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Trump slams California wildfire steps, threatens funding halt


WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday rekindled his criticism of California's wildfire prevention steps and threatened to withhold billions of dollars of federal funding amid one of the most destructive fire seasons on record.

Lack of power, phone service hamper post-Hurricane Michael recovery

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. A lack of power and phone service in the areas of Florida flattened by Hurricane Michael last week was hindering efforts on Wednesday to distribute food and water and to contact residents not heard from since the storm plowed through the state's Panhandle.

Environment, 17 Oct 2018

After hurricane, fate of sea turtle nests uncertain on Florida coast

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. When Hurricane Michael struck Florida's Panhandle, it swept away nests of threatened baby loggerhead sea turtles hatching along its sandy beaches, already damaged by previous storms and erosion.

Environment, 17 Oct 2018

Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers

MILAN/LONDON A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing.

Environment, 17 Oct 2018

Uganda says landslide death toll rises to 43, begins relocations

KAMPALA The death toll from a landslide in Uganda last week has risen to 43 and displaced residents deemed most at risk in the disaster-prone region will be resettled immediately, the government said on Tuesday. | Video

Environment, 17 Oct 2018

Death toll from Florida hurricane at least 27, hundreds missing

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. Rescue teams searched ravaged areas of Florida's Panhandle on Tuesday for hundreds of people reported missing nearly a week after Hurricane Michael flattened communities in the region and killed at least 27.

Environment, 17 Oct 2018

German network companies join up to build power-to-gas plant

FRANKFURT German power and gas network companies TenneT, Thyssengas and Gasunie Deutschland said they plan to build a 100 megawatt (MW) plant to turn renewable energy into gas for industrial use in the Ruhr region.

Environment, 16 Oct 2018

Hurricane strands many in Florida Panhandle's poor, rural backcountry

FOUNTAIN, Fla. Bernard Sutton, a 64-year-old cancer patient, and two buddies have been living out of a camping tent and broken-down minivan since his double-wide trailer home in rural Fountain, Florida, was torn apart by Hurricane Michael last week. | Video

Environment, 16 Oct 2018

At least three still missing after deadly French flash floods

PARIS At least three people still missing on Tuesday after some of the worst flash floods in a century devastated towns and villages in France's southwestern Aude region, authorities said.

Environment, 16 Oct 2018

Volvo warns some vehicle engines may exceed emission limits

STOCKHOLM Sweden's Volvo warned on Tuesday that some of its truck and bus engines could be exceeding limits for nitrogen oxide emissions as an emissions control component it uses was degrading more quickly than expected, sending its shares lower.

Environment, 16 Oct 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.