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Nuclear technology safe today says PM – The First News
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Nuclear technology safe today says PM – The First News

Maciej Kulczyński/PAP Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that modern nuclear power plants use technology that is safe for the environment and poses no risk to people. On Friday, he confirmed that Westinghouse, a US supplier of nuclear products and technologies, will help build the country's first nuclear power plant.At the same time, the prime minister sought to quell fears over the ris...
French Police Clash With Protestors at Farm Reservoir Site
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French Police Clash With Protestors at Farm Reservoir Site

PARIS (Reuters) - Clashes at a protest on Saturday against the construction of a large water reservoir for farm irrigation in western France left scores of police injured, the authorities said.France's worst drought on record this summer has sharpened debate over water resources in the European Union's biggest agricultural sector. Artificial reservoirs have been supported by some farmers as a way to use water efficiently, but have been decried by critics as outsized and favouring large farms.Several thousand opponents defied a ban on protesting at the planned reservoir in the rural district of Sainte-Soline, with French television showing protestors roaming across fields towards the fenced-off construction area and being repelled by tear gas.There were 61 injured, including 22 seriously...
Choice of Halloween candy matters, say experts. Here’s why – National
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Choice of Halloween candy matters, say experts. Here’s why – National

Non-profit organizations in Canada are urging Canadians to shop for sustainable candy options this Halloween in an effort to protect rainforests that are under strain from climate change. Palm oil, which comes from the fruit of the oil palm plant, is the most widely produced vegetable oil across the world with increasing demand, according to the Toronto Zoo. Although palm oil is used in various products such as plastics, cosmetics and food — including Halloween treats — its production is harmful to the environment and animals.According to the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), between 1,000 to 5,000 orangutans are killed every year as a result of losing their habitat to oil palm plantation. Earlier this month, the Toronto Zoo published a post on their social media to encour...
Feds Unveil Plan to Grow Wind Power While Sparing Rare Whale
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Feds Unveil Plan to Grow Wind Power While Sparing Rare Whale

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated PressPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has outlined a strategy to try to protect an endangered species of whale while also developing offshore wind power off the East Coast.President Joe Biden's administration has made a priority of encouraging offshore wind along the Atlantic coast as the U.S. pursues greater energy independence. Those waters are also home to the declining North Atlantic right whale, which numbers about 340 in the world.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft plan this month to conserve the whales while allowing for the building of wind projects. The agencies said the ongoing efforts to save the whales and create more renewable energy can coexist.“As we fac...
Protect Nevada Flower From Mine or Face Court
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Protect Nevada Flower From Mine or Face Court

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated PressRENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists who won a court order against U.S. wildlife officials say they'll sue them again for failing to protect a Nevada wildflower whose last remaining habitat could be destroyed by a lithium mine.The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal 60-day notice this week of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for missing this month's deadline to finalize its year-old proposal to add Tiehm’s buckwheat to the list of endangered species.The service concluded in its Oct. 7, 2021, proposal that the desert wildflower — which is only known to exist where the mine is planned halfway between Reno and Las Vegas — was in danger of going extinct.Under federal law, the agency had one year to issue a final rule listing the ...
Imperial ‘striking a balance’ between shareholder returns and capital spending: CEO
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Imperial ‘striking a balance’ between shareholder returns and capital spending: CEO

Imperial Oil Ltd. announced Friday that it is raising its quarterly dividend by nearly 30 per cent and also plans to buy back up to $1.5 billion worth of shares — further evidence that shareholders of Canadian oil and gas stocks are reaping the benefits of 2022’s global energy crisis. The Calgary-based company reported its third-quarter profit more than doubled compared with a year ago, totalling $2.03 billion or $3.24 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $908 million or $1.29 per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier. Read more: Imperial Oil posts best first quarter profit in 30 years Read More Imperial Oil posts best first quarter profit in 30 years ...
Renters Face Charging Dilemma as U.S. Cities Move Toward EVs
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Renters Face Charging Dilemma as U.S. Cities Move Toward EVs

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephanie Terrell bought a used Nissan Leaf this fall and was excited to join the wave of drivers adopting electric vehicles to save on gas money and reduce her carbon footprint.But Terrell quickly encountered a bump in the road on her journey to clean driving: As a renter, she doesn't have a private garage where she can power up overnight, and the public charging stations near her are often in use, with long wait times. On a recent day, the 23-year-old nearly ran out of power on the freeway because a public charging station she was counting on was busy.“It was really scary and I was really worried I wasn’t going to make it, but luckily I made it here. Now I have to wait a couple hours to even use it because I can’t go any furthe...
Plastic recycling a “failed concept,” study says, with only 5% recycled in U.S. last year as production rises
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Plastic recycling a “failed concept,” study says, with only 5% recycled in U.S. last year as production rises

Washington — Plastic recycling rates are declining even as production shoots up, according to a Greenpeace USA report out Monday that blasted industry claims of creating an efficient, circular economy as "fiction." Titled "Circular Claims Fall Flat Again," the study found that of 51 million tons of plastic waste generated by U.S. households in 2021, only 2.4 million tons were recycled, or around five percent. After peaking in 2014 at 10 percent, the trend has been decreasing, especially since China stopped accepting the West's plastic waste in 2018. Virgin production — of non-recycled plastic, that is — meanwhile is rapidly rising as the petrochemical industry expands, lowering costs. "Industry groups and big corporations have been pushing fo...
Australia Flood Crisis Enters 3rd Week as Heavy Rains Lash East
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Australia Flood Crisis Enters 3rd Week as Heavy Rains Lash East

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Already-flooded towns across Australia's east were on high alert on Monday after a weekend of heavy rains, with authorities warning a wild weather system could persist until later this week and trigger renewed riverbank bursts.Thousands of homes and farms over a wide swathe of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia's two most populous states, have been inundated and five people in the country have lost their lives as the year's fourth flooding crisis in the east enters its third week.About 200 flood warnings remained in place in both states as of Monday morning, with 132 of those in New South Wales."The flood warnings are incredible ... there are so many rivers experiencing flooding from southern Queensland all the way down into Northern Victoria," Bureau of Meteorol...