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Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend: documents


BRUSSELS - Rich nations provided around five times as much in export subsidies for fossil-fuel technology as for renewable energy over a decade, according to OECD data seen by Reuters.

Strong quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

SINGAPORE - A series of strong earthquakes struck off the neighboring South Pacific Ocean states of Samoa and Tonga on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, just hours after a major tremor rattled Papua New Guinea to the west.

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China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown

BEIJING - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday.

China 5:50am EDT

Heavy rains trigger flood fears in Kashmir; six dead

SRINAGAR, India - A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed six people and left 10 missing, police said on Monday, as unseasonal rains swept India, damaging crops and raising fears of flash floods in the mountainous north.

World, 9:10am EDT

Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon's coast

KRIBI, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For over 15 years, Raoul Meno has been fishing the waters off the coastal town of Kribi in southern Cameroon. He has sometimes had to face down storms and high seas to bring home a catch to support his family. But now, he is scared.

World, Africa 2:48am EDT

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist

SANTIAGO - The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.

27 Mar 2015

U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay

OSLO/WASHINGTON - The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.

Global Energy News 29 Mar 2015

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

- An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

27 Mar 2015

Vanuatu risks long-term food insecurity after monster cyclone: UN

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The monster cyclone that hit Vanuatu earlier this month wiped out more than 90 percent of the archipelago's crops, putting its people at risk of a secondary emergency and long-term food insecurity, the United Nations warned on Monday.

7:49am EDT

Oregon ranchers in deal with federal government to protect sage grouse

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon ranchers have reached a deal with the federal government aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat while ensuring landowners won't face more restrictions if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act, officials said on Friday.

27 Mar 2015