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

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 … Read more

The Baltic states want more NATO. They will not 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

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 tons 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

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 Cheetah tanks in July. That’s too slow, a Ukrainian parliamentarian said on … Read more

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 The SEC was also uneasy about the risk of starting litigation … Read more

Legendary lithium riches from Bolivia’s salt flats may still just be a mirage

SALAR DE UYUNI, Bolivia, May 23 (Reuters) – On Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, a vast white salt flat that feels almost otherworldly, Karina Quispe is watching from the sidelines a global resource race for the world’s largest – and almost untapped – trove of battery metal lithium. Her village on the edge of the salar … Read more

When Africans asked for COVID shots, they did not get them. Now they do not want them

Demand for COVID shots drops in Africa as supply rises Countries turn to mobile campaigns to boost uptake Africa, average age 20, has fared better in pandemic Experts warn new variants could emerge on continent DAKAR / ACCRA, May 18 (Reuters) – It’s noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their … Read more

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 given Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

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 … Read more