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No joke: China government warns northern cities to get serious in war on smog

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BEIJING Some northern Chinese cities failed to improve air quality by much last month, hitting the smog-prone region's overall results in a drive against pollution, the government said as it warned provincial officials to comply with stringent steps to clear the skies.

Indonesian startup wages war on plastic with edible seaweed cups

JAKARTA Jakarta food and beverages retailer Ong Tek Tjan sells ice cream in cups his customers can eat afterwards, instead of throwing away - they are made from seaweed and taste like jelly, in flavors from peppermint to green tea. | Video

5:26am EST

China diesel in rare rally as smog war, tax fears stir supply worries

BEIJING A rally in China's diesel prices has pushed the fuel to a rare premium over gasoline as dealers scramble to scoop up supplies amid fears of shortages due to Beijing's war on smog and possible tax changes.

China 2:27am EST

Tornado in Indonesia injures 35, damages hundreds of homes

JAKARTA A tornado ripped through a densely populated area in Indonesia's East Java province on Wednesday, injuring 35 people and damaging more than 600 homes, the head of the local disaster mitigation official said.

5:57am EST

Keystone clean-up to last several weeks, line restart unclear

NEW YORK/CALGARY The clean-up of an oil spill from TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline may last several weeks, South Dakota's environmental regulator said on Wednesday, but it is still unclear when the key artery will restart.

U.S., Nov 22 2017

Quake magnitude 5.0 strikes southwest Turkey

ISTANBUL An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 hit southwest Turkey at 2022 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Nov 22 2017

The future looks bright: light pollution rises on a global scale

WASHINGTON The world is getting brighter, but scientists say that may not be a good thing.

Science, Nov 22 2017

Britain to hike levy on diesel cars

LONDON Britain will increase the tax paid by those driving new diesel cars that do not meet the latest emissions standards from next year, in the latest blow to the hard-pressed sector.

6:31am EST

Small eruption at Bali volcano triggers Singapore travel advisory

JAKARTA Indonesia's Mount Agung volcano in Bali has let out a puff of black smoke and ash in a small eruption, prompting Singapore to advise its citizens to be ready to evacuate the holiday island at short notice amid concern about a bigger eruption.

UK to seek to cut plastic waste through tax system, charges: Hammond

LONDON The British government will look into ways to reduce plastic waste through the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday during his budget speech to parliament.

Nov 22 2017