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U.S. judge blocks Atlantic seismic oil permitting during shutdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration’s energy agenda. Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to a motion filed Read More

Tellurian's Driftwood LNG gets final environmental nod

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Tellurian Inc is seen in its booth at Gastech, the world’s biggest expo for the gas industry, in Chiba, Japan April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (Reuters) – Tellurian Inc’s proposed Driftwood liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Louisiana took a major step forward on Friday as the U.S. federal energy Read More

Brazil agriculture minister wants to open indigenous land to commercial farming

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil should open indigenous land to commercial farming, Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said on Friday, while also seeking to soften many of President Jair Bolsonaro’s controversial stances on native people and the environment. FILE PHOTO: Chief Joao Ponce (C), head of the Uirapuru indigenous community, walks along a corn field near Read More

State Department says may ask Trump to scrap another Obama climate order

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(This January 17 story fixes attribution in 8th paragraph to GAO’s David Gootnick instead of anonymous GAO official) FILE PHOTO: The remains of a dead tree are pictured at the almost empty Maria Cristina water reservoir during a severe drought near Castellon, Spain, September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Heino Kalis/File Photo By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Read More

Earthquake of six magnitude strikes off Clipperton Island – USGS

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(Reuters) – An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck off Clipperton Island in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake struck 688 kilometers east southeast of the uninhabited island in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. There was no tsunami threat reported. Writing by Louise Heavens; Read More

Newborn lion cubs die in Gaza after winter storm

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Bodies of four baby lion cubs that died in a zoo, are seen in the southern Gaza Strip, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa GAZA CITY (Reuters) – Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s Read More

At least five people killed in Kashmir avalanche

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SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – At least five people were killed when an avalanche hit the truck they were traveling in Kashmir on Friday, and five more people were missing, officials said. After the avalanche in the Ladakh area of the heavily militarized Himalayan region, the army began search and rescue operations, said Rajesh Kalia, a Read More

Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Cattle graze on a barren and parched land at a field in Hoopstad, a maize-producing district Read More

A.J. Gallagher’s 'clean coal' business draws ire of green investors

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BOSTON (Reuters) – Two of America’s best-known green investors are reassessing their stakes in global insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co after a Reuters investigation into the company’s lucrative side-business in “clean coal”. FILE PHOTO: A view of Duke Energyís Marshall Power Plant in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, U.S., November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Keane/File Read More

Climate plans could make Germany's 'no limits' Autobahns history

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FILE PHOTO: Cars pass a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit sign on the A27 Autobahn near the northern German city of Bremen April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen BERLIN (Reuters) – The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast Autobahns could be over if the government adopts a series of draft proposals on Read More