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Explainer: What’s behind Japan’s support of whaling?

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has for decades been steadfastly defiant about hunting whales despite widespread anger, including from key allies like the United States. FILE PHOTO : Captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan’s oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest Read More

Raw, fried or on a bun: the many ways Japan eats whale

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MINAMIBOSO, Japan (Reuters) – Whale cutlets, sliced raw whale, deep-fried whale nuggets, whale bacon and whale jerky feature on the menu at the restaurant Yoko Ichihara runs – and that’s just a small sample of the ways Japan eats whale. A set menu of deep-fried whale nuggets are prepared at the restaurant P-man in Minamiboso, Read More

Outlook uncertain for Japan’s whaling industry despite commercial restart

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MINAMIBOSO, Japan (Reuters) – When Yachiyo Ichihara was a child in Wada, one of Japan’s oldest whaling villages, she’d go down to the harbor with a bucket and carry it home full of freshly butchered whale meat. Canned whale meat is displayed at a roadside store named WA-O! in Minamiboso, east of Tokyo, Japan June Read More

Magnitude 5.6 quake strikes near remote community in northern California

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(Reuters) – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) south-southwest of the small community of Petrolia in northern California on Saturday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tremor was estimated to have a depth of 9.4 km (5.8 miles). There was no immediate report of damage or casualties. Petrolia, in Humboldt Read More

Poland eyes green energy investments in Western Balkans: minister

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WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish energy groups could invest in renewable power in Western Balkan countries that eye European Union membership, Jadwiga Emilewicz, minister for entrepreneurship and technology said. Poland backs the EU bids of the Western Balkan nations, including Serbia, which is Warsaw’s biggest trade partner in the region, as well as North Macedonia, Bosnia Read More

China needs nearly $440 billion to clean up rural environment: report

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A woman rides a scooter past a steel plant in Anyang, Henan province, China, February 18, 2019. Picture taken February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will need to spend 3 trillion yuan ($440 billion) over three years to improve village sanitation and clean up its heavily polluted rural environment, the official People’s Read More

With far-north temperatures rising, Alaska tundra fires proliferate

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ANCHORAGE (Reuters) – In Alaska, where sea ice has shrunk to record lows in places and far-north temperatures have climbed to record highs, dozens of fires are burning the treeless tundra and releasing carbon into the atmosphere. The latest flurry of Alaska tundra fires has been on the Seward Peninsula, which juts out to the Read More

California governor proposes a $21 billion wildfire fund

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed helping utilities create a fund of up to $21 billion to compensate future victims of wildfires sparked by the companies’ equipment or employees, an aide said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Firefighters keep watch on the Thomas wildfire in the hills and canyons outside Montecito, California, Read More

California governor proposes $21 billion wildfire fund: media

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FILE PHOTO: California’s Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a fund of up to $21 billion to help utilities pay for future wildfire damage, according to media reports on Friday. The proposal Read More

Trump administration issues guidance for federal agencies to weigh climate impacts

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(Reuters) – The Trump administration on Friday released guidance for how federal agencies should weigh climate change impacts before approving major energy and infrastructure projects, easing criteria that the Obama White House had required to allow for faster permitting. FILE PHOTO: Birds and a plane are seen flying above emission from the chimneys of a Read More