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NHC says 70% chance of cyclone near East of Lesser Antilles

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(Reuters) – A well-defined small low pressure system located about 1200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 70% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday. “Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the formation of a tropical depression during the Read More

U.S. utilities file legal challenge to Trump power plant rule

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FILE PHOTO: Steam rises from the coal-fired Jim Bridger power plant outside Rock Springs, Wyoming, U.S. April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (Reuters) – Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities mostly from Democratic-led states have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, which replaces a much Read More

Exclusive: Cities to step up at U.N. to push climate fight, sustainable development

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – As some world leaders question whether the world is facing a climate emergency, more than a dozen cities are stepping up to tackle global warming and sustainable development and will next week pledge to report their progress to the United Nations. People take part in a bicycle demonstration on a highway Read More

UK police charge climate activist over Heathrow protest

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FILE PHOTO: Police vehicles are seen parked near Heathrow airport after climate activists said they planned to fly drones near the airport, in London, Britain, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Monday they had charged a climate-change activist who last week attempted to disrupt Europe’s biggest airport, London Heathrow. Read More

Cutting-edge electric boat undergoes testing on river Seine in Paris

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The Bubbles water taxi is seen on the River Seine during a demonstration by the SeaBubbles company in Paris, France, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS (Reuters) – An innovative boat that saves energy by rising out of the water on hydrofoil wings underwent testing on the Seine river in Paris on Monday as its Read More

Trump backs plan that would boost biofuel quotas 10% in 2020

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has tentatively approved a plan to increase the amount of biofuels that oil refiners are required to blend each year to compensate for exemptions handed out to small refiners by the Environmental Protection Agency, two sources familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump Read More

Exclusive: Germany wants to cap next EU budget at 1%, seeks more funds for climate and migration

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Smoke and steam billows a coal-fired power plant near Belchatow, Poland November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany wants to cap the European Union’s next budget for 2021-27 at 1% of the continent’s economy, a scenario that would still see Berlin contribute some 10 billion euros more every year, according to a document Read More

Thai ‘Tiger Temple’ blames government for deaths of rescued tigers

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s much-criticized Tiger Temple tourist attraction on Monday blamed the government for the deaths of scores of its tigers seized by authorities in 2016, denying official accounts that the big cats died from inbreeding and disease. FILE PHOTO: A sedated tiger is seen in a cage as officials start moving tigers from Read More

No need yet to abandon German balanced budget over climate plan: finance minister

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BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government has other potential options for funding a planned climate package before it need consider sacrificing its “black zero” balanced-budget policy, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Monday. German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz talks to media before the informal meeting of ministers for economic and financial affairs (ECOFIN) and Eurogroup Read More

German Finance Minister sees no need yet to abandon balanced budget over climate plan

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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz talks to media before the informal meeting of ministers for economic and financial affairs (ECOFIN) and Eurogroup in Helsinki, Finland, 13 September 2019. Lehtikuva/Martti Kainulainen via REUTERS BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government has enough other options to consider for funding a planned climate package before it needs to discuss Read More