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Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical

CHICAGO - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

Multiple earthquakes hit southeastern Iran: USGS

BEIRUT - Iran's southeastern province of Kerman was hit by multiple strong quakes on Tuesday and Wednesday, injuring at least 18 people and damaging some 20 houses, state media reported.

Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

U.S. court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban, but allows mine nearby

WASHINGTON - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling keeping a ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, but also upheld a separate decision allowing a uranium mine nearby to open.

Norway's PM says happy with sovereign fund's coal exclusion rules

PARIS - Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Tuesday said she had no immediate plans to toughen a rule that means a firm generating about a third or more of its income from coal is excluded from the country's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

Firefighters wrestle to control California wildfire as winds persist

VENTURA, Calif. - Firefighters on Tuesday fought to take further control of a massive California wildfire, the fifth largest in the state's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather were expected to persist throughout the week.

California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

Twenty companies join nations planning coal phase out

PARIS - About 20 companies including Unilever, EDF and Iberdrola joined an international alliance of 26 nations on Tuesday pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming.

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeast Iran

BEIRUT - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit Kerman province in southeast Iran on Tuesday, injuring 18 people and damaging about 20 houses, state media reported.

Poland to back nuclear power, remain reliant on coal: PM

WARSAW - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that his government will support a plan to build the country's first nuclear power station, while Warsaw will still rely on coal in its power generation.

German watchdog recalls VW Touaregs over defeat devices

HAMBURG/BERLIN - Germany's KBA automotive watchdog on Tuesday announced a recall of Volkswagen's flagship European sport-utility vehicles with 3-litre diesel engines after detecting two illicit emissions control devices in the models.

K+S settles environmental dispute with Gerstungen municipality

FRANKFURT - German potash miner K+S has settled a dispute with Gerstungen in Thuringia over the municipality's drinking water, allowing K+S to continue producing potash in the region.

Firefighters look to gain on California wildfire as winds remain relentless

VENTURA, Calif. - Firefighters hope gain further control on Tuesday of a wildfire, the fifth-largest in California's history, as relentless wind gusts and bone-dry weather conditions are expected to persist.

France's AXA to step up investments in green projects to $11 billion by 2020

PARIS - French insurer AXA announced on Tuesday it would quadruple its investments in environmentally-friendly projects by 2020 to 9 billion euros and disinvest further from the coal industry.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes in Iran: USGS

SINGAPORE - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck northeast of Kerman, a provincial capital in Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

BEIJING - China's Yunnan Yuntianhua Co, a major chemical producer based in the southern province of Yunnan, has halted synthetic ammonia production due to natural gas shortages as the nation's winter heating crisis deepens, it said on Tuesday.

Big investors press major companies to step up climate action

OSLO - More than 200 institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management said on Tuesday they would step up pressure on the world's biggest corporate greenhouse gas emitters to combat climate change.

Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.

Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. - Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City.

France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

Exxon to provide details on climate-change impact to its business

- Exxon Mobil Corp on Monday said it would publish new details about how climate change could affect its business in a move aimed at appeasing critics and forestalling another proxy fight next year.

U.S. government calls for teens' climate change lawsuit to be halted

- The U.S. government on Monday urged a federal appeals court to issue an order blocking a lawsuit over climate change brought by a group of Oregon teenagers, warning that allowing it to go forward could lead to a constitutional crisis.

Japan says its CO2 emissions inched to 6-year low in last financial year

TOKYO - Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.2 percent to a six-year low in the financial year that ended last March, government figures showed on Tuesday, amid growing use of renewable energy and the gradual return of nuclear power.

EDF announces big push into solar, sees cost at 25 billion euros

PARIS - French state-owned utility EDF announced on Monday plans for a big push into solar energy in France that is likely to cost around 25 billion euros as the government tries to meet its climate goals.

Canada province pushes on with mega dam project despite opposition

- British Columbia said on Monday it would push ahead with a C$10.7 billion hydroelectric dam project approved by the western Canadian province's previous government, provoking an angry response from a political partner and threats of court cases from indigenous groups.

Snow disrupts schools, travel in UK, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM/LONDON - A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands on Monday, with freezing weather and further snow predicted for later in the day.

VW sees 4-5 billion euros in outflows in 2018 due to dieselgate

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen expects cash outflows of 4-5 billion euros next year in relation to the dieselgate emissions cheating scandal, the carmaker's Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter told journalists on Monday.

Japan sees 60 pct chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting until May

TOKYO - Japan's weather bureau said on Monday that a La Nina weather pattern has emerged, with a 60 percent chance of it lasting though to the end of spring in May.

India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A massive California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 800 structures scorched another 56,000 acres on Sunday, making it the fifth largest such blaze in recorded state history, as it ran toward picturesque coastal cities.But fire officials said as darkness fell that ...

China says 8 northern cities failed air quality targets in Oct, Nov

BEIJING - Eight northern Chinese cities failed to meet air quality targets in October and November, even as local authorities launched rigorous steps to cut emissions during the winter, the government said on Monday.

Trains canceled, flights grounded after snow hits Britain

LONDON - Some trains were canceled, flights were grounded and a rugby match was called off on Sunday after Britain experienced heavy snow fall in some areas.

France to push for European financial transactions tax

PARIS - France will push for an European financial transactions tax to fund the fight against climate change, four French government ministers said in a joint statement.

Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin's visit: sources

CAIRO - Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo on Monday for the country's first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday.

China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

SHANGHAI - 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.

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

VENTURA, Calif. - Firefighters across Southern California made progress on Saturday battling a slew of scattered wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

China's Xinjiang halts mining in nature reserve to curb pollution: Xinhua

BEIJING - 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.

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow

VENTURA, Calif. - 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.

France's Macron hunts for more money to slow climate change

PARIS - 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.

Berlin zoo on survival watch for newborn polar bear

BERLIN - Berlin's Tierpark zoo is anxiously waiting to see if a polar bear cub survives its first few days, when the likelihood of it dying is especially high, the zoo's director said.

Ash billows from Bali volcano in fresh volley of activity

KARANGASEM, Indonesia - A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali ejected greyish-white plumes of ash on Friday, a timelapse sequence of Reuters images showed, a reminder, if it were needed, that its weeks-long period of activity has not ended.

Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

FARIA BEACH/LILAC, Calif. - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, with a new blaze north of San Diego exploding in size in just a few hours and dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

EPA chief says public climate debate may be launched in January

WASHINGTON - 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 unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

Trump open to biofuel policy reform, senators say after meeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump is open to reforming the country's biofuels policy if it can be done in a way that protects jobs in both the refining and agriculture industries, senators said on Thursday after a meeting with Trump on the issue.

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Micronesia: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

- A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck east-northeast of Yap in Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, but there was no tsunami threat.

U.S. delays rule on methane emissions from federal lands

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will delay an Obama-era rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands, it said on Thursday, a move slammed by environmentalists.

Kinder Morgan Canada wins Trans Mountain pipe expansion appeal

CALGARY, Alberta - Canada's energy regulator ruled on Thursday in favor of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's appeal to sidestep some municipal permits for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a major victory for the C$7.4 billion project.

Wildfires pile woes on California pot industry after tough year

- Wildfires blazing through Southern California are worrying marijuana growers, who fear that smoke could damage their crops, the basis of a newly legalized industry in the state.

Southern California fires force 200,000 people to flee

LOS ANGELES - Hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors on Thursday as raging wildfires wreaked havoc on Southern California, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses.

Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.