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Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but obstacles loom


WASHINGTON/CALGARY, Alberta U.S. President Donald Trump's administration approved TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists even as further hurdles for the controversial project loom. | Video

California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump

RIVERSIDE, Calif. California on Friday challenged the Trump administration's approach to car pollution, approving standards that the White House said still need review and setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators.

Environment 7:27am IST

China air quality got markedly worse in Jan-Feb: ministry

SHANGHAI China's air quality was markedly worse in the first two months of the year than the same period of 2016 following a series of smog outbreaks in northern China, official data published on Friday showed.

Environment 24 Mar 2017

Brazil's Vale says U.S. court annuls class action over dam disaster

SAO PAULO Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Friday the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York annulled nearly all parts of a class action lawsuit against the company and executives over the collapse of a tailings dam in Brazil in 2015.

Environment 4:26am IST

U.S. oil refiners push for biofuels overhaul at White House

NEW YORK U.S. oil refining executives met with a senior official in President Donald Trump's administration at the White House last week to argue their position for an overhaul of the nation's biofuels program, two people in the meeting told Reuters.

Environment 3:51am IST

German environmental lobby sues motor authority over VW scandal

HAMBURG/BERLIN German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has filed a suit against German motor authority KBA, accusing it of failing to act robustly enough over Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.

Environment 24 Mar 2017

Stop treating oceans as 'waste swimming pool': U.N.'s FAO chief

OSLO The world must stop treating the oceans as a "waste swimming pool" for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the debut in Oslo of a $65 million research ship to help developing nations manage fish stocks.

Environment 24 Mar 2017

French Mercedes owners take legal action after German emissions probe

PARIS Three French Mercedes car owners filed legal complaints against the carmaker's parent Daimler on Friday, alleging consumer fraud in relation to diesel engine emissions, following the opening of a formal investigation by prosecutors in Germany.

Environment 24 Mar 2017

Shell to start cleaning up 2008 Nigeria oil spills in April, says official

LONDON The head of a group helping organize Shell's clean-up efforts in an oil Delta community in Nigeria said on Friday he was hopeful clean-up work after two spills in 2008 could start in April.

Environment 24 Mar 2017

California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rules

California's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Environment 24 Mar 2017