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German minister slams Fiat for not showing up at emissions meeting

German minister slams Fiat for not showing up at emissions meeting
Photo: Mario Anzuoni

Date: 20-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Michael Nienaber
German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has criticized Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for not showing up for a meeting on Thursday to discuss emissions irregularities of its diesel vehicles.

South Africa plans levy on mines to tackle acid mine water pollution

South Africa plans levy on mines to tackle acid mine water pollution
Photo: Mike Hutchings

Date: 20-May-16
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Mfuneko Toyana
South African mining firms say plans by government to charge them two-thirds of the cost for treating water pollution resulting from their operations are unfair and would put the ailing industry under further financial strain.

Kingsgate CEO says arsenic, manganese never used at Thai mine

Kingsgate CEO says arsenic, manganese never used at Thai mine
Photo: Jorge Silva

Date: 20-May-16
Country: THAILAND
Author: Simon Webb and Pairat Temphairojana
Thailand's only working gold mine has never used the toxic substances found in people living nearby, the chief executive of the mine's Australian owner said on Thursday, expressing shock at a government order to shut down.

Renewables cannot replace nuclear in France yet : EDF exec

Renewables cannot replace nuclear in France yet : EDF exec
Photo: Stephane Mahe

Date: 20-May-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Geert De Clercq
Renewable energy is far from being able to replace nuclear energy in France's electricity mix, utility EDF's head of nuclear said on Thursday.

Container shipping firms' costs soar on new fuel rules: OECD

Date: 20-May-16
Country: DENMARK
Author: Ole Mikkelsen
Container shipping firms' annual costs have risen by a total $500 million due to new sulfur emissions regulations that have forced vessels to use higher cost fuel, the OECD said in a report on Thursday.

U.S. blames Plains pipeline company for Santa Barbara oil spill

Date: 20-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Numerous lapses in safety measures, judgment and planning by Plains All American Pipeline LP led to and worsened a major oil spill last year that fouled miles of shoreline and ocean near Santa Barbara, California, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday.

Canada says genetically modified salmon safe for consumption

Date: 20-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Leah Schnurr
Canada approved a type of genetically modified salmon for sale, health officials said on Thursday, the first such animal to be cleared as safe for consumption in the country.

NAACP sues Michigan state and governor over Flint's lead-contaminated water

NAACP sues Michigan state and governor over Flint's lead-contaminated water
Photo: Carlos Barria

Date: 19-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Ben Klayman
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan and its governor on behalf of the residents and businesses in Flint, where high levels of lead in the drinking water has created a health crisis.

Canada wildfire evacuees get tentative return date

Canada wildfire evacuees get tentative return date
Photo: Canadian Armed Forces/Handout via Reuters

Date: 19-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Nia Williams and Eric M. Johnson
Evacuees who fled a wildfire in northern Alberta two weeks ago may be allowed to return home as soon as June 1, officials said on Wednesday, as the massive blaze kept oil production shuttered north of Fort McMurray.

California ends mandatory water conservation rules as drought eases

California ends mandatory water conservation rules as drought eases
Photo: Jane Lee

Date: 19-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Sharon Bernstein
California moved on Wednesday to dramatically roll back strict mandatory water conservation rules imposed at the height of the state's multi-year drought, after a wet winter eased conditions in parts of the state.

Germany asks Opel for more information in Zafira emissions probe

Germany asks Opel for more information in Zafira emissions probe
Photo: Denis Balibouse

Date: 19-May-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Paul Carrel
General Motors' Opel division has admitted that its Zafira model has engine software that switches off exhaust treatment systems under certain circumstances but says this is legal, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said.

U.S. EPA biofuels plan disappoints refiners, farmers alike

Date: 19-May-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson and Chris Prentice
U.S. regulators on Wednesday proposed a modest increase in the amount of corn-based ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must mix into diesel and gasoline in 2017, disappointing two major industries: Big Corn and Big Oil.

Flooding by Brazil dams affects Amazon rainforest, satellite maps show

Date: 19-May-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Chris Arsenault
Dams along the Madeira River in western Brazil have flooded 36,100 hectares of rainforest, according to satellite images released on Wednesday, affecting people who live along the river and harming fish populations upon which they depend.

Most Texas quakes likely caused by oil, gas activities: study

Most Texas quakes likely caused by oil, gas activities: study
Photo: ANNA DRIVER

Date: 18-May-16
Country: TEXAS
Author: Luc Cohen
Oil and gas activities may have caused nearly nine in 10 of the earthquakes Texas has experienced in the past 40 years, and the quakes have become more frequent as oilfield activity has picked up in the past decade, according to a forthcoming study.

Canada wildfire rages near oil sand facilities, extending shutdowns

Canada wildfire rages near oil sand facilities, extending shutdowns
Photo: Mark Blinch/File Photo

Date: 18-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: NIA WILLIAMS
A massive wildfire raged near Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday and threatened major oil sands production facilities, forcing the evacuation of thousands of workers and prolonging a shutdown that cut Canadian oil output by 1 million barrels a day.

French parliament adopts bill to ratify Paris climate agreement

French parliament adopts bill to ratify Paris climate agreement
Photo: CARLO ALLEGRI

Date: 18-May-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Bate Felix
French parliamentarians in a near unanimous vote on Tuesday adopted a bill authorizing the government to ratify the landmark climate agreement reached by 195 nations in Paris in December.

Plains All American Pipeline indicted in Santa Barbara oil spill

Plains All American Pipeline indicted in Santa Barbara oil spill
Photo: JONATHAN ALCORN/FILE PHOTO

Date: 18-May-16
Country: USA
Author: STEVE GORMAN AND DAN WHITCOMB
A Houston-based pipeline company has been indicted in California on 46 criminal charges stemming from a major oil spill last year that forced beach closures and fouled miles of shoreline near Santa Barbara, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Red tuna crabs carpet Southern California beaches again

Red tuna crabs carpet Southern California beaches again
Photo: Sandy Huffaker/File Photo

Date: 17-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
Masses of tiny red crustaceans known as tuna crabs have washed up for a second straight year along stretches of the Southern California shoreline in a phenomenon marine scientists say is linked to warmer ocean currents flowing up the coast.

India's monsoon delay not to affect crop sowing: weather office

India's monsoon delay not to affect crop sowing: weather office
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 17-May-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Mayank Bhardwaj
India's weather office said on Monday the late arrival of the monsoon will not delay crop sowing and that rains are expected to make rapid progress after their arrival around June 7.

Texas attorney general backs Exxon in climate change fight

Texas attorney general backs Exxon in climate change fight
Photo: Mike Blake

Date: 17-May-16
Country: TEXAS
Author: Ernest Scheyder
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked a state judge on Monday to block U.S. Virgin Islands officials from subpoenaing 40 years of internal climate change documents from Exxon Mobil Corp, saying the probe is "a fishing expedition of the worst kind."

Yellowstone issues warning after visitors put baby bison in car

Yellowstone issues warning after visitors put baby bison in car
Photo: Jim Urquhart

Date: 17-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
Yellowstone National Park managers on Monday warned visitors to leave wildlife alone after two tourists put a newborn bison calf in their car, touching off a string of events that led to the animal's death.

Governments seek rules for Paris climate deal; temperatures soar

Governments seek rules for Paris climate deal; temperatures soar
Photo: Carlo Allegri

Date: 17-May-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Governments began work on Monday on a rule book to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming, with the United Nations urging stronger action after a string of record-smashing monthly temperatures.

Dozens arrested in Washington state environmental protest

Dozens arrested in Washington state environmental protest
Photo: Rick Wilking

Date: 17-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Kevin Murphy
Dozens of people were arrested in Washington state on Sunday, two days after protesters set up a blockade on railroad tracks leading to a pair of oil refineries as part of a global protest over dependence on fossil fuels, authorities said.

Ontario to spend $5.4 billion to cut carbon footprint : Globe and Mail

Date: 17-May-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Sruthi Shankar
The government of the Canadian province of Ontario plans to spend more than C$7 billion ($5.41 billion) over four years from 2017 in a bid to cut the province's carbon footprint, the Globe and Mail reported on Monday.

Solar plane departs Arizona on 11th leg of round-the-world flight

Solar plane departs Arizona on 11th leg of round-the-world flight
Photo: Christophe Chammartin/REZO/Solar Impulse/Handout via REUTERS

Date: 13-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Steve Gorman
An experimental airplane powered solely by energy from the sun stored in batteries took off from Arizona early on Thursday on the eleventh leg of an historic bid by its pilots and developers to fly around the globe without a drop of fuel.

Shrinking Arctic bird suffers double hit from global warming: study

Shrinking Arctic bird suffers double hit from global warming: study
Photo: Tim Shaffer/File Photo

Date: 13-May-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
Red knots, a type of bird that makes one of the longest annual migrations, are shrinking because climate change in their Arctic nesting grounds makes life harder during their winters in Africa, scientists say.

Insurers shun risk as oil-linked quakes soar in Oklahoma

Insurers shun risk as oil-linked quakes soar in Oklahoma
Photo: Nick Oxford

Date: 13-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Luc Cohen
As the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma exploded into the hundreds in the last few years, nearly a dozen insurance companies moved to limit their exposure, often at the expense of homeowners, a Reuters examination has found.

Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution

Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution
Photo: Anindito Mukherjee

Date: 13-May-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Tom Miles
India has four of the 10 cities in the world with the worst air pollution, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Shell shuts wells to Brutus platform after spill off Louisiana

Date: 13-May-16
Country: USA
Author: Terry Wade and Luc Cohen in Houston and Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru
A 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said.

U.S. lawmakers put pressure on EPA over handling of glyphosate review

Date: 13-May-16
Country: USA
Author: P.J. Huffstutter
U.S. lawmakers have asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explain why it published - and then withdrew - documents related to its review of glyphosate, the chemical in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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