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Judge says Exxon owes $19.95 million for Texas refinery pollution


HOUSTON A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that ExxonMobil Corp should pay a $19.95 million penalty for pollution from its Baytown, Texas, refining and chemical plant complex between 2005 and 2013.

Philippines bans open-pit mining as minister toughens crackdown

MANILA Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez said on Thursday she will ban open-pit mining in the country, toughening a months-long crackdown on the sector she blames for extensive environmental damage.

Environment 1:13pm IST

Trump orders review of national monuments to allow development

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development. | Video

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Trump advisers to discuss whether U.S. stays in Paris climate pact: official

WASHINGTON White House advisers and Trump administration officials will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the United States should remain in the Paris climate agreement, a White House official said on Wednesday.

Environment 1:12am IST

Automakers to meet with U.S. transportation, EPA chiefs

WASHINGTON Major automakers are set to meet Thursday with the head of the U.S. Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency as the agencies begin a review of federal fuel efficiency rules that are a major piece of the climate change policy enacted by the Obama administration.

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French power demand fell during hottest March since 1900

PARIS March 2017 was the hottest on record in 117 years in France, the RTE French electricity grid operator said on Thursday, adding that the warm weather led to a sharp fall in power consumption by 9.4 percent compared with the same month a year ago.

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Canadians sickened by tainted tap water in 2001 to collect compensation

WINNIPEG, Manitoba Seven-hundred young people who were sickened by tainted tap water in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan 16 years ago will collect government compensation, the provincial government said on Wednesday.

Environment 26 Apr 2017

Wind turbine maker Vestas eyes end to green power subsidies

COPENHAGEN Electricity generation from wind turbines could become profitable even without government subsidies in the next decade if more large-scale developments are allowed, the world's top turbine maker Vestas said on Wednesday.

Environment 26 Apr 2017

India government think-tank backs local GM crop policy: document

NEW DELHI India could prevent foreign firms monopolizing the market for genetically modified (GM) seeds by allowing the sale of only locally developed varieties, a government think-tank has said, in a boost for transgenic mustard produced by a Delhi group.

Environment 26 Apr 2017

U.S. lawmakers push Yucca nuclear dump facing transport crunch

WASHINGTON Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday debated resurrecting the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, a project critics say is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route.

Environment 2:27am IST