Reuters: Environment 9 April 2018

California's air regulator says state could back some emissions rule changes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - California's top clean air regulator told Reuters on Monday the state is willing to give automakers more flexibility to comply with vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions rules even as her agency prepares to fight the Trump administration over car and truck pollution standards.

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Senators ask Trump to suspend EPA's use of biofuel waivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five Republican senators on Monday called on President Donald Trump to temporarily halt the use of biofuels policy waivers for small oil refineries, after reports the Environmental Protection Agency had issued a recent wave of such exemptions.

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U.N. shipping agency under pressure to tackle growing CO2 emissions

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations' shipping agency is under pressure this week to agree on a plan to cut carbon emissions from the sector, following years of slow progress, but the strategy could fall well short of what is required to limit global warming.

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Oklahoma orders cut to disposal well volumes following quakes

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Oklahoma regulators forced an oil and gas producer to reduce operations on a well used for disposing saltwater following a large earthquake over the weekend that set off a series of seismic activity in the state, Matt Skinner, spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC), said on Monday.

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Hydro denies Brazil alumina plant contaminated local environment

OSLO (Reuters) - Aluminum producer Norsk Hydro denied on Monday its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil had contaminated local waters, contradicting the findings of a Brazilian public health group.

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Fiji braces for second cyclone in just over a week

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fiji was bracing on Tuesday for the second potentially destructive cyclone to hit the Pacific island nation in just over a week, with authorities advising residents to prepare survival kits and be ready for evacuation.

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Philippines' Duterte orders reforestation, threatens open pit mining ban

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered mining companies to conduct tree planting projects and threatened to ban all open pit mining next year.

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Argentina's herd to decline by as much as 1 million head of cattle due to drought

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's herd will shrink by up to 1 million head of cattle next year as ranchers facing scorched pastures after the worst drought in decades decide to slaughter females rather than grow their herds, analysts said.

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Israel will boost desalination to fight a five-year drought

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Five years into a drought that has left its natural water sources at their lowest in a century, Israel plans to build two new desalination plants and expand its pipelines to ease stress on farmers and the environment.

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The one that got away: Indonesia seizes illegal fishing boat with 30-km nets

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, acting on a request from Interpol, has seized a fishing boat carrying 600 illegal gillnets that can stretch up to 30 km (18 miles) after it evaded capture in several countries, the Fisheries Ministry said.

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