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Insurance claims for latest California wildfires top $9 billion

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LOS ANGELES Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday.

Climate Conference Notebook: deal in ministers' hands

KATOWICE, Poland Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the Paris 2015 deal on limiting global warming are in their final week in Katowice, the capital of Poland's Silesian coal mining district.

Environment 12:05am IST

Northern China smog worsens in October-November as pace of restrictions eases: Greenpeace

SHANGHAI Smog in northern China worsened in October and November compared to a year earlier, environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday, as the government eases the pace at which it ramps up air quality controls at a time when the economy is slowing.

Environment 7:53am IST

How one humble English club is greening up soccer

LONDON Tucked away in the leafy Cotswold hills, English fourth-tier club Forest Green Rovers rarely make sporting headlines, but have become unlikely trailblazers for something more pressing than three points on a Saturday afternoon.

Environment 3:09am IST

Failure to agree climate deal rules would be suicidal: U.N. chief

KATOWICE, Poland Failure by countries to agree rules on implementing the 2015 Paris climate agreement aimed at curbing global warming would be suicidal, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday.

Environment 12 Dec 2018

Climate talks work on fair way to phase out coal use: Canada

KATOWICE, Poland Governments attending climate talks in Poland are working to ensure economies and jobs are preserved in the shift away from coal-fired power generation, Canada's environment minister said.

Environment 12 Dec 2018

Conservation groups sue Trump administration over Atlantic oil testing

CHARLESTON, S.C. Environmental groups opposed to offshore drilling sued the federal government on Tuesday to prevent future seismic tests for oil and gas deposits in Atlantic waters off the U.S. East Coast.

Environment 12 Dec 2018

Brazil's Amazon rainforest under siege by illegal mines

BRASILIA Environmental enforcement agents deep in the Amazon rainforest swooped down on an illegal mine in a dawn raid in early November, in a campaign to tamp down on such activities that environmental groups say have reached epidemic scale.

Environment 12 Dec 2018

PG&E says cause of Camp Fire not yet determined despite probe

LOS ANGELES The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) released a new report on Tuesday into a massive California wildfire that ignited near one of its damaged towers, offering new details of the incident but stopping short of accepting blame.

Environment 12 Dec 2018

Arctic posts second warmest year on record in 2018: U.S. NOAA

The Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018, part of a warming trend that may be dramatically changing earth's weather patterns, according to a report released on Tuesday by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Environment 11 Dec 2018