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Nations pledge climate action, obstacles remain to summit: France


PARIS Almost all governments have outlined plans for fighting global warming beyond 2020 in a positive sign for resolving a string of obstacles at a U.N. climate summit starting on Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday.

Rain and ice batter central U.S. as Texas death toll rises to four

AUSTIN, Texas Flooding and travel delays are likely over the holiday weekend for a swath of south and central United States stretching from Texas to Kentucky, bringing up to a foot of rain in some places and killing at least four, weather forecasters said Saturday.

Natural Disasters, U.S. 2:55pm EST

Anonymous hackers target Iceland sites in whaling protest

REYKJAVIK Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation.

Tech, Cybersecurity 10:15am EST

Germany's Merkel urges strict, binding goals to tackle climate change

FRANKFURT Germany's chancellor gave a qualified welcome on Saturday to China's pledge to tackle rising temperatures ahead of a global climate conference but she called for more ambitious goals to cut greenhouse emissions.

7:01am EST

Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for dam burst

BRASILIA Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday.

Brazil 27 Nov 2015

Japan to resume whaling in the Antarctic despite IWC ruling

TOKYO Japan has decided to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean by the end of March after a hiatus since last year, a move likely to prompt international outrage.

Japan 27 Nov 2015

Canada panda cubs doing well, moved to larger incubator: zoo

TORONTO The Toronto Zoo's twin giant panda cubs have been moved to a larger incubator and are doing very well, the zoo said on Friday in an update of the six-week old cubs, the first baby pandas born in Canada.

27 Nov 2015

Sandra weakens to tropical storm off Mexico's Pacific coast

MEXICO CITY Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

27 Nov 2015

Canada backs U.S.: climate deal should not be legally binding

OTTAWA Canada on Friday backed the U.S. approach to major climate change talks in Paris, saying any carbon reduction targets agreed at the negotiations should not be legally binding.

Global Energy News 27 Nov 2015

Governments take rose-tinted view of climate projections before summit

OSLO Before a summit on climate change in Paris next week, many governments are citing scientific studies indicating that their plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions until 2030 will come within 0.7 degrees Celsius of an agreed 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) target for limiting global warming this century.

27 Nov 2015