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  • BONN, Germany, Sept 2- National plans for limiting greenhouse gas emissions fall short of tough action needed to slow climate change under a United Nations agreement due in Paris in December, European researchers said on Wednesday. The national plans are meant as the building blocks of a Paris accord due to be reached at a summit from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

  • *South Africa facing electricity crunch. JOHANNESBURG, Sept 2- South Africa's future energy mix could have an even higher share of nuclear power than the planned 9,600 megawatts, as it aims to cut reliance on polluting coal-fired power stations, a government official said on Wednesday. South Africa's power utility Eskom relies on coal generation for 90 percent...

  • BONN, Germany— Analysts tracking efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions say the reductions pledged by major economies ahead of an envisioned climate pact this year won't be enough to avoid warming the Earth by 2 degrees Celsius or more. That's the benchmark governments have set to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The U.S., China and other...

  • LISLE, Ill.— Truck and engine maker Navistar said Wednesday the federal government may take action against the company in a dispute over environmental certification of heavy-duty diesel engines. Navistar said it received "Wells Notices" from the SEC on Aug. 13 and 17, which means the SEC's investigators are recommending that the agency take civil action...

  • JAKARTA, Sept 2- Indonesia will pledge to increase its commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions growth by 29 percent by 2030, the environment and forestry minister said on Wednesday, but giving few details on how this would be done. Indonesia, ranked third in the amount of land covered by tropical forests and the world's top palm oil producer, is likely to...

  • *Tree cover losses rise in Brazil and Indonesia- study. "This analysis identifies a truly alarming surge in forest loss in previously overlooked hotspots," Nigel Sizer, a WRI director, said in a statement, pointing to West Africa, Asia's Mekong River Basin, South America's Gran Chaco region and Madagascar. Tree cover loss also rose in Brazil and Indonesia, home to some...

  • *Tree cover losses rise in Brazil and Indonesia- study. Brazil and Indonesia, which contain some of the world's biggest tropical forests, both saw a small rise in tree cover loss last year, while losses accelerated in some previously overlooked regions, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based World Resources Institute think-tank. "This analysis identifies...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. And in an interview with The Associated Press Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company's plans for Arctic drilling...

  • Explosions at a fireworks plant in China killed one and injured six, after blasts killed at least 145 people last month.

  • *Gadkari tackles $57 billion infrastructure backlog. NAGPUR, India, Sept 2- The man Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tasked with launching a China-style infrastructure boom calls himself a "bulldozer" and promises to add two percentage points to India's economic growth in two years. Modi chose the 58- year-old former president of his Hindu nationalist...

  • ULAANBAATAR, Sept 2- Balchig Baljinnyam, a small-time farmer in central Mongolia, is busy building a shelter for his dairy cows ahead of what is expected to be the most brutal winter in years. It will be a double whammy for Mongolia this year. In 2009-2010, Mongolia lost 20 percent of its livestock to the dzud, the World Bank estimates.

  • NASSAU, Bahamas— The Bahamas unveiled a new national park to help protect the winter homes of endangered Atlantic Coast shorebirds, officials said Tuesday. The Joulter Cays National Park covers nearly 114,000 acres of uninhabited islands and sand flats northwest of Nassau, according to a statement from the National Audubon Society, which worked on the park's...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— An attorney for a Louisiana oil company has asked a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease on land in Montana that's sacred among American Indians. But Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wants U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to lift a longstanding suspension of the leases so the Baton Rouge company can...

  • El Niño could kill the wind power market Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 11:55 AM ET
    Giant wind turbines in Palm Springs, California.

    Electricity generated by US wind farms are falling and the drop could intensify as the El Niño weather phenomenon holds back wind speeds, FT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- A multimedia, multi-state advertising blitz from industry groups opposing new national ozone standards reached Pennsylvania on Tuesday, part of their last-ditch attempt to scuttle the Obama administration's plans to issue new rules governing ground-level smog by Oct. 1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent its...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A federal appeals court ruling has revived a bid by environmentalists to block drilling for oil and gas on public lands in Montana until the government looks more closely at climate change impacts. The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project want the government to...

  • The White House said move is required for safety in the changing Arctic- and to keep up with Russia. The U.S. Coast Guard used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy duty vessel, the White House said. "Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or under construction," the White House...

  • Obama appeals for urgent climate change action Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 2:24 AM ET
    Willow Fire Capt. Leo Lashock responds to a wildfire burning near Willow, Alaska, June 14, 2015.

    President Barack Obama on Monday issued a global call for urgent action to address climate change, saying the U.S. would rally the world to counter it. The NYT reports.

  • STOCKHOLM— U.N. climate talks began anew Monday in Germany, three months before world governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight global warming. The climate pact envisioned for Paris in December will be a crucial test for the diplomatic process, which failed to deliver a strong deal six years ago in Copenhagen. U.N. officials note things look much...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. His speech to an Arctic climate summit set the tone for a three-day tour of Alaska that will put the state's...