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IAEA recommends France raises funds, workforce for nuclear safety


PARIS - French nuclear watchdog ASN got a clean bill of health from an International Atomic Energy Agency-led peer review on Friday, although the report highlighted the need for more staff and money in the future.

France to rank cars for pollution, wants to phase out diesel fuel

PARIS - France wants to gradually phase out the use of diesel fuel for private passenger transport and will put in place a system to identify the most polluting vehicles, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday.

France 12:51pm EST

Spanish pledge raises climate fund close to $10 billion goal

OSLO - A Spanish pledge of 120 million euros ($150 million) to a fund to help poor nations cope with global warming has raised the total close to the $10 billion U.N. target before a U.N. meeting in Peru next week to work on a climate deal.

Global Energy News 11:29am EST

Lava from Cape Verde volcano threatens to engulf town

PRAIA - Molten lava from a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago slid towards the town of Cha das Caldeiras on Thursday, threatening to destroy it and a nearby village four days after an initial eruption.

27 Nov 2014

U.S., British data show 2014 could be hottest year on record

OSLO, Nov 27 - This year may eclipse 2010 as the hottest since records began in the 19th century, a sign long-term global warming is being stoked by rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said.

Global Energy News 27 Nov 2014

France to stop credits for coal projects in developing countries

PARIS - France will eliminate export credits for energy projects in developing countries which involve coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

27 Nov 2014

China takes 'zero tolerance' approach to regional polluters: Cabinet

BEIJING - China will take a "zero tolerance" approach to a wide range of environmental violations and has promised stronger action against regional governments that protect polluters or hinder inspections, according to a Cabinet document.

China 26 Nov 2014

East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel

NEW YORK - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel.

U.S., 26 Nov 2014

Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

- The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with environmentalists over impacts on the premier U.S. park.

U.S., 26 Nov 2014

Nigeria's parliament says Shell should pay $4 billion for 2011 oil spill

ABUJA - Nigeria's National Assembly said on Wednesday oil major Shell should pay $3.96 billion for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield in the latest assessment of damage to the environment.

Africa, United Nations 26 Nov 2014