Environment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Environmental Protection Agency levied around half the average number of penalties against polluters in the first year of the Trump administration as in the same period of the past three presidential administrations, according to a report released Thursday. The decline was due to staff and budget cuts by U.S. President Donald
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Fijian authorities were working to establish contact with some remote southern islands on Wednesday after powerful Cyclone Gita took down communications, though the Pacific Island nation’s most populated centers avoided serious damage. Radio NZ reported there were no doctors on the islands of Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau, where the Fiji Meteorological Service had
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Tonga’s neighbors scrambled to deliver emergency relief on Tuesday after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding. There were no confirmed reports of deaths from the Category 4 storm that bought winds of around
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the permitting of U.S. natural gas pipelines, including by cutting Congress out of the process for allowing them to cross national parks. The proposal fits into President Donald Trump’s broader plan to boost U.S. oil and gas development by slashing red
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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered an urgent cleanup of the country’s most famous tourist hotspot, Boracay, calling it a “sewer pool” that he would not hesitate to shut down completely. The firebrand leader said he has given Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu six months to fix up the mess on Boracay
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WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The Pacific nation of Tonga braced for destructive winds and potential flash flooding from Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday after the powerful storm pummeled Samoa over the weekend. The Category 4 storm was moving south across the Pacific and was expected to hit Tonga’s capital, Nuku‘alofa, by 7 p.m. on Monday (0600
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oil drillers that use a method to store carbon dioxide emissions underground to boost crude production, a technique that coal miners and some environmentalists support, got a boost in the budget agreement President Donald Trump signed on Friday. The deal raised the so-called 45Q tax credit, for storing underground emissions from crude
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s Pacific coast near the major port of Manzanillo on Friday, but no major damage or injures were immediately reported. The U.S. Geological Survey put the epicenter of the quake 31 miles (50 km) southwest of Manzanillo and at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km).
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(Reuters) – The current La Niña weather cycle is likely to transition into more neutral conditions by spring, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday La Niña is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and is linked with floods and droughts. It is the opposite phase of what is
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Audi works council chief Peter Mosch has brushed off the suggestion that Chief Executive Rupert Stadler could leave amid ongoing investigations into the premium carmaker’s role in parent Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) diesel emissions scandal. “Stadler has a contract. Period,” WirtschaftsWoche magazine on Thursday quoted Mosch as saying in an interview, when asked whether
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