Nations agree global climate pact rules ...

Nations agree global climate pact rules after overcoming impasse


Nearly 200 nations overcame political divisions on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming.

Governments agree rules for implementing 2015 Paris climate agreement

Nearly 200 nations agreed on Saturday on a rulebook for implementing a landmark 2015 global deal to tackle climate change.

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Climate Conference Notebook: Climate talks go into overtime

Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district.

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Indian court clears way for reopening Vedanta copper smelter, state government to appeal

An Indian environment court set aside on Saturday the Tamil Nadu state government's order to close Vedanta's copper smelter plant permanently, taking the company closer to reopening its facility in southern India.

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Colombia tribunal suspends awarding of mining licenses, government to appeal

A Colombian tribunal ordered the government on Friday to suspend the awarding of mining licenses until it establishes protected areas, while the mines and energy ministry said it would appeal against the decision.

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Chile to host U.N. climate talks in 2019

Chile has been selected to host the next United Nations' climate conference in 2019, it was announced at the current meeting in the Polish city of Katowice on Friday.

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U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text

The United Nations' climate talks went into overtime early Saturday morning as negotiators from nearly 200 nations grappled with disagreements over parts of a package of rules to implement a landmark agreement to combat global warming.

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Ivory Coast painter gives new life to e-waste

Desire Koffi often walks through Koumassi, a popular district of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, to collect old mobile phones that he buys from people for 500 CFA francs ($0.8726) a pair.

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California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration.

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Annova's Texas Brownsville LNG export plant passes environmental test

Annova LNG's proposed Brownsville liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas took a step toward receiving federal approval for construction on Friday after staff at the federal energy regulator issued a draft environmental report.

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Britain's Cuadrilla pauses gas fracking again following more tremors

British shale gas company Cuadrilla has paused fracking at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, northwest England, for the fourth time since October following a minor seismic event, it said on Friday.

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Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led U.N. talks

Delegates at U.N. climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80 percent of the country's electricity.

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Climate Conference Notebook: fatigue creeps in near finish line

Climate change talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the 2015 Paris global warming deal are in their last week in Katowice, capital of Poland's coal mining district.

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Classical piano soothes old elephants at Thai sanctuary

Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch, listening to Silent Night being played on a piano.

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Australian rail workers postpone coal haulage strikes as cyclone looms

Coal railway workers at Australian hauler Aurizon Holdings Ltd have postponed some planned strikes in Queensland, a union official said, as a cyclone is forecast to bring poor weather near some of the affected railways.

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Smog and a hard place: China regions caught between economic woes and pollution war

Amid a slowing economy and a slew of mixed signals from the environment ministry, China's embattled local governments are facing a dilemma: do they go all out to curb smog this winter, or do their best to keep factories humming?

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U.N. climate talks produce draft text in final push

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries produced a draft text on Thursday on how to implement the Paris Agreement on combating global warming, but some disputes remain with only one day left before the official end of the conference.

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More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.

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Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport

A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday.

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France's EDF faces delay in Brazil dam over clearing trees

A consortium led by Electricité de France SA is ready to fill the reservoir of a hydroelectric dam built in Brazil's soy belt, but could be delayed by a year over removal of trees from the area to be flooded, the company and state officials said.

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