• Dec 24- BP Plc has failed to persuade a federal judge to require businesses seeking to recover money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to provide proof that their economic losses were caused by the disaster.

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ MANILA, Dec 19- The destruction of an estimated three million coconut palms in last month's deadly typhoon in the Philippines is set to squeeze global supply for years of the tropical fruit used to make products from fuel to health drinks.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- Oil company BP Plc opened up a new front in its battle with litigants in its U.S. oil spill trial on Tuesday, filing a fraud suit against Mikal Watts, the lawyer who represented seamen claiming economic injury as a result of the disaster.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, Dec 17- Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear plant order in Europe since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, is the fruit of a decade-long process of reconciling two grand national ambitions: Britain's need to avert a power crisis, and France's need to keep its nuclear industry alive with export contracts.

  • *Lawsuit stems from pollution costs that pushed Tronox into Chapter 11. NEW YORK, Dec 12- Anadarko Petroleum Corp and its Kerr-McGee unit acted with "intent to hinder" when they spun off Tronox, the paint materials company that later went bankrupt, and should pay billions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs, a judge ruled on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- Anadarko Petroleum Corp and its Kerr-McGee unit acted with "intent to hinder" when they spun off Tronox, the paint materials company that later went bankrupt, and should pay billions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs, a judge ruled on Thursday.

  • Dec 7- A U.S. federal judge has refused to allow investors to proceed as a group in a lawsuit accusing BP Plc of fraud by misleading them- before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill- about the company's ability to respond to an accident.

  • *Storm kills two in Britain, one in Denmark. BERLIN/ LONDON Dec 5- Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.

  • NTSB investigates deadly train derailment     Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 1:13 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson has the latest details on the derailment of a New York Metro-North train that killed four people and injured more than 60.

  • National standards urged for U.S. tornado protection Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 4:24 PM ET

    The Joplin tornado, late on a Sunday afternoon, damaged more than 8,000 homes and other buildings. About 82 percent of Joplin homes do not have basements because of soil conditions.

  • DUBAI, Nov 21- The Dubai Airshow was closed on Thursday after heavy winds and rain hit the region overnight. A spokesman for the U.S. Air Force said there was no damage to the 12 U.S. aircraft that were on display as U.S. officials had moved the aircraft late on Wednesday to a nearby maintenance facility in anticipation of the storm.

  • MANILA, Nov 20- The Philippines faces perhaps the most daunting reconstruction task since the 2004 Asian tsunami as it figures out how to rehouse four million people made homeless by a typhoon- and for President Benigno Aquino, the stakes couldn't be higher.

  • Disaster aid: When corporate goodwill goes wrong Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 2:06 PM ET
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  • *Japan waters down CO2 emissions target after Fukushima. TOKYO/ WARSAW, Nov 15- China, the EU and environmentalists criticised Japan at U.N. climate talks on Friday for slashing its greenhouse gas emissions target after its nuclear power industry was shuttered by the Fukushima disaster.

  • TOKYO/ WARSAW, Nov 15- China, the EU and campaign groups criticised Japan at U.N. climate talks on Friday after Tokyo slashed its target to cut greenhouse gas emissions, blaming its shuttered nuclear power industry in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

  • MANILA, Nov 15- Two days before one of the world's most powerful typhoons rammed into the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino had a simple but ambitious target for all government agencies: zero casualties.

  • Megastorms don't care about your preparation Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 11:21 AM ET
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  • MANILA, Nov 12- A super typhoon that devastated the central Philippines is expected to curb growth and push up inflation in the coming months, but the damage is unlikely to dent the country's new-found status as Southeast Asia's rising economic star.

  • Scenes from Philippines' superstorm Sunday, 10 Nov 2013 | 8:00 PM ET

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  • TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 10- One of the most powerful storms recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.

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