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Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

WASHINGTON Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday.

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No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

SYDNEY The drought sweeping through large tracts of Australia is set to intensify over the next three months and is fuelling unseasonal winter bushfires, the leading meteorological agency and a fire official said on Thursday.

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Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze

LOS ANGELES Storm clouds gathered over southern Oregon and northern California early on Wednesday, threatening to spark more wildfires with lightning strikes as emergency crews battled several deadly blazes, forecasters said.

15 Aug 2018

Brazil's Samarco to pay $512.5 million to disaster victims this year: foundation

SAO PAULO Brazil's Samarco Mineração SA expects to pay up to 2 billion reais ($512.5 million) this year to 19,000 families affected by the 2015 mining disaster in the state of Minas Gerais, the foundation created to pay the victims said on Wednesday.

Water 15 Aug 2018

Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain due

KOCHI, India The death toll from the worst floods in nearly a century in the Indian tourist state of Kerala rose to 43 on Wednesday as rising water stranded tens of thousands of people and forced the closure of one of its main airports.

Water 15 Aug 2018