Environment

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Singles’ Day online discount sales bonanza on Saturday saw bargain-hungry buyers spend over $38 billion, flooding the postal and courier businesses with around 331 million packages – and leaving an estimated 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste. A laborer works at a paper products recycling station in Shanghai, China November 17, 2017.
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(Reuters) – U.S. renewable fuel mandates are contributing to global warming, boosting carbon emissions as farmers turn carbon-rich areas like wetlands and forests into cropland to grow corn, soy and wheat for biofuels production, a study presented on Wednesday said. Three scientists from the University of Wisconsin presented their findings in Fort Worth, Texas, at
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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian volunteers managed to save six whales beached on the northern tip of Sumatra but four died, a conservation official said on Tuesday. The rescuers worked late into Monday night to free six of 10 massive sperm animals using ropes and patrol boats and turn them back into the waters off Aceh
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BERLIN (Reuters) – Environmental policy dominated negotiations on forming a new German coalition on Monday, as the Greens pushed their would-be partners for a quicker exit from coal power. A coal power plant is seen during a thunderstorm in the western city of Weisweiler June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, who lost
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MONTREAL (Reuters) – The United Nations’ aviation agency on Friday recommended scaling back criteria for biofuels used on international flights as part of a compromise with developing countries who felt the rules would be too stringent, two sources familiar with the discussions said. Aviation biofuels, now produced in small volumes from renewable sources, are expected
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LAMU, Kenya (Reuters) – The beaches of Kenya’s idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash. A traditional sailing dhow carries coral bricks for construction near the island of Lamu, Kenya, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union negotiators agreed to a compromise on carbon market reforms on Thursday, with the bloc keen for a deal this week to show leadership at U.N. climate talks in Bonn. FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows from a factory during sunset in the northern Spanish town of Torrelavega, March 12, 2005. REUTERS/Victor Fraile
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BOGOTA (Reuters) – A landslide killed at least four people and left 18 missing in southwest Colombia, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country grappled once again with the deadly pairing of heavy rains and poor infrastructure. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos walks down a street after floods and landslides, caused by heavy rains where
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