Reuters: Environment

    Marshall Islands first nation to submit new, binding climate targets


    The Marshall Islands is the first country to submit new, binding climate targets to the United Nations this week, sending a signal to other countries to commit to more ambitious emissions cuts, a government statement reviewed by Reuters shows. ...

    The Marshall Islands is the first country to submit new, binding climate targets to the United Nations this week, sending a signal to other countries to commit to more ambitious emissions cuts, a government statement reviewed by Reuters shows.

    Californians left homeless by wildfire now face heavy rain and mud


    Northern California residents left homeless by the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history braced for a new bout of misery on Tuesday from showers expected to plunge encampments of evacuees into rain-soaked fields of mud. ...

    Northern California residents left homeless by the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history braced for a new bout of misery on Tuesday from showers expected to plunge encampments of evacuees into rain-soaked fields of mud.

    China arrests 576 waste smuggling suspects from January-October: Xinhua


    China arrested 576 people accused of smuggling waste into the country in the first 10 months of the year, state news agency Xinhua said, part of its efforts to enforce a ban on low-grade trash imports. ...

    China arrested 576 people accused of smuggling waste into the country in the first 10 months of the year, state news agency Xinhua said, part of its efforts to enforce a ban on low-grade trash imports.

    China's steelmaking Hebei province issues smog alert from November 22


    China's top steelmaking province Hebei issued second-level smog alerts to its 10 cities, effective from Nov. 22, state-owned China Nation Radio (CNR) reported on Wednesday. ...

    China's top steelmaking province Hebei issued second-level smog alerts to its 10 cities, effective from Nov. 22, state-owned China Nation Radio (CNR) reported on Wednesday.

    Interior's Zinke blames environmentalists for California wildfires


    U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday that the deadliest wildfires in California's history were partly due to lawsuits from environmentalists who have sought to stop forest management practices, such as forest thinning. ...

    U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday that the deadliest wildfires in California's history were partly due to lawsuits from environmentalists who have sought to stop forest management practices, such as forest thinning.

    U.S. judge selects first case in federal Monsanto weed-killer litigation


    A U.S. judge overseeing the federal litigation against Bayer AG's Monsanto unit over glyphosate-based weed-killers allegedly causing cancer on Tuesday selected the first case to be tried in federal court in February 2019. ...

    A U.S. judge overseeing the federal litigation against Bayer AG's Monsanto unit over glyphosate-based weed-killers allegedly causing cancer on Tuesday selected the first case to be tried in federal court in February 2019.

    Exclusive: Chevron granted waiver from U.S. biofuel laws at Utah plant - source


    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from U.S. biofuel laws for its Utah refinery earlier this year, according to a source familiar with the company's operations. ...

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from U.S. biofuel laws for its Utah refinery earlier this year, according to a source familiar with the company's operations.

    Mexico's axolotl, a cartoon hero and genetic marvel, fights for survival


    Mexico's axolotl salamander can almost magically heal itself, holding the power to regrow its heart and brain. But there is one feat it may not pull off: survive dire threats to the last wild place it calls home. ...

    Mexico's axolotl salamander can almost magically heal itself, holding the power to regrow its heart and brain. But there is one feat it may not pull off: survive dire threats to the last wild place it calls home.

    U.N. environment chief quits over travel expense report


    U.N. environment chief Erik Solheim said on Tuesday he had resigned after receiving a final audit of his official travel. ...

    U.N. environment chief Erik Solheim said on Tuesday he had resigned after receiving a final audit of his official travel.

    EU agrees on maximum cadmium level in fertilisers


    The European Union on Tuesday agreed on a cap for cadmium levels in fertilisers in a move welcomed by Russia's Phosagro but greeted with some scepticism by a European industry lobby. ...

    The European Union on Tuesday agreed on a cap for cadmium levels in fertilisers in a move welcomed by Russia's Phosagro but greeted with some scepticism by a European industry lobby.

    California wildfires-related insured losses within anticipated level: Fitch


    Losses from the ongoing California wildfires will likely hurt fourth-quarter earnings of insurers, but are expected to remain within anticipated levels, ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. ...

    Losses from the ongoing California wildfires will likely hurt fourth-quarter earnings of insurers, but are expected to remain within anticipated levels, ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday.

    Portugal wine output sinks to two-decade low amid global rise


    Wine output from Europe's fifth-largest producer Portugal slumped by an estimated 20 percent this year to two-decade lows due to a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October. ...

    Wine output from Europe's fifth-largest producer Portugal slumped by an estimated 20 percent this year to two-decade lows due to a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October.

    Atlantic Canada oil spill caused by weak flowline connection


    A weak connector on an underwater oil flowline caused a spill during a fierce Atlantic storm last week off the coast of Canada's Newfoundland & Labrador, Husky Energy Inc said on Tuesday. ...

    A weak connector on an underwater oil flowline caused a spill during a fierce Atlantic storm last week off the coast of Canada's Newfoundland & Labrador, Husky Energy Inc said on Tuesday.

    Husky assesses damage after oil spill curbs Canadian offshore production


    Underwater surveys began on Monday after an oil spill off Canada's Atlantic coast as Husky Energy Inc and government agencies assessed a leak that temporarily shut down all crude production in the waters of Newfoundland & Labrador. ...

    Underwater surveys began on Monday after an oil spill off Canada's Atlantic coast as Husky Energy Inc and government agencies assessed a leak that temporarily shut down all crude production in the waters of Newfoundland & Labrador.

    EU says plastics recycling pledges fall short


    More action will be needed for the European Union to boost the market for recycled plastics after pledges from companies fell short, EU executive said on Tuesday. ...

    More action will be needed for the European Union to boost the market for recycled plastics after pledges from companies fell short, EU executive said on Tuesday.

    Italy accuses NGO migrant ship of dumping toxic waste


    Italian magistrates on Tuesday accused the Doctors without Borders (MSF) charity of illegally dumping toxic waste at ports in southern Italy in what MSF said was an attempt to undermine migrant rescue efforts. ...

    Italian magistrates on Tuesday accused the Doctors without Borders (MSF) charity of illegally dumping toxic waste at ports in southern Italy in what MSF said was an attempt to undermine migrant rescue efforts.

    Sperm whale washed up in Indonesia had plastic bottles, bags in stomach


    A sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly six kilogrammes (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach, park officials said on Tuesday. ...

    A sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly six kilogrammes (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach, park officials said on Tuesday.

    EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targets


    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new targets for the final three years of the nation's renewable fuel program in January, replacing ambitious decade-old goals set by Congress with volumes closer to the industry's current output, two...

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new targets for the final three years of the nation's renewable fuel program in January, replacing ambitious decade-old goals set by Congress with volumes closer to the industry's current output, two people familiar with the matter said.

    Poland sees first nuclear power production after 2030


    Poland expects its first nuclear power plant to start operating after 2030 as the country aims to cut its use of coal in producing electricity, Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka said. ...

    Poland expects its first nuclear power plant to start operating after 2030 as the country aims to cut its use of coal in producing electricity, Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka said.