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U.S. readies proposal to clamp down on fracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration wants to clamp down on shale gas drilling on public lands and set standards that proponents of tougher regulation hope will provide a blueprint for drilling oversight nationwide.

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CORRECTED: EXCLUSIVE : U.S. shale causes rise in waste gas pollution

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. shale energy boom is fuelling a rise in the burning of waste gas after years of decline, a World Bank source told Reuters ahead of the release of new data, giving environmentalists more ammunition against the industry.

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China must act urgently to curb city emissions: World Bank

BEIJING (Reuters) – China must act urgently on multiple fronts if it is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its rapidly expanding cities and hit government targets for curbing carbon intensity, a new report from the World Bank said on Thursday.

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German energy meeting identifies power gap-sources

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s accelerated nuclear exit and its increased reliance on renewables is likely to cause a power gap equivalent to the output of up to 15 plants by 2020, participants at a high-level energy meeting agreed on Wednesday, accordin…

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Plant study flags dangers of warming world

LONDON (Reuters) – Plants are flowering faster than scientists predicted in response to climate change, research in the United States showed on Wednesday, which could have devastating knock-on effects for food chains and ecosystems.

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EU officials to decide fate of biofuels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Top European Union officials will attempt to strike a deal on Wednesday on how to measure the full climate impact of crop-based fuels, in a debate that could wipe out large parts of the Europe’s biofuel industry.

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Can an African "green revolution" help feed the world?

SABA SABA, Kenya, May 2 (AlertNet) – Her bare feet coated with mud, Sabena Gitau trudged down the rain-sodden hillside to her banana plantation, machete in hand.

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Polar bears can swim vast distances, study finds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Polar bears are capable of swimming vast distances, a potential survival skill needed in an Arctic environment where summer sea ice is vanishing, a study led by the U.S. Geological Survey showed on Tuesday.

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Fish tests from UK gas leak zone show no contamination

LONDON (Reuters) – The ongoing gas leak at Total’s Elgin platform in the North Sea has not contaminated fish in the area with hydrocarbons, the Scottish government said on Tuesday, confirming findings made after a fish tasting test in mid-April.

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Green targets being watered down for UN summit – observers

LONDON (Reuters) – Some of the main proposals in a draft text for negotiation at a U.N. sustainable development conference next month are being watered down at informal talks in New York, observers said on Tuesday, heightening fears the summit will fai…

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