Reuters: Environment

    White House readies panel to question security risks of climate


    The White House is readying a presidential panel that would question U.S. military and intelligence reports showing human-driven climate change poses risks to national security, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. ...

    The White House is readying a presidential panel that would question U.S. military and intelligence reports showing human-driven climate change poses risks to national security, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

    Meet the sea squirt, sucking up plastic particles from the sea


    A rubbery sea creature with an irritating habit of clinging to ships and invading beaches could help measure plastic pollution as it can filter tiny particles from the ocean and store them in its soft tissue. ...

    A rubbery sea creature with an irritating habit of clinging to ships and invading beaches could help measure plastic pollution as it can filter tiny particles from the ocean and store them in its soft tissue.

    Schools shut, flights canceled as storm sweeps U.S. Midwest, East Coast


    A winter storm swept across much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, hampering air travel and prompting officials to close federal offices in Washington and several large public school systems. ...

    A winter storm swept across much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, hampering air travel and prompting officials to close federal offices in Washington and several large public school systems.

    Peru launches crackdown on illegal gold mining in Amazon


    Peru on Tuesday launched a drive to eliminate illegal gold mining in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse corners, sending 1,500 police and military officers to a region that has suffered rising deforestation from wildcat mining. ...

    Peru on Tuesday launched a drive to eliminate illegal gold mining in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse corners, sending 1,500 police and military officers to a region that has suffered rising deforestation from wildcat mining.

    Daimler risks fine as German prosecutors launch new probe


    German prosecutors have launched a probe into Daimler for allegedly failing to prevent diesel emissions cheating, possibly resulting in a fine for the carmaker, as its legal woes mount up over the affair. ...

    German prosecutors have launched a probe into Daimler for allegedly failing to prevent diesel emissions cheating, possibly resulting in a fine for the carmaker, as its legal woes mount up over the affair.

    Chinese 'Ivory Queen' smuggler sentenced to 15 years jail in Tanzania


    A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the "Ivory Queen" was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court on Tuesday for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants, weighing nearly 2 tonnes, to Asia. ...

    A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the "Ivory Queen" was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court on Tuesday for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants, weighing nearly 2 tonnes, to Asia.

    Spain proposes $53 billion public investment in climate change plan


    Spain's Socialist government announced a 47 billion euro ($53 billion) public investment plan on Wednesday to tackle climate change over 10 years, which would be partly financed by issuing green bonds. ...

    Spain's Socialist government announced a 47 billion euro ($53 billion) public investment plan on Wednesday to tackle climate change over 10 years, which would be partly financed by issuing green bonds.

    AngloGold's Colombia soil study cannot be halted by mayor: provincial authority


    Miner AngloGold Ashanti can resume a soil study halted by a municipal council ban on mining activities, the environmental authority in Colombia's Antioquia province said. ...

    Miner AngloGold Ashanti can resume a soil study halted by a municipal council ban on mining activities, the environmental authority in Colombia's Antioquia province said.

    French ski patroller killed in Crans-Montana avalanche: Swiss police


    A French ski patroller has died from injuries after being caught in an avalanche in Switzerland, but rescuers have called off their search after finding no more casualties on the piste in Crans-Montana, police said on Wednesday. ...

    A French ski patroller has died from injuries after being caught in an avalanche in Switzerland, but rescuers have called off their search after finding no more casualties on the piste in Crans-Montana, police said on Wednesday.

    German state says Hambach forest will not be touched until 2020


    German utility RWE has given assurances it will not touch a forest it had hoped to clear for lignite mining until late 2020, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia state said on Wednesday, amid a debate about Germany's planned exit from coal. ...

    German utility RWE has given assurances it will not touch a forest it had hoped to clear for lignite mining until late 2020, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia state said on Wednesday, amid a debate about Germany's planned exit from coal.

    British start-up breeds high performance bugs for animal feed


    After centuries of selective breeding of animals and plants to maximize yields in agriculture, bugs are getting the same treatment, as demand for insect protein grows. ...

    After centuries of selective breeding of animals and plants to maximize yields in agriculture, bugs are getting the same treatment, as demand for insect protein grows.

    Kenya paves way for green bonds in 2019 with new rules


    Kenya set the stage for the country's first green bond with new rules on Wednesday, part of efforts to diversify its capital markets. ...

    Kenya set the stage for the country's first green bond with new rules on Wednesday, part of efforts to diversify its capital markets.

    China's capital Beijing vows air quality improvement but gives no target


    China's capital city Beijing has pledged to improve air quality this year but did not commit to a specific target, suggesting the country's air-pollution campaign is stalling as the easily attainable measures have already been taken. ...

    China's capital city Beijing has pledged to improve air quality this year but did not commit to a specific target, suggesting the country's air-pollution campaign is stalling as the easily attainable measures have already been taken.

    Asian millers turn to Argentina for wheat as drought hits Australian output


    Asian wheat millers are snapping up cargoes of the grain from Argentina to arrive in the first-half of the year, typically peak-export season for traditional supplier Australia where a second year of drought is hitting production. ...

    Asian wheat millers are snapping up cargoes of the grain from Argentina to arrive in the first-half of the year, typically peak-export season for traditional supplier Australia where a second year of drought is hitting production.

    Injured pulled from Swiss avalanche, rescue work continues: police


    A major avalanche buried skiers on a busy slope of the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on Tuesday, injuring four people including one whose life is in danger, but there are no known fatalities so far, officials said. ...

    A major avalanche buried skiers on a busy slope of the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on Tuesday, injuring four people including one whose life is in danger, but there are no known fatalities so far, officials said.

    Chile charges Lumina Caserones copper mine with using too much water


    Chile's environmental regulator on Tuesday said it had filed charges against Lumina Copper for infractions related to over-extraction of water from wells feeding its Caserones copper mine. ...

    Chile's environmental regulator on Tuesday said it had filed charges against Lumina Copper for infractions related to over-extraction of water from wells feeding its Caserones copper mine.

    Republican backlash against Trump EPA pick fueled by 'biofuel reset'


    EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years, arguing the targeted range it included for annual ethanol consumption was too low,...

    EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler rejected a proposal from his staff that would have reduced the ambition of the nation’s biofuel policy over the next three years, arguing the targeted range it included for annual ethanol consumption was too low, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

    Wounded pulled from Swiss avalanche, but no confirmed fatalities: Swiss


    Four people were injured in an avalanche in the Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana on Tuesday, including one whose life was in danger, and a search was launched for possible survivors buried on the piste, police said. ...

    Four people were injured in an avalanche in the Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana on Tuesday, including one whose life was in danger, and a search was launched for possible survivors buried on the piste, police said.

    British lawmakers call on government to put an end to throwaway fashion


    A cross-party group of British lawmakers recommended on Tuesday that brands and retailers in the fashion industry should pay a penny per garment to fund better clothing waste collection following an eight-month inquiry into the sector. ...

    A cross-party group of British lawmakers recommended on Tuesday that brands and retailers in the fashion industry should pay a penny per garment to fund better clothing waste collection following an eight-month inquiry into the sector.

    U.S. top court takes case that could limit water pollution law


    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider limiting the scope of a landmark law aimed at curbing water pollution in a dispute pitting environmentalists against local authorities in Hawaii over a wastewater treatment plant. ...

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider limiting the scope of a landmark law aimed at curbing water pollution in a dispute pitting environmentalists against local authorities in Hawaii over a wastewater treatment plant.