HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.
Meteorological officials said the heat would likely last several more days — scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.
Modi, ever the darling of photo ops and grinning selfies, seemed to be calling for a cultural revolution, defying centuries-old hierarchies that make the idea of an official cleaning a street anathema in Indian society. By leading a new campaign called "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" or "Clean India Mission," Modi challenged those divisions while dignifying labor and elevating cleanliness as a nationwide goal.
A rare joint statement from India and China on climate change calls on wealthier countries to cut their carbon output even more and to honor their $100 billion commitment to help developing nations reduce emissions, The Guardian reports.
BEIJING (AP) — They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations — and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
In a rare personal touch, Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the Indian prime minister in his hometown of Xi'an for Thursday's start of Narendra's Modi's three-day visit, highlighting warming ties between the Asian giants despite their continued rivalry and contrasting political systems.
India President Pranab Mukherjee plans to discuss civilian nuclear power cooperation when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a five-day visit to Moscow that began Friday, India Today reports.
SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India (AP) — At first, the numbers seem impressive: India's tiger population has gone up 30 percent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.
But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn't make sense.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home ministry on Thursday temporarily suspended the registration of Greenpeace India, saying it was under-reporting foreign contributions and using them without government approval.
The suspension lasts six months and the ministry gave the organization 30 days to challenge the order. Until then, it would not be able to operate its bank accounts in the country.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday blamed the changing lifestyles that have come with India's economic development for rising pollution levels that have given the country some of the world's dirtiest air.
With his government rolling out a new Air Quality Index to 10 of the nation's cities, Modi urged Indians to curtail waste and conserve resources even as they become wealthier, in order to prevent an environmental catastrophe.
The three Democrats willing to join Senate Republicans in the fight against the new water rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers won’t give the GOP the two-thirds majority needed for legislation to block it, The Hill reports.
Shortcomings in Shell Oil Co.’s plan to tow the Kuluk drilling rig across the stormy Gulf of Alaska led to its grounding in 2012, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, FuelFix reports.
Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, visited Seattle to tour an Arctic drilling rig parked there, and then met privately with his Washington counterpart, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, to challenge the state’s opposition to Arctic drilling, The Associated Press reports.
Shell appears unfazed by the latest opposition in Seattle to its Arctic drilling fleet: A decision by King County to deny the ships a permit to discharge waste water into the regional sewer system, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Increased environmental regulation, lower natural gas prices and reduced demand as a result of economic problems were cited as reasons why CanAm subsidiary Birmingham Coal & Coke filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, Platts reports.
Larger than expected declines in crude and gasoline supplies helped support oil prices Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude gained 17 cents to settle at $57.68 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent ended 52 cents higher at $62.58, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The biggest change stemming from Mexico’s energy reform might be more integration between U.S. electricity utilities with their counterparts south of the border, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a conference Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.
Fracking ban supporters continue to look into possible legal challenges to a new state law blocking Denton, Texas from interfering with drilling, while protesters have been picketing a well site, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.