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  • LONDON, Nov 21- China's winter heating season has just begun, heralding a titanic supply chain experiment as whole industrial sectors reduce capacity or close completely to comply with the leadership's war on pollution. The curtailments will take place across the four provinces adjacent to the cities of Beijing and Tianjin, lasting until the middle of March.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- China's winter heating season has just begun, heralding a titanic supply chain experiment as whole industrial sectors reduce capacity or close completely to comply with the leadership's war on pollution. The curtailments will take place across the four provinces adjacent to the cities of Beijing and Tianjin, lasting until the middle of March.

  • *Exploration to focus on Norway, Brazil. LONDON, Nov 21- There's oil and then there's oil, says Norway's Statoil, which is pitched in a race to develop the cleanest crude as countries wean themselves off fossil fuels. The comments from a senior oil executive may raise alarm bells for oil-rich countries such as Venezuela and Canada that mostly produce heavy oil.

  • *Exploration to focus on Norway, Brazil. LONDON, Nov 21- There's oil and then there's oil, says Norway's Statoil, which is pitched in a race to develop the cleanest crude as countries wean themselves off fossil fuels. The comments from a senior oil executive may raise alarm bells for oil-rich countries such as Venezuela and Canada that mostly produce heavy oil.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota's attorney general alleges that chemicals dumped by 3 M Co. in the Twin Cities metro led to an increase in cancer, infertility and babies with low birth weights. Attorney General Lori Swanson says in a court filing that the contamination caused $5 billion in health and environmental damage for which 3 M should be liable.

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 21- India is considering regulatory changes to let power companies pass on costs of installing emission-cutting equipment to consumers, a government official said, a politically sensitive proposal amid rising pollution in big cities. In response, debt-laden private companies including Reliance Power, Adani Power and GMR, as well as state-run...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 21- Russia's meteorological service said on Tuesday it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that an accident had taken place. The data appears to support a report by the French nuclear safety institute IRSN, which said on Nov. 9 a...

  • MOSCOW— Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination. France's nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 20- India's coal imports from North America quadrupled to 2.1 million tonnes in October from a year ago, the highest since at least January 2015, Thomson Reuters data showed, and buyers are looking to boost purchases amid a domestic shortage of the fuel. A ban on the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier but better-burning alternative to coal, is spurring...

  • Stefan Vogel, head of agri commodity markets at Rabobank, speaks about how changing weather will impact food prices in 2018.

  • Nov 21- BHP Billiton Ltd and Vale SA have secured a 150- day extension from a Brazilian court to negotiate a settlement of a $48 billion claim stemming from the Samarco mine disaster in 2015, BHP said on Tuesday. The settlement date, which had been set for Nov. 16, has been extended to April 20, 2018. Nineteen people died and nearby towns were inundated with flood...

  • AMHERST, S.D.— A South Dakota official says TransCanada Corp. plans to test water from a drainage ditch near the site of a 210,000- gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline to determine if it is polluted. Brian Walsh, a manager at the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said Monday that officials don't believe the oil is polluting the...

  • DALLAS— Electricity generator Luminant is cutting about 600 jobs as it closes three coal-fired power plants and a mine in Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission said Monday that Luminant plans to make the layoffs in January. Luminant is part of Irving, Texas- based Vistra Energy Corp., which also owns Texas electric retailer TXU Energy.

  • BELGRADE, Nov 20- A Chinese company started construction on Monday of a new 350- megawatt unit at Serbia's second largest coal-fired power plant, the first new electricity capacity in the Balkan country in nearly 30 years. The $613 million project is part of a wider deal between Serbia and China that includes expansion of a nearby coal mine and upgrade of...

  • MILAN/ FRANKFURT, Nov 20- European shares rose on Monday as confidence over global economic activity helped investors brushed off worries over the collapse of government talks in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday her efforts to form a three-way coalition government had failed, pushing Europe's largest economy closer to a possible new...

  • HONG KONG— Under Robert Mugabe's decades-long rule over Zimbabwe, China grew into one of the African nation's biggest investors, trading partners and diplomatic allies. Now, as Zimbabwe appears on the verge of its first transition of power since independence, Beijing is poised to be among the biggest winners. Mugabe has made frequent visits to Beijing, and sent...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 20- India's coal imports from North America quadrupled to 2.1 million tonnes in October from a year ago, the highest since at least January 2015, Thomson Reuters data showed, and buyers are looking to boost purchases amid a domestic shortage of the fuel. A ban on the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier but better-burning alternative to coal, is spurring...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The nation's largest electric company agreed Monday to seek a smaller rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers, with a smaller potential profit margin, but still wants nearly $200 million a year to clean up the toxic byproducts of burning coal. Duke Energy Corp. and consumer advocates working for the North Carolina Utilities...

  • It's the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp.. The Nebraska Public Service Commission's ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179- mile pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana,...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska regulators Monday approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state, breathing new life into the long-delayed $8 billion project, although the chosen pathway is not the one preferred by the company that hopes to build it and could mean more time is needed to study the changes. It would carry oil from Canada through Montana, South...