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Blizzard, fierce winds expected to clobber U.S. Plains states

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DENVER (Reuters) – A late-winter blizzard is expected to clobber the U.S. Central Plains states Wednesday with up to two feet of snow and fierce winds and bring floods in the Upper Midwest, the National Weather Service said. Authorities issued alerts and shut down schools and government offices across Denver and other mountain and plains Read More

New Zealand PM Ardern backs students striking for climate action

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave her support on Wednesday to a youth movement urging government action to tackle climate change ahead of protests by students across the world later this week. FILE PHOTO – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern smiles as she attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual Read More

South Korea steps up fight against pollution, says problem is 'social disaster'

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Wednesday ramped up its firepower as its battle pollution, passing a set of bills that designate the problem a ‘social disaster’ and which could unlock emergency funds to tackle the issue. South Korean President Moon Jae-In inspects an honour guard during a state welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square Read More

U.S. solar installations to rebound in 2019 as prices plummet: Woodmac

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(Reuters) – New U.S. solar installations will grow by 14 percent this year thanks to lower equipment prices that helped to revive a slew of delayed projects, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said in its latest outlook released on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A man views solar panels on a roof at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, Read More

South Korea passes bills to fight air pollution, says problem is 'social disaster'

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South Korean President Moon Jae-In inspects an honour guard during a state welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s parliament on Wednesday passed a set of bills to fight air pollution that has blanketed parts of the country in recent years, Read More

PG&E spared criminal charges in deadly 2017 California wildfires

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An investigation into fierce wildfires that swept Northern California’s wine country in 2017, killing 46 people, found no basis to criminally charge PG&E, the utility whose power lines helped spark the conflagration, prosecutors said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Dan Mufson searches through the remains of his home of 20 years after Read More

Blizzard threatens central U.S. with two feet of snow, powerful winds

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(Reuters) – A late-winter storm this week could dump up to two feet (60 cm) of snow and bring fierce winds to the U.S. Central Plains states, potentially snarling travel and bringing flooding to the Upper Midwest, U.S. forecasters said on Tuesday. The storm, now brewing as low-pressure center in the southwest, will quickly move Read More

Trump's EPA unveils plan to pump up ethanol as Big Oil cries foul

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule lifting a summer ban on higher-ethanol blends of gasoline to help farmers, putting the agency on a collision course with Big Oil which has called the move illegal. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at a media briefing at CERAWeek Read More

EPA unveils plan to allow sales of higher-ethanol gasoline

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a move requested by President Donald Trump to help corn growers that supply the raw material for the biofuel. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at a media briefing at CERAWeek Read More

U.S. EPA unveils plan to allow sales of higher-ethanol gasoline

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FILE PHOTO: An empty podium awaits the arrival of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to address staff at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ting Shen/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of Read More