Oct 3, 2011, 12:36 a.m.
Analysis: World divided on new plan to combat global warming
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol covers only emissions from rich nations that produce less than a third of mankind's carbon pollution and its first phase is due to expire end-2012. Poorer nations want it extended, while many rich countries say a broader pact is needed to include all big polluters.
Japan begins energy debate as nuclear forces fight back
TOKYO (Reuters) - As Japan's leader when the Fukushima nuclear crisis began in March, Naoto Kan concluded atomic power simply was not worth the risk. His successor seems less convinced. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's month-old government begins debate on Japan's energy policy on Monday, but Noda has already signaled that nuclear power could play a role for decades.
Flagging Hurricane Ophelia enroute to Newfoundland
MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Ophelia weakened to a Category 1 storm on Sunday as it raced toward Newfoundland off Canada's Atlantic coast. Ophelia, which had earlier strengthened to become the third major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, was still expected to be a powerful storm when it passed near or over the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland on Sunday night or early Monday.
Perry says slowing carbon emissions hurts economy
ATKINSON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, struggling to regain his status as front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, expressed fresh doubt on Saturday about whether humans are causing climate change. "I still stand by that the science is not settled on man-made global warming," Perry said while campaigning in the key early primary state of New Hampshire.
Philippines mops up after two typhoons in a week
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine authorities were struggling on Sunday to reach communities in northern provinces of Luzon island that were hit by two powerful typhoons in less than week, as concern grew about a third storm forming off the coast. The national disaster agency said one person had been killed when Typhoon Nalgae struck on Saturday, although there were reports of more deaths from provincial officials. The storm, packing winds of 140 kph (87 mph), is moving away from the Philippines toward Vietnam.
China calls for talks over shelved Myanmar dam
BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on Saturday for talks with Myanmar after the government there suspended a controversial $3.6 billion, Chinese-led dam project. After weeks of rare public outrage against the Myitsone dam, Myanmar's largest hydropower project, President Thein Sein told parliament his government had to act "according to the desire of the people.
Analysis: Corn export dominance to bend, not break
CHICAGO (Reuters) - For the first time in 40 years, U.S. corn exporters are not out-selling the rest of the world. Domestic ethanol is sucking up record crops. Emerging suppliers like Brazil and Ukraine are taking export share, while traditional exporters like Argentina move to open new markets. And consumers worldwide are looking to save every penny, cutting shipping costs or using other types of feed.