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India faces weak monsoon rains, raising fears for crops, economy

MUMBAI India's monsoon rains were below average for the fourth straight week, with rainfall scanty over central and western parts of the country in the week ended on Wednesday, raising concerns about major crop production and the impact on the nation's economy.

Wildfires spread in Catalonia as heatwave grips Spain

TARRAGONA, Spain Wildfires raged on Thursday across nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia and fire fighters said the area affected could increase significantly as a powerful heatwave grips the entire country. | Video

Environment, 11:46am BST

China to launch new round of nationwide environmental inspections

BEIJING/SHANGHAI China will soon begin dispatching teams of inspectors to its provinces and regions in a new nationwide probe into environmental compliance, with the performance of state-owned firms one of its big priorities, an official said on Thursday.

Environment, 6:06am BST

EPA breathes new life into controversial Alaska mining project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it would reconsider a 2014 decision that had stopped development of Alaska's Pebble Mine, the world's biggest undeveloped copper and gold project.

Environment, 2:33am BST

School closures, frozen bananas and faith: Europeans struggle with heatwave

PARIS/BERLIN French authorities announced school closures and traffic restrictions on Wednesday as swathes of Europe continued to wither under a powerful heatwave.

Environment, 26 Jun 2019

Brazil's Vale to invest 1.8 billion reais in dam safety measures

BRUMADINHO, Brazil Brazilian iron ore miner Vale will spend 1.8 billion reais ($469 million) on safety and environmental recovery measures for the structures that remain standing near its Brumadinho dam that collapsed five months ago, killing nearly 250 people, an executive said on Wednesday.

Environment, 26 Jun 2019

Nevada utility announces three major solar projects with battery storage

Nevada's largest utility NV Energy will procure 1,200 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity paired with batteries, or enough to power about 228,000 homes, as it seeks to double its renewable energy resources and move away from fossil fuels.

Environment, 26 Jun 2019

Chile's Zaldivar mine asks for more time to answer questions amid Atacama water concerns

SANTIAGO Chilean copper miner Antofagasta Plc said on Tuesday it would ask regulators for more time to answer questions about an environmental impact study for its Zaldivar mine, which draws water from Chile's lithium-rich Atacama salt flat.

Environment, 25 Jun 2019

Nuclear waste, rising seas and Trump: Marshall Islands struggles to stay above water

(This June 21 story corrects number of nuclear tests in 13th paragraph to 67 from 23)

Environment, 25 Jun 2019

Monsoon covers most parts of cane, cotton, soybean fields in India

NEW DELHI Monsoon rains have covered most parts of cane, cotton, and soybean fields in western India and some parts of rice-sowing areas in central and northern India, the country's weather office said on Tuesday.

Environment, 25 Jun 2019

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.