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Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies


SANTA ROSA, Calif. Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims.

China's President Xi says will continue years-long war on smog

BEIJING China will keep up its years-long battle against smog to ensure "blue skies" and promote a "revolution" in clean energy, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of a key Communist Party congress.

Environment 2:35pm IST

Fiji to sell world's first climate-change 'green' bonds

SYDNEY Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

Environment 4:45pm IST

U.S. firm to build solar plants in blackout-plagued Gaza

GAZA The Gaza Strip will have three new solar energy plants operating by April, the U.S.-based energy firm behind the project said on Tuesday, providing the territory with some relief from daily blackouts but far from meeting its severe power shortages.

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China clean energy firms face $30 billion subsidy shortfall: government official

BEIJING China will struggle to pay billions of yuan in subsidies to clean energy companies, with the shortfall set to quadruple by 2020, a government official said on Wednesday, underscoring the cost of funding the country's ambitious renewables push.

Environment 3:45pm IST

BP eyes smaller renewable investments to avoid repeating losses

LONDON BP is targeting smaller and wider-ranging investments in renewable energy to avoid large losses in the sector like those it suffered earlier in the decade, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said on Wednesday.

Environment 7:30pm IST

Senate Democrats vow to fight drilling in Alaska reserve

WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to fight a measure expected to be slipped into budget legislation that would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling, saying it would destroy one of earth's remaining paradises.

Environment 4:21am IST

Deforestation drops for first time in three years in Brazil's Amazon

BRASILIA Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon fell 16 percent in the year to July 2017 compared to the same period a year prior, the first decline in three years, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday.

Environment 2:52am IST

Bloody spectacle: Indonesian villages pit wild boars against dogs

CIKAWAO, Indonesia A gory fight to the death between snarling dogs and captured wild boars.

Environment 4:22am IST

Portugal's government faces no-confidence vote over forest fires

LISBON A Portuguese opposition party launched a motion of no-confidence in the Socialist government on Tuesday over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in this week's lethal wildfires, the second such disaster in four months. | Video

Environment 12:05am IST