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Battle with industry leaves scars on Indian farmland

NANDIGRAM, India (Reuters) - It's the peak harvest season, but not a single sheaf of paddy grows on Abu Tayeb's land, testament to a hollow victory for farmers in eastern India who fought to keep big industry off their land but now face ruin.

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Mammoth Beijing canal to be completed this year

Work on a 300-km (190-mile) canal to bolster Beijing's scarce water supplies for the 2008 Olympic Games is expected to be "basically completed" by the end of this year, the Beijing News reported on Monday.

The canal, linking Shijiazhuang in neighboring Hebei province to the capital, would divert 300-500 million cubic meters of water from four Hebei reservoirs next year, the newspaper said, citing project officials.

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Palm oil industry moves closer to "green" labeling

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Green group wary of plans for "eco-friendly" palm

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An environmental group has threatened to withdraw its support for a plan to certify "eco-friendly" palm oil, accusing the world's two biggest producers of cynically exploiting the initiative. >> Read the Full Article

Termite Guts Yield Enzymes for Better Biofuel

WALNUT CREEK, CA--Termites -- notorious for their voracious appetite for wood, rendering houses to dust and causing billions of dollars in damage per year -- may provide the biochemical means to a greener biofuel future. The bellies of these tiny beasts actually harbor a gold mine of microbes that have now been tapped as a rich source of enzymes for improving the conversion of wood or waste biomass to valuable biofuels.

The genomic sequencing and analysis of the termite gut microbes by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), the California Institute of Technology, Verenium Corporation (formerly Diversa), a biofuels company, INBio, the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica, and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, are highlighted in the November 22 edition of the journal Nature. >> Read the Full Article

Crews gain upper hand on Malibu fire

MALIBU, California (Reuters) - Firefighters gained the upper hand on Sunday against a fierce wildfire that destroyed 49 homes in the exclusive beachside community of Malibu, where residents were allowed to return and assess the damage.

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Scientists urge $2-3 billion study of ocean health

OSLO (Reuters) - Marine scientists called on Sunday for a $2-3 billion study of threats such as overfishing and climate change to the oceans, saying they were as little understood as the Moon.

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Fire extinguished on evacuated North Sea oil platform

LONDON (Reuters) - A North Sea oil platform was briefly evacuated on Sunday and around 5,000 barrels per day of crude output shut down after a fire broke out on board.

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Commonwealth not strong enough on climate: St. Kitts

KAMPALA (Reuters) - The Commonwealth did not go far enough in pushing rich countries to tackle climate change at its Kampala summit, the prime minister of a Caribbean island nation menaced by rising sea levels said on Sunday.

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Disasters quadruple over last 20 years: Oxfam

From an average of 120 disasters a year in the early 1980s, there are now as many as 500, with Oxfam attributing the rise to unpredictable weather conditions cause by global warming.

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