Environment

BEIJING (Reuters) – Local officials in China’s northern Shandong province have used fake data to help aluminum and steel producers avoid mandatory production curbs, the state-run China Youth Daily reported, citing a Ministry of Environmental Protection inspection team. “Local official have covered up for aluminum producers, leading them to build up their capacity,” the Youth
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BEIJING (Reuters) – China published its first “green development” index on Tuesday, listing regional governments which promote environmentally friendly development, with Beijing coming out top, though it came second-to-last in a survey of public satisfaction. The heavily polluted capital was first in the ranking of 31 provinces and regions for 2016, which was published by
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – State-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall expects it will become carbon neutral sooner than planned, its Chief Executive Magnus Hall told German weekly Welt am Sonntag. “Believe that 2050 is not enough. We can manage that sooner,” the paper quoted him as saying. “Whether it will be 2040 or 2045, we can’t and won’t
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Crews battling to subdue the remnants of a sprawling Southern California wildfire gained more ground on Thursday after a resurgence of winds proved weaker than expected, allowing officials to lift all remaining evacuation orders and warnings. The so-called Thomas fire, California’s second-largest on record, has charred 272,600 acres (110,317 hectares) of
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LONDON (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck a town near the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday night, state media reported, but there were no initial reports of casualties or significant damage. Last month, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit villages and towns in Iran’s western Kermanshah province along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing 620
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