Environment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The state of Delaware on Tuesday said it would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to ensure that nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia curbed upwind air pollution from their power plants. “The Clean Air Act entitles Delaware to relief from upwind pollution and the remedy we are seeking is reasonable
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(Reuters) – Record-shattering arctic cold reached as far south as Florida on Monday with freeze warnings in place from Texas to the Atlantic Coast and the northeastern United States facing another cold wave at the end of the week, forecasters said. Temperatures were from 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (11 to 17 degrees Celsius) below
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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – Bitterly cold conditions have prompted authorities across Canada to issue extreme weather alerts, including one in the nation’s capital Ottawa, where the government scaled back a New Year’s Eve party and moved a hockey tournament indoors. The Canadian government on Friday canceled a New Year’s Eve outdoor concert on Parliament Hill
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – A New Year’s Day cold snap in the southern U.S. Plains poses a threat to winter wheat, particularly in Kansas, the country’s biggest producer of the grain, agricultural meteorologists said. Farmers in Kansas grow hard red winter (HRW) wheat, the largest U.S. wheat class that typically is milled into flour for bread.
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BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing may have turned a corner in its battle against the city’s notorious smog, according to Reuters calculations, and environmental consultants say the Chinese government deserves much of the credit for introducing tough anti-pollution measures. The Chinese capital is set to record its biggest improvement in air quality in at least nine
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday proposed eliminating some safety regulations for offshore oil and gas drilling that the Obama administration put in place after BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a move it said would reduce “unnecessary burdens” on industry. Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which regulates
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BEIJING (Reuters) – More than 18,000 Chinese officials failed to take any action or performed badly in protecting the environment since 2016, according to a national crackdown that saw Beijing inspectors visit some of the world’s most polluted cities. In one case, sewage from 150,000 residents in Jingdezhen in southern Jiangxi province was directly discharged
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China pointed its finger at local officials in Shandong, one of the country’s most industrialized provinces, for deceiving authorities to evade capacity cuts in the polluting coal, steel, aluminum and chemical sectors. In a statement late Tuesday, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said Binzhou city, China’s aluminum smelter hub, used fake
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BEIJING (Reuters) – Local officials in China’s northern Shandong province have used fake data to help aluminum and steel producers avoid mandatory production curbs, the state-run China Youth Daily reported, citing a Ministry of Environmental Protection inspection team. “Local official have covered up for aluminum producers, leading them to build up their capacity,” the Youth
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China published its first “green development” index on Tuesday, listing regional governments which promote environmentally friendly development, with Beijing coming out top, though it came second-to-last in a survey of public satisfaction. The heavily polluted capital was first in the ranking of 31 provinces and regions for 2016, which was published by
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MANILA (Reuters) – A mudslide triggered by heavy rain has buried dozens of houses in a farming community in the southern Philippines, local disaster officials said on Friday. Soldiers and emergency workers rushed to a remote village in the Tubod region in Lanao del Norte province, expecting to find casualties from landslides and massive flooding,
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