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EPA unveils weaker alternative to Obama power plant rule
The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed replacing a signature Obama-era policy to combat climate change with a weaker plan that would let states write their own rules on coal-fired power plants, prompting critics to warn of dire environmental and health consequences.

India's flood-ravaged Kerala seeks at least $1.4 billion loan for reconstruction
India's flood-ravaged Kerala state will seek to borrow more than 100 billion rupees ($1.4 billion) to finance reconstruction work after a disaster that has claimed nearly 400 lives, its chief minister said on Tuesday.

Local boatmen the heroes of flood rescues in India's Kerala
Divya G. clung to a floating banana plant, then used a rope to pull herself to safety through neck-deep water as floods inundated her home in southern India. After more than a day camped with her family on the upper floor of her neighbors two-storey house, they were spotted by a fishing boat and rescued.

Chile's 'monkey puzzle' trees dying amid changing climate: scientists
Scientists in Chile are studying the deaths of hundreds of the country's Araucaria, or "Monkey Puzzle," trees, which they believe may have been weakened by climate change and then killed off by disease.

Helicopters, rescuers scour creek bed after Italy flash flood kills 10
Firefighters and emergency workers on Tuesday combed the creek bed downstream from a gorge where sudden heavy rain created a wall of water that swept away tourists on Monday in the southern Italy region of Calabria, killing at least 10 people.

China urges local governments to shut excess steel capacity, ban illegal subsidies
China on Tuesday urged local authorities to strictly comply with Beijing-issued policies shutting excessive steel capacity and banning export and import subsidies for steel companies that violate World Trade Organization rules.

Study cites longer dry spells as fueling U.S. wildfires
Less rain and longer droughts are the major cause behind larger and more intense wildfires in the U.S. West, not higher temperatures and early snowmelt as previously thought, according to research released on Monday.

Independent committee to decide fate of Vedanta copper smelter in India
India's environment court said on Monday an independent judicial committee would decide in about six weeks whether to allow Vedanta Ltd to reopen its copper smelter, which was shut by the southern state of Tamil Nadu on environmental grounds.

Heatwaves, rains may become more severe as weather stalls-study
Scorching summer heatwaves and downpours are set to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere as global warming makes weather patterns linger longer in the same place, scientists said on Monday.

Malaysia seizes rhino horns worth $12 million in largest such haul
Malaysia has seized rhinoceros horns worth nearly $12 million bound for Vietnam, in its largest haul of such contraband, officials said on Monday.


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