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Winter storm kills one, knocks out power to 310,000 in U.S. Southeast


A powerful winter storm that struck the U.S. Southeast over the weekend killed at least one motorist, left more than 310,000 customers without power and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday. | Video

North Carolina governor declares emergency over impending snowstorm

The governor of North Carolina declared a state of emergency on Friday as a major winter storm already drenching the southern plains states was expected to slam the southeast with snow and sleet this weekend.

Environment, 08 Dec 2018

Brazil environment regulator denies Total permit to drill Amazon basin

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil environmental regulator Ibama said on Friday it had denied a permit to French oil major Total SA to drill in the environmentally sensitive Foz do Amazonas Basin for a fifth and final time.

Environment, 07 Dec 2018

Trump administration set to relax Obama-era water protections: report

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the U.S. Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report on Friday.

Environment, 07 Dec 2018

India court panel extends hearing on Vedanta smelter case

NEW DELHI India's environmental court said it will resume hearing Vedanta Ltd's case on Monday to decide whether to re-open the company's copper smelter, which was closed earlier this year after 13 people died when police fired on protesters.

Environment, 07 Dec 2018

Indian court expected to reopen Vedanta copper smelter but appeal likely: sources

THOOTHUKUDI, India An Indian court is expected on Friday to follow an experts' panel recommendation and order the reopening of a copper smelter closed after 13 people died when police fired on environmental protesters in May, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Environment, 06 Dec 2018

At least four killed in Cyprus flooding

ATHENS At least four people were killed in flooding in northern Cyprus as hail and rain hammered the island, Turkish Cypriot media reported on Thursday.

Environment, 06 Dec 2018

France's EDF boosts help for households switching to electric heating

PARIS France's EDF will offer more financial support for households switching to electric from fuel oil central heating, the state-controlled utility said on Thursday, as President Emmanuel Macron's government grapples with protests over living costs.

Environment, 06 Dec 2018

El Nino may cut Colombia's rainfall by 80 percent in quarter-one 2019: minister

BOGOTA The El Nino weather phenomenon could reduce rainfall in Colombia by 80 percent in the first quarter of 2019, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday, causing water shortages and forest fires.

Environment, 04 Dec 2018

Total of 79 Chinese cities trigger air pollution alerts: Xinhua

SHANGHAI A total of 79 Chinese cities have triggered air pollution alerts as severe winter smog covers wide swaths of the country, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Environment, 01 Dec 2018

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.