Environment & Security: "Pakistan Woefully Unprepared For New Floods"

"It took farmer Ghulam Hussain almost a year to start re-building his house, destroyed last year in floods that left vast swathes of Pakistan underwater, and disrupted the lives of more than 18 million people. Now, his small, two-room mud and brick house -- just a few hundred meters from the Indus River -- is almost complete, but he is worried as to how long it will survive."

Source: Reuters, 06/30/2011

"Tepco Quells Push by Shareholders to End Nuclear Program"

"The operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant met with angry shareholders on Tuesday, offering profuse apologies as hecklers shouted abuse from a rowdy floor. But a motion that would have forced the company to abandon its nuclear program was defeated."

Source: NY Times, 06/29/2011

US, Allies Tap Oil Reserves To Offset Mideast Turmoil, High Gas Prices

"Wary of a new surge in gas prices, the Obama administration said Thursday it is selling off 30 million barrels of oil from the country’s emergency reserves as part of a broader international response to lost oil supplies caused by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Libya."

Source: AP, 06/24/2011


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