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U.S. creating zones in six states to quickly develop solar energy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration announced a plan on Tuesday to open public land in six southwestern states to speed up the development of solar energy, while blocking projects in areas deemed environmentally sensitive.

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Crops get much-needed drink, more rains needed soon

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Rainfall across the northern U.S. Midwest over the next 10 days will provide some relief for the drought-stricken corn and soybean crops, but more rain is needed to stem further crop losses, agricultural meteorologists said on Tuesd…

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Tronox, Anadarko resume trial after failed settlement talks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trial between oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum and a trust for paint materials company Tronox Inc resumed on Tuesday after the sides failed to settle their $25 billion dispute over environmental cleanup costs.

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UK government pledges funding for low-carbon vehicles

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government is aiming to speed up the commercialization of low-carbon vehicle technologies with public and private sector investment totaling 56 million pounds ($86.9 million), the UK’s innovation agency said on Tuesday.

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Mexico’s climate law to face challenge under new president

SAO PAULO, July 24 (Reuters Point Carbon) – Mexico’s new president is unlikely to implement much of the sweeping climate change law signed in June by outgoing President Felipe Calderon amid inevitable resistance from industry and his party’s focus on a…

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Analysis: Drought to cause food price spike but not inflation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans face higher food prices at the supermarket because of a drought this summer, but the increase will not have a lasting impact on inflation or the Federal Reserve’s thinking on monetary policy.

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Keystone pipeline backer again seeks U.S. Congress approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican lawmaker who has tried several times to marshal congressional support to speed approval of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is taking another crack at it with a new bill, but said the strategy for moving the plan f…

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Midday updates indicate some relief for U.S. crops

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Midday weather updates still indicate some rains for corn and soybean crops in the northern U.S. Midwest this week and there is a better chance for crop-friendly weather in the extended outlooks, an agricultural meteorologist said o…

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Japan Fukushima probe urges new disaster prevention steps, mindset

TOKYO (Reuters) – A government-appointed inquiry into Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis raised doubts on Monday about whether other atomic plants were prepared for massive disasters, and delivered a damning assessment of regulators and the station’s ope…

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"Wading sea cows" get protected EU product status

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Will “wading sea cows” achieve the sort of name recognition enjoyed by champagne and Parmesan cheese? Promoters hope so.

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