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Indigenous group asks Brazil to stop financing mega-projects

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A group representing Amazon indigenous people urged Brazil’s National Development Bank on Wednesday to stop financing projects that cause environmental damage. After meeting with bank representatives, leaders of the Ecuador-based group known as the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin said in a statement that they also asked the bank to adopt policies ...

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Michigan wants risk analysis about St Clair River pipelines

Michigan wants risk analysis about St Clair River pipelines

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan wants the federal government to request a comprehensive risk analysis about several pipelines under the St. Clair River. The request was included in the state’s comments announced Thursday about proposed issuance of a presidential permit to Plains LPG Services that officials say could allow two St. Clair River pipelines built in 1918 ...

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Coal’s in crosshairs, but Vermont not done quitting tobacco

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s debate over divesting coal and oil from its pension portfolio appears to have smoked out an uncomfortable truth: Nearly 20 years after the state proclaimed its pension funds tobacco-free, they still contain some tobacco investments. That word came at a meeting this week of a subcommittee of the board that oversees Vermont’s public retirement funds. ...

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US factory output fell again in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output dropped in March for the second straight month as manufacturers churned out fewer cars, metal parts and machinery. Factory production fell 0.3 percent, following a 0.1 percent drop in February, the Federal Reserve said Friday. The figures suggest that American manufacturers are still struggling with the triple whammy of weak overseas growth, the strong ...

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Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that manages the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being awarded nearly $12 million in fees and performance pay for work done while the troubled facility moves toward resuming operations following a radiation leak more than two years ago. Documents released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Department show Nuclear Waste Partnership — which ...

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Cuckoo clocks? Venezuela shifting time hoping to save energy

Cuckoo clocks? Venezuela shifting time hoping to save energy

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government is changing the clock again as part of its efforts to stave off an electricity crisis. The move comes nine years after former President Hugo Chavez created Venezuela’s own, unique time zone in a stroke of anti-imperialist independence. President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that the new change will take effect May 1. He didn’t ...

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