Environment

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state’s scenic coastline. A fire crew passes a burning home during a wind-driven wildfire in Ventura. REUTERS/Mike Blake The Thomas Fire
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns – though developers say the risks are minimal. State-owned China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) recently conducted a successful 168-hour trial run in Beijing for a small, dedicated
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, the official Xinhua news agency reported, amid rising environmental concerns. The mining sector has been a crucial part of China’s rapid economic expansion in the last three decades, but poor regulation and weak enforcement of standards has
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VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling fast-moving
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PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will next week press rich countries to increase climate financing and urge investors worldwide to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference in Doha, Qatar December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon Tuesday’s
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FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters battled several intense wind-driven wildfires early on Friday that have swept across densely populated Southern California, destroying at least 500 structures and chasing 190,000 people from their homes over the past five days. A firefighter is working on extinguishing the Lilac Fire, a fast moving wildfire in Bonsall, California,
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming. FILE PHOTO: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, answers a question during the Concordia Summit
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