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English Tremors Blamed on Shale 'Fracking'

The only company in Britain using hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale rock said Wednesday that the controversial technique probably did trigger earth tremors in April and May.

But a report commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources, which is drilling for gas in the area outside the northwestern English coastal resort town of Blackpool, cautioned that the tremors, measuring 1.9 and 2.8 on the Richter scale — were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations and were unlikely to happen again.

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Bangladesh, Russia Sign Nuclear Power Plant Deal

Bangladesh and Russia signed a deal Wednesday to build a nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian nation.

Bangladesh's junior Science and Technology Minister Yeafesh Osman said he and Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation Director-General Sergei Kiriyenko signed the agreement to build the nation's first such plant at Rooppur in Pabna district, 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the capital, Dhaka.

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U.S. Increases Agriculture Opportunities through Innovative Approaches

On November 1, 2011, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a workshop under the Lebanon Business Linkages Initiative (LBLI) to highlight the nearly 700 successful value chain connections between growers, manufacturers, packers and exporters in Lebanon, announced the U.S. Embassy in statement on Wednesday.

The workshop recognized seven farms for starting the GLOBAL G.A.P. (Good Agriculture Practices) certification process, which guarantees the high quality products of these farms and opens European and international markets for their products, it said.

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Panel Says Wild Weather to Worsen

Freakish weather disasters — from the sudden October snowstorm in the Northeast U.S. to the record floods in Thailand — are striking more often. And global warming is likely to spawn more similar weather extremes at a huge cost, says a draft summary of an international climate report obtained by The Associated Press.

The final draft of the report from a panel of the world's top climate scientists paints a wild future for a world already weary of weather catastrophes costing billions of dollars. The report says costs will rise and perhaps some locations will become "increasingly marginal as places to live."

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Sing Beatles Songs in Shower 'to Save Planet'

A British water company has urged customers to sing in the shower and recommends Beatles songs as they are short and so can help save water and cut energy bills.

Thames Water says singing as you lather makes you feel better and provided the right songs are sung you use less water. It wants people to sing "short, water-efficient" songs, lasting four minutes or less in to order meet its "four-minute shower challenge".

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China Spacecraft Goes on Key Mission

China said it successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft on Tuesday to carry out a key docking mission, taking its next step towards the goal of building its first space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou VIII blasted off from the Gobi desert in China's northwest at 5:58 am (2158 GMT) before separating from its carrier rocket about 200 kilometers (120 miles) above the Earth, the state Xinhua news agency said.

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NASA Launches Latest Earth-Observing Satellite

After a years-long delay, an Earth-observing satellite blasted into space early Friday on a dual mission to improve weather forecasts and monitor climate change.

A Delta 2 rocket carrying the NASA satellite lifted off shortly before 3 a.m. from the central California coast. The satellite separated from the rocket about an hour after launching, unfurled its solar panels and headed toward an orbit 500 miles above Earth.

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Skeptic Physicist Finds he Now Agrees Global Warming is Real

A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of "Climategate," a British scandal involving hacked emails of scientists.

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Japan to Offer Nuclear Plant Technology to India

Japan and India are moving forward on a deal for Tokyo to provide nuclear plant technology to India despite widespread worries about safety after the March 11 disaster triggered by a massive tsunami.

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told reporters Saturday that the agreement was reached in a meeting in Tokyo with his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna to move forward on the nuclear plant deal.

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Japan Nuke Radiation Higher than Estimated

The Fukushima nuclear disaster released twice as much of a radioactive substance into the atmosphere as Japanese authorities estimated, reaching 40 percent of the total from Chernobyl, a preliminary report says.

The estimate of much higher levels of radioactive cesium-137 comes from a worldwide network of sensors.

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