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Amazon forest fires could increase risk of serious coronavirus infections

BOGOTA (Reuters) – An intense season of fires in the Amazon rainforest this year could overwhelm health systems and lead to unnecessary deaths, including of coronavirus, as pollution worsens respiratory conditions, public health experts said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows from a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia …

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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a devastating 2018 wildfire in Northern California touched off by the utility company’s power lines. FILE PHOTO: PG&E works on power lines to repair damage caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November …

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Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short of breath. FILE PHOTO: Hanson Rowe, a landowner who blames a leaky gas well on …

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Six EU countries lead push for clean hydrogen support

(Reuters) – Six European Union countries, including Germany, France and the Netherlands, have called for EU legislation and increased funding to support hydrogen, a low-carbon technology in line for cash from the bloc’s coronavirus recovery fund. FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File …

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Exclusive: U.S. Democratic Party irked by council’s ‘insurgent’ climate plan – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic National Committee’s council on climate change irked party leadership when it published policy recommendations this month that ventured beyond presidential candidate Joe Biden’s plan, according to three people familiar with the matter. The party tension shows the tricky nature of climate politics as Biden seeks to court young and more …

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EU set to slightly surpass 2030 renewable energy goal, but funding boost needed

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2020. Picture taken February 19, 2020 REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union looks set to slightly beat its goal to get a third of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, but public support will be …

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Unilever to invest 1 billion euros in climate change fund over 10 years

(Reuters) – Unilever Plc (ULVR.L) said on Monday it will invest 1 billion euros in a fund to invest in climate change projects and reduce to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from all its products by 2039, 11 years ahead of the Paris Agreement deadline. FILE PHOTO: Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands August 21, 2018. …

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Earthquake in eastern Turkey kills one, injures nine

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude shook Bingol province in eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing one person and injuring nine others, officials said. The quake, with its epicentre in the Karliova district of Bingol, struck at 5:24 p.m. (1424 GMT), damaging dozens of homes and buildings, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate …

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Earthquake with 5.7 magnitude hits eastern Turkey, three injured

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude shook Bingol province in eastern Turkey on Sunday, causing the collapse of a military observation tower which injured three people, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said the epicentre of the quake was in the Karliova district of Bingol. Soylu …

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