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Strong 6.4 quake hits southwest Turkey

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(Reuters) – A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 struck southwest Turkey on Wednesday, said the European earthquake monitoring service. The quake, which was at a shallow depth of 10 km (six miles), hit 8 km (five miles) south of the town of Acipayam, said the EMSC. There were no immediate reports or any damage or casualties. Read More

Pork for pollution? South Koreans fight smog with grease

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Whenever dust particles hang thick in the air in South Korea, sales of pork rise. An employee roasts pork at a Korean BBQ restaurant in Seoul, South Korea, March 13, 2019. Picture taken on March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jane Chung This quirky correlation in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, where air pollution outstrips industrialized peers, Read More

Firefighters contain petrochemical blaze, Texas expands air monitoring

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – Firefighters late Tuesday contained a raging inferno at a Mitsui & Co petrochemical storage site outside of Houston that has been billowing acrid smoke for days as Texas officials and environmental groups raced to expand air monitoring. The blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in Deer Park, Texas, was reduced to Read More

Rio Tinto halts operations at north Australian bauxite mine as cyclone nears

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The Rio Tinto mining company’s logo is photographed at their annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rio Tinto said on Wednesday has suspended its Weipa bauxite mining operations at the northeastern tip of the country ahead of a cyclone. “Operations have been suspended at Weipa as Cyclone Read More

China court plans to set up national environmental fund: media

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s supreme court is planning to set up a national fund this year to help pay for environmental restoration, the official China Daily reported on Wednesday, citing a senior judge. The Supreme People’s Court has made it a priority to establish a fund using money collected in fines from polluting firms, the Read More

Missouri River flooding catches small Nebraska town off guard

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PERU, Neb. (Reuters) – When Jim and Rose Downing heard forecasts last week for dangerously high water in their Nebraska hometown on the Missouri River, they were nonplussed since their house had not flooded in 100 years. Jim and Rose Downing talk after losing their home in flood waters which caused deaths and hundreds of Read More

Pets, livestock among victims of Midwest flooding

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(Reuters) – The floods that have devastated large swaths of Nebraska and Iowa since late last week left house pets homeless, inflicted an unknown toll on livestock and led to several daring water rescues of animals from dogs to horses. Homes sit in flood waters after leaving casualities and causing hundreds of millions of dollars Read More

Pence arrives in Nebraska as U.S. Midwest reels from historic floods

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BROWNVILLE, Neb. (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Nebraska on Tuesday to survey the devastation unleashed across the U.S. Midwest by floods that have killed four people and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads. The floodwaters have inundated a large swath of farm states Iowa and Read More

China phases out 280,000 T of ozone-depleting substances in 2018: Xinhua

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FILE PHOTO: A general view of buildings in Shanghai city amid heavy smog in Shanghai, China October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has phased out 280,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substance (ODS) production as part of its obligations to the 1988 Montreal Protocol aimed at protecting the ozone layer, the official Xinhua news Read More

Death toll in Mozambique cyclone, flooding rises above 200: president

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A general view shows destruction after Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, March 16-17, 2019 in this still image taken from a social media video on March 19, 2019. Care International/Josh Estey via REUTERS MAPUTO (Reuters) – The number of people killed after a powerful cyclone and flooding hit Mozambique has risen to above 200, President Read More