Environment

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state’s scenic coastline. A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake The Thomas Fire
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VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state’s devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify. The six major wildfires that erupted throughout Southern California in the past week have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, the official Xinhua news agency reported, amid rising environmental concerns. The mining sector has been a crucial part of China’s rapid economic expansion in the last three decades, but poor regulation and weak enforcement of standards has
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VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling fast-moving
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FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days. A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall, California,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming. FILE PHOTO: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, answers a question during the Concordia Summit
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Southern California wildfires raged into an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening multibillion-dollar homes and temporarily shutting a major highway. The new fire also threatened the hilltop campus of one of the world’s richest museums, even as more than 1,000 firefighters in nearby Ventura County battled the biggest
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TOKYO (Reuters) – The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to “endangered” from “vulnerable”, meaning they are closer to extinction. In the latest update of its closely watched Red List of threatened species, the environmental
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WASHINGTON/SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday shrank two wilderness national monuments in Utah by at least half in the biggest rollback of public land protection in U.S. history, drawing praise from pro-development lawmakers and a lawsuit from environmentalists. Trump’s announcement followed months of review by the Interior Department after he ordered
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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano. International passengers are seen near the flight information board at Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia December
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