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Brazil's Vale to pay $3,200 to residents to compensate for dam burst that killed 300

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A view of a collapsed tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Washington Alves SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Miner Vale SA said on Thursday it would pay adult residents in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho a total of 12,000 reais ($3,227.02) as compensation for the damage from Read More

Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming. In a speech alongside 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Read More

No tsunami warning after Japan quake: state broadcaster

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TOKYO (Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 hit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Hokkaido’s south-central Iburi region, the agency said. State broadcaster NHK said no tsunami warning had been issued. There were no immediate reports of damage. Read More

Adani Enterprises could wait up to two years for Carmichael mine approval

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Adani Enterprises might have to wait up to two years to get two environmental approvals to start construction at its controversial Carmichael coal mine in Australia, a Queensland government official told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Indian billionaire Gautam Adani speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in the western Read More

China customs testing coal imports for environmental reasons: foreign ministry

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Imported coal is seen lifted by cranes from a coal cargo ship onto a truck at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China July 26, 2018. Picture taken July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s customs administration is testing coal imports for reasons including environmental protection, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Spokesman Read More

New Zealand finds fruit fly that could threaten crops, ramps up monitoring

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand on Thursday set up hundreds of traps around the country’s largest city of Auckland after finding a second Queensland fruit fly, a species that poses a risk to the country’s multi-billion dollar horticulture sector. A solitary male Queensland fly was collected from a fruit fly surveillance trap and formally identified Read More

Controversial Alaska gold-copper mine moves step closer to approval

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The world’s biggest undeveloped gold and copper mining project, planned in southwestern Alaska near the largest fishery for sockeye salmon globally, moved a step closer to approval on Wednesday after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement. The Pebble Mine would produce 70 million tons of Read More

U.S. judge dismisses boys' lawsuit against Trump climate rollbacks

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(Reuters) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Pennsylvania boys and an environmental group seeking to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from rolling back regulations addressing climate change, saying the court does not have power to tell the White House what to do. Disagreeing with a judge overseeing a similar case in Read More

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City’s evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the Read More

Earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hits Turkey's western coast – USGS

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck near the town of Canakkale on the Western coast of Turkey on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured. The quake struck some 20kms (about 12 miles) south of Canakkale, the USGS said. Reporting by Tuvan Read More