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Houston Ship Channel closure halts oil refiners

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By Joe Carroll and Rachel Adams-Heard on 3/24/2019 Photo: Houston Ship Channel. HOUSTON (Bloomberg) — The Houston Ship Channel won’t reopen until the U.S. Coast Guard verifies that a cloud of cancer-causing benzene has dissipated and oily runoff from the region’s worst chemical disaster in 14 years poses no threat to vessels or their crews. Read More

Eni, CNR create RandD partnership for energy sector decarbonization

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3/24/2019 Photo: Arctic Ocean. LECCE, Italy — Massimo Inguscio, president of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and Claudio Descalzi, Eni CEO, following their meeting held last May, have signed a Joint Research Agreement (JRA), to set up four linked research centers in southern Italy. Also, in attendance were Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Minister for Read More

No aid, no government – just a rusty boat to flee Cyclone Idai carnage

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By John Sparks, Africa correspondent We spotted a rusty-looking fishing boat fighting against the tide near the port city of Beira. The vessel was called the “Sesimbra” and it had nearly finished a long trip down river. But the captain and his crew were not on a fishing expedition. Instead, they were busy saving people’s Read More

Cholera cases reported as hunger, disease stalk African cyclone survivors

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BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Cholera cases were reported on Friday in the Mozambican city of Beira, adding a risk of deadly illnesses for hundreds of thousands of people who are scrambling for shelter, food and water after catastrophic flooding in southern Africa. Locals look on after Cyclone Idai in Buzi district outside Beira, Mozambique, March Read More

Hunger, disease stalk Africa cyclone survivors, U.N. sees 1.7 million affected

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BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people scrambled for shelter, food and water across a swathe of southern Africa on Friday after a cyclone killed hundreds and swept away homes and roads, testing relief efforts for survivors facing a growing risk of cholera. A girl stops to look as a man walks past Read More

Rescuers dig for survivors after deadly Africa cyclone, Beira 'desperate'

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BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Shortages of water and food stoked frustrations in Mozambique’s Beira city on Friday as a swathe of southern Africa scrambled for survival following a powerful cyclone that killed hundreds of people and may have affected hundreds of thousands more. Survivors of Cyclone Idai, listen to a volunteer from Mozambique Red Cross, Read More

'Everything is very bad': People left starving by Cyclone Idai

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By John Sparks, Africa correspondent A large crowd turned as one as we arrived at the Mango Mascarenha primary school. Then, they began to cheer. I think they thought we were bringing them aid and assistance. But the celebratory shouts soon turned to despair when they realised we were actually journalists. It was understandable. Who Read More

China to cut coal from new green bond standards: sources

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese regulators are close to releasing new “green bond” standards that would exclude polluting fossil fuel projects from corporate financing channels designed to lift environmental standards, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A worker walks past coal piles at a coal coking plant in Yuncheng, Shanxi province, China January Read More

Amnesty faults electric vehicle batteries as carbon intensive

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amnesty International is seen next to director of Mujeres En Linea Luisa Kislinger, during a news conference to announce the results of an investigation into humans rights abuses committed in Venezuela during protests against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jass LONDON (Reuters) – Amnesty International Read More