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Population adds to planet’s pressure cooker, but few options

LONDON — The world’s surging population is a big driver of environmental woes but the issue is complex and solutions are few, experts at a major conference here say. Answers lie with educating women in poorer countries and widening access to contraception but also with reforming consumption patterns in rich…

Ecuador court upholds $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron for environmental damage

QUITO — A court in Ecuador upheld a 2011 ruling requiring US oil giant Chevron to pay $9.5 billion for environmental damage in the Amazon rainforest. The landmark ruling for environment management costs was in the suit that dates back to 1993 against Texaco, a firm later acquired by Chevron.…