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Judge orders Keystone XL pipeline review in setback for Trump


WASHINGTON A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a move that could delay the project and prove a setback for the Trump administration.

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

WASHINGTON Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday.

Environment 12:56pm IST

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

BANGKOK Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China's crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year.

Environment 1:23pm IST

No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

SYDNEY The drought sweeping through large tracts of Australia is set to intensify over the next three months and is fuelling unseasonal winter bushfires, the leading meteorological agency and a fire official said on Thursday.

Environment 1:18pm IST

Genome points to inbreeding, disease behind bumblebee decline: research

Researchers in Canada playing detective with the yellow-banded bumblebee's genome have found evidence that inbreeding and disease are the likely reasons for the decline of the species, York University's Associate Professor Amro Zayed told Reuters. | Video

Environment 1:02pm IST

Scientists seek new ways to combat Florida's growing 'red tide'

Scientists in Florida are on the cusp of developing promising methods to control toxic algae blooms like the "red tide" that has been killing marine life along a 150-mile (240-km) stretch of the Gulf Coast, the head of a leading marine lab said on Wednesday.

Science, Environment 6:54am IST

Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze

LOS ANGELES Storm clouds gathered over southern Oregon and northern California early on Wednesday, threatening to spark more wildfires with lightning strikes as emergency crews battled several deadly blazes, forecasters said.

Environment 15 Aug 2018

Brazil's Samarco to pay $512.5 million to disaster victims this year: foundation

SAO PAULO Brazil's Samarco Mineração SA expects to pay up to 2 billion reais ($512.5 million) this year to 19,000 families affected by the 2015 mining disaster in the state of Minas Gerais, the foundation created to pay the victims said on Wednesday.

Environment 4:05am IST

Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain due

KOCHI, India The death toll from the worst floods in nearly a century in the Indian tourist state of Kerala rose to 43 on Wednesday as rising water stranded tens of thousands of people and forced the closure of one of its main airports.

Environment 15 Aug 2018

U.S. judge rules securities suit against Exxon, executives can proceed

HOUSTON A federal judge rejected Exxon Mobil Corp's motion to dismiss a securities suit alleging the company and top executives misled investors about the impact of climate change on its business.

Environment 15 Aug 2018