Biden administration leans on Tesla for guidance in renewable fuel policy reform

Biden administration leans on Tesla for guidance in renewable fuel policy reform

June 23 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden rarely mentions electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) in public. But privately his administration has leaned on the company to help craft a new policy to allow electric vehicles (EVs) to benefit from the nation’s lucrative renewable fuel subsidies, according to emails reviewed by Reuters. The Biden … Read more

A Somali boy’s mission to find food as climate change takes its toll

A Somali boy’s mission to find food as climate change takes its toll

Somalia at nexus of ‘three Cs’ – conflict, costs, climate change Climate change means extreme weather patterns more common Children in Dollow town malnourished, scramble for food Million forced from homes and land by drought Drought envoy urges international community to do more DOLLOW, Somalia, June 20 (Reuters)-Each morning in this Somali border town, 11-year-old … Read more

Brazil indigenous defender, sidelined under Bolsonaro, gave life for ‘abandoned’ tribes

Brazil indigenous defender, sidelined under Bolsonaro, gave life for ‘abandoned’ tribes

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Six tribes from Brazil’s remote Javari Valley packed into an assembly hall on June 11 to lament the disappearance of Bruno Pereira, an advisor to their collective, and Dom Phillips, a British journalist reporting on his work. Native patrolmen organized by Pereira, formerly a senior official for … Read more

The Baltic states want more NATO. They won’t get all they seek

The Baltic states want more NATO.  They won’t get all they seek

Baltic states want NATO to boost presence by up to 10 times June summit set to offer pre-positioned equipment and rapid reinforcements in case of invasion Baltics say that option may stumble on infrastructure problems NATO, facing many calls for resources, will set plans for more air, sea defenses later TAPA MILITARY BASE, Estonia, June … Read more

US wheat crop hit by dry winter then soggy spring, adding to global tightness

US wheat crop hit by dry winter then soggy spring, adding to global tightness

May 31 (Reuters) – North Dakota farmer Dwight Grotberg wanted to plant more wheat this spring to capitalize on soaring prices since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cut grain exports and left the world short of millions of tonnes of wheat supply. Heavy rain has prevented Grotberg from planting as much wheat crop as he wanted … Read more

Tanks, but no ammo – Germany’s Ukraine pledges show military muddle

Tanks, but no ammo – Germany’s Ukraine pledges show military muddle

BERLIN, May 25 (Reuters)-Four weeks ago, Germany agreed to send dozens of anti-aircraft tanks to help defend Ukraine from Russia’s invasion, part of what it called a turning-point after decades of military restraint. Berlin says it can deliver the first Gepard tanks in July. That’s too slow, a Ukrainian parliamentarian said on Tuesday, as Russian … Read more

In a faceoff with Elon Musk, the SEC blinked

In a faceoff with Elon Musk, the SEC blinked

Judge’s remarks in 2019 knocked SEC’s confidence court would back them Core issue – what is “material” information – was left to Musk and Tesla to decide As some tweets went unvetted, SEC opted to urge Musk to comply, rather than go to court SEC was also uneasy about risk of starting litigation given Musk’s … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON/BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and led to … Read more

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

War in Ethiopia has killed thousands, uprooted millions Tigrayans tell of many arrests to force people into local army Elders, pregnant woman among those rounded up, residents say ‘He said my mother would be jailed,’ recounts one fighter ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, May 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war -shattered Tigray region are forcing young people … Read more

South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals

South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals

S.Korean tungsten mine gets $ 100 million makeover Dozens of new mineral projects launched globally Green, digital booms fuel demand for rare minerals China is pre-eminent in critical minerals supply GRAPHIC-S.Korea’s reliance on China: SANGDONG, South Korea, May 9 (Reuters) – Blue tungsten winking from the walls of abandoned mine shafts, in a town that’s … Read more