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EU climate change goal pits green business against industry


BRUSSELS - A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business.

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.

Global Energy News 3:40am EDT

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

TOKYO - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders reached a deal early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 versus 1990 levels, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a Twitter message.

23 Oct 2014

Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll

SACRAMENTO Calif. - Most Californians favor a ballot initiative authorizing spending $7.5 billion on projects to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply, including a new reservoir and underground storage projects, a poll shows.

U.S., 23 Oct 2014

California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

East Porterville Calif. - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home.

U.S., 23 Oct 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln

- Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.

Natural Disasters 23 Oct 2014

U.S. charges South Africans in illegal rhino hunting case

- A South African company has been indicted in Alabama for selling illegal rhinoceros hunts to Americans and secretly trafficking in the endangered animals’ horns, which sell on the black market at prices higher than gold, prosecutors said on Thursday.

23 Oct 2014

US, Europeans row over post-Fukushima nuclear safety step

VIENNA - The United States is lobbying against an amendment to an international nuclear safety pact proposed by Switzerland, which Berne argues could help prevent Fukushima-style disasters but which may also increase industry costs, diplomats said.

23 Oct 2014

EU set to allow car emissions into carbon trading market

BRUSSELS - The European Union is set to make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move that critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases.

Global Energy News 23 Oct 2014