AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian unit will face compensation demands in a Dutch court for alleged damage caused by oil spills in Nigeria after the court ruled on Wednesday it was competent to handle the cases.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – A major bushfire in the west Australian outback has destroyed almost 40 homes, officials said on Wednesday, as firefighters end a third month of fighting bushfires across the country.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark’s Vestas, the world’s biggest manufacturer of wind turbines, said on Wednesday it won an order for 24 turbines for the Andalusia region in Spain.
PARIS (Reuters) – French ministers scrambled on Wednesday to rescue a carbon tax aimed at cutting energy consumption, which was annulled by the Constitutional Court just 48 hours before it was due to come into force.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that disappointment over the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change summit was justified, hardening a widespread verdict that the conference had been a failure.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The grouping of China, India, Brazil and South Africa has emerged as a significant force in Copenhagen and they could lead the way in future negotiations, the head of the U.N. climate panel said on Wednesday.
SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s new government approved on Wednesday a long-delayed revision of its 2008-12 national plan that allocates carbon permits to industries to meet European Union requirements and sent to Brussels for approval.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City urged New York state on Wednesday to ban natural gas drilling in its watershed, adding unprecedented support to critics who consider the chemicals used to mine for shale gas as poisonous to drinking water.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday finalized engine and fuel standards for U.S. flagged ships to cut emissions that cause lung diseases and save more than $100 billion in health costs.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Climate negotiators warned on Wednesday they may miss the opportunity to cap emissions from shipping and aviation and so miss out on billions of dollars in taxation to help poor countries cope with climate change.