Reuters: Environment 4 April 2018

South Africa signs $4.7 billion of delayed renewable energy deals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa signed long-delayed renewable energy contracts worth $4.7 billion with independent power producers on Wednesday, in the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Thailand to indict construction tycoon for wildlife poaching

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Prosecutors said on Wednesday they are seeking to indict the president of Thailand's largest construction company for poaching wildlife, a case that has raised concern about impunity for the rich and powerful.

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Indonesia state firm says oil spill due to cracked underwater pipeline

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia’s state oil company Pertamina said on Wednesday a cracked underwater pipeline was the cause of an oil spill off the coast of a port city on Borneo island that has prompted a major clean-up operation in the area.

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Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures.

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Arctic jazz: bowhead whales have amazingly diverse songbook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bowhead whales, the black filter-feeding giants of the Arctic that can live for 200 years devouring tons of tiny marine creatures, boast another remarkable quality. Their unique underwater songs make them wonderful "jazz" artists.

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