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U.S. EPA moves to postpone steam electric power plant effluent rules


WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it proposed a rule on Thursday to postpone compliance dates for effluent guidelines for steam electric power plants published in November 2015.

Emerging economies take lead on going green, but investment needed

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Emerging economies are increasingly taking the lead in shifting the world onto a cleaner development path, a senior World Bank official said on Wednesday, pointing to the role of China and India in pushing down the cost of producing solar power.

Environment, 24 May 2017

Abu Dhabi closes $872 million financing for world's largest solar plant

ABU DHABI Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility has closed a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) financing package for what will be the world's largest solar power plant, the utility's top official said on Wednesday.

Environment, 24 May 2017

Hawaii faces more flooding with possible record high tides

SEATTLE Hawaii will likely suffer more coastal flooding this week driven by record high tides, a symptom of global warming that could become routine within decades, scientists said Monday.

Environment, 23 May 2017

South Africa declares Western Cape province a drought disaster area

JOHANNESBURG Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area on Monday and urged residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the South African region tries to cope with what she described as the "worst drought since 1904".

Environment, 22 May 2017

'Doomsday' seed vault entrance repaired after thaw of Arctic ice

OSLO Norway is repairing the entrance of a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world's food supplies.

Environment, 20 May 2017

White House moving ahead with stiff EPA budget cuts: group, citing document

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's administration plans deep cuts to state environmental programs, a summary of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 budget showed on Friday, even after some Republicans in affected states raised concerns when the agency released an initial outline of the budget in March.

Environment, 19 May 2017

Fiji says U.S. faces climate risks, urges Trump to 'stay in canoe'

BONN, Germany Fiji, due to lead global talks on climate change, said on Thursday that rising sea levels threaten New York and Miami and urged U.S. President Donald Trump to "stay in the canoe" alongside other nations in the fight against global warming.

Environment, 18 May 2017

Dutchman wants to deploy barriers to gather, recycle Pacific plastic

BRUSSELS A 22-year-old Dutchman on Tuesday said it would be possible to reduce by half the millions of tonnes of plastic garbage in the Pacific by deploying floating barriers.

Environment, 16 May 2017

Laos prime minister concerned over banana plantations

The prime minister of Laos has voiced concern over widespread chemical usage on banana plantations after a Reuters report on Chinese-run farms in the Southeast Asian country.

Environment, 15 May 2017

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.