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  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Concerns Grow over Damage to Wheat Crop Quality

    Concerns Grow over Damage to Wheat Crop Quality

    Europe is heading toward a large wheat harvest this year but concerns are mounting that much of it could only be fit to feed animals after heavy rain earlier this month. Damage levels are unclear for now with farmers and analysts still assessing the state of crops as harvesting resumes in many countries, but there is little doubt there be will less wheat meeting milling standards than initially thought.

    July 24, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Evolution Court Sentences Rhino Poacher to a Record 77 Years

    Court Sentences Rhino Poacher to a Record 77 Years

    A South African court has sentenced a rhino poacher to 77 years in jail, the heaviest penalty imposed by authorities desperate to halt a wave of poaching that is threatening the population of the endangered animals. Mandla Chauke was convicted of shooting three rhinos, as well as murder and possession of illegal firearms, after he and two other poachers cut through wire fencing and infiltrated the flagship Kruger National Park in 2011, officials said.

    July 24, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Farmers Fight Explosion of "Superweeds"

    Farmers Fight Explosion of "Superweeds"

    By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week.

    July 23, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Nuclear Plants Forced to Cut Output Due to Warm Weather

    Nuclear Plants Forced to Cut Output Due to Warm Weather

    Sweden's top nuclear power generators have been forced to cut output because of exceptionally warm weather in Scandinavia, and their output could be reduced for over a week, their operators said on Wednesday. Oskarshamn, part of Germany's E.ON and Forsmark, operated by Swedish utility Vattenfall have both cut output because warm sea water temperatures are limiting their ability to cool down.

    July 23, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Beijing Shuts Big Coal-Fired Power Plant to Ease Smog

    Beijing Shuts Big Coal-Fired Power Plant to Ease Smog

    Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be de-commissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency. Xinhua said the authorities had shut down the Gaojing Thermal Power Plant's six 100 megawatt generating units.

    July 23, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Firefighters Advance on Biggest Wildfire on Record in 1 U.S. State's History

    Firefighters Advance on Biggest Wildfire on Record in 1 U.S. State's History

    Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history but the massive blaze that has destroyed 200 homes continued to threaten some communities and forced a fresh round of evacuations. The Carlton Complex fire burning east of the Cascade Mountains and 120 miles (190 km) northeast of Seattle, was 16 percent contained on Tuesday, more than a week after it was sparked by lightning, officials said.

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Parched Texas Town Turns to Sewage Water

    Parched Texas Town Turns to Sewage Water

    When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking. The city this month opened the spigots on a $13 million system that mixes 5 million gallons a day of treated waste water with area lake water to keep drinking water flowing for its 105,000 residents.

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Taiwan Battens Down as Second Typhoon Threatens

    Taiwan Battens Down as Second Typhoon Threatens

    The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines. Typhoon Matmo, a category-two cyclone on Tropical Storm Risk's scale of one to five, was approaching from the southeast and was expected to strengthen until it hits on Tuesday night and moves on to China.

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Reuters | More Science Traps Set after Giant Snake Reported in New Jersey Lake

    Traps Set after Giant Snake Reported in New Jersey Lake

    (Reuters) - In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski," New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong. Tales of the giant snake brought the state Department of Environmental Protection to the fresh water lake in northern New Jersey - the state's largest at 4 square miles (10 square km) - but the mystery has only deepened, DEP spokesman Bob Considine said on Monday.

    July 21, 2014 |

  • Reuters | Energy & Sustainability Brazil Approves New Pesticide to Combat Coffee Beetle

    Brazil Approves New Pesticide to Combat Coffee Beetle

    Coffee cooperatives had been lobbying for the approval after the government said it would no longer allow farmers to use another product, endolsulfan, to prevent the beetle from damaging crops

    July 18, 2014 |


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