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ArcelorMittal hopeful Italy plant will not shut over pollution

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LONDON (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, is confident that the Ilva operations it bought last year in Italy will not have to shut after the firm lost immunity over the plant’s pollution, an executive said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: The ILVA steel plant is seen in Taranto, southern Italy April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Read More

Targeted insurance offers French farmers some drought relief

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PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of French farmers who signed up for specialist policies aimed at insuring against freak weather are getting swift payouts which could help them recover from heatwaves and prolonged droughts that hit parts of the country. FILE PHOTO: A sugar beet field under the sun, as the heatwave hits France, in Cayeux-sur-Mer, Read More

Climate activist Thunberg faces challenging boat trip from UK to New York, skipper says

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COWES, England (Reuters) – Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will face an uncomfortable and challenging trip when she crosses the Atlantic in a racing boat, the skipper of the yacht that will take her from Britain to the United States said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a debate with Read More

Poland hopes small producers will help it meet EU green energy goals

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WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland can still meet European Union 2020 green energy goals because of individuals who both produce and consume electricity from renewable sources, Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said on Thursday. Poland generates most of its electricity from coal, and the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party won 2015 general election partly on promises Read More

RWE to close coal-fired power plant in Wales

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FILE PHOTO: RWE logo in Essen, Germany, March 14, 2017. Reuters/Thilo Schmuelgen/File Photo FRANKFURT (Reuters) – RWE (RWEG.DE) on Thursday said it would close its 1.56 gigawatt (GW) Aberthaw B power plant in Wales due to challenging market conditions for coal-fired power capacity in Britain. Under the plans, Aberthaw Power Station, which directly employs about Read More

U.S. secretary of state criticizes China’s dams on Mekong River

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool BANGKOK (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday criticized China’s dam-building on the Mekong River, saying its construction had left the crucial waterway at its lowest level in Read More

India’s August-September monsoon rains seen at 100% of long term average – weather office

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FILE PHOTO: Children play in a puddle of water as it rains at a sea front in Kochi, India, June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Sivaram V NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Monsoon rains in India are expected to be 100% of a long-term average in August and September, the weather office said on Thursday, making up for a Read More

Trump offers Putin help with Siberian wildfires: Kremlin

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U.S. President Donald Trump stands outside the Oval Office after welcoming Mongolia’s President Khaltmaagiin Battulga at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump in a phone call on Wednesday offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin assistance in putting out wildfires in Russia’s Siberia, the Read More

Alaska natives accuse White House of hiding Arctic oil impact information

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska Natives and environmental groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, accusing it of concealing information about the effects of oil development in the long-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, alleges the U.S. Department of the Interior broke federal law by failing to Read More

Bolsonaro says Brazil deforestation data to be ‘compiled’ for accuracy

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FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of a section of deforested Amazon rainforest turned into farmland near the city of Alta Floresta, Para state, Brazil, April 20, 2013. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday said satellite data regarding deforestation of the Amazon rainforest collected by government space research agency INPE Read More