• U.S. EPA to shrink response time for permit requests: Pruitt

    Reuters News: THE WOODLANDS, Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cut response times to permit requests to within six months by the end of 2018, part of the agency’s goal to reduce regulations and delays, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Environmental Protection Agency...
  • U.S. firm to build solar plants in blackout-plagued Gaza

    Reuters News: GAZA (Reuters) – The Gaza Strip will have three new solar energy plants operating by April, the U.S.-based energy firm behind the project said on Tuesday, providing the territory with some relief from daily blackouts but far from meeting its severe power shortages. Gaza was already chronically...
  • NHC says 40 percent chance of cyclone near Turks and Caicos Islands

    Reuters News: (Reuters) – A low pressure system, about 100 miles east-northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday. “Some development of this low will...
  • Death toll from worst Vietnam floods in years rises to 54

    Reuters News: HANOI (Reuters) – At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday. Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across...
  • France's EDF fixing pipe problem at 20 nuclear reactors

    Reuters News: PARIS (Reuters) – French utility EDF is repairing pumping station pipes at 20 nuclear reactors after discovering they might not be strong enough to withstand earthquakes, posing a risk to cooling systems, it said on Wednesday. In a note to French nuclear regulator ASN, EDF classified the...
  • Gas trucks boom in China as government curbs diesel in war on smog

    Reuters News: YUTIAN, China (Reuters) – On a recent morning in Yutian, a dusty town bisected by the highway that connects Beijing to the sea, Su Meiquan strolled into a dealership packed with hulking trucks and prepared to drive off with a brand new rig. After years of driving...
  • Norway to study shift from oil to tackle climate risks: minister

    Reuters News: OSLO (Reuters) – Norway will study ways to make its economy greener and reduce dependence on oil and gas reserves that are likely to lose value amid efforts to slow climate change, Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said on Thursday. A government commission of experts, to be appointed...
  • Vanuatu in final evacuation of island threatened by volcano

    Reuters News: SYDNEY (Reuters) – The last residents on Vanuatu’s northern island of Ambae will be evacuated on Wednesday, officials said, as a volcano that has been spitting rock and ash into the air for more than a week shows signs of stabilizing. Vanuatu was forced to use a...
  • U.S. appoints general to oversee military response to Puerto Rico disaster

    Reuters News: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – The Pentagon named a senior general to command military relief operations in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Thursday and the Trump administration sent a Cabinet emissary to the island as U.S. lawmakers called for a more robust response to the crisis. The...