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G-8 differ in reactions to Fukushima France, U.S., U.K. committed to nuke power, Germany resolutely opposed, Italy’s plans on hold(Japan Times)

By ALEX MARTIN: Staff writer for Japan Times: GERMANY — While the Group of Eight wrapped up their two-day summit in Deauville, France, by agreeing on the need to better define international standards for nuclear safety, its member nations differ in their reactions to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. … Read entire article »

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Australia’s burping cows more climate friendly than thought(Reuters)

Australia’s burping cows more climate friendly than thought(Reuters)

(Reuters) – Australia’s huge cattle herd in the north might be burping less planet-warming methane emissions than thought, a study released on Friday shows, suggesting the cows are more climate friendly. … Read entire article »

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Japan Will Tap Private Funds For Green-Energy Push: Kan(Nikkei)

DEAUVILLE, France (Nikkei)–Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday defended his goal for expanding the nation’s use of renewable energy and said he wants to mobilize private-sector money and know-how for this effort. … Read entire article »

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Loan Program For Quake-Hit Japan Firms In China(Nikkei)

SHANGHAI (Nikkei)–Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and state-owned China Development Bank have jointly set up a 10 billion yuan line of credit to help Japanese companies operating in China overcome the financial strain caused by the March 11 disaster, it has been learned. … Read entire article »

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Fitch Puts Japan Debt Rating On A Negative Outlook(DowJones)

TOKYO (Dow Jones)–Fitch Ratings on Friday lowered its outlook for Japan’s sovereign debt to negative from stable, citing the risks associated with the nuclear power plant crisis and noting that the country’s gross debt ratio is already the highest of any country it tracks. … Read entire article »

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G-8 Leaders Agree On Need For Intl Nuclear Standards(Kyodo)

G-8 Leaders Agree On Need For Intl Nuclear Standards(Kyodo)

DEAUVILLE, France (Kyodo)–Leaders from the Group of Eight major powers agreed Friday on the need to better define international standards for nuclear safety and further cooperate in assisting emerging Arab democracy during their two-day meeting in the French seaside resort of Deauville. … Read entire article »

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