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E-Scooter Fires in India Trigger Safety Concerns, in Setback for Modi Push

NEW DELHI —A spate of electric scooters catching fire in India, including one made by SoftBank-backed Ola Electric, is sparking safety concerns among some buyers, in an early setback for a nascent sector Prime Minister Narendra Modi is bullish about. …

‘Nothing Else Here’: Why It’s So Hard For World to Quit Coal

DHANBAD, India (AP) — Every day, Raju gets on his bicycle and unwillingly pedals the world a tiny bit closer to climate catastrophe. Every day, he straps half a dozen sacks of coal pilfered from mines — up to 200 …

South Korean Battery Firms to Shoulder $1.2B of GM’s Bolt EV Recall Costs

SEOUL — South Korean battery firms LG Chem Ltd and LG Electronics Inc will be shouldering a combined $1.2 billion for General Motors Co’s Bolt electric vehicle recall – the lion’s share of the expected costs. GM in August expanded …

Formosa Plastics to Pay Nearly $3M to Settle Air Pollution Charges

WASHINGTON — The U.S. subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Corp. will pay $2.85 million to settle civil charges it violated federal air pollution laws after a series of fires and explosions at its petrochemical manufacturing plant in Texas injured some of …

US Probes Overheating Brakes That Cause Fires in 500K Semis

DETROIT (AP) — US highway safety regulators have opened an investigation into about a half-million semis with brakes that can catch fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Tuesday that it has 11 …

Number of Damaging Fires in Los Angeles Homeless Camps Grows

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Fires linked to homeless tents and camps are raising concerns in Los Angeles, where flames claimed seven lives last year and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to nearby businesses, according to a newspaper …

Aspiring Rapper Admits Fires at South Carolina Governor’s Rental Homes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An aspiring rapper who performed under the name “Dank Frank” won’t spend any more time in jail for burning down two rental houses owned by South Carolina’s governor. Frank Wilberding, 23, was sentenced Wednesday to the …

LG Chem Recalls Home Battery Systems After Reports of Fires

LG Chem Ltd. is voluntarily recalling certain models of its home energy storage batteries in the U.S. on concerns they could overheat and start fires. The South Korean industrial giant is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on …

CEO of Top Battery Maker LG Chem Discloses JV Talks, Defends Split-Off

SEOUL — LG Chem, the world’s top electric vehicle (EV) battery maker, is in talks with a “couple” of automakers to create joint ventures to produce automotive batteries, Chief Executive Officer Hak Cheol Shin told Reuters on Friday. LG Chem …

Chemical Safety Watchdog To Proceed, With Only One Board Member

HOUSTON — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which has only one board member instead of the usual five, was to meet on Friday despite efforts by President Donald Trump to wind down the federal watchdog agency responsible for probing major …