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Brazil’s environment minister ridicules climate talks with image of steak dinner

Brazil’s environment minister ridicules climate talks with image of steak dinnerBrazil’s environment minister Ricardo Salles has taunted COP25 climate talks with a photo of a large steak after President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed them as a “commercial game”.Mr Salles tweeted the photo with the caption: “To compensate for our emissions at COP, a vegetarian lunch!”



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Putin says environment priority for expected new term

Putin says environment priority for expected new termRussian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said improving the environment in the country would be a priority in the next few years, speaking ahead of polls this month expected to extend his Kremlin term to 2024. “It is hard to talk about a long and healthy life when to this day millions of people are forced to drink water that does not meet standards,” he said during a state of the nation address. This was also the case “if black snow is falling, like in Krasnoyarsk, when people in industrial hubs can go for weeks without seeing the sun because of smog,” he told lawmakers, top government officials and celebrities.



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U.S. eases environment laws for Mexico border wall near San Diego

U.S. eases environment laws for Mexico border wall near San DiegoBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will waive environmental rules so additional barriers can be built to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border with Mexico near San Diego, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. The projects, on about 15 miles (24 km) of the frontier extending east from the Pacific Ocean, are part of President Donald Trump’s planned wall between the United States and Mexico. The planned border wall was a centerpiece of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign but Democrats and many Republicans have questioned its effectiveness.



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Trump's top environment official refuses to say if President believes in climate change

Trump's top environment official refuses to say if President believes in climate changeThe head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has refused to answer the question of whether President Donald Trump believes climate change is real, one of several officials to sidestep the question as the fallout continues over the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. In a White House briefing, Scott Pruitt repeatedly responded that the Paris agreement “puts the US at an economic disadvantage” when asked about Mr Trump’s views on climate change. Mr Pruitt called the withdrawal of the US from the accord – signed by almost 200 countries – a courageous decision on behalf of America that puts the country first.



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Philippine environment chief dumped as miners triumph

Philippine environment chief dumped as miners triumphPhilippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez was sacked on Wednesday when lawmakers rejected her appointment, in a big victory for the mining industry which she had accused of corruption and abuse. Lopez sent shockwaves through the industry during her 10 months as environment chief, seeking to shut down roughly two-thirds of the nation’s existing mines and banning any new open-pit operations. With the Philippines being the world’s biggest supplier of nickel ore and a major source of copper, Lopez’s campaign had impacted global prices.



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