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U.S. refining trade group pushes EPA to change biofuels program

U.S. refining trade group pushes EPA to change biofuels program
Photo: Robert Galbraith

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
An oil refining group on Thursday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change the way it enforces the country's biofuel mandate, stepping up pressure on the agency to alter the program.

Yellow River yields clues to Chinese legend of ancient 'Great Flood'

Yellow River yields clues to Chinese legend of ancient 'Great Flood'
Photo: Wu Qinglong/Science/Handout via REUTERS

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle
The crushed skeletons of children point to an earthquake and catastrophic flood on China's Yellow River 4,000 years ago that could be the source of a legendary "Great Flood" at the dawn of Chinese civilization, scientists say.

U.S. states signed pact to keep Exxon climate probe confidential

U.S. states signed pact to keep Exxon climate probe confidential
Photo: Jessica Rinaldi

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Terry Wade
A pact that 15 U.S. states signed to jointly investigate Exxon Mobil Corp for allegedly misleading the public about climate change sought to keep prosecutors' deliberations confidential and was broadly written so they could probe other fossil fuel companies.

Amazon dam opposed by tribes fails to get environmental license

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Anthony Boadle
Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama decided on Thursday to shelve the environmental license request for a hydroelectric dam on the Tapajos River in the Amazon, a project that had been opposed by indigenous tribes and conservation groups.

World Bank approves new safeguards criticized by some NGOs

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: David Lawder
The World Bank approved new rules on Thursday that aim to expand protections for people and the environment in projects financed by the bank while making it easier for borrowers to comply with its standards.

BP Whiting refinery reduces wastewater discharge into Lake Michigan

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Erwin Seba
BP Plc said the wastewater sediment discharge from its Whiting, Indiana refinery returned to permitted levels on Thursday, after several days of exceeding allowed amounts due an upset at a wastewater treatment plant.

Germany's new electric car discount scheme draws nearly 2,000 applicants

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Andreas Cremer
Nearly 2,000 people in Germany have applied for the government's electric car discount scheme, introduced on July 1, and a third of them are buyers of BMW models, a government agency said on Thursday.

U.S. ethanol industry finds sweet deals in Brazil as sugar prices soar

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: BRAZIL/USA
Author: Chris Prentice and Reese Ewing
U.S. ethanol plants and traders are rushing to sell biofuel to Brazil as tightening supplies and logistics in the South American market give the world's top producer a rare opportunity to ship south during the peak sugar cane harvest, sources said. U.S. ethanol plants are pumping out a record 1 million barrels per day taking advantage of cheap and plentiful corn feedstock, pushing domestic prices to three-month lows. But they are finding unexpected demand in rival Brazil, where production is falling short of expectations as skyrocketing sugar prices have spurred mills to crush more cane into sweetener rather than make ethanol.

Texas power demand to hit 2016 peak amid heat wave: ERCOT

Date: 05-Aug-16
Country: TEXAS
Author: Scott DiSavino
Demand for electricity in Texas is forecast to reach the highest so far in 2016 on Thursday as a brutal heat wave bakes the Lone Star State, according to the state's power grid operator, which expects supplies to be sufficient to meet the peak.

Japan, S.Korea block certain U.S. wheat varieties over GMO concerns : USDA

Japan, S.Korea block certain U.S. wheat varieties over GMO concerns : USDA
Photo: JIM YOUNG/FILE PHOTO

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: P.J. Huffstutter
Japan and South Korea have both taken steps to block certain imports of U.S. wheat after unapproved genetically-modified (GMO) plants from Monsanto Co seeds were found growing in Washington state, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday.

Criminal investigation underway into 2015 Colorado mine spill

Criminal investigation underway into 2015 Colorado mine spill
Photo: EPA/HANDOUT

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Keith Coffman
Federal investigators said on Monday they have opened a criminal probe into the 2015 spill of some 3 million gallons (11 million liters) of toxic wastewater from a defunct Colorado gold mine that was triggered by a contractor with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it's night

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it's night
Photo: DAVID GRAY

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: NORWAY
Author: Alister Doyle;
Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday.

Wild nature claims place in Romanian capital

Wild nature claims place in Romanian capital
Photo: Octav Ganea/via REUTERS

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: ROMANIA
Author: Luiza Ilie
On an early morning walk through the Romanian capital's newest park, photographer Helmut Ignat points out cormorants, harriers, terns and several other birds flying high over the marshes.

Typhoon Nida shuts Hong Kong, more than 150 flights canceled

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: HONG KONG
Author: Anne Marie Roantree
Typhoon Nida swept through Hong Kong on Tuesday, shutting down most of the financial hub with gale-force winds and disrupting hundreds of flights, while low-lying areas were put on flood alert.

More than half of Husky oil spill in Canada recovered

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Ethan Lou in Toronto
About half of the oil that leaked from a Husky Energy Inc pipeline into a western Canadian river more than a week ago has been recovered, but there is no immediate deadline for when the cleanup will conclude, officials said on Monday.

N.Y. regulators approve clean energy standard with nuclear subsidies

Date: 02-Aug-16
Country: USA
Author: Scott DiSavino
New York state energy regulators on Monday approved a plan to pay several upstate nuclear power plants up to $965 million over two years to keep the reactors in service and meet the state's carbon reduction goals.

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