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French farmers, seedmakers appeal government GMO ban

PARIS (Reuters) – French maize growers and seed companies appealed a ban on the cultivation of a strain of genetically modified maize to the country’s highest court on Thursday, saying it was unjustified and economically harmful for farmers.

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Glamorous offerings earmark environment at Green Auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fashion and luxury travel packages, as well as art, will be up for sale and bidders can sample the high life and help the environment through the Christie’s live and online Green Auction next month.

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Total sends fire-fighting ships near N.Sea gas leak

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Total sent fire-fighting ships to wait near the scene of a gas leak from its North Sea Elgin platform, which has created fears a large gas cloud could explode.

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British greenhouse gas emissions down 7 percent in 2011

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 7 percent in 2011, putting one of the European Union’s biggest emitters further ahead of its internationally binding target under the Kyoto Protocol, provisional government data showed on Thurs…

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China to flood nature reserve with latest Yangtze dam

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Three Gorges Corp. on Thursday marked the beginning of construction for a dam that will flood the last free-flowing portion of the middle reaches of the Yangtze, the country’s longest river.

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Scientists pin down historic sea level rise

LONDON (Reuters) – The collapse of an ice sheet in Antarctica up to 14,650 years ago might have caused sea levels to rise between 14 and 18 meters (46-60 feet), a study showed on Wednesday, data which could help make more accurate climate change predic…

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Colorado governor suspends controlled burns after deadly wildfire

DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suspended prescribed burns used to mitigate fire danger on Wednesday after a controlled blaze apparently ignited a wildfire west of Denver that killed an elderly couple and destroyed some two dozen…

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U.S. organic growers appeal lawsuit against Monsanto

(Reuters) – A group of U.S. family farmers said on Wednesday it is appealing its lawsuit against Monsanto Co to challenge the company’s patents on technologies for genetically modified seeds.

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Gas leaks near flare as Total dismisses blast risk

PARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – Explosive natural gas is leaking from Total’s Elgin North Sea platform less than 100 meters from a flare which workers left burning as they evacuated the rig, the French energy company said on Wednesday.

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U.S. lawmakers press Obama administration on EU emission law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. House committee pressured the Obama administration on Wednesday to accelerate diplomatic action to resolve a global dispute over a European law that would penalize airlines for aircraft emissions.

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