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  • CAPE TOWN, April 26- A South African pact with Russia's Rosatom to build nuclear reactors was deemed unlawful by a High Court on Wednesday, casting fresh doubt over the country's energy plans. South Africa and Russia signed an Intergovernmental Agreement in 2014 that sealed a cooperation pact between state-owned nuclear group Rosatom and state-owned...

  • The move comes as Trump seeks to reverse a slew of environmental protections ushered in by former President Barack Obama that he said were hobbling economic growth- an agenda that is cheering industry but enraging conservationists. President Woodrow Wilson reduced the size of Washington state's Mount Olympus National Monument in 1915, arguing there was...

  • *South Africa considers strategic reserve as fresh El Nino looms. POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, April 26- South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer and hard hit by an El Nino-triggered drought last year, is considering a strategic grain reserve as a buffer against future shortages, its agriculture minister told Reuters. Neighboring countries such as...

  • A new report shows that more than 54 gigawatts of wind power were installed in 2016.

  • *Warsaw's commitment to coal expansion lowers risk for investors. WARSAW/ LONDON, April 25- Many Western banks and finance institutions have pledged to divest from coal, but this has not stopped at least one Polish utility that is expanding its use of the fossil fuel from securing funding through banks and the European Investment Bank. Furthermore, the...

  • FRANKFURT, April 26- German luxury car manufacturer Daimler AG raised its forecasts on Wednesday, predicting a significant rise in operating profit this year after a surge in sales of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars and sports utility vehicles, boosted by the launch of new models. In February Daimler had said it expected only slight growth in group EBIT, but record...

  • NEW YORK, April 25- More than a dozen state prosecutors urged President Donald Trump in a letter on Tuesday not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which commits the United States, along with 200 other countries, to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to slow global warming. In an April 14 appearance on television show "Fox& Friends," Scott...

  • NEW YORK, April 25- A brief, noisy protest by drum-beating young adults at Citigroup's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday evolved into an orderly exchange between an older tribal woman and the bank's two top executives, who conceded it had approved investments in a North Dakota pipeline too quickly. "We wish we could have a do-over on this," Chairman Mike...

  • LANSING, Mich.— A Michigan board approved restructured tax incentives Tuesday for Dow Chemical and AK Steel and capped the credits' value similarly to how it did in agreements with automakers in recent years, despite lawmakers' criticism of the new deal for the steelmaker. State economic development and company officials said the deals were needed in light of...

  • SAO PAULO, April 25- The Brazilian government is evaluating setting biofuel mandates to fuel distributors with the aim of increasing consumption of renewable fuels and cutting carbon emissions, the countrys biofuels director Miguel de Oliveira said on Tuesday. Hydrous ethanol competes with gasoline as the choice of flexible-fuel vehicle owners in Brazil,...

  • *Germany opposing key parts of the reforms- document. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, April 25- Germany is opposing key elements of a European Union proposal to overhaul how car engine emissions are tested for pollution, a document seen by Reuters showed, as Brussels attempts to prevent a repeat of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Germany is in favour of keeping vehicle...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A 1,050- gallon oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota polluted a tributary of the Little Missouri River but was prevented from flowing into the larger waterway by its fast-moving current, a state Health Department official said Tuesday. Health Department environmental scientist Bill Suess was traveling to the site Tuesday and didn't...

  • LONDON, April 25- China will lead growth in global wind power capacity of almost 65 percent over the next five years, with other Asian countries also developing more renewable energy, the Global Wind Energy Council said on Tuesday. While China will continue to lead the global market, other countries such as India, which set a record for new wind installations last...

  • OSLO, April 25- Norway's portion of the Barents Sea could contain twice as much undiscovered oil and gas as previously thought when a newly mapped area bordering Russia is included, raising the prospect of drilling in environmentally sensitive ice-covered waters. The Norwegian Barents Sea could hold 2.8 billion standard cubic meters oil equivalent,...

  • Companies including United Technologies Corp., Ingersoll Rand and Staples call the program a model for successful collaboration between the public and private sectors. United Technologies is the parent company of Carrier heating and cooling, Otis elevators and Pratt& Whitney engines, while Ingersoll Rand is the parent of Trane heating and cooling.

  • Sustainable Energy takes a look at natural gas and its increasing importance.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— A Seattle- based seafood processing company operating in Alaska will be assessed a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating clean air rules under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Alaska. Westward Seafoods in 2010 signed a consent decree with EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice and paid a...

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Wells Fargo& Co directors could have avoided a shareholder backlash over a sales practices scandal if they had paid more attention to scores of whistleblowers who complained, in vain, for years. Wells Fargo has been engulfed in scandal since September, when it reached a $190 million settlement with regulators over complaints that its retail...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court has granted a request from the Trump administration to delay a decision on Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says it won't consider a lawsuit over the rules for at least 120 days. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt...

  • TEPATEPEC, Mexico— For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. It's a standoff that pits public health concerns— not just for valley residents but for the Mexicans elsewhere who eat the crops— against fears that family farms will go...