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Transition to low-carbon energy may accelerate after crisis: Shell

The ongoing transition to low-carbon energy sources may accelerate as economies recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the head of oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell says.

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Crossing state lines? Oil firms flare Texas gas as investors vent on climate

Across the Permian Basin's high desert landscape, natural gas is going up in smoke even as oil majors including Exxon Mobil and BP pledge cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Canada hit by new rail, road barricades in wake of arrests of indigenous protesters

Protesters in Canada blocked train lines, Vancouver's port entrance and at least one highway on Tuesday in response to the arrest of 10 indigenous protesters when police dismantled a rail barricade in southern Ontario a day ago.

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Ride-hailing increases emissions, contributes to climate pollution

Ride-hailing services are increasing carbon emissions, with such trips creating more pollution than comparable private car rides and drawing passengers away from public transportation, according to a study released on Tuesday that examined the impact on seven U.S. cities.

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Canada seeks peaceful end to rail blockade as pressure builds

Canada is seeking a peaceful end to a rail blockade that has shut down freight and passenger traffic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, amid increasing pressure from the Conservative opposition to clear the tracks.

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Netherlands cuts speed limit to reduce nitrogen pollution

The Netherlands will cut its nationwide speed limit to a maximum 100 km per hour (62 mph) as part of a package of emergency measures intended to reduce nitrogen pollution, Prime Minister Mark Rutte says.

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Energy

Oil spill may be worst environmental 'attack' in Brazil's history: Petrobras CEO

Oil slicks washing up on beaches along more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) of Brazil's northeast coastline could be the worst environmental "attack" in the country's history, the chief executive of state-run oil giant Petrobras says.

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Italy to tax plastic and sugar, angering producers

Italy's 2020 budget will include new taxes on plastic and sugary drinks designed to raise 1.3 billion euros, government officials said on Monday, prompting protests from producers.

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Exclusive: Germany eyes fiscal U-turn with new debt to finance climate plan

Germany is considering ditching its long-cherished balanced budget policy to help finance a costly climate protection program with new debt, a senior government official said.

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Spain proposes EU carbon tax on energy imports

Spain's acting government has called on the European Union to assess a potential carbon tax on power imports to protect the bloc's interests and help it to pursue its environmental targets amid growing public concern over climate change.

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Citing climate differences, Shell walks away from U.S. refining lobby

Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies, citing its support for the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

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Despite Andean sun, renewable energy in Colombia faces cloudy outlook

The 36,000 solar panels gleam in the tropical heat of a valley outside the city of Yumbo in western Colombia, feeding dozens of megawatts to a nearby soft drinks factory as well as the national grid.

Climate

Ship financiers back tougher action to cut CO2 emissions at sea

Leading shipping finance banks have joined industry players in support of faster action to cut carbon emissions by the sector.

Toxics

In Chilean desert, global thirst for lithium is fueling a 'water war'

On Chilean water regulator Oscar Cristi's desk, a small white espresso cup teeters atop piles of documents and loose folders that appear on the point of collapse, perhaps an apt metaphor for the growing water crisis in parts of the Andean country.
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More than 40 companies pledge to cut UK plastic pollution

More than 40 companies, including Britain's biggest supermarkets, Coca Cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble, have bowed to growing pressure to tackle pollution by committing to cut plastic use over the next seven years.
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