Environment

Heatwaves, rains may become more severe as weather stalls-study

Heatwaves, rains may become more severe as weather stalls-study

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OSLO (Reuters) - Scorching summer heatwaves and downpours are set to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere as global warming makes weather patterns linger longer in the same place, scientists said on Monday. They said there was a risk of “extreme extremes” in North America, Europe and parts of Asia because manmade greenhouse gas…
Malaysia seizes rhino horns worth $12 million in largest such haul
Death toll nears 400 in India’s flood-hit Kerala, dozens missing
Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India’s flood-hit Kerala
Quake rattles southern Costa Rica, Panama; no damage reported
Independent committee to decide fate of Vedanta copper smelter in India

Independent committee to decide fate of Vedanta copper smelter in India

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s environment court said on Monday an independent judicial committee would decide in about six weeks whether to allow Vedanta Ltd to reopen its copper smelter, which was shut by the southern state of Tamil Nadu on environmental grounds. FILE PHOTO: Government officials seal the Thoothukudi copper smelter controlled by London-listed…
Australia weakens commitment to climate accord after government fractures

Australia weakens commitment to climate accord after government fractures

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday stripped requirements for reducing greenhouse emissions from his centerpiece energy policy in the face of political opposition, although the country remains a signatory to the Paris Agreement. While stopping short of following the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump and withdrawing from the global climate…
Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support. Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a possible leadership challenge before Turnbull…
Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained

Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained

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(Reuters) - A massive and deadly California wildfire that sent choking smoke into Yosemite National Park, causing a temporary closure of large parts of the tourist destination, is completely contained, fire officials said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Firefighter fight fire near torching trees as wildfire burns near Yosemite National Park in this US Forest Service…