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South Africa's first legal rhino horn auction opens

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JOHANNESBURG South Africa's first legal auction of rhino horns opened for bids on Wednesday and 264 horns went on sale after the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd won a court case against the government.

Typhoon batters Hong Kong and south China, three dead in Macau

HONG KONG Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees and forced most businesses to close, while in some places big waves flooded seaside streets.

Environment 23 Aug 2017

Harvard researchers say Exxon misled public on climate science

NEW YORK Two Harvard University researchers said in a study published on Wednesday they had collected data proving that Exxon Mobil Corp made "explicit factual misrepresentations" in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.

Environment 1:45am IST

Brazil opens vast national reserve to mining

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve, created in 1984, to open the area to commercial mineral exploration, according to a notice in the official government gazette on Wednesday.

Environment 12:30am IST

Former storm Harvey regenerates into a tropical depression: NHC

Harvey, formerly a tropical storm, has regenerated into a tropical depression and could strengthen further into a hurricane on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Environment 23 Aug 2017

Quake kills two on Italian holiday island, young brothers saved

CASAMICCIOLA, Italy An earthquake struck the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night, killing two people, injuring dozens and trapping three young brothers who survived for up to 16 hours before being rescued. | Video

Environment 23 Aug 2017

Australian state looks to lock in renewable energy target

SYDNEY Australia's second most populous state has proposed passing laws to lock in a renewable power target of 40 percent by 2025, looking to spur investment in solar and wind farms even as the national government wrangles over energy policy beyond 2020.

Environment 23 Aug 2017

NHC sees 100 pct chance of cyclone over southwestern Gulf of Mexico

A system associated with remnants of former tropical storm Harvey is close to redeveloping into a tropical depression over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and has a near 100 percent chance of strengthening into a cyclone over the next two days, the National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

Environment 23 Aug 2017

Court ruling could broaden U.S. government environmental impact studies

NEW YORK U.S. regulators assessing new gas pipelines must try to analyze their potential to increase greenhouse gas emissions before giving them the go-ahead, an appeals court ruled on Tuesday, in a decision that industry representatives and environmentalists said could have far-reaching effects on infrastructure projects.

Environment 23 Aug 2017

Energy Transfer sues Greenpeace over Dakota pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners LP on Tuesday sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching an "eco-terrorism" campaign aimed at blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline, the center of months of opposition by Native American and green groups.

Environment 23 Aug 2017