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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Following Recent Surge, Wind Now Generates 5.5 Percent of U.S. Electricity

The U.S. wind energy industry experienced its fastest first-quarter growth since 2009, installing 2,000 new megawatts of capacity — enough to power about 500,000 homes — on its way to producing 5.5 percent of the country’s electricity.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) also reported that another 21,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity is now under construction or in advanced development — enough to power an additional 5 million average U.S. homes. The AWEA said that 908 utility-scale wind turbines were erected in the first quarter of 2017, driving a nearly four-fold increase in wind energy growth over the first quarter of 2016. Forty-one U.S. states — most recently Rhode Island and North Carolina — now have utility-scale wind power projects. Texas is by far the wind energy leader in the U.S., with a wind power capacity of 21,000 megawatts.

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Five killed in Texas tornadoes; rains, winds lash U.S. midsection: media

(Reuters) – Tornadoes killed five people east of Dallas in Texas, local media reported on Saturday, as heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland.

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U.S. appeals court grants Trump request on climate regulations case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday granted a Trump administration request to put on hold a legal challenge by industry and a group of states to former President Barack Obama’s regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, rules that the Republican president is moving to undo.

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U.S. lawmakers push Yucca nuclear dump facing transport crunch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives will debate legislation on Wednesday to breathe life into the stalled Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel dump in Nevada, but critics say the project is hindered by the lack of an easy transport route.

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March for Science draws big crowds, clever signs across U.S.

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people turned out in cities across the United States and beyond on Saturday for Earth Day events billed as a “celebration of science” to counter what organizers say is a growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge in Washington.

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Exclusive: Vomitoxin makes nasty appearance for U.S. farm sector

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A fungus that causes “vomitoxin” has been found in some U.S. corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices.

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U.S. judge sentences Volkswagen to three-years’ probation, oversight

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge in Detroit on Friday sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years’ probation and independent oversight for the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal as part of a $ 4.3 billion settlement announced in January.

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