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California declared totally drought free for first time in seven years

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California was declared totally drought free for the first time in more than seven years on Thursday, following unusually abundant winter rains and snowfall statewide, according to the government’s weekly report on U.S. drought conditions. FILE PHOTO: Dried grass is pictured at a vista point near Woodside, California July 22, 2014. Read More

As wildfires devour communities, toxic threats emerge

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PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – As an uncontrollable wildfire turned the California town of Paradise to ash, air pollution researcher Keith Bein knew he had to act fast: Little is known about toxic chemicals released when a whole town burns and the wind would soon blow away evidence. FILE PHOTO: Vanthy Bizzle hands some small religious Read More

Natural gas demand threatened by battle over home hookups

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By Naureen S. Malik, Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Vanessa Dezem on 3/7/2019 NEW YORK and FRANKFURT (Bloomberg) — One of the biggest threats facing the natural gas industry is in the home.  The Netherlands, once among Europe’s leading gas producers, is outlawing new residential hookups. Groups in California and the UK are pressing for the Read More

Jane Goodall returns to Sierra Leone chimp sanctuary fighting the odds

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FREETOWN (Reuters) – Jane Goodall visited a chimpanzee sanctuary in Sierra Leone on Thursday that has taken on the veteran primatologist’s mission to protect the animals threatened by deforestation, disease and hunting. A young chimpanzee rescued from captivity is pictured at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where he is being rehabilitated before a release back into Read More

EPA will study ethanol's impact on air quality after long delay

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FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sign is seen on the podium at EPA headquarters in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Ting Shen NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it has agreed to conduct a long-delayed study to assess the impact that burning ethanol as a motor Read More

'Get me back' pleads Briton jailed in Dubai in prison recording

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor A decorated former soldier has called on Britain to help save him from jail in Dubai where he has spent the past four-and-a-half months despite not being charged with a crime. Andrew Neal, 44, who is accused of selling drugs but denies the allegation, made the appeal in an Read More

Brit jailed in Dubai pleads to come home

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor A decorated former soldier has called on Britain to help save him from jail in Dubai where he has spent the past four-and-a-half months despite not being charged with a crime. Andrew Neal, 44, who is accused of selling drugs but denies the allegation, made the appeal in an Read More

Monster mudslides, water rescues as storm punishes California

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(Reuters) – Motorists swam for their lives and residents were rescued from homes sliding downhill as the wettest winter storm of the year triggered floods and mudslides across California on Thursday. The aftermath of turbulence is seen on Compass Flight 5763 to Seattle, February 13, 2019 in this still picture obtained from social media video Read More

Pineapple Express's biggest punch set to hit water-logged California

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(Reuters) – The worst of the rain, snow, and winds carried by the so-called Pineapple Express, a river of warm air loaded with moisture, will hit California on Thursday and stick around at least through Friday, forecasters said. The aftermath of turbulence is seen on Compass Flight 5763 to Seattle, February 13, 2019 in this Read More

Mudslide risk from California storm forces hundreds to evacuate

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(Reuters) – Hundreds of California residents were ordered to evacuate their homes on Wednesday as rain from a powerful Pacific storm raised the risk of mudslides in areas hit by recent wildfires. Snow capped mountains are seen behind the downtown Los Angeles skyline, California, U.S., February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Some areas around Los Angeles Read More