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And so it begins: Schools close in Paris as Sahara heat moves in

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Countries across Europe are taking extraordinary measures as a heatwave bringing record-breaking June temperatures takes hold. Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said an “enormous reservoir” of hot air from the Sahara has engulfed the continent, which is expected to bring temperatures surpassing 40C (104F) to some areas in the coming days. These could topple June Read More

Rain gives Canadian farmers relief for now from three-year drought

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – With drought turning Chad Ross’s pastures brown, the Saskatchewan rancher sent 140 head of cattle to slaughter earlier than usual this spring, as the Canadian Prairies’ three-year drought made them too expensive to feed. FILE PHOTO: Canola farmer Sterling Hilton is checking his grain hauling trucks at his farm near Strathmore, Read More

Safety first: markets wary of world politics and policy and dash for bunkers

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LONDON (Reuters) – Gold, Switzerland’s franc, Japan’s yen, top-rated government bonds, and even bitcoin — investors have dashed for havens and alternative assets this week as anxiety grows about trade wars, U.S.-Iran tensions and negative interest rates. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., Read More

Monsoon covers most parts of cane, cotton, soybean fields in India

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Monsoon rains have covered most parts of cane, cotton, and soybean fields in western India and some parts of rice-sowing areas in central and northern India, the country’s weather office said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A woman takes photographs with her mobile phone against the backdrop of monsoon clouds at a Read More

Exclusive: Dirty oil crisis over for Russia, but contagion felt on high seas

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MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) – In the opinion of Russian officials, the oil contamination crisis that disrupted flows from the world’s second-largest exporter of crude this spring is long over. FILE PHOTO: An oil storage tank of Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft is pictured at the Baltic Sea port of Ust-Luga, Russia February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Vladimir Soldatkin/File Read More

Water shortage could cut India’s food exports, minister warns

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A water shortage could cut food exports from India, which has emerged as a leading supplier of a number of food products to the world, the water resources minister warned on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A man walks through the dried-up Puzhal reservoir, on the outskirts in Chennai, India, June 20, 2019. Read More

Monsoon covers half of India, to accelerate crop sowing

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favorable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said on Monday. The monsoon’s progress will help farmers to accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to a Read More

India’s monsoon rains cover half of the country: weather department official

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favorable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said on Monday. The monsoon’s progress will help farmers to accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to a Read More

Scientists dissolve crude oil in water to study its composition

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6/21/2019 MOSCOW — Researchers from MIPT, Skoltech, the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Lomonosov Moscow State University have offered a new approach to oil composition analysis. They used high temperature and pressure to dissolve oil in water and analyze its composition. The new method is compliant with the Read More

Shipping rates for Middle East oil are surging

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By Alaric Nightingale and Firat Kayakiran on 6/21/2019 LONDON (Bloomberg) –Oil tanker owners are raising the prices they charge to export Middle East crude as tensions surge in a region that accounts for about a third of all seaborne petroleum shipments. Rates for transporting 2 MM-bbl cargoes from Saudi Arabia to China jumped to almost Read More