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Trump's EPA pick may struggle to dismantle Obama's environmental legacy

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WASHINGTON Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has fought President Barack Obama’s measures to curb climate change at every turn as attorney general of Oklahoma. Now he is hoping to take apart Obama's environmental legacy from the inside out, a task that could prove tougher than it sounds.

Washington state sues Monsanto over PCB damages, cleanup costs

Washington state filed an environmental lawsuit on Thursday against agricultural company Monsanto Co seeking damages and cleanup costs associated with the company's production of PCBs, the state's attorney general said.

Environment, 09 Dec 2016

Giraffes suffer 'silent extinction' in Africa: Red List report

OSLO Giraffe numbers have declined by as much as 40 percent since the 1980s in a "silent extinction" driven by illegal hunting and an expansion of farmland in Africa, the Red List of endangered species reported on Thursday. | Video

Environment, 08 Dec 2016

Energy Transfer keeps up legal pressure after pipeline defeat

WASHINGTON/CANNON BALL, N.D. The company building the Dakota Access Pipeline turned to a federal judge late on Monday for a permit to finish the job after the federal government ruled against the controversial pipeline.

Environment, 07 Dec 2016

Vale-BHP's Samarco expects preliminary license in first quarter

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA Brazilian iron ore miner Samarco Mineracao expects to receive a preliminary environmental license in the first quarter, an important step in its effort to resume operations by mid-2017, Chief Executive Officer Roberto Carvalho said in an interview on Tuesday.

Environment, 07 Dec 2016

Environment group takes De Beers Canada to court over mercury

An environmental group said on Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against De Beers Canada, accusing the diamond producer of failing to report toxic levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor diamond mine in northern Ontario.

Environment, 06 Dec 2016

Environment group takes De Beers Canada to court over mercury

An environmental group said on Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against De Beers Canada, accusing the diamond producer of failing to report toxic levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor Diamond mine in northern Ontario.

Environment, 06 Dec 2016

Sioux chief asks protesters to disband, Trump to review pipeline decision

CANNON BALL, N.D. A Native American leader asked thousands of protesters to return home after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline, despite the prospect of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the decision after he takes office. | Video

Environment, 06 Dec 2016

With Dakota denial, outlook for U.S. pipelines turns murky

HOUSTON The U.S. Army's denial of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, after permitting and legal obligations were followed, sets an uncertain precedent for new projects despite President-elect Donald Trump's promise to support energy infrastructure.

Environment, 06 Dec 2016

Factbox: The Dakota Access Pipeline's long journey

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday turned down the request for an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to build under the Missouri River, after months of protests from Native American and climate activists.

Environment, 06 Dec 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.