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Trump team memo on climate change alarms Energy Department staff

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:56:57 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisors.(image)

First gorilla born in captivity, age 59, returns to Ohio zoo after surgery

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:07:39 -0500

(Reuters) - The first gorilla born in captivity has returned to her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio after recovering from successful surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor, the zoo said.(image)

Trump's EPA pick may struggle to dismantle Obama's environmental legacy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:18:07 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has fought President Barack Obama’s measures to curb climate change at every turn as attorney general of Oklahoma. Now he is hoping to take apart Obama's environmental legacy from the inside out, a task that could prove tougher than it sounds.(image)

Canada agrees on national carbon price, but tensions remain

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:29:14 -0500

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Friday reached a deal with eight of the 10 provinces to introduce a landmark national carbon price, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says will help Canada meet its international climate change obligations.(image)

Spain aims to raise environmental taxes to cut deficit

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:02:58 -0500

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain aims to raise 500 million euros ($528 million) through a reform of environmental taxes next year in its bid to bring down its public deficit, according to the government's revised budget plan for 2017.(image)

Solomon Islands scrambles to reach areas hit by second major quake

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:14:10 -0500

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Solomon Islands plans to dispatch emergency supplies to areas affected by a 6.9 magnitude aftershock on Saturday, a day after a much larger tremor triggered a tsunami warning that send hundreds of coastal people fleeing into the hills.(image)

Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:23:48 -0500

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014.(image)

Male panda who fathered twins born in summer dies in Vienna zoo

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:23:55 -0500

VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo aid on Friday a 16-year-old male panda had died from a lung tumor after fathering twin cubs born last summer.(image)

Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 billion

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:01:10 -0500

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government on Friday nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 21.5 trillion yen ($188 billion), increasing pressure on Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to step up reform and improve its performance.(image)

U.S. aquarium aids in release of rescued penguins in South Africa

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:45:49 -0500

(Reuters) - Twenty-three rescued African penguins that had been abandoned several weeks ago along the coast of South Africa were released back into the wild on Thursday, according to officials at the U.S. aquarium who helped rehabilitate them.(image)