and closed more than a dozen beaches after a ship spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Israeli teenager accused of a wave of bomb threats against dozens of Jewish community centers advertised his services on a now-shuttered online black market, offering to threaten any school for $30, according to U.S. authorities.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nine people have been killed, including six tourists, and 164 injured in an earthquake that struck a remote and mountainous part of southwest China's Sichuan province, the local government and official media said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on what it would take for the Trump administration to re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Reuters.
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's wine producers are already starting to pick grapes under a scorching sun, after a very cold spring and then extreme heat brought forward a harvest expected to be small but perfectly delicious.
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - What's made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will knock 5,000 euros ($5,905) off the price of new Golf model cars for buyers trading in an older diesel model, German daily Bild reported on its website, citing no sources.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Typhoon Noru raked Japan's main island of Honshu with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, flooding rivers and prompting the evacuation of thousands at one point, but staying well away from Tokyo.
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Franklin churned toward the tourist hubs along Mexico's Caribbean coast on Monday, and is expected to strike the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday just south of major resorts, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).
BRASILIA (Reuters) - A judge in Brazil has temporarily suspended criminal proceedings against 22 people and four companies accused of killing 19 people in the 2015 Samarco mine disaster, over the legality of phone intercepts between executives involved and other evidence.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Monday it has rescinded an Obama-era rule that reformed how energy companies value sales of oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal land to protect taxpayers because it caused "confusion and uncertainty" for energy companies.
(Reuters) - U.S. residential solar company Sunrun Inc on Monday reported second-quarter deployments of rooftop solar power systems were 5 percent above its own expectations, though revenue and earnings per share fell short of Wall Street estimates.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live.
MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors said on Monday that Audi as a corporation had become part of a probe into diesel emissions manipulation that to date has targeted individuals, which could lead to fines or the seizure of profits.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Twin panda cubs born and raised at Vienna Zoo celebrated their first birthday very differently on Monday: one gorged on snacks in front of a crowd of admirers while the other slept in.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive arm has asked the European Court of Justice to speed up a case against Poland over logging in its ancient forest, which has continued despite an order by the bloc's top court to stop immediately, an official said.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German markets regulator BaFin said it was probing whether Volkswagen and Daimler had violated disclosure rules, following media reports that both carmakers made use of whistleblower provisions to regulators.
LONDON (Reuters) - Producers of processed lithium - an essential element for batteries used in electric cars - are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall.
LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators will hear final arguments for and against TransCanada Corpâ€™s proposed Keystone XL pipeline this week before deciding whether to approve its route later this year, the last big hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump gave it federal approval.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms have battered northeastern China's Liaoning province for several days, killing three people and prompting the evacuation of almost 190,000, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday said it had no plans to introduce quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from the Volkswagen diesel scandal, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should consider introducing binding quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from a diesel emissions scandal and keep its place as a leading producer, deputy economy minister Matthias Machnig said on Monday.
(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin is becoming better organized and could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs Monday evening on the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.
(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin, located about 325 miles (525 km) east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, slightly strengthened over the Northwestern Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.
HANOI (Reuters) - Floods in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than 940 billion dong ($41 million), the government's disaster agency said on Monday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A weakening Typhoon Noru churned closer to central Japan on Monday, pounding parts of the country with torrential rain, but it had lost much of the strength that at one point made it the world's strongest storm this year.
(Reuters) - More than 30 people were injured and dozens of buildings damaged when a tornado hit Tulsa early on Sunday, causing power outages to about 17,000 customers after powerful winds snapped utility poles and downed trees in the Oklahoma city, officials said.
(Reuters) - A low pressure area located about 405 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico has a 90 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government launched a review on how best to reduce long-term energy bills for households and business on Sunday, prompted in part by concern that high electricity costs could damage industrial competitiveness.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region.
DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt vowed on Friday to review $1.2 billion in previously denied claims for economic losses from a 2015 EPA-triggered toxic waste spill at a dormant Colorado gold mine.
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday.
DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit in connection with a massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's BMW has told its top managers that regulators probing reports of collusion among German carmakers will find the allegations hard to justify, two sources familiar with the matter said.
SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104Â°F) on Friday in a heat wave nicknamed "Lucifer" that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts and damaged crops.
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Key crop growing regions in India are likely to receive lower rainfall than normal in the next fortnight, the state-run weather forecaster said, raising concerns over the yield of summer-sown crops.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has deployed armed police and soldiers to help villagers on the island of Java fight back against marauding monkeys that have been terrorizing their area, stealing food and even attacking vulnerable elderly residents and a child.
(Reuters) - An elite California firefighter was killed by a falling tree while battling a blaze in western Montana, the second firefighting death in the area over the last two weeks, officials said on Thursday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A wide swathe of southwest Japan, including areas devastated by torrential rains last month, on Friday braced for more rain as Typhoon Noru, at one point the world's strongest storm this year, churned closer to the country's main islands.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has published a list of 82 industries that will need to obtain licenses before discharging pollutants or face punishments such as fines of up to 1 million yuan ($148,920.33).
(Reuters) - A complex area of disturbed weather, associated with a broad low pressure system, extending from about 400 miles (645 km) south to about 600 miles (965 km) southwest of Cabo Verde Islands off West Africa has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next two days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.
(Reuters) - Zion National Park in Utah, one of the premier outdoor attractions of the American West, is considering a first-ever admissions cap in a move supported by conservation advocates and veteran park employees to stem overcrowding at a time of record visitation.
ASUNCION/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Weather damage to crops in Paraguay has robbed the international wheat market of more supplies of the high-quality grain needed to make bread and snatched an opportunity for the country to cultivate customers other than its massive neighbor, Brazil.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The full impact of a hot and dry summer in the U.S. Midwest is unlikely to show up in the government's next estimate of the U.S. corn crop as it typically makes just small adjustments to its harvest outlook during August.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency will reject a proposal to overhaul the U.S. biofuels program to shift blending responsibility away from refining companies, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
(Reuters) - A series of earthquakes near a northern Oklahoma City suburb struck along a known fault line and damaged two power substations, resulting in about 5,000 residents temporarily losing electricity, officials said on Thursday.
WARSAW (Reuters) - Environmental activists accused Poland of ignoring an order from the EU's top court to stop large-scale logging in one of Europe's last ancient forests - an allegation dismissed by Warsaw.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reversed a decision to delay an Obama-era rule requiring states to curb smog-causing emissions, one day after 15 states sued the agency over the move.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Dozens of Tokyo firefighters were battling a blaze on Thursday at the world's largest fish market and one of the capital's most popular tourist sites, as grey smoke billowed over the city.
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (Reuters) - The California environmental agency that probed Volkswagen AG's diesel vehicles for violating pollution-control rules is now scrutinizing whether some gasoline-powered vehicles are emitting excess pollution, according to a senior official.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Burning coal for power looks set to remain the backbone of Germany's energy supply for decades yet, an apparent contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel's ambitions for Europe's biggest economy to be a role model in tackling climate change.