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U.S. government should manage climate risks as costs soar: GAO report

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:07:44 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government should adopt a strategy to manage climate change risks, as their cost to the government may rise as much as $35 billion per year by mid-century, a congressional watchdog office report released on Monday said.(image)

Australia weather bureau says climate indicators near La Nina thresholds

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 01:01:18 -0400

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday climate indicators were near the levels associated with a La Nina weather event and pegged the chance of the weather pattern developing this year at 50 percent.(image)

Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover: monitor

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:38:52 -0400

OSLO (Reuters) - Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of New Zealand, that could accelerate deforestation blamed for climate change, an independent forest monitoring network said on Monday.(image)

Twelve big cities to buy zero emissions buses, extend green areas

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:32:53 -0400

OSLO (Reuters) - Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment.(image)

U.S. companies act on climate despite Trump: survey

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:13:28 -0400

OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. companies are still among the most ambitious in setting targets to combat global warming despite President Donald Trump's plans to quit the 195-nation Paris climate agreement, a 2017 survey showed on Tuesday.(image)

Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:23:10 -0400

TOKYO (Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo.(image)

Nicaragua will join Paris climate pact, leaving U.S., Syria isolated

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:58:27 -0400

(Reuters) - Nicaragua is set to join the Paris climate agreement, according to an official statement and comments from Vice President Rosario Murillo on Monday, in a move that leaves the United States and Syria as the only nations outside the global pact.(image)

Exclusive: EU dismisses smoke regulation, looks into tougher fire safety tests

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:20:58 -0400

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - There is no need for Europe-wide rules on toxic smoke from building materials, according to a report expected to be signed off by the EU executive over the coming weeks, disappointing campaigners who say regulation is urgently needed following London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire.(image)

London introduces vehicle pollution levy in new blow to diesel

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:30:50 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - London brought in a new levy on the oldest and most polluting cars entering the city center from Monday, almost doubling how much motorists have to pay in the latest blow to diesel.(image)

Israel's water worries return after four years of drought

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:20:34 -0400

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - It was a source of national pride - technology and discipline besting a crippling lack of water.(image)