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Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuate

TOKYO - A typhoon roared towards Japan's main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Powerful typhoon drenches Japan, tens of thousands advised to evacuate

TOKYO - Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were canceled and train services were disrupted on Sunday as a typhoon roared toward the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds on a national election day.

Ecuador defends big Yasuni rainforest oil bet

YASUNI PARK, Ecuador - The manager of state oil company Petroamazonas defended Ecuador's plans to expand exploitation of major oil reserves in one of the world's most species-diverse rainforests, saying it will ensure minimum environmental impact and use appropriate technology.

Powerful typhoon drenches Japan, soaks voters as they trudge to polls

TOKYO - Heavy rain and wind lashed southern Japan on Sunday as a powerful typhoon neared, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and disrupting rail services on a national election day.

China says winter smog battle to have limited impact on economy

BEIJING - The economic impact of China's tough campaign against smog this winter is expected to be limited, a senior state planning official said on Saturday.

Storm Brian clobbers Ireland and British coastal towns, buildings damaged

TENBY, Wales - Storm Brian battered towns in Ireland and along the western coast of England and Wales on Saturday, with gusts and high seas causing heavy damage to buildings.

Four dead from landslide at Malaysia construction site, victim search to continue

KUALA LUMPUR - Four foreign workers were killed and 10 others are missing after a landslide at a construction site in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang, authorities said.

Three dead, search on for others after landslide at Malaysia construction site

KUALA LUMPUR - Three foreign workers were killed and 11 others were missing after a landslide at a construction site in George Town, capital of the northwest Malaysian state of Penang, authorities said on Saturday.

Strong typhoon nears southern Japan the day before election

TOKYO - Heavy rain and powerful winds are expected to lash large areas of Japan on Sunday as a strong typhoon sweeps ashore, possibly hindering voter turnout in a national election.

Monsanto sues Arkansas over proposed herbicide limits

CHICAGO - Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state's borders.

Solar industry fears for thousands of jobs should U.S. impose import restrictions

SINGAPORE - Singapore-headquartered solar panel maker REC hopes to be exempt from potential U.S. restrictions on imports following a recent trade finding that said no significant injury to the United States had been caused by makers including those from Australia, Canada and Singapore.

EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

NEW YORK - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

Residents of shrinking U.S. island reject 'climate victim' label

TANGIER ISLAND, Md - This summer, a delegation of Republican climate activists visited Tangier Island, a speck of grassland in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, to try to convince its 450 residents to take climate change seriously.

South Koreans' support for nuclear projects deals blow to government energy plan

SEOUL - South Korean public support for nuclear power on Friday sucker punched a government policy to steer the country away from nuclear-generated electricity as Seoul said it would bow to a demand to resume construction of two new reactors.

Rule changes to spur French wind power projects within months: minister

PARIS - France will propose rule changes within six months that will remove administrative hurdles and speed the development of onshore wind power projects, its junior ecology minister said.

APRIL halts Indonesia paper unit ops as forestry permit revoked

JAKARTA - Asia Pacific Resources International Limited has suspended forestry operations at its Indonesian pulp and paper subsidiary after the government cancelled a long-term work plan citing environmental non-compliance.

South Korea survey backs restarting construction of two nuclear reactors

SEOUL - A South Korean government-organized committee is recommending Seoul resume the stalled construction of two nuclear reactors after an opinion survey found nearly 60 percent of respondents were in favor of building the power plants.

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

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - 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.

APRIL halts Indonesia paper unit ops as forestry permit revoked

JAKARTA - Asia Pacific Resources International Limited has suspended forestry operations at its Indonesian pulp and paper subsidiary after the government canceled a long-term work plan citing environmental non-compliance.

California Dept of Insurance estimates wildfires losses at $1.05 billion

- The California Department of Insurance said on Thursday its preliminary estimate for insured wildfire losses was $1.05 billion, based on claims received by the state's eight largest insurers, adding that it expected the numbers to rise.

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

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - 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.

South Korea survey backs restarting construction of two nuclear reactors

SEOUL - A South Korean government-organized committee is recommending Seoul resume the stalled construction of two new nuclear reactors after an opinion survey it set up found nearly 60 percent of respondents said they were in favor of the move.

Typhoon bears down on Japan, will hinder voting in national election

TOKYO - Typhoon Lan with heavy rains and destructive winds is expected to hit southern Japan on Sunday when the nation holds a national election, forcing officials in Okinawa to stage voting a day early on some remote islands.

After massive quakes, millions in Mexico turn to early warning app

MEXICO CITY - Since two massive earthquakes hit Mexico in September, claiming more than 460 lives, an early warning start-up called SkyAlert has doubled its users to 5.8 million, making it one of the country's most downloaded apps.

U.S. House members ask EPA not to lower biofuels requirements

NEW YORK - A group of 22 members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter on Thursday not to lower some requirements for mixing biofuels into the country's fuel supply, but also not to let ethanol exports qualify for renewable fuel credits, according ...

Dutch will miss 2020 green energy, climate targets: report

AMSTERDAM - The Netherlands will miss 2020 targets for renewable energy production and greenhouse gas emissions despite new investments in wind power, according to a government review published on Thursday.

EU agrees measure to safeguard carbon market from Brexit

BRUSSELS - EU lawmakers and member states have agreed ways to safeguard the carbon market if Britain leaves the emissions trading scheme as a result of Brexit.

Study links pollution to millions of deaths worldwide

LONDON - Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.

South Africa commits to shale gas despite adverse court ruling

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's mineral resources minister said on Thursday the government remains committed to shale gas exploration despite a court order revoking fracking regulations that pushes back plans to award the first exploration licenses by 2019.

South African court revokes shale gas regulations: AgriSA

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's High Court has quashed regulations governing proposed shale gas fracking, farmers lobby AgriSA said on Thursday after taking the government to court to stop fracking in Eastern Cape province.

China's Chongqing Changan to stop selling combustion-engine cars from 2025

BEIJING - China's Chongqing Changan Automobile on Thursday said it would stop selling combustion-engine cars, starting 2025, and invest more than 100 billion yuan by that time to advance its "new energy strategy".

China's bold gas plan may threaten winter power supplies

BEIJING - China has ordered state oil companies to speed up the construction of pipelines to move natural gas to homes and factories, underscoring worries that the country's insufficient infrastructure could cause power outages during the peak winter demand period.

Trailers could house those displaced by fires in California wine country

LOS ANGELES - Residents of Northern California's wine country left homeless by the state's deadliest-ever wildfires could be temporarily housed in federal government trailers, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the blazes rose to 42.

Portugal fires burn 520,000 hectares, nearly 60 percent of EU total

LISBON - Portugal's fires have burnt 520,000 hectares of forest this year, 52 times the size of Lisbon and representing nearly 60 percent of the total area burnt in the entire European Union in 2017, data from the EU showed on Wednesday.

Trump 'committed' to U.S. renewable fuels: Iowa governor

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump sought to ease concerns on Wednesday that his administration would make major alterations to biofuels policy, telling Iowa's governor he was committed to a decade-old biofuels program even as a top official considers changing it.

Peru releases artificially hatched baby turtles into wild

LIMA - Peru released more than 5,000 baby turtles into an Amazonian nature reserve this week, part of a group of 700,000 being hatched artificially in 2017 to keep their eggs from being depleted by excessive hunting in the wild, a park official said on Wednesday.

EU agrees measure to safeguard carbon market from Brexit

BRUSSELS - EU lawmakers and member states agreed on Wednesday a measure to guard the carbon market in case of a breakdown in Brexit talks as well as extending the exemption of international flights from the European Union's charges for carbon emissions until the end of 2023.

Fiji to sell world's first climate-change 'green' bonds

SYDNEY - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

U.S. firm to build solar plants in blackout-plagued Gaza

GAZA - 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.

China clean energy firms face $30 billion subsidy shortfall: government official

BEIJING - China will struggle to pay billions of yuan in subsidies to clean energy companies, with the shortfall set to quadruple by 2020, a government official said on Wednesday, underscoring the cost of funding the country's ambitious renewables push.

BP eyes smaller renewable investments to avoid repeating losses

LONDON - BP is targeting smaller and wider-ranging investments in renewable energy to avoid large losses in the sector like those it suffered earlier in the decade, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said on Wednesday.

Fiji to sell world's first climate-change "green" bonds

SYDNEY - Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

Deforestation drops for first time in three years in Brazil's Amazon

BRASILIA - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon fell 16 percent in the year to July 2017 compared to the same period a year prior, the first decline in three years, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday.

Bloody spectacle: Indonesian villages pit wild boars against dogs

CIKAWAO, Indonesia - A gory fight to the death between snarling dogs and captured wild boars.

Senate Democrats vow to fight drilling in Alaska reserve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to fight a measure expected to be slipped into budget legislation that would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling, saying it would destroy one of earth's remaining paradises.

U.S. regulator hints at changes to plan boosting coal, nuclear plants

WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Tuesday that a directive from the U.S. energy secretary to prop up struggling nuclear and coal power plants has initiated an important conversation, but hinted the agency may not pass the plan without changes.

U.S. municipal disaster plans seen more vital for ratings: report

NEW YORK - U.S. state and city governments' planning for natural disasters will become more critical to their credit quality as costs to deal with extreme weather events increase, S&P Global Ratings said in a report on Tuesday.

Fiji urges "absolute dedication" to toughest climate target

OSLO - Fiji called on Tuesday for "absolute dedication" to the strictest limits on global warming as it prepares to preside over U.N. talks next month seeking to keep the Paris climate agreement on track despite a U.S. pullout.

Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies

SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims.

China's President Xi says will continue years-long war on smog

BEIJING - China will keep up its years-long battle against smog to ensure "blue skies" and promote a "revolution" in clean energy, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of a key Communist Party congress.