Weather & Natural Disasters Environment

  • District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must supplement its 2014 environmental impact study of the project to consider the new route. The Nebraska Public Service Commission rejected pipeline developer TransCanada's preferred route in November 2017, but approved a different pathway.

  • Aerial view of Chennai City, India and Marina Beach.

    Improved cycling infrastructure could transform the way people get around the city of Chennai, India. 

  • The Forest Stewardship Council said Thursday that it had halted a process that could have enabled the Asia Pulp& Paper arm of Sinarmas to be readmitted to the organization. The conglomerate said Thursday that it has hired an accounting firm to carry out a "comprehensive assessment" of all industrial forest plantation companies in Indonesia that would be...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 16- Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday. Texas industry, including refineries and petrochemical plants, released an extra 8.3 million pounds of...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the "least restrictive to energy and mining development." The Bureau of Land Management listed four options for the Grand...

  • 2016 is likely to have been the hottest year since global temperatures were recorded in the 19th century.

    Scientists predict that the rest of 2018 through 2022 may be warmer than expected around the world as human-caused global warming and natural factors combine to heat the planet, USA Today reports. 

  • A man stands at a 'uritrottoir' public urinal on August 13, 2018, on the Saint-Louis island in Paris, as a 'bateau mouche' tourist barge cruises past. 

    Paris has installed bright red public urinals, called "uritrottoirs," right on the sidewalk in popular tourist areas as a an eco-friendly solution to public urination, USA Today reports.  

  • HOUSTON, Aug 15- A federal judge rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's motion to dismiss a securities suit alleging the company and top executives misled investors about the impact of climate change on its business. U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas ruled on Tuesday the plaintiffs could go ahead with their suit against Exxon, former Chief Executive Rex...

  • LONDON, Aug 15- Tough new rules on marine fuel are forcing shipowners to explore liquefied natural gas as a cleaner alternative and ports such as Gibraltar are preparing to offer upgraded refueling facilities in the shipping industry's biggest shake-up in decades. To scoop up some that market, the British territory of Gibraltar is in the process of launching...

  • NEW YORK— Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons get deflated too? College football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games. And a Rhode Island town outright banned the sale of all balloons this year, citing harm to marine life.

  • The City or 'Square Mile' business district in central London.

    Parking targeting high-polluting vehicles will be implemented in London's financial district next week. 

  • LONDON, Aug 15- The Benchmark European carbon price hit a 10- year high on Wednesday, marking a near 130 percent rise this year, with prices set to continue climbing over the next few years. The European Union's Emissions Trading System charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit. Carbon analysts at Thomson Reuters forecast the...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Bayer AG unit Monsanto faces long odds on an appeal blaming an "inflamed" jury and "junk science" for a verdict of $289 million in damages to a man who said the company's Roundup weed killer caused his cancer, according to some legal experts. Monsanto said on Monday it planned to challenge the verdict on the grounds that the judge should have barred...

  • Anders Runevad warned about the impact of tariffs and trade barriers Wednesday. 

  • LONDON, Aug 15- European Union carbon permit prices have risen to their highest in 10 years as reduced supply has prompted a flurry of buying. The permits, called EU Allowances, are traded under the European Union's Emissions Trading System, which charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide they emit. EU Allowances for delivery in...

  • BEIJING, Aug 15- China's second-largest steelmaking province, Jiangsu, will require steel mills to move to two new areas on the coast in the next few years, according to a provincial government document, to reduce air pollution and to make the industry more efficient. Jiangsu province, which accounted for 12.5 percent of China's total crude steel output last year,...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Bayer AG unit Monsanto faces long odds on an appeal blaming an "inflamed" jury and "junk science" for a verdict of $289 million in damages to a man who said the company's Roundup weed killer caused his cancer, according to some legal experts. Monsanto said on Monday it planned to challenge the verdict on the grounds that the judge should have barred...

  • WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths. But in a June email, senior EPA staffers told the Office of Management and Budget— the White House office charged with evaluating regulatory...

  • *More European companies have cancelled plans in Iran. *U.S. president warned companies dealing with Iran. OSLO, Aug 14- British renewable energy investor Quercus said it will halt the construction of a 500 million euro solar power plant in Iran due to recently imposed U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

  • *France plans new anti-plastic measures early 2019. *France second-worst plastics recycler in Europe. PARIS, Aug 13- France plans to make bottles produced with recycled plastic cheaper than bottles made from virgin plastic and will further tighten regulation on plastics use, a government minister said.