Sebastien Malo, Reuters Top News

Sebastien Malo

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New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Sebastien:

Q&A: Ex-Environmental Defense Fund GC on the pandemic's impact on green advocacy

Reuters recently spoke to Jim Tripp, a long-time general counsel and then senior counsel at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), who retired in early 2019, about the ramifications of the pandemic's economic impact on the scope of future environmental lawsuits by green groups and on legal strategies they might adopt to forge ahead. → Read More

IN BRIEF: 9th Circuit won't stay ruling canceling Keystone XL pipeline permit

A federal appeals court has declined to immediately stay a lower court ruling that canceled a nationwide environmental permit, a move that threatens to delay construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and other oil and natural gas pipeline projects. → Read More

In Canada's Quebec province, deconfinement takes baby steps with schools re-opening

The Canadian province of Quebec, where a majority of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have been tallied countrywide, re-opened some of its schools on Monday, as some parents and teachers expressed uncertainty over the move's safety. → Read More

IN BRIEF: 60 House reps to Pelosi: no legal 'immunity' for fossil fuel cos during pandemic

Sixty Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged its speaker and its minority leader to oppose limiting liability for the oil and gas industry in future coronavirus pandemic relief packages. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Enviros sue over EPA's 'black box' toxic chemicals approval process

A coalition of five environmental groups has sued the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that it has stymied public participation in its decisionmaking over what new, potentially hazardous chemicals can be manufactured in the United States, in violation of a federal chemical-safety statute. → Read More

IN BRIEF: 3M to pay Wolverine $55 mln, resolving PFAS lawsuit

Chemical maker 3M Company has agreed to pay shoemaker Wolverine World Wide Inc $55 million to resolve a lawsuit that claims 3M knowingly sold Wolverine a product that polluted groundwater around a Wolverine factory. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Texas cities, counties sue Kinder Morgan over Permian Highway Pipeline

A coalition of four Texas cities and counties and others have sued Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Austin federal court, accusing the company behind the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline of posing a threat to endangered species in central and south Texas without the required permit. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Houston residents sue Union Pacific for $100 mln over hazardous substance

More than 80 Houston residents have sued Union Pacific Railroad Company in Texas county court, accusing it of having knowingly contaminated their Houston neighborhoods with a wood preservative known as creosote they say is carcinogenic. → Read More

EPA sued over 'outdated' oil dispersants plan

A coalition of four conservation groups and residents of Alaska and Louisiana sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in Oakland federal court accusing it of failing to update a national plan that provides for treating oil spills in water with chemicals they say are toxic. → Read More

U.S. Navy, green groups propose settlement of ships' pollution lawsuit

The U.S. Navy has tentatively agreed to cease for 10 years the underwater scraping of the hulls of decommissioned ships in waters near Seattle in a move that would resolve a lawsuit in which an Indian tribe and environmental groups in Washington state accused it of discharging pollutants without a permit. → Read More

U.S. appeals court orders dismissal of youth climate change lawsuit

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by children and young adults who claimed they had a constitutional right to be protected from climate change, in a major setback to efforts to spur the U.S. government to address the issue. → Read More

IN BRIEF: Michigan AG sues 3M, DuPont and others over PFAS chemicals

The state of Michigan sued 3M Co, E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co and 15 other chemical makers for allegedly contaminating the state's drinking water with potentially hazardous chemicals, adding to a growing list of state attorneys general suing manufacturers of the substances. → Read More

United Steelworkers sues EPA over weakening of chemical safety rule

The United Steelworkers sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court on Thursday in a bid to reverse its gutting of a safety rule at chemical plants, the union said. → Read More

Niger: In Rain-Short Niger, Wasps Deployed in War On Crop-Munching Worm

As millet-destroying worm thrives in drier conditions, farmers learn how to breed wasps that can control the pest damaging their food supplies and incomes → Read More

Factbox: Lawsuits over climate change proliferate across the United States

A trial in which Exxon Mobil Corp stands accused of defrauding investors out of up to $1.6 billion by hiding the true cost of climate change regulation is expected to wrap up this week. → Read More

This investment fund will be the first of its kind not to invest in firms that 'rely on animal exploitation'

The investment fund will include only companies that do not test products on animals, or use animal-derived products, fossil fuels, plastic or agrochemicals. → Read More

As sea levels rise, homes continue to sprout in US flood zones

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New homes are going up fastest in high-flood risk areas in many U.S. coastal states, scientists said on Wednesday, despite increasing awareness that global warming has made living in such areas even more risky. → Read More

Meeting climate goals would cut U.S. city heat deaths, Miami ahead

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. city of Miami would be the biggest winner if global warming is kept to internationally agreed limits, averting a greater share of projected deaths from extreme heat than other large American cities, scientists said on Wednesday. → Read More

Children could influence their parents views on climate change

North Carolinian teens and children have been shown to have an influencing effect on their parents' own views on environmental issues and climate change. → Read More

Children may be their parents’ best climate-change teachers especially with conservative parents

In the study, parents whose middle school-age children followed a curriculum that included learning about climate change increased their own level of concern by nearly 23 percent on average, the researchers found. For conservative parents, the rise was significantly higher, averaging 28 percent. → Read More