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Trump orders review of national monuments to allow development

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:46 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development.(image)

Judge says Exxon owes $19.95 million for Texas refinery pollution

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:47:22 -0400

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that ExxonMobil Corp should pay a $19.95 million penalty for pollution from its Baytown, Texas, refining and chemical plant complex between 2005 and 2013.(image)

Trump advisers to discuss whether U.S. stays in Paris climate pact: official

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:42:02 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House advisers and Trump administration officials will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the United States should remain in the Paris climate agreement, a White House official said on Wednesday.(image)

Automakers to meet with U.S. transportation, EPA chiefs

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:28:21 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major automakers are set to meet Thursday with the head of the U.S. Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency as the agencies begin a review of federal fuel efficiency rules that are a major piece of the climate change policy enacted by the Obama administration.(image)

Canadians sickened by tainted tap water in 2001 to collect compensation

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:23:39 -0400

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Seven-hundred young people who were sickened by tainted tap water in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan 16 years ago will collect government compensation, the provincial government said on Wednesday.(image)

Wind turbine maker Vestas eyes end to green power subsidies

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:59:11 -0400

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Electricity generation from wind turbines could become profitable even without government subsidies in the next decade if more large-scale developments are allowed, the world's top turbine maker Vestas said on Wednesday.(image)

India government think-tank backs local GM crop policy: document

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:25:27 -0400

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India could prevent foreign firms monopolizing the market for genetically modified (GM) seeds by allowing the sale of only locally developed varieties, a government think-tank has said, in a boost for transgenic mustard produced by a Delhi group.(image)

U.S. lawmakers push Yucca nuclear dump facing transport crunch

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:57:48 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday debated resurrecting the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, a project critics say is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route.(image)

Study finds how polluting nanoparticles get into blood and damage hearts

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:11:18 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, scientists said on Wednesday.(image)

Exclusive: S. Africa considers strategic grain reserve as possible El Nino looms - minister

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:05:14 -0400

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer and hard hit by an El Nino-triggered drought last year, is considering a strategic grain reserve as a buffer against future shortages, its agriculture minister told Reuters.(image)