Reuters: Environment

    Japanese heat wave pushes temperature to record


    The temperature rose to a record 41.1 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) in a city northwest of Tokyo on Monday, as a heat wave in Japan that has killed at least 23 people and sent thousands to hospital showed no sign of significant easing. ...

    The temperature rose to a record 41.1 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) in a city northwest of Tokyo on Monday, as a heat wave in Japan that has killed at least 23 people and sent thousands to hospital showed no sign of significant easing.

    Storm Son Tinh kills 20, leaves 16 missing in Vietnam


    Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam, the country's rescue committee said on Saturday. ...

    Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam, the country's rescue committee said on Saturday.

    Japan's Nippon Life to stop financing coal-fired power


    Nippon Life Insurance Co [NPNLI.UL] will no longer extend loans for, or invest in, coal-fired power plants due to environmental concerns, an official at Japan's biggest life insurer said, in the first such move by a major Japanese institutional...

    Nippon Life Insurance Co [NPNLI.UL] will no longer extend loans for, or invest in, coal-fired power plants due to environmental concerns, an official at Japan's biggest life insurer said, in the first such move by a major Japanese institutional investor.

    Magnitude 5.8 quake hits southeast Iran, fourth temblor in two days


    At least 25 people were injured on Monday when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook southeastern Iran, just a day after another quake injured nearly 290 people in the west, Iranian media reported. ...

    At least 25 people were injured on Monday when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook southeastern Iran, just a day after another quake injured nearly 290 people in the west, Iranian media reported.

    Fast-spreading California wildfire nears Yosemite park


    A raging California mountain blaze that has already killed one firefighter grew over the weekend and bore down on Yosemite National Park, prompting the closure of some smoke-choked campgrounds and roads at the popular tourist destination. ...

    A raging California mountain blaze that has already killed one firefighter grew over the weekend and bore down on Yosemite National Park, prompting the closure of some smoke-choked campgrounds and roads at the popular tourist destination.

    Typhoon winds hit Shanghai, disrupting flights and shipping


    Typhoon Ampil hit Chinese financial hub Shanghai around midday on Sunday, bringing heavy rainfall and disrupting transport and shipping. ...

    Typhoon Ampil hit Chinese financial hub Shanghai around midday on Sunday, bringing heavy rainfall and disrupting transport and shipping.

    Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family


    Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a "duck boat" sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years. ...

    Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a "duck boat" sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years.

    Chinese steel output cuts to vary from mill to mill next winter: official


    Production cuts in China's mammoth steel sector will vary from mill to mill next autumn and winter, said an environmental ministry official, as the country shifts away from a 'one size fits all' approach to fighting pollution. ...

    Production cuts in China's mammoth steel sector will vary from mill to mill next autumn and winter, said an environmental ministry official, as the country shifts away from a 'one size fits all' approach to fighting pollution.

    U.S. loses bid to end children's climate change lawsuit


    A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Trump administration's renewed bid to dismiss a lawsuit by young activists who say the U.S. government is ignoring the perils of climate change. ...

    A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Trump administration's renewed bid to dismiss a lawsuit by young activists who say the U.S. government is ignoring the perils of climate change.

    Missouri duck boat captain told passengers not to don life jackets: survivor


    An Indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a "duck boat" capsized and sank in Missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets. ...

    An Indiana woman who lost 9 members of her family, including her children and husband, when a "duck boat" capsized and sank in Missouri said on television that the captain of the vessel told passengers not to put on life jackets.

    Duck boat design flagged years ago after fatal accident in Arkansas


    The drownings of 17 people when a “duck boat” in which they were riding sank in a storm over a Missouri lake on Thursday was reminiscent of an accident involving the amphibious tourist vessel in 1999 in which 13 people died. ...

    The drownings of 17 people when a “duck boat” in which they were riding sank in a storm over a Missouri lake on Thursday was reminiscent of an accident involving the amphibious tourist vessel in 1999 in which 13 people died.

    Baltimore lawsuit blames oil and gas companies for climate change


    The city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit on Friday against 26 oil and gas companies and entities, including BP Plc , Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp, for knowingly contributing to what the city called the catastrophic consequences of climate change. ...

    The city of Baltimore filed a lawsuit on Friday against 26 oil and gas companies and entities, including BP Plc , Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp, for knowingly contributing to what the city called the catastrophic consequences of climate change.

    EPA wrongly denied biofuel waiver for West Virginia refinery: court


    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider its denial of small West Virginia refinery Ergon's application for an exemption from U.S. biofuel laws after it relied on an "error-riddled" analysis, an appeals court ruled on Friday. ...

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider its denial of small West Virginia refinery Ergon's application for an exemption from U.S. biofuel laws after it relied on an "error-riddled" analysis, an appeals court ruled on Friday.

    Texas power use to keep hitting records during heat wave: ERCOT


    Homes and businesses in Texas used record amounts of power for a second straight day on Thursday and are expected to use even more in coming days as consumers crank up air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, according to the operator of much of...

    Homes and businesses in Texas used record amounts of power for a second straight day on Thursday and are expected to use even more in coming days as consumers crank up air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, according to the operator of much of the state's power grid.

    Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections


    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to key provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act in a move it said would streamline the law but which conservation groups slammed as an assault on wildlife protections. ...

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to key provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act in a move it said would streamline the law but which conservation groups slammed as an assault on wildlife protections.

    Nigeria to devise green bond issuance program by end 2018


    Nigeria's debt office will devise a green bond program before the end of 2018 to raise funds for environmental projects, a junior minister for the environment said on Friday. ...

    Nigeria's debt office will devise a green bond program before the end of 2018 to raise funds for environmental projects, a junior minister for the environment said on Friday.

    As wheat harvest heads to parched north, Europe braces for more losses


    Europe's grain market is bracing for more downgrades to the size of this year's wheat crop as harvesting reaches the northern regions that have been worst hit by exceptional drought and heat since spring. ...

    Europe's grain market is bracing for more downgrades to the size of this year's wheat crop as harvesting reaches the northern regions that have been worst hit by exceptional drought and heat since spring.

    Caracas' dying botanical garden highlights Venezuela's decay


    Dead palm trees and a dried-up lagoon are what you see when you enter Caracas's botanical garden. A UNESCO World Heritage site and once one of the city's most important tourist spots, its directors are trying to rescue it from abandonment. ...

    Dead palm trees and a dried-up lagoon are what you see when you enter Caracas's botanical garden. A UNESCO World Heritage site and once one of the city's most important tourist spots, its directors are trying to rescue it from abandonment.

    U.S. West power prices soar to four-year highs as heat wave bakes region


    Electric prices in some U.S. Western markets rose to their highest in more than four years as power generators compete for dwindling natural gas supplies to keep air conditioners humming as a heat wave bakes much of the region. ...

    Electric prices in some U.S. Western markets rose to their highest in more than four years as power generators compete for dwindling natural gas supplies to keep air conditioners humming as a heat wave bakes much of the region.

    Forget Brexit for a while and count the butterflies, Attenborough tells Brits


    Naturalist David Attenborough suggested the British public take a break from squabbling over Brexit and instead take part in the world's biggest count of butterflies. ...

    Naturalist David Attenborough suggested the British public take a break from squabbling over Brexit and instead take part in the world's biggest count of butterflies.