Reuters: Environment

    Classical piano soothes old elephants at Thai sanctuary


    Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch, listening to Silent Night being played on a piano. ...

    Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch, listening to Silent Night being played on a piano.

    Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led U.N. talks


    Delegates at U.N. climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80 percent of the country's electricity. ...

    Delegates at U.N. climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80 percent of the country's electricity.

    Ministers work around the clock to strengthen global climate deal


    Ministers are working around the clock to complete and strengthen the rules for making a landmark agreement to combat climate change operational, with one day of talks remaining. ...

    Ministers are working around the clock to complete and strengthen the rules for making a landmark agreement to combat climate change operational, with one day of talks remaining.

    Australian rail workers postpone coal haulage strikes as cyclone looms


    Coal railway workers at Australian hauler Aurizon Holdings Ltd have postponed some planned strikes in Queensland, a union official said, as a cyclone is forecast to bring poor weather near some of the affected railways. ...

    Coal railway workers at Australian hauler Aurizon Holdings Ltd have postponed some planned strikes in Queensland, a union official said, as a cyclone is forecast to bring poor weather near some of the affected railways.

    Smog and a hard place: China regions caught between economic woes and pollution war


    Amid a slowing economy and a slew of mixed signals from the environment ministry, China's embattled local governments are facing a dilemma: do they go all out to curb smog this winter, or do their best to keep factories humming? ...

    Amid a slowing economy and a slew of mixed signals from the environment ministry, China's embattled local governments are facing a dilemma: do they go all out to curb smog this winter, or do their best to keep factories humming?

    U.N. climate talks produce draft text in final push


    Negotiators from nearly 200 countries produced a draft text on Thursday on how to implement the Paris Agreement on combating global warming, but some disputes remain with only one day left before the official end of the conference. ...

    Negotiators from nearly 200 countries produced a draft text on Thursday on how to implement the Paris Agreement on combating global warming, but some disputes remain with only one day left before the official end of the conference.

    More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll


    A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. ...

    A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.

    Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport


    A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday. ...

    A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday.

    France's EDF faces delay in Brazil dam over clearing trees


    A consortium led by Electricité de France SA is ready to fill the reservoir of a hydroelectric dam built in Brazil's soy belt, but could be delayed by a year over removal of trees from the area to be flooded, the company and state officials said. ...

    A consortium led by Electricité de France SA is ready to fill the reservoir of a hydroelectric dam built in Brazil's soy belt, but could be delayed by a year over removal of trees from the area to be flooded, the company and state officials said.

    Britain willing to host U.N. climate talks in 2020: minister


    Britain is willing to host United Nations climate talks in 2020, the country's energy minister said on Thursday, as it seeks to establish a lead role in the fight against global warming after it leaves the European Union. ...

    Britain is willing to host United Nations climate talks in 2020, the country's energy minister said on Thursday, as it seeks to establish a lead role in the fight against global warming after it leaves the European Union.

    Chile drives electric vehicle rollout in Latin America


    A massive cargo ship docked in the Chilean port of San Antonio at the end of November, carrying it its belly the first 100 electric buses from China that Chileans hope will revolutionize their public transport system. ...

    A massive cargo ship docked in the Chilean port of San Antonio at the end of November, carrying it its belly the first 100 electric buses from China that Chileans hope will revolutionize their public transport system.

    Maldives tells U.N. climate talks: 'We are not prepared to die'


    The Maldives will do all in its power to keep "our heads above water", the head of its delegation at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday in an impassioned appeal for nations to overcome their divisions over how to tackle global warming. ...

    The Maldives will do all in its power to keep "our heads above water", the head of its delegation at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday in an impassioned appeal for nations to overcome their divisions over how to tackle global warming.

    Green power on track to overtake coal in Germany by year end


    Green energy is on track to overtake coal as Germany's main power source this year, with renewables set to cover a record 38 percent of the country's electricity consumption, two percent up from 2017, two energy industry groups said on Thursday. ...

    Green energy is on track to overtake coal as Germany's main power source this year, with renewables set to cover a record 38 percent of the country's electricity consumption, two percent up from 2017, two energy industry groups said on Thursday.

    U.S. forecaster sees 90 percent chance of El Niño in winter


    There is a 90 percent chance of the El Niño weather pattern emerging during the northern hemisphere winter 2018-19, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday. ...

    There is a 90 percent chance of the El Niño weather pattern emerging during the northern hemisphere winter 2018-19, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday.

    Emissions in, bubbles out: UK plans world's first carbon-neutral industry hub


    Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world's first net-zero carbon industrial center by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse their polluting gases or by moving to lower carbon fuels such as hydrogen, it said on Thursday. ...

    Britain plans by 2040 to develop the world's first net-zero carbon industrial center by teaming up emitters with industries that can reuse their polluting gases or by moving to lower carbon fuels such as hydrogen, it said on Thursday.

    Climate Conference Notebook: draft deal expected on Thursday


    Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district. ...

    Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district.

    Two Chinese cities order steel mills to cut output on concerns of missed pollution targets


    Authorities in China's major steelmaking cities of Tangshan and Xuzhou have asked mills to curtail output as city officials are concerned they will not meet their pollution reduction targets for the year. ...

    Authorities in China's major steelmaking cities of Tangshan and Xuzhou have asked mills to curtail output as city officials are concerned they will not meet their pollution reduction targets for the year.

    EU court backs cities' complaint on emissions, scraps higher NOx limits


    A European Union court upheld on Thursday a complaint by the city authorities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid against an EU rule change on vehicle emissions they said had increased pollution, and it partly overturned the regulation. ...

    A European Union court upheld on Thursday a complaint by the city authorities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid against an EU rule change on vehicle emissions they said had increased pollution, and it partly overturned the regulation.

    Northern China smog worsens in October-November as pace of restrictions eases: Greenpeace


    Smog in northern China worsened in October and November compared to a year earlier, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday, as the government eases the pace at which it ramps up air quality controls at a time when the economy is slowing. ...

    Smog in northern China worsened in October and November compared to a year earlier, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday, as the government eases the pace at which it ramps up air quality controls at a time when the economy is slowing.

    China's Shandong issues second-level smog alert from December 14-16: government news site


    Twelve cities in eastern China's industrial heartland of Shandong, including provincial capital Jinan, have issued an "orange" alert for smog from Dec. 14-16, according to the Shandong government-run Dazhong News website. ...

    Twelve cities in eastern China's industrial heartland of Shandong, including provincial capital Jinan, have issued an "orange" alert for smog from Dec. 14-16, according to the Shandong government-run Dazhong News website.