Indonesia’s disaster agency says forest fire threat to escalate

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) has warned of an escalating threat of forest fires with the dry season expected to peak in coming months, while hot spots detected in the province of Aceh have already been causing choking smoke.


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Exclusive: U.S. aid agency under scrutiny for loans in Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. government is auditing a foreign aid program that loaned almost $ 1 billion to renewable energy projects in Chile – including solar farms in such deep financial trouble that the loans may never be fully repaid, according to people familiar with the matter.


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White House moving ahead with stiff EPA budget cuts: group, citing document

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration plans deep cuts to state environmental programs, a summary of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget showed on Friday, even after some Republicans in affected states raised concerns when the agency released an initial outline of the budget in March.


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Leaked: UK £7 billion export credit for fossil fuel industry violates ‘clean energy’ pledge

Between 2011 and 2016 the UK’s export finance agency UKEF provided £109m to underwrite exports of equipment to coal mines in Russia, writes Lawrence Carter – despite the agency’s commitment not to support ‘investment in dirty fossil-fuel energy production’. And that’s just a fraction of the £6.9 billion UKEF has lavished on the corrupt, polluting sector since 2000, while it was meant to be backing the clean energy technologies of the future.
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Brazil farm lobby seeks to dismantle indigenous affairs agency

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A congressional panel backed by Brazil’s powerful farm lobby recommended on Tuesday dismantling Indian affairs agency Funai, a move critics said would leave indigenous tribes unprotected from an advancing agricultural frontier.


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UN agricultural agency links food security and climate change in new guidelines

The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore.

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EPA says website undergoing makeover to match Trump, Pruitt views

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.gov, is getting a makeover to reflect the views of President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency said on Friday.


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Trump’s EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider a rule on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its compliance date, the agency said on Wednesday in the Trump administration’s latest move to reduce regulations.


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EPA auditor to review emissions testing checks after VW case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency watchdog plans to review whether the agency’s internal controls are effective at detecting vehicle emissions fraud, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General said.


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Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon: EPA head

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will begin rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations in an “aggressive way” as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday – adding he understood why some Americans want to see his agency eliminated completely.


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