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Signs of new climate ‘normal’ apparent in hot 2012: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last year was one of the 10 hottest on record, with sea levels at record highs, Arctic ice at historic lows and extreme weather in various corners of the globe signaling a “new normal,” scientists said Tuesday in the 2012 State o…

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Exclusive: China approves genetically modified Argentine corn shipment

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – China has approved its first shipment of genetically modified Argentine corn, Buenos Aires said on Tuesday, signaling that the Asian country may eventually import GMO crops from other producers like the United States.

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Residents flee as fire rages at Marathon, near Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) – A wildfire fanned by strong winds raged near Athens on Monday, damaging homes and sending residents fleeing, fire brigade officials said.

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Poland charges seven over bribes for shale gas concessions

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish prosecutors have charged four government employees and three businessmen over a bribery scheme to help companies win licenses to explore for shale gas.

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Two years on from meltdowns, Japan experts predict July restart for some reactors

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan may restart some nuclear reactors in July following safety checks under rules put in place since the Fukushima disaster two years ago, a government-affiliated institute said on Tuesday.

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New Zealand’s clean, green image under scrutiny with dairy scare

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – For a country that markets itself to the world with the slogan “100% Pure”, New Zealand’s environmental credentials are not as impeccable as many would think.

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Fire fears trigger U.S. Rocky Mountain ban on exploding shooting targets

DENVER (Reuters) – The U.S. Forest Service banned the use of exploding shooting targets on drought-parched national forests and grasslands in five states on Monday, after authorities blamed the devices for sparking 16 wildfires since last year.

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Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ‘emergency’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

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BP says found new fraud in Gulf spill payouts

(Reuters) – BP Plc said Monday it has discovered new evidence of fraud and conflicts of interest in the program that is paying billions of dollars to businesses and residents who claimed they were harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Chevron to pay $2 million fine for SF Bay refinery fire: official

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Chevron Corp agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution after pleading no contest to six misdemeanor charges on Monday stemming from the August 6, 2012 explosion and fire at its San Francisco Bay refinery, according to the lo…

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