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Rain from Isaac to help wheat, but not corn, soy

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The drought-parched Midwest farm belt could get up to 5 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Isaac but it would be a mixed blessing to farmers, as the moisture will be too late for corn and soybeans but just in time for wheat planting…

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Isaac poses risks due to storm surges, heavy rainfall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Isaac poses risks to life and could cause extensive damage to states along the U.S. Gulf Coast with a storm surge of up to six to 12 feet, U.S. federal emergency officials said on Monday.

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Arctic sea ice at record low, expected to keep on melting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The world’s Arctic ice cap has shrunk to a new low, surpassing a record set only five years ago, and is expected to keep retreating for a few more weeks, according to U.S. data released on Monday.

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Private sector must fund bulk of green energy: EIB

BERLIN (Reuters) – Most of the funding for Europe’s push into green energy needs to come from the private sector, the president of the EU’s long-term lending arm said on Monday, adding that the continent’s credibility hinged on its ability to manage th…

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Ivory Coast cocoa weather remains patchy as disease spreads

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast’s main cocoa growing regions saw patchy rains and intermittent sunshine last week, as farmers said an outbreak of the fungal black pod disease continued to gain ground little a over a month before the start of the 2012/1…

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Green energy to hit Germans’ bills: Vattenfall

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s energy strategy will cost consumers dearly as costs for new renewable power generation units and networks must be passed on, the head of the German unit of Swedish state-owned energy group Vattenfall was quoted saying on…

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U.N. body urges G20 action on food prices, waste

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The world’s top farm producers in the Group of 20 countries must agree coordinated action to ease worries about food prices, the head of the United Nations food agency said on Monday, as he and other experts bemoaned a huge global…

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Tropical Storm Isaac slogs toward U.S. Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Isaac churned across the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, disrupting U.S. offshore energy production and threatening to hit Louisiana on the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Offshore wind investors look to Baltic: 50Hertz

BERLIN (Reuters) – 50Hertz, one of Germany’s four power network operators, sees growing investor interest in setting up offshore wind parks in the Baltic, as connection problems hamper growth in the North Sea, its chief executive said.

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One in five big Japan firms wants exit from atomic power by 2030

TOKYO (Reuters) – About one in five big Japanese firms wants to see the share of nuclear power in the electricity supply reduced to zero by 2030, a Reuters poll showed, amid a growing anti-nuclear clamor after last year’s Fukushima atomic disaster.

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