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Texas first state to enact hydrofracking rules

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed energy legislation to encourage more natural gas production and require energy companies to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that has raised environmental concerns. With the signing, Texas becomes the first state to require energy companies to…

Exxon: Ruptured Montana pipeline had carried tar sands crude

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil said on Friday that a pipeline that failed two weeks ago, leaking oil into the Yellowstone River, routinely transported a heavier and more toxic form of crude than the company and federal regulators initially acknowledged. The Silvertip pipeline carries so-called tar sands crude from…

Japan may halt shipments after radioactive beef sent out

Japan was Friday considering a ban on shipments of all cattle fromFukushima prefecture, site of its tsunami-hit nuclear plant, as fears deepened about radioactive beef, Kyodo News reported. The move follows news that beef from another 42 cattle has been shipped to Tokyo and other areas over recent months after the animals were…

Forests soak up third of fossil fuel emissions: study

PARIS — Forests play a larger role in Earth’s climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the most accurate measure so far of the amount of greenhouse…

Deal may speed protections for imperiled species

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – The government would have until 2018 to decide whether to extend Endangered Species Act protections to hundreds of imperiled animals and plants under a deal with environmentalists submitted on Tuesday for approval by a federal judge. The agreement between the Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity and…

Hanoi’s renowned turtle free again

An ageing giant turtle revered as a symbol of Vietnam’s independence struggle has won back her freedom back three months after being captured for medical treatment, an official said on Wednesday. The animal, one of only four known of its kind, has been successfully treated at a special pond on…

Nike, Adidas suppliers ‘polluting China rivers’

Environmental campaigners on Wednesday accused suppliers to major clothing brands including Adidas and Nike of poisoning China’s major rivers with hazardous chemicals linked to hormonal problems. Greenpeace said eight samples of wastewater discharge from two factories in the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas, identified as suppliers for the brands, contained…

AIDS drugs can prevent infection, two studies show

LONDON (Reuters) – AIDS drugs used to treat HIV can also be used to prevent infection among heterosexual men and women, according to the results of two studies conducted in Africa released on Wednesday. The findings add to growing evidence that drugs used since the mid-1990s to treat people who…

Private space race heats up as U.S. shuttle retires

Private companies, aided by NASA’s cash and expertise in human space flight, are rushing to be the first to build a space capsule to replace the retiring US shuttle in the next few years. With Atlantis wrapping up its final mission and the end of the 30-year US program just…

Men more likely to die from cancer: U.S. study

Men are more likely than women to die of most types of cancer, according to a new US study. The report published Tuesday in the journal “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention,” analyzed the survival rate at five years for 36 different types of cancer. It found the greatest gender gap…

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