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Australia's Snowy Hydro approves $2.9 billion power expansion project

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The board of Australian state-owned power generator Snowy Hydro on Wednesday approved a roughly A$4 billion ($2.9 billion) expansion project, though it still needs approval from the federal government. The expansion will shore up Australia’s power supply as aging coal-fired plants are shut. The plan was pushed last year by then-prime minister Read More

PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame. FILE PGOTO: PG&E works on power lines to repair damage caused by the Read More

Brazil's Amazon rainforest under siege by illegal mines

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmental enforcement agents deep in the Amazon rainforest swooped down on an illegal mine in a dawn raid in early November, in a campaign to tamp down on such activities that environmental groups say have reached epidemic scale. A specialised agent patrols an illegal cassiterite mine during an operation conducted by agents Read More

Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testing

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast. South Carolina coastal resident Phil Frandino, holds a sign at the Charleston announcement of a lawsuit against the Trump administration to Read More

Katowice COP24 Notebook: ministers asked to stand up against climate change

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the Paris 2015 deal on climate change are in their crucial final week in Katowice, capital of Poland’s Silesian coal mining district. The aim is to meet an end-of-year deadline for agreeing a rule book on how to enforce action to limit Read More

Ministers – but few leaders – arrive for crucial part of climate talks

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KATOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – Brexit turmoil and French riots have kept many government chiefs away from the final and crucial week of U.N. climate talks, with only four national leaders present on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO – Participants take part in the plenary session during COP24 U.N. Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 4, Read More

Trump administration proposes weakening U.S. waterway protections

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration proposed on Tuesday reducing federal protections for U.S. waterways, an action sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid lawsuits brought by environmentalists. The Environmental Protection Agency proposal would narrow the extent of protections in the Waters of the Read More

Deforestation in Brazil's Cerrado savanna falls to record low

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Deforestation in Brazil’s tropical Cerrado savanna, which makes up a quarter of the country, fell 11 percent to a record low in 2018 compared with a year earlier, the Ministry of Environment said in a statement on Tuesday. Deforestation in the South American country’s savanna biome totaled 6,657 square kilometers (2,570 square Read More

Arctic posts second warmest year on record in 2018: U.S. NOAA

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(Reuters) – The Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018, part of a warming trend that may be dramatically changing earth’s weather patterns, according to a report released on Tuesday by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. FILE PHOTO: An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, June Read More

U.S. proposing to weaken Obama-era wetland protections

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed weakening protections for U.S. wetlands, an action sought by ranching and mining interests but one that will likely be held up in the courts amid lawsuits brought by environmentalists. The proposal, by the EPA, relaxes protections in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that Read More