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Tuvalu PM urges new legal framework for climate migrants


ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tuvalu's prime minister on Tuesday called for a U.N. resolution to create legal protection for people displaced by the impacts of climate change, saying there was currently no international framework to protect their rights.

Some crude production restarts as cool weather saps Canadian wildfire

CALGARY, Alberta Some crude producers restarted operations on Tuesday in Canada's energy heartland as a mass evacuation of the Fort McMurray oil town entered its fourth week, though cool weather and light winds were helping firefighters dampen the blaze.

Environment, 8:40pm BST

Cambodia takes solace from plow ceremony amid worst drought in 50 years

PHNOM PENH As the worst drought in half a century delays rice planting in Cambodia, a pair of oxen on Tuesday delved into rice, corn and bean bowls at an annual plowing ceremony in an omen for good harvests for those crops in the year ahead. | Video

Environment, 9:11am BST

Firefighters protect Canada's oil sands battling 1,100 C flames

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Environment, 6:14am BST

New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill

New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states.

Environment, 12:53am BST

Wildfire-sparked evacuation orders lifted at all Canadian work camps

CALGARY/TORONTO Authorities in Canada lifted evacuation orders on Monday for all work camps and some additional oil facilities that had been shuttered when a massive wildfire threatened the nation's energy hub, a significant step for companies eager to restart production.

Environment, 23 May 2016

Peru declares mining-related emergency in remote part of Amazon

LIMA Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has declared a 60-day emergency in a remote part of the Amazon to curb high levels of mercury poisoning from rampant illegal gold mining, the country's environment minister said on Monday.

Environment, 23 May 2016

Could UAE solar push lead a trend for the Gulf?

DUBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the Gulf states take steps to expand their use of clean energy, a bold plan by the United Arab Emirates to boost its use of renewable electricity from less than 1 percent to 24 percent in the next five years could be a game-changer for the region, experts say.

Environment, 23 May 2016

India braces for more heat after temperatures break records

NEW DELHI India was bracing on Monday for another bout of extreme heat after temperatures smashed records in some parts of the country, while weather officials warned against more frequent heat waves.

Environment, 23 May 2016

Cyclone Roanu kills 21 in Bangladesh, softens

DHAKA A cyclone battered coastal Bangladesh on Saturday, killing at least 21 people and injuring many more, but has now weakened into a depression that the weather office said could still bring brief periods of violent wind or rain.

Environment, 21 May 2016

China’s cities see clean air, water as magnet for investment

Despite severe air pollution, local and provincial officials in the Chinese city of Nanchang are trying to clean it up and make it more attractive for foreign investment, making the city an important test case for efforts to ease the environmental damage from unchecked economic growth.