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Quad leaders vow free and open Indo-Pacific, action on climate

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TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – The four leaders of the “Quad” group of countries vowed on Tuesday to work together for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to fight climate change, as they met for talks aimed at standing up to an increasingly assertive China. U.S. President Joe Biden,......

Australia swears in new Labor PM ahead of Quad meeting

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Anthony Albanese, leader of Australia’s Labor Party, addresses supporters after incumbent Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison conceded defeat in the country’s general election, in Sydney, Australia May 21, 2022. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, May 23 (Reuters) – Australia’s Labor Party leader......

Analysis: Australian women unleash new political force on climate, integrity

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SYDNEY, May 22 (Reuters) – Professional women and voters concerned about climate change unleashed a third force in Australia’s election, taking a swath of seats that ended nine years of conservative rule even as votes for the winning Labor Party fell. Women who left successful careers in business, medicine and......

Climate change is hurting insurers, report says

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LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is hurting the insurance industry and only 8% of insurers are preparing adequately for its impact, consultants Capgemini and financial industry body Efma said in a report on Tuesday. Insured losses from natural catastrophes have increased 250% in the last 30 years, with......

EU says legal Russian gas payments possible, warns against rouble accounts

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A pressure gauge is pictured at a Ukrainian gas compressor station in the village of Boyarka near the capital Kiev January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, May 17 (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Tuesday opening accounts in roubles at......

U.S. House Democrats seek new environmental review of postal delivery contract

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WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee on Wednesday will consider a bill that seeks to invalidate a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) environmental review conducted as part of its deal to buy 50,000 next-generation delivery vehicles. House Oversight and Reform chair Carolyn Maloney is introducing legislation......

U.S. to kick off latest offshore wind auction for Carolina coast

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A surfer navigates the wave in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 11 (Reuters) – Bidding for federal wind energy leases for two areas off the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina kicked off on Wednesday,......

EU energy ministers hold crisis talks after Russian gas cuts

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BRUSSELS, May 2 (Reuters) – Energy ministers from European Union countries hold emergency talks on Monday, as the bloc strives for a united response to Moscow’s demand that European buyers pay for Russian gas in roubles or face their supply being cut off. Russia halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and......

New Mexico ‘megafire’ could more than double in size -official

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TAOS, N.M., April 30 (Reuters) – A drought-driven wildfire in northern New Mexico exploded into a “megafire” of 100,000 acres, or 157 square miles, on Saturday and could still more than double in size, a fire official said. Fueled by ferocious spring winds in parched mountain forests, the Calf Canyon......

Satellites detect California cow burps, a major methane source, from space

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WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – Satellites have detected methane emissions from belching cows at a California feedlot, marking the first time emissions from livestock – a major component of agricultural methane – could be measured from space. Environmental data firm GHGSat this month analyzed data from its satellites and pinpointed......

Largest U.S. wildfire rages out of control in New Mexico

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The Calf Canyon fire burns in mountains south of Mora, New Mexico, U.S. April 25, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Hay Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MORA, N.M., April 29 (Reuters) – Firefighters in New Mexico failed on Friday to pin back the flames of the United States’ largest......

Sand crisis looms as world population surges, U.N. warns

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Global sand use hits 50 bln tonnes a year Sand is the second-most exploited natural resource UN report calls for new rules on sand mining Some rivers flow backwards, deltas sink GENEVA, April 26 (Reuters) – A U.N. report on Tuesday called for urgent action to avert a “sand crisis,”......

Human activity is leading to more disasters-UN report

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LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) – Human activity is contributing to an increasing number of disasters, with 350 and 500 medium-sized or large disasters a year occurring globally in the past two decades and more frequent events expected, according to a UN report. The number of disasters – many of them......

On Earth Day, climate activists call for ban on buying Russian oil

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Campaigners demand EU sanctions on Russian oil and gas Some European states oppose ban for fear of economic hit Protests in Berlin, Warsaw, Brussels, Lviv, New York BRUSSELS, April 22 (Reuters) – Climate change campaigners held a wave of protests for Earth Day on Friday, pushing demands such as an......

U.S. has permitted more wind and solar under Biden, but needs to do more -report to Congress

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April 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. has accelerated the permitting of wind and solar projects on federal lands under President Joe Biden, but his administration needs more staff and less administrative red tape to keep up with the clean energy industry’s demand for land, according to a report submitted to......

Yellen to push institutions to scale up response to war-fueled food security crisis

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WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will convene a high-level panel on Tuesday to discuss the global response to an ongoing food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Treasury Department said in a statement. The meeting will include the heads of the International......

Climate change protesters block central Paris square to protest election choices

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PARIS, April 16 (Reuters) – Climate change activists forced the closure of a main square in central Paris on Saturday to protest against the environmental programmes put forward by France’s remaining presidential candidates. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) had said on its website that it planned to block a major Parisian......

Oil firms secure injunctions to stop UK climate protests

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Logos of ExxonMobil are seen in its booth at Gastech, the world’s biggest expo for the gas industry, in Chiba, Japan April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) – Three firms involved in Britain’s oil sector, including ExxonMobil, have......

IMF board approves new trust to help members deal with climate change, pandemics

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The International Monetary Fund logo is seen inside its headquarters at the end of the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, April 13 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund’s executive board on Wednesday approved......

Japan’s SMFG, Tepco, Mitsubishi face activist climate votes at AGMs

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TOKYO, April 13 (Reuters) – Big Japanese firms including Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (8316.T), Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) (9501.T) and Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T) will face resolutions from activist shareholders urging greater commitment to tackling climate change at their annual meetings this year. Five climate activist groups, including Japan’s Kiko Network......

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