California storms to dump up to seven feet of snow, force evacuations

(Reuters) – A big Pacific storm is set to dump up to seven feet of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and several inches of rain elsewhere in the state on Wednesday and Thursday, compounding the flood risk after earlier rain storms blew through the state. “The big one is rolling in late morning today, that’s for darn sure,” said meteorologist David Roth with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Police in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties ordered evacuations Tuesday from areas damaged by…

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Failure to curb climate change a top risk: Davos survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The risk that global efforts to tackle climate change will fail has risen despite concerns about powerful storms, floods, and droughts, a survey released by the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday, days before its annual gathering in Davos. The annual Global Risks Report, which incorporates the survey, highlighted several top risks for 2019 including massive incidents of data fraud and theft and large scale cyberattacks. But the top risk by likelihood in the survey was extreme weather, in a survey of 1,000 experts from government, business,…

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Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment

JAKARTA (Reuters) – An ambitious scheme to replant about a fifth of the land under palm oil in Indonesia is running far behind schedule, marking a blow to efforts by the world’s top producer to lift yields and fend off attacks on the sustainability of the crop. The target of replanting 2.4 million hectares of palm grown by smallholders with quality seedlings by 2025 comes as Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s No. 2 producer, face a backlash in Western countries over the environmental toll of the edible oil. Indonesia is…

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California storms to dump up to 7 feet of snow, force evacuations

(Reuters) – Big Pacific storms are set to dump up to seven feet (2.1 meters) of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and several inches of rain elsewhere in the state, forcing evacuations in areas at risk to mudslides. The first storm moved over Southern California on Tuesday, with rainfall of up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) expected in parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and up to 4.5 inches (11.4) in the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported. Police in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara…

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Vedanta tells top English court pollution case should be heard in Zambia

LONDON (Reuters) – Lawyers for Vedanta Resources told England’s Supreme Court on Tuesday that a case raised against the mining company by nearly 2,000 Zambian villagers should be heard in Zambia not London. India-listed Vedanta, which delisted from London last year but maintains a legal base in Britain, is appealing a lower court ruling that a case in which villagers alleged their land was polluted by a Vedanta unit could be heard in England. The two-day hearing will be watched by other multinational companies with a base in London and…

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French court cancels Monsanto weedkiller permit on safety grounds

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court canceled the license for one of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkillers on Tuesday over safety concerns, in the latest blow to the Bayer-owned business. Germany’s Bayer, which bought Monsanto for $63 billion last year, faces thousands of U.S. lawsuits by people who say its Roundup and Ranger Pro products caused their cancer. A court in Lyon in southeast France ruled that the approval granted by French environment agency ANSES in 2017 for Roundup Pro 360 had failed to take into account potential health risks. Bayer has…

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Saudi Arabia sees domestic energy use falling, plans renewables push

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia expects domestic energy consumption to fall by 1.5 million to 2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2030 as a result of moves a year ago to hike gasoline and electricity prices, the energy minister said on Tuesday. Khalid al-Falih also told an energy industry event in Abu Dhabi that Saudi Arabia planned to issue tenders for at least 12 renewable energy projects this year, as part of a push by the world’s biggest oil exporter to diversify its energy mix. He…

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It's the final straw for plastics, says Nestle

ZURICH (Reuters) – Nestle (NESN.S) next month will start to drop plastic straws from its products and is working on biodegradable water bottles in a drive to reduce plastic waste, it said on Tuesday. The steps are part of a campaign launched last year by firms including the Swiss group, the world’s biggest packaged food company, to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. They come amid a global crackdown on throw-away items that can languish for years in oceans and landfills. Nestle said from February it would start…

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French court annuls market approval for Bayer's RoundUp Pro 360

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court dealt a blow to Bayer’s Monsanto division by deciding to cancel the authorization to market a Monsanto product containing glyphosate. Court filings published on Tuesday showed that a regional French court in Lyon had decided to cancel the market authorization for Monsanto’s RoundUp Pro 360. Bayer, which acquired Monsanto this year for $63 billion, is facing thousands of lawsuits in the U.S. brought by users of glyphosate-based weed killers RoundUp and Ranger Pro, who claim the products caused their cancer. Bayer, which has cited…

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