Fashion and the environment, an uncomfortable fit for McCartney

LONDON (Reuters) – The booming fashion industry is medieval in its approach to manufacturing and needs to modernize in order to radically cut the damage it is doing to the environment, British designer Stella McCartney has said.

German prosecutors may widen Bosch emissions probe

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German prosecutors may widen an investigation into auto supplier Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL] over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating to include dealings with Fiat , Ford , General Motors and Hyundai , according to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office.

Belgium to double offshore wind energy capacity as it exits nuclear power

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium will double the area of its North Sea waters made available to offshore wind parks after 2020, the government announced on Friday, as part of its exit strategy from nuclear power.

HSBC to stop financing most new coal plants, oil sands, arctic drilling

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s largest bank HSBC said on Friday it would mostly stop funding new coal power plants, oil sands and arctic drilling, becoming the latest in a long line of investors to shun the fossil fuels.

German politics split over diesel refit burden

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is asking carmakers to tell him how they plan to complete by the end of the year software upgrades on diesel vehicles to reduce emissions, he told a newspaper.

Fire dancers hope to keep flame alive during Boracay closure

BORACAY, Philippines (Reuters) – As night falls on the Philippine resort island of Boracay, beach-goers eat, drink and watch a troupe of fire dancers twirling flames and performing acrobatics.

China says accidentally reported two major quakes which never happened

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s earthquake administration said on Friday that it had accidentally reported two major quakes which in fact had never happened, saying they were drills which had been unintentionally released to the public.

Australian energy leaders look to end power and climate policy war

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian government will press state energy leaders on Friday to back a new plan designed to secure reliable, affordable power supply while cutting emissions, seeking to end a decade of warfare over climate and energy policy.

Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions-study

OSLO (Reuters) – The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries’ time, a scientific study said on Thursday.

Trump administration begins review process for drilling in Alaska refuge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration this week will begin the environmental review process for oil and gas drilling on a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a region in northern Alaska rich in crude but prized by conservationists.

Explainer: Plans to end cocoa deforestation face multiple hurdles

DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) – Faced with the prospect of losing all its forests, Ivory Coast has partnered with chocolate makers to try to halt the spread of cocoa plantations in protected national parks and reserves.

Ethical cocoa schemes no panacea for struggling farmers

LONDON (Reuters) – Global chocolate makers are buying more cocoa sourced through schemes aimed at stamping out poverty as they rush to make their supply chains more ethical ahead of self-imposed 2020 deadlines.

Japanese volcano erupts, spitting out smoke and rock; no injuries

TOKYO (Reuters) – A volcano in Japan erupted on Thursday, shooting clouds of smoke and rocks into the sky, and prompting authorities to ban access to the peak, but there were no reports of any damage or casualties.

Japan carbon capture site shows promise for industrial use

TOMAKOMAI, Japan (Reuters) – A test site in Japan for burying carbon dioxide (CO2) below the seabed off Hokkaido island is showing more promise than other carbon, capture and storage (CCS) projects by cutting costs and increasing efficiency, its developer says.

Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes southern Iran, no casualties reported: TV

ANKARA (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Thursday struck Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, which is home to a nuclear power plant, state television reported, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. 

Hundreds flee homes as 4.4 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A shallow earthquake brought down hundreds of poorly built buildings in Indonesia, forcing more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, rescue officials said on Thursday. The 4.4 magnitude quake hit the Banjarnegara district of Central Java late on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring more than…

China environment ministry warns of ‘stalemate’ in war on smog

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s war on pollution is at risk of reaching a “stalemate”, with poor weather conditions undermining the country’s efforts to reduce smog, an environment ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Brazilian state prosecutor opposes Total drill plan at mouth of Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The public prosecutor’s office in the northern state of Amapá recommended on Wednesday that Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama deny French major Total a license to drill for oil near the mouth of the Amazon.

Peru will not ‘impose’ mining projects on communities: prime minister

LIMA (Reuters) – The government of new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Wednesday it would not “impose” mining projects on nearby communities that object to them, but would seek to promote mining investments to take advantage of improved mineral prices.

Britain to ban sale of plastic straws in bid to fight waste

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Norwegian plastics recycler Tomra seeks to expand in China

ASKER, Norway (Reuters) – Norway’s Tomra, the world’s top maker of machines that collect plastic bottles and repay a deposit, is seeking to expand in China as governments worldwide work to limit waste, Chief Executive Stefan Ranstrand said on Wednesday.

Quiet no more, French village becomes center of anti-nuclear protest

BURE, France (Reuters) – The 82 residents of the French village of Bure lived a quiet life until the government began testing the feasibility of storing nuclear waste there. Now Bure is rocked by protests as a final decision on the project looms.

In Sweden, wind farms and warplanes battle for airspace

OSLO (Reuters) – Several wind farm projects in Sweden are under threat due to the government’s decision to reserve more airspace for its armed forces, according to two companies and an industry lobby group.

German prosecutors investigate Porsche board member over emissions

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German prosecutors are investigating current and former employees of Volkswagen-owned sports car maker Porsche, including a management board member, as part of their inquiries into emissions manipulations, they said on Wednesday.

Wind-fanned wildfires threaten to spread in parched Oklahoma

TALOGA, Okla. (Reuters) – Wildfires which have killed two people in western Oklahoma could spread and more could ignite as wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour whip an area where scant rain has fallen in five months, fire and forestry officials said on Tuesday.

Lucky for some: Chinese city launches wind power lottery to ease grid strains

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The city of Yanan, a major wind power base in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has introduced a lottery system to decide which wind projects will go ahead this year, a sign that grid constraints are forcing local governments to restrict capacity.

Britain’s Costa promises to recycle half a billion coffee cups by 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Costa Coffee pledged on Wednesday to recycling half a billion coffee cups a year by 2020 and said it seeks to become the first chain to guarantee it recycles the same number of cups as it puts onto the market.

Trump energy aide Catanzaro heads back to lobbying firm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s top aide on domestic energy issues, including biofuels quotas and scrapping Obama-era rules on car and power plant carbon emissions, is stepping down to return to the lobbying practice he left last year, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Study for EU questions jumbo France-Spain gas pipe plan – sources

PARIS (Reuters) – A report prepared for the European Commission has questioned the economic viability of plans to build a gas pipeline connecting Spain and France, designed in part to help reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian piped gas, five sources told Reuters.

German farmers push for resumed hunting of wolves as numbers grow

BERLIN (Reuters) – German farmers say it is time to rescind a ban on hunting wolves because the animals have become an increasing threat to herds of sheep and other farm animals since their reintroduction in Germany in 2000 after more than 130 years of extinction.