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  • BRASILIA/ RIO DE JANEIRO March 2- Mining company Samarco and its owners, BHP Billiton and Vale SA, reached a deal with the Brazilian government on Wednesday to pay an estimated 20 billion reais in damages over 15 years for a deadly dam spill in November. Considered Brazil's worst environmental disaster, the burst tailings dam in the state of Minas Gerais killed 19...

  • *Nuclear exit costs could soar to 56 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Feb 23- When Germany committed itself five years ago to phasing out nuclear power by 2022, there was one big gap in its plans-- what to do with the waste that can remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. Local opposition has ruled out turning an interim waste storage site in salt formations in the small...

  • BERLIN, Feb 22- Germany is willing to shield its utility companies from the risk of rising costs linked to the country's nuclear exit, according to a draft report from a government-appointed committee seen by Reuters on Monday. The report recommends that Germany's "big four" utilities-- E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall-- transfer the provisions set aside to pay for...

  • The challengers say the EPA has no authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to expand its regulation of power plants outside the facilities themselves. Jeff Holmstead, a lawyer representing the coal industry in the legal challenge, said that the provision of the Clean Air Act the EPA is focusing on has only been used previously to set air pollution standards for...

  • Feb 10- Waste collection company Advance Disposal Services Inc has decided to delay a $471 million initial public offering that was scheduled to price on Wednesday, due to stock market volatility, people familiar with the matter said. Airport restaurant operator OTG EXP Inc, which had been looking to raise as much as $585 million in its IPO, announced its...

  • *China needs top notch waste management technology. FRANKFURT, Feb 4- Beijing Enterprise is buying German waste management company Energy from Waste for 1.4 billion euros as China sets about tackling its pollution and waste recycling problems. China set a target to spend about $16 billion between 2013 and 2016 to improve sewage disposal and garbage treatment...

  • *China needs top notch waste management technology. FRANKFURT, Feb 4- Beijing Enterprise has struck a deal to buy German waste management company Energy from Waste for 1.4 billion euros as China sets about tackling its huge problems with pollution and recycling more of its waste. China set a target to spend about $16 billion between 2013 and 2016 to improve...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- China's capital has become notorious for its smog but the biggest contributors to local air pollution are industrial furnaces, district heating systems, residential fires and trucks rather than power plants. In 2013, the air over Beijing contained an average of 88 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre, compared with just 14-16 micrograms in the air...

  • Could COP21 spark the end of the fossil era?

    Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, research fellow at University of New South Wales, says there is a consensus among most global nations that action needs to be taken.

  • COP21 is different from Kyoto Protocol: ACCEL

    The UN climate change summit COP21, is the first time countries will have legally-binding pledges, says Rosemary Lyster, director at the Australian Center for Climate and Environmental Law.

  • Can China clean up its toxic air?

    Alvin Lin, China climate and energy policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, says a shift in China's environment is imminent as Beijing introduces tougher measures against air pollution.

  • The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said both the nurses and the doctors knew the patient's travel history, but released him, the New York Times reports.

  • Fish for sale at Onahama fishing port in Iwaki

    Satomi Inokoshi worries that her hometown is being spoiled by newcomers that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  • BP won a legal reprieve in its effort to force the administrator of a settlement related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • Colorado floods trigger oil spills

    NBC News' Joe Fryer reports Colorado is keeping an eye on 10 oil spills, where 2 are considered significant.

  • Fears in China are rife that pollution is out of control after 6,000 dead pigs were cleared from a Shanghai river.

  • Breathing In China's Hazardous Air Quality

    Chinese media on Monday called on the government to improve air quality, days after the Beijing's pollution index went off the charts. CNBC's China correspondent Eunice Yoon reports from the Chinese capital.

  • Professor Stephen Hawking

    While growing computing demand will mean more energy consumption, wider use of cloud computing technology will prove to be a net benefit to the environment over the longer term, say industry watchers.

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    In another sign the American economy is on the comeback trail, a new survey from KPMG shows optimism is improving among U.S. manufacturing and service industry executives. Executives in both key sectors say the worst is behind us.