Coal India wins tax-cut boost as environmentalists fret

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – State-run Coal India Ltd, saddled with millions of tonnes of unsold coal, is expected to be the biggest beneficiary of a controversial government decision to more than halve the sales tax on the fuel after a jump in local supplies.


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California highway to be closed for months after Big Sur landslide

(Reuters) – A section of highway winding along California’s breathtaking Big Sur coastline will probably remain closed for months by damage from a massive landslide unleashed by a rain-soaked hillside over the Pacific, state transportation officials said on Wednesday.


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Volkswagen CEO says enforcing culture change poses challenges

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s top executive said some managers are resisting the German carmaker’s push for a new era of accountability after its emissions fraud, suggesting it could still take years to establish a new corporate culture.


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Ahead of Exxon’s annual meeting, climate activists gain ground

BOSTON (Reuters) – Shareholder activists focused on climate issues are gaining traction in their push to have large energy companies and utilities take account of the impact rising global temperatures could have on their businesses.


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Exclusive: Trump EPA transition chief laments slow progress in killing green rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who led President Donald Trump’s transition team for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, told a conservative conference last month that the new administration is moving too slowly to unravel climate change regulations.


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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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U.S. regulators approve VW diesel fix for 84,000 vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board on Friday announced approval of a fix for about 84,000 older Volkswagen diesel vehicles that can emit excess emissions.


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U.S. works on climate interests relevant if Trump stays in U.N. pact

OSLO (Reuters) – A pared-down U.S. delegation has quietly worked to promote long-standing U.S. climate interests at global talks in Germany even though President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of an agreement largely designed by Washington.


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Fiji says U.S. faces climate risks, urges Trump to ‘stay in canoe’

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Fiji, due to lead global talks on climate change, said on Thursday that rising sea levels threaten New York and Miami and urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “stay in the canoe” alongside other nations in the fight against global warming.


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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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