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Sunday, August 31, 2014   5:12 GMT



U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 20 Aug (IPS) - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.
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Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?
Lowana Veal
REYKJAVIK, 18 Aug (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.
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Protecting America's Underwater Serengeti
Christopher Pala
WASHINGTON, 15 Aug (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the world’s no-fishing areas to protect what some call America’s underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays around underwater mountains filled with rare or unique species.
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U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Aug (IPS) - Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmar’s timber sector for one year.
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Africa Activists Urge Obama to Act on Extractive Industries Law
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 5 Aug (IPS) - As the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit got underway here Monday, anti-corruption activists urged President Barack Obama to prod a key U.S. agency to issue long-awaited regulations requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to publish all payments they make in countries where they operate.
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Under Water
The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution
Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica
NEW YORK, 29 Jul (IPS) -

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
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U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 21 Jul (IPS) - Pressure is building here for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities.
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U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 18 Jul (IPS) - A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom.
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Major Companies Push for More, Easier Renewable Energy
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Jul (IPS) - Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.
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U.S. Overseas Coal Financing May Be Restarting
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Jul (IPS) - Landmark new policies that have sharply curtailed U.S. financing for international coal projects may be rolled back, the result of a sudden, polarised fight over a little-known government agency here.
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