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Author: Megan Rowling
A major summit on cities taking place in Ecuador this week must consider setting targets to measure progress on an ambitious 20-year plan for urban development, the United Nations' environment chief said on Monday.
Author: Jans Hack and Maria Sheahan
At least two people died and six were severely injured on Monday in an explosion and fire at chemicals maker BASF's biggest production site in Germany, the company said.
Author: Terry Wade
Exxon Mobil Corp asked a federal court on Monday to throw out a subpoena from New York State that would force the oil company to hand over decades of documents as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into whether it misled investors about climate change risks.
Author: Alister Doyle
Rich countries said on Monday they were on track to keep a promise to provide developing nations with $100 billion a year to tackle climate change by 2020, up from an estimated $62 billion in 2014.
Author: Alister Doyle
Greenland's government urged the United States and Denmark on Monday to clean up 30 rusting Cold War-era U.S. military installations there, saying it was losing patience over risks of radioactive and chemical waste.
Country: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Author: James Regan,Jamie Freed and Tom Westbrook
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck off the coast of New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Author: David Stanway
The hydropower-rich province of Sichuan in southwest China will restrict dam construction in the coming five years and work to improve electric grid planning in a bid to cut waste.
Author: Enrico dela Cruz
The Philippines' environment minister said she wanted to ban new mines and would suspend the environmental permit of a nickel mine that is sandwiched between two protected areas.
Author: Antonio de la Jara,Gram Slattery
Chile's environmental regulator on Thursday drew up various charges against the Los Pelambres copper mine for mismanaging water resources and nearby flora, charges which could lead to stiff fines or even closure.
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Author: Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo
South Africa will experience water rationing if consumers do not heed calls to cut consumption to avoid a collapse of the water system as dam levels fall after a drought, an official in the country's water department said on Thursday.
Author: Alister Doyle
Business could earn hundreds of billions of dollars a year by 2030 by investing in better agriculture and food ranging from micro-irrigation of crops to reduced waste, an international study said on Friday.
Author: Nia Williams and Laila Kearney
Pipeline sabotage by environmental activists that shook the North American energy industry this week had its roots in a 2013 protest off Massachusetts, when two men in a 32-foot lobster boat blocked a 40,000-ton coal shipment to a power station.
Author: Clement Uwiringiyimana
The world will not forgive leaders gathered in Rwanda this week if they fail to back a proposed agreement to cut greenhouse gases, a top U.N. official said on Thursday, calling the deal an easy one to achieve.
Author: Valerie Volcovici
A conservative nonprofit group that lobbies Republicans to support clean energy policy will spend more than $1 million over the next few weeks to back 10 members of Congress running in the Nov. 8 elections, hoping to attract key swing voters such as millennials.
Author: Zoe Tabary
A new United Nations strategy to address the challenges faced by rapidly growing cities lacks sufficient detail to allow cities to act on it, warned a leading government resilience expert from South Africa.
Author: Markus Wacket
The German cabinet is due to take a decision on final funding from Germany's top utilities in return for handing over responsibility for the storage of nuclear waste on Oct. 19, government and commission sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
Author: Julia Fioretti
A European Union decision on whether to include international flights in its scheme to curb airline pollution will not come until next year at the earliest after the bloc's executive has assessed a global deal which was finally approved last week.
Author: John Miller
The Swiss government opposes an initiative to be voted on in November that would shutter three nuclear plants next year, Energy Minister Doris Leuthard said on Tuesday.
Author: Annabella Pultz Nielsen and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
Danish anglers could be in for the fishing trip of their lives in a few days' time, after a ship crashed into a fish farm and caused up to 80,000 rainbow trout to escape into the open sea.
Author: Stephanie Nebehay
The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Haiti, where more than 200 cases of the killer disease have been reported since Hurricane Matthew.
Author: Gustavo Bonato
Brazil's northeastern poultry producers say they are not planning short-term purchases of U.S. corn, despite the government's recent decision to clear genetically modified varieties for import to ease tight supplies locally.
Author: Gwladys Fouche
A surge in Arctic tourism is bringing ever bigger cruise ships to the formerly isolated, ice-bound region, prompting calls for a clamp-down to prevent Titanic-style accidents and the pollution of fragile eco-systems.
Author: Nina Chestney
Global energy efficiency, or the amount of gross domestic product squeezed from a given unit of energy, improved by 1.8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency said in a report on Monday.
Author: David Stanway
As many as 173 Chinese steel enterprises were found to have violated the country's environmental rules during recent nationwide investigations into the industry, the environment ministry said on Monday.
Author: Tom Westbrook
An above-average number of cyclones is likely for Australia's tropical north in coming months, the country's weather bureau said on Monday, potentially hitting exports.
Author: Anthony Langat
In the late afternoon, Angelina Mwangangi, 52, is digging on her farm on a slope overlooking Iveti hill in Machakos County, southeast of Nairobi. To prevent erosion when the rains come, she has carved out terraces.
Author: Michael Martina and Jake Spring
China has punished two 'new energy' vehicle makers for producing and selling vehicles with batteries that had lower power capacity than advertised, state media said on Monday, the latest move in a widening scandal involving green car subsidies.
Author: Gabriel Stargardter and Harriet McLeod
People along the southeast U.S. coast fled inland, stocked up on groceries and queued for gasoline on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and state governors urged millions to evacuate or brace for a potentially devastating Hurricane Matthew.
Author: David Ljunggren
Canada's Parliament on Wednesday ratified the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions, bolstering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's bid to tackle climate change after a decade of inaction by the previous government.
Author: Makini Brice
Huddled in shelters since Hurricane Matthew brought screaming winds through the Haitian port town of Les Cayes, dazed residents emerged on Wednesday to find streets under water and their homes destroyed or damaged.