OSLO (Reuters) – The world lost tree cover the size of Italy in 2017 as forests were cleared using fire to make way for farms from the Amazon to the Congo Basin, an independent forest monitoring network said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest at
(Reuters) – Four wildfires burned in Northern California on Tuesday, threatening hundreds of homes, while another blaze in an area of New Mexico hard hit by drought will force most of a sprawling national park to close, fire officials said. FILE PHOTO: The Pawnee Fire, which broke out on Saturday, in Northern California. Courtesy CAL
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s fiscal advisory council urged the government on Tuesday to begin investing 1.3 percent of GDP to tackle “devastating” environmental problems including air pollution and an acute lack of sewage treatment facilities. Serbia processes less than 10 percent of its waste water and has a persistent problem with unregulated landfills, the government-appointed
(Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire that has already destroyed 22 structures and is being driven by erratic winds and high temperatures forced some 3,000 people to flee as it threatened to cut off access to a rural community in Northern California on Monday. The so-called Pawnee Fire, which broke out on Saturday near the Mendocino
(Reuters) – Workers have contained nearly half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa over the weekend following a freight train derailment on Friday, BNSF Railway Co said. Tanker cars from a freight train carrying crude oil are shown after a derailment along the Rock River south of Doon, Iowa, U.S.
PEDAVEEDU, India (Reuters) – India is fast-tracking environmental clearances for projects like power plants and coal mines in a bid to propel growth, setting off alarm bells among environmentalists and affected residents who say the decisions are being made too quickly. A man walks past the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in New
LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Electric car maker Tesla Inc’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees. The latest cuts
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Sugar market players in Brazil are diverging widely about the size of the 2018-19 cane crop in the center-south, the world’s largest sugar producing region, as erratic weather makes it difficult to assess the season’s likely final tally. The outlook for the center-south crop has been one of the hot topics
COLOMBO (Reuters) – A Sri Lanka court on Friday ordered the arrest of villagers who beat a leopard to death after the big cat, an endangered animal in the country, eluded capture by wildlife officials. Local television showed irate villagers in northern Kilinochchi district, a former war zone, attacking a leopard they said had injured
OSLO (Reuters) – More than 20 nations ranging from Germany, France and Britain to Pacific island states said on Thursday they would try to limit their greenhouse gas emissions more than already planned under the Paris climate agreement by 2020. FILE PHOTO: A glacier is seen in Half Moon Bay, Antarctica, February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre
(Reuters) – Heavy downpours lashed Texas’ Gulf Coast and unleashed flash floods on Wednesday, submerging vehicles, swamping homes and forcing numerous water rescues in towns still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Harvey. Residents make phone calls from high ground after heavy downpours unleashed flash floods in Mercedes, Texas, U.S., June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Adrees Latif Residents
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt will testify before the Senate’s environment committee in August, panel chairman Senator John Barrasso said on Tuesday, where he will face questions about spending and ethics controversies. FILE PHOTO: U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a hurricane response briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency
MACAU (Reuters) – In a dingy neighborhood far from the sparkling casinos that have proliferated across Macau in recent years, six greyhounds raced around a concrete track on a rain-soaked weekday night. Greyhounds compete during a race at the Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau, China June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip A handful of punters watched
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago and St. Louis sweltered on Monday at the center of a heat wave that stretched across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast, although relief could come as soon as Monday evening in some areas. People shelter themselves from the sun in the Chinatown section of Manhattan during hot weather in New York
TOKYO (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday morning, killing three people, halting factory lines in a key industrial area and bursting water mains, government officials and broadcaster NHK said. No tsunami warning was issued. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said authorities were assessing damage and that its top
DENVER (Reuters) – Heavy thunderstorms and widespread rains expected on Saturday in the U.S. Southwest could help douse the numerous unrelenting wildfires crews are battling in the parched region. A satellite image shows the 416 Wildfire burning west of Highway 550 and northwest of Hermosa, Colorado, U.S., June 10, 2018. Image captured June 10, 2018.