Polar Bears

A federal court in Alaska refused to block ConocoPhillips from constructing roads and a gravel mine in the National Petroleum Reserve. Environmental groups claimed the construction would harm a critical polar bear habitat, but the Fish and Wildlife Service determined there was only a “minimal possibility” polar bears would be harmed over the 30-year project.

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5 Killed in Blaze at Indian Producer of Covid-19 Vaccine

At least five people were killed in a fire that broke out Thursday at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, officials said. The company said the blaze would not affect production of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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UK Supreme Court Rules Heathrow Can Have Third Runway

Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, can build a third runway, overturning a legal decision to block the plan on environmental grounds as the aviation industry looks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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UN Says Green Buildings Hold Key to Net-Zero Carbon Goal

Coming off a year where greenhouse gas emissions from buildings hit record highs, energy experts from the United Nations reported Wednesday that pandemic-recovery efforts give the globe an opportunity to make construction more efficient as global city populations boom.

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Workers’ Comp

A workers’ compensation board improperly rescinded partial disability awards issued to an undocumented construction worker after finding that he did not prove had adequately searched for other jobs, an appeals court in New York ruled. The worker, who does not speak or read English well, applied to work with 62 businesses over a six-month period and used the services of a job-location firm.

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