State Department says may ask Trump to scrap another Obama climate order

(This January 17 story fixes attribution in 8th paragraph to GAO’s David Gootnick instead of anonymous GAO official) FILE PHOTO: The remains of a dead tree are pictured at the almost empty Maria Cristina water reservoir during a severe drought near Castellon, Spain, September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Heino Kalis/File PhotoBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The…

Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Cattle graze on a barren and parched land at a field in Hoopstad, a maize-producing district…

Climate plans could make Germany's 'no limits' Autobahns history

FILE PHOTO: Cars pass a 120 km/h (75 mph) speed limit sign on the A27 Autobahn near the northern German city of Bremen April 10, 2008. REUTERS/Morris Mac MatzenBERLIN (Reuters) - The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast Autobahns could be over if the government adopts a series of draft proposals on climate…

U.S. grand jury indicts four Audi managers in VW emissions probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury in Detroit on Thursday indicted four managers at Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) luxury Audi unit as part of the U.S. government’s investigation into the German automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, according to court documents. An Audi logo is pictured at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September…

Organic foods perhaps good for you, but bad for environment

Organic food has been on the rise since it came into fashion; vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy and meat grown and processed using non-conventional methods not only tend to carry a hefty price tag, but are usually thought to be of higher quality and better for health, although production of organic food products may not be…