U.S. nets $46,000 on Trump’s California oil, gas drilling auction

By Nichola Groom | Reuters U.S. taxpayers netted less than $50,000 on Thursday in bids for oil and gas leases in California as the Trump administration held the first federal drilling auction since 2012 in the Democratic and environmentally minded state. The auction for drilling rights on seven parcels covering 4,100 acres generated $46,148.64, according […]

Global citizens’ assembly planned to address climate crisis

Project hopes to influence policymakers at Cop26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow People around the world will have a chance to discuss responses to the climate crisis in a planned global citizens’ assembly to inform UN talks in Glasgow in 2021, organisers said on Thursday. The project aims to build on similar initiatives in […]

Venice floods before safeguard barriers are activated

By Giulia Segreti | Reuters ROME – Venice was under water on Tuesday as heavy rain and strong winds pushed into the lagoon city, catching the authorities off guard before they could activate the huge flood barriers that were rolled out just two months ago. The system of 78 flood gates, known as Mose, guard […]

Trump signs order extending Florida coast drilling ban

By Jeff Mason | Reuters JUPITER – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to extend a ban on offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida, as he seeks to win support in the state ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The executive order would expand the ban to […]

Brazil’s president denies existence of Amazon fires

By Jake Spring and Maria Carolina Marcello | Reuters BRASILIA – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, calling it a “lie,” despite data produced by his own government showing that thousands of fires are surging across the region. Bolsonaro last year similarly denied a spike […]