Australia to set aside at least 30% of its land mass to protect endangered species

Australia to set aside at least 30% of its land mass to protect endangered species

SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Australia will set aside at least 30% of its land mass for conservation in a bid to protect plants and animals in the island continent famed for species found nowhere else in the world, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said on Tuesday. Australia has lost more mammal species than any other … Read more

‘Tax people in this room’ to help the poor, Shell CEO tells energy conference

‘Tax people in this room’ to help the poor, Shell CEO tells energy conference

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – European governments should tax corporates to help weaker parts of society weather soaring energy costs but not intervene to cap gas prices, Shell (SHEL.L) Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden told an energy conference on Tuesday. Speaking before the Energy Intelligence Forum in London, Van Beurden said that European energy … Read more

Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained

Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin, who rules the world’s biggest nuclear power, has repeatedly cautioned the West that any attack on Russia could provoke a nuclear response. Will Putin use nuclear weapons, how many such weapons does he command and how might the United States and the U.S.-led NATO military alliance respond? … Read more

Pakistani hospital overwhelmed as water-borne illnesses spread

Pakistani hospital overwhelmed as water-borne illnesses spread

Hospital in Sehwan, southern Pakistan, is overwhelmed Patients pour in from flood-affected areas Thousands are suffering from water-borne illnesses WHO warns of ‘second disaster’ after catastrophic floods SEHWAN, Pakistan, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The emergency ward at the main government hospital in Sehwan, a small town in southern Pakistan, is overwhelmed. On a recent visit, … Read more

UK’s Truss tries to reassure on economic plan

UK’s Truss tries to reassure on economic plan

Defends economic plan, saying it is right Also tries to reassure Says Kwarteng made decision on high tax rate BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 2 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss tried to reassure her party and the public on Sunday by saying she should have done more to “lay the ground” for an economic plan … Read more

Havana protests flare for second night as Cuba scrambles to turn on lights

Havana protests flare for second night as Cuba scrambles to turn on lights

HAVANA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Crews restored power to more neighborhoods across Havana on Saturday after a second day of protests over ongoing blackouts in Cuba’s capital, including some of the largest demonstrations since widespread anti-government rallies in July 2021. At least one of the protests Friday night in the western seaside borough of Playa … Read more

Elon Musk to provide Florida with Starlink satellites in response to Hurricane Ian

Elon Musk to provide Florida with Starlink satellites in response to Hurricane Ian

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk agreed to provide the company’s satellite internet service, Starlink, for help in response to Hurricane Ian in areas of Southwest Florida still without connectivity. “We are working with Elon Musk and Starlink satellite. They are positioning those Starlink satellites to … Read more

Florida, Carolinas count the cost of Hurricane Ian

Florida, Carolinas count the cost of Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla./CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct 1 (Reuters) – Florida, North and South Carolina faced a massive clean-up on Saturday from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ian, after one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland caused tens of billions of dollars in damage and killed more than 20 people. New images … Read more

Nord Stream rupture may mark biggest single methane release ever recorded -UN

Nord Stream rupture may mark biggest single methane release ever recorded -UN

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The ruptures on the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline system under the Baltic Sea have led to what is likely the biggest single release of climate-damaging methane ever recorded, the United Nations Environment Programme said on Friday. A huge plume of highly concentrated methane, a greenhouse gas far more potent but … Read more

U.S. has much to gain from Nord Stream damage, Russia says at U.N.

U.S. has much to gain from Nord Stream damage, Russia says at U.N.

Sept 30 (Reuters) – The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday told the Security Council that the U.S. has much to gain in gas trade from damage to the Nord Stream pipeline system under the Baltic Sea but stopped short of blaming Washington for this week’s explosions. A council meeting convened at Russia’s … Read more