U.S. to finalize fuel efficiency rewrite through 2026: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to announce on Tuesday it is finalizing its effort to roll back Obama era vehicle emissions rules and will mandate average annual increases in fuel efficiency standards of 1.5% through 2026, three people briefed on the matter said. FILE PHOTO: Morning traffic drives on the 405 freeway in…

Finnish government pushes Fortum to strive for carbon neutrality

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s center-left government on Monday gave its blessing to majority state-owned Fortum’s (FORTUM.HE) strategy to cut emissions, but promised to push the company further towards carbon neutrality, the minister in charge wrote. FILE PHOTO: Finnish energy company Fortum sign is seen at their headquarters in Espoo, Finland July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File…

Ivory Coast rain and sun to boost cocoa mid-crop: farmers

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Abundant rain mixed with sunny spells in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa regions last week will boost the mid-crop in the world’s biggest producer, farmers said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A farmer works on a cocoa farm in Bobia, Gagnoa, Ivory Coast, December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon/File PhotoIvory Coast is entering the…

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. Cities including Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Milan and Frankfurt showed a reduction in average levels of noxious nitrogen dioxide over March…

Tornado wrecks buildings, tosses cars in Jonesboro, Arkansas

(Reuters) - A large tornado struck the city of Jonesboro in Arkansas on Saturday, wrecking buildings and flipping cars, according to local media and images posted online. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was killed or injured by the tornado, which hit the city of about 75,000 people in the northeast of the state…